Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sharing Your Digital Photos on Photobucket

Photobucket is a popular website where you can store and share your photos and videos. A free account gives you up to 500 MB of storage space for images and video clips, with a maximum bandwidth of 10 GB a month.

If you need more storage, a Pro Account gives you 25 GB of space for $24.95 a year.

Photobucket also makes it very easy to share or embed your photos on other sites, such as your MySpace or Facebook accounts, Blogger blog or any other website. Photobucket generates a link code for each photo.

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It's easy to upload photos into Photobucket.

1. Log into your Photobucket account, or, of you haven't done so yet, register for an account.

2. Hover your cursor over the "My Albums" tab then click on "My Albums & Upload."

3. On the left-most column, you'll find an Albums box. Use this box to create a new album for the photo you'd like to upload. Or, choose an existing album where you'd like the photo to be uploaded.

4. Click the "Upload images & videos" button



5. Select the photo you want to upload. You can upload either from your computer, another website, mobile phone or email.

6. Wait for the photo to upload. Afterwards, enter the title, description and tags for your picture. In the same screen, you can share the photo on MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, email and other sites.



7. Finally, click either "Return to album" or "Add tags to all albums."

As you can see, it's pretty easy. Photobucket even lets you share your pictures through printed products, slideshows, scrapbooks and online galleries.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

15 Ways to Make Money with Digital Photography

Ideas Presented by Your Guide to Digital Photography

It’s easier than you may think to make money as a digital photographer. There are many different ways to make money doing digital photography and here are 15 to get you started.

Method #1 – Selling Stock Photography
Selling stock photography is easier than you may think. Just take some of your best photos and submit them to stock photography sites. They will be reviewed and if it’s a good photo, it will hopefully be accepted. You’ll get paid about $1-2 every time someone uses your photo.

Method #2 – Screensavers
There’s a lot more money in screensavers than people realize. Take a series of photographs along a theme and make your own screensaver. If the photos are good, they’ll do great on screensaver sites or on eBay.

Method #3 – eBay Sellers
Speaking of eBay, eBay can be a great source of business. eBay sellers often have very poor photos of images they sell over and over. Set up a local service photographing eBay items.

Method #4 – Wedding Photographer
One of the more popular ways to work as a photographer. The key to getting wedding photography business is to have a very credible website and profile.

Method #5 – Restaurant Photographer
Restaurants often need photos of their restaurant or their dishes for their menu’s and websites. You can work directly with restaurants or make yourself available to designers who work with restaurants.

Method #6 – Real Estate Agents
Real estate agents need listing photographs of new homes they’re listing. Get yourself a few real estate agents you work with regularly and you could quickly be booked with work.

Method #7 – Insurance Photographer
People are usually required to photograph belongings they’re insuring. Often times they don’t want to bother learning how themselves. By positioning yourself as an insurance photographer, you can do it for them.

Method #8 – Online Dating Photographer
Both men and women often want to have great photos of them taken for online dating profiles. This is a great way to make some quick cash.

Method #9 – Working with Café’s
Café’s would often love to have your art on their wall for free. In exchange, you can post your photos with a price tag on their walls until you get a buyer for your art.

Method #10 – Sporting Events
Local sporting events such as little league games or high school soccer games would often love to have photographers photograph their games.

Method #11 – Church Directories
Churches often want to have photos of their members along with contact information in a booklet called a church directory. You can position yourself as the go to photographer for that.

Method #12 – Make T Shirts
A great way to make money doing photography is to take great photos and put them on T shirts. You can sell these shirts on eBay, on your own website or sell the designs to other T shirt websites.

Method #13 – Craigslist
You can advertise yourself on Craigslist, a free and very popular online classifieds website. Position yourself as a photographer and you’ll be exposing yourself to thousands of people who’re looking for your services.

Method #14 – Portrait Photographer
The portrait business is a big business. You can work with a studio or set up your own practice for doing portraits.

Method #15 – Photo Blogging
People love looking at images. If you continue to take images people like to look at and publish them, you can quickly build up a following.

Now you have plenty of profitable ideas you can use to start making money as a photographer. Whether you want to do it part-time for extra cash or make it your full-time work, there’s plenty to choose from.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Getting to Know Your Digital Camera




Article by: Dan Feildman

Photography is a beautiful art... simple in all its complexities and breathtaking in the results it produces. From preserving those priceless moments with your loved ones to creating exquisite works of art, the applications of photography are many. Once confined to bulky, expensive cameras and yards of film, photography has seen a new dawn with the advent of digital cameras. Swifter, a lot easier to use, and growing ever more compact with every passing day, digital cameras have indeed opened several avenues to the casual photographer as well as the seasoned expert. And now that you've decided to take the plunge with the digital brigade, your very first concern is choosing the best camera to suit your needs.

The multitude of models and makes that swarm the marketplace definitely don't make your choice any easier so how do you decide which camera is the best for you? To start with, you first need to understand that every make of digital cameras is developed to cater to a certain set of needs. Hence, in order to determine which camera you need to buy, you first need to establish the purpose you're going to use it for. A high speed camera which is developed in keeping with the interests of sports photographers will certainly not be a viable option for you, if all you're going to use it for is the odd vacation photograph. Also, if you're looking for more minute detailing in your photographs as well as a higher resolution, then the sleeker options that you find may not completely cater to your needs. This is because a majority of these models have been developed to ensure portability, and many include little more than the basic features.

Your second step would be to understand the world of digital photography. This would include familiarizing yourself with the most commonly used photography terms. For instance, you would need to know that an LCD is a screen attached to most cameras in addition to the viewfinder. This screen allows you to view your image before and immediately after you capture it, allowing to fine tune your focus and even re-capture the image if need be. However, several cameras are equipped only with the viewfinder, thus compelling you to hold the camera at an arm's length while capturing the photograph. As one of the key requirements to a clear photograph is a steady and sure hand, without your face to rest the camera on, your image is at a higher risk of being distorted.


You must also learn to distinguish between an optical zoom and a digital zoom. An optical zoom functions like traditional cameras, magnifying the image you are shooting. A digital zoom enlarges the final image by doubling the size of the pixels, which may also lead to fuzzier images. Digital images are comprised of mega pixels which in turn determine the quality of the image. The higher the number of mega pixels, the clearer the image. You may also want to check if your camera comes along with a stand which is invaluable in ensuring a steady and clear picture.

Once you gather this basic information, you can then start looking around for models which catch your eye. Start making a shortlist, comparing and contrasting the different makes and strike those off that do not meet your budget or requirements or both! At this stage, you can also start referring to photography journals and magazines for expert reviews and advice, which will also enable you to learn about first hand experiences with some of the relatively unknown models, you may come across.

If you aren't too comfortable with the notion of parting with your reliable old bulky camera, expense of film notwithstanding, but would still like the clarity that digital images offer, you can scan digital versions of your existing photographs and have them retouched with editing software or opt for an online photo service which will convert your film into digital reality. You can even use photo services to edit your photographs for minor glitches like red eye removal and adjusting the brightness and color.

Digital photography is a great way to explore your creativity, without worrying about how much you're spending on developing the film you've shot and printing charges. You can easily transfer your images from the memory card or stick onto your laptop or computer and then email them to friends or even upload them onto online albums. The key to mastering your digital photography skills is to keep practicing whenever possible and soon, you'll develop a style which is intrinsic to you and the envy of others!

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Learn Digital Photography - Five Things You Need to Know About Macro Photography By Wayne G Turner

The world of detail and worlds within worlds have fascinated people for hundreds of years. The ability to photograph those worlds was once the exclusive domain of scientists and professional photographers. The amateur was able to enter this world at high cost. Now with the advent of digital, getting in closer is open to all.
First let's dispel a misnomer. True macro is 1:1 representation of the object you're shooting. That is, a bee half an inch in length will be half an inch on the frame of film or digital sensor. With digital compact cameras and slr zoom lenses we don't reach those dimensions but we can get in really close and create a stunning image. So let's take a look at close-up photography and macro together. They do overlap in much of what you need to know.
1. It costs money
Which ever way you look at it, it's going to cost money as you learn digital photography. Dedicated macro lenses for DSLRs together with ring flashes and extension rings all cost money. And there are limitations to what you can do with a compact camera as opposed to an SLR. What a compact does do is give you a taste of what can be achieved with macro. If you like it then spend and if you don't you have lost nothing. So you must understand as with all hobbies you are probably going to invest as you learn more and want to do more.
2. It takes time
The world of detail and close-up takes time to set up and often is a waiting game when shooting insects and bugs. You probably will need more time to plan and think out your shots because of factors like depth of field, background and lighting which are all more critical the closer you get to a subject. It requires far more patience than other genres of photography.
3. It takes preparation
Each element of a macro shoot needs to be planned carefully. What you are going to shoot, how much light you need, what time of day is the light the best and if there is too much light are all important factors. Will you need a ring flash or will a fill-in reflector do the job? Should you shoot with you macro lens or is a standard lens with extension tubes going to result in a better photo?
4. It takes patience
I've already alluded to this point earlier on. The waiting game is one played more often with macro than many other forms of photography. Often by waiting that extra half hour doing nothing will result in a perfect subject position, just the right light or the wind dying down just enough to prevent camera or tripod shake. Patience is a virtue as the old adage goes and is even more relevant to macro photography.
5. It brings a great reward
A photograph of a large red bus is dramatic and filled with great colour saturation and is impressive. But, a delicate flower or a shimmering bee shot really close-up are so often more dramatic. We tend to be drawn to detail and the final results are often stunning. There is nothing like an intimate close-up image with details we rarely see. Great effort brings great reward.
Macro is my passion. I am drawn to anything small and detailed. I love to view things that the eye does usually see from an angle that is most often overlooked. Experiment with macro and you may experience a whole new world that you would never have expected as you learn digital photography. Happy shooting!
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Wayne Turner has been teaching photography for 25 years and has written three books on photography.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A free report for you

“Shoot Digital Pics Like the Pros” Review

Seller: Dan Feildman

Summary:

Digital cameras have made photography affordable, quick and easy even for non-professionals. By following a few simple principles, even beginners can take photos like pros.

Product Details:

“Shoot Digital Pics Like the Pros” is a free 28-page special report from LearnDigitalPhotographyNow.com.

Format:

Digital report (PDF)

Thoughts on the Product:

“Shoot Digital Pics Like the Pros” gives an overview of the special features of digital cameras compared to film cameras, then guides the reader through some basic principles of digital photography.

The report is perfect for somebody who’s venturing into digital photography for the very first time - or someone who has been using a digital camera but has never taken the time to really figure it out. For example, ever wonder what a RAW format was and whether you should select that as your camera’s file format? This report has the answer.

The report has plenty of tips that may be new even to intermediate users, such as:

- How to deal with shutter lag (page 9)

- How to take fast-action shots (page 12)

- How to warm up a picture without using a special lens (page 16)

- When and how to use fill flash (page 18)

- How much memory you really need (page 22)

Even if you’ve been using a point-and-shoot digital camera for family photos, this report will surely have you exploring your camera’s many features to get better and more interesting pictures with it!

The report is full of useful advice and tips, especially for beginners.

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