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.

Before you do, however, make sure your digital photos are worthy of sharing. Pick up your copy of "Shoot Digital Pics Like the Pros." It's free.

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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.

Where to Learn More:  Learn Digital Photography Now

Friday, March 5, 2010

Your Guide to Digital Photography Review

Seller: Learn Digital Photography Now Website

Summary: The “Your Guide to Digital Photography” by Dan Feildman is a downloadable guide for digital photography beginners and those looking for better results from their digital photography.

Product Details: There are a number of components to this learning product including –

- “Your Guide to Digital Photography” - a 75-page guide that includes a variety of tips and advice for the beginner to advanced photographer. Some of the topics are:

- Taking your first pictures
- Different kinds of digital cameras
- Professional technology at affordable prices
- Finding the right low end digital camera for those on a budget
- Exposing digital photography myths.
- Understanding the features of your digital camera
- Tips for taking better digital pictures
- Pet photo tips
- Night photo tips
- Horizons and sunglasses
- How to share your digital pictures
- Printing your pictures
- Choosing a printer for you digital images
- Editing your photos.
- Understanding white balance so your photos look good in all lighting.
- Interpolation and digital zoom to improve detailing in pictures
- Finding free photo editors for your Windows computer
- Using your flash effectively
- Understanding and making the most of your memory cards
- Important equipment to take when traveling.
- Battery options and your best bets.
- Making money from your digital photography hobby.

- “Photography Quick Tips” – 37 pages showing you how to make the most of your pictures. It includes practical tips for:

- Night photography
- Action photography
- Landscapes
- Sunsets and sunrises
- Beach photography
- Desert photography
- Sports photography
- People and pets
- Street photography
- Fog & Mist
- Waterfalls & Running Water
- Rain & Snow
- Fireworks

- Picasa Tutorials – There are 8 video tutorials (you can view them online or download them to your computer) to show you how to use the free Picasa software to organize, edit, create and share your photos. The videos include:

- Downloading and installing the program
- Editing photos with Picasa
- Creating collages
- Blogging with Picasa
- Backing up your photos
- Printing your photos
- Posting pictures to your web album

- “Your Top Digital Photography Questions Answered” – This 26 page guide answers 20 common questions about digital photography including:

- What is the biggest mistake made by beginning digital photographers?
- How to decide on the right digital camera.
- How to decide is a picture is worth taking.
- How to get the white balance right.
- How to take clear shots for indoor sports.
- Advantages/disadvantages of raw vs. Jpeg format photographs.
- What are the best settings for low light/nighttime conditions?
- What is hyperfocal distance?
- How to take a photo of a glass sign or a framed picture in glass
- How to get high contrast natural light black and white pictures.
- Time lag from the time you take a picture until it is on the memory card.
- How to avoid redeye in dim light.
- Small object close up pictures.
- How to photograph gemstones and jewelry.
- How to take a picture with both strong sun and shade.
- Capturing personality in photos of people.
- How can I understand depth of field?
- Settings and techniques for photographing birds and wildlife.
- How to take pictures into the sun and avoid lens flare.
- How to take good pictures in the snow or on the beach.

- “Buying a Digital Camera” Video – This video shows you how to use the Internet to conduct research from unbiased sources.

- “An Experiment in Photography. What Exactly Happens When You Change the Settings on Your Digital Camera?” – This 12 page guide shows photos of the same object (a house, in this case) with different camera settings resulting in very different photos.

- “Secrets of Night Photography” – A quick 6-page guide with concise advice about nighttime photography. It includes information on:

- Trails of Light (Cars)
- Trails of Light (Stars)
- Weather and Exposure
- Horizons and Sunglasses
- Tripods
- Low Cost Filtering

Format:

The main guide is a PDF ebook. There are extra guides (PDF) and videos (free Flash & Shockwave required). If you’re not sure how to use these files, don’t worry, all the download information is carefully explained and any software you may need is free and safe to download.

Thoughts on the Product:

This package covers a lot of ground on the topic of digital photography. All of the advice is very step-by-step and detailed, but doesn’t include unnecessary filler. Even for someone who has never used a digital camera before, the information is clear and concise enough to take that person from buying a camera to taking their first shots and being proud of their work.

The product can be downloaded instantly upon purchase, so you don’t have to wait for a bunch of books and videos to come in the mail. For those who are new to online downloads, full instructions are included.

Where to Learn More: Learn Digital Photography Now Website

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Top 5 Cameras for Digital Photography Beginners


Top 5 Cameras for Digital Photography Beginners

With all the choices available, shopping for digital cameras can be overwhelming. We've like to make it easier for you.

If you're in the market for a digital point-and-shoot camera for a beginner, here are 5 models we found which are highly recommended by the leading websites on digital photography.

These cameras are compact, easy for a beginner to use, yet has enough features for a budding digital photography enthusiast. They're also price reasonably for someone who's still exploring the world of digital photography.

Of course, the camera can only do so much; the quality of a picture still depends on the skill of the photographer. Make sure to claim your copy of "Shoot Digital Pics Like the Pros," to get professional photography tips and tricks. It's a totally f-ree report.

Here's our top 5 cameras for digital photography beginners:

1. Canon Powershot A1100 IS

A top choice in many digital photography sites. It takes 12.1-megapixel photos and includes all the features beginners will appreciate, such as shooting modes that automatically select the right settings, Face Detection Technology, and Intelligent Contrast Correction. Yet other modes will allow the shooter to select his own settings for exposure, shutter speed and other variables. And at only a little over $100, this is one affordable yet powerful camera.

2. Panasonic DMC-FS25

Another 12.1-megapixel camera that gets consistently high ratings from photography sites. Aside from face detection and intelligent ISO control, the Panasonic DMC-FS25 allows the user to lock focus on a moving subject. The shutter release is ultra-fast, with a time lag as little as 0.006 seconds. At the ISO 6400 setting, you can take pictures even in almost total darkness.

3. Casio EX-FC100

This 9.1-megapixel camera bosts of high-speed burst shooting, which lets the user take 30 shots per second - great for sports and other action-packed photography. It also records HD video and features fast uploading to YouTube.

4. Sony Cybershot DSC-W290

This camera's Intelligent Auto Mode, Intelligent Scene Recognition and Face Detection Technology make picture-taking foolproof even for the rank beginner. It even has Anti-Blink Function, which helps keep subjects from blinking, and warns the photographer when a subject has blinked. It has a range of other features, including 13 photo modes, image stabilization and a 9-point autofocus. This 12.1-megapixel camera also takes HD video.

5. Nikon Coolpix L100

This is a 10.0-megapixel camera with 15x optical zoom. The Smart Portrait System lets users take portraits without the dreaded red-eye, which the camera fixes automatically. It also has face-finding technology, so faces are always in focus, a Smile Mode, which shoots the picture when the subject smiles, and a Blink Warning, which lets the user know when the subject blinked. Other features include image stabilization, high-speed shooting, low-light shooting, and Sport Continuous Scene Mode of up to 13 frames per second.

Hopefully this list will help you find the perfect entry-level camera. Compare the features with your digital photography needs and, of course, your budget, to find the best point-and-shoot camera for you.

Even professional photographers use these compact cameras for situations when they cannot lug around a huge digital SLR camera. So don't think that using one of these makes you an "amateur."

The proof is in the picture. And if you'd like to take professional-looking pictures, then download your f-ree copy of the report, "Shoot Digital Pics Like the Pros."

Monday, February 22, 2010

How to Shop for a Digital Camera

Shop for a digital camera today and you'll be overwhelmed with the choices available. Whatever your budget, you'll find dozens of cameras available at your fingertips. Some have similar features, some are small, others are clunky, and you can even buy one in your favorite color.

How do you pick the digital camera that's right for you? Here are 5 things we suggest you consider before making your choice.

Whatever camera you're using, you can take good pictures by knowing a few basic guidelines and some pro-level tips. Get them from "Shoot Digital Pics Like the Pros.

To create a shortlist of digital cameras, here are the top 5 things to consider:

1. Your budget

Decide how much you're willing or able to spend on your new camera, and limit your research to cameras within that budget. Why waste your time oohing and aaahing over the latest coolest gadget only to discover that it's beyond your  means? Now you can look at the cameras within your budget. The next thing to consider is...

2. Your photography needs

What types of pictures will you be taking - portraits? landscapes? sports pictures? indoor or outdoor? The answer to this question will help you determine which features are important for you. If you'll mainly be taking snapshots of your children, you'll probably want a camera with face recognition feature and easy red-eye reduction. On the other hand, if you're always trying to capture action shots from your son's soccer game, you'll want a camera with high-speed burst shooting.

3. How you print your pictures

You also need to ask yourself how you print your pictures. Do you make 4 x 6-inch prints at home or at the drugstore? Then you won't need a camera with huge amounts of megapixels. On the other hand, if you sometimes make poster-sized prints, then look for a minimum of 10 megapixels. If you don't even print your pictures but share them online and via email, you need even less.

4. Who uses the camera

Will your spouse, children or co-workers be using the camera as well? Then you'll need a camera that's easy enough for them to use. Digital cameras that offer automatic program settings are easy enough even for children to use. Image stabilization also comes in handy when young ones or amateurs use the camera.

5. How serious you are with digital photography

Do you foresee yourself growing beyond a digital photography enthusiast to possibly becoming semi-professional? Then look for a camera with features that will grow with your skills. For example, a digital camera which allows you to make your own aperture, shutter speed, focus and other settings will give you enough room to experiment.

We suggest you use this guide to make a shortlist of digital cameras, and then head to the nearest electronics shop and look at each of the shortlisted cameras in person. Note how each camera feels in your hand, how easy it is for you to reach the buttons and manipulate them, and how solid the camera feels.

A camera can only do so much. The quality of a picture still depends on the person taking it. If you're serious about taking good digital pictures, download you copy of this digital photography report. This free report will give you tips on how to take digital pictures like a professional. Get it now.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Introduction to Digital Photography




Article by: Dan Feildman

Digital technology has been a prevailing factor why people can now have the ease of access in almost anything they do. Many significant inventions were developed to make it easier for people to finish whatever their jobs require. One concrete proof of this remarkable breakthrough is the digital photography, which implies greater ease and comfort in taking pictures of any kind.

What is digital photography exactly? Digital photography can mean different things to different people. Some people see digital photography as something which changes a traditional photo into a digital format by merely using a scanner. Others construe it as something that is achieved y taking a traditional picture taken from film and digitizing it through the computer. Others yet, perceive it as something taken digitally through the use of a digital camera.

Typically, digital photography simply defined is a type of photography that does not necessitate film. The fact that you do not have to wait for the picture in order for it to be printed is music to the ears of the one taking the photo. Once you take pictures using a digital camera, the image can be transferred quickly from the camera to the computer. Right away you can view your picture on the monitor and preview the image to make sure the image quality is good and the color is precise. All you have to do is delete the image and retake the picture if at first you do not get the photo you want.

More and more people are considering buying a digital camera due to the great features available. There is the drive to go digital because of the capability to stretch the imagination and be creative with the photography. You can alter the look and feel of the image with little effort involved. You can modify the background or add a text to the picture to give it more character. Whatever you envisioned for your photo, it can be done when it's taken digitally.

Digital cameras allow for the correction and improvement of image quality in your photographs. You can edit, enhance or restore your photo all to your taste. This can be accomplished all in real time.

Digital photography can fix the image quality of a certain photo with a few basics. To make sure your photo is of top quality, check the settings on the digital camera prior to making that shot. If the picture is already in your computer, it is easy enough to cheek the image on the screen to see if photo is of the highest picture quality.

Fixing the image quality of a digital photograph usually involves several elements such as the colors and the contrast. The contrast is very important if you really want to get the best result in your snapshots. If you want to add life to your photos, you can improve the image quality by adjusting its colors. There are lots of things that digital photography offers to make sure that your pictures will come out attractive.

Even with all of the advancements, we still have much to learn about the possibilities of digital photography. Some of the issues being developed deal with the image quality, cost of production, the features of digital camera and other services. All of these are being thought of in order to bring the world of photography within reach to everyone.

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