Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others. or start your own and
get others to join
This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
Curious as to what others in your profession think about a certain product or tool?
AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
so you can be a bit wiser about your purchase.
Broken down by categories and subcategories for easy finds
Get an unfiltered look at what real users are saying
Leave a review yourself for others to benefit from
Add new products as you use them and gain points for doing so
ActiveRain University (ARU) provides free on-line training. We coach, consult and support real estate professionals about real estate trends, technology and social media.
ARU Calendar provides class types and registration links
Watch short tutorials on updating your photo, inserting a hyperlink and much more
Sign up for the Daily Drop so you don't miss out on AR's daily happenings
Find answers to most FAQ's
Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
Brand, off the wall, specific subject matters…whatever it is you're looking for.
Each time you write a post you can syndicate your post to 5 groups.
And if by chance you don't find what you're looking for, start a new group today!
Get your content in front of more eyes
Search by location or type
Feel free to start your own group
Find some that are close to home and close to heart
Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
If you have an idea for a contest, just let us know
Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
Ask a Real Estate Question
Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
Play the teacher role and help someone out today
Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
Ask a question yourself to get help
These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
If you have been following my
Picasa Series, you'll know by now what an amazing all-around photo
app that Picasa is (and free too!). If you use photos in
presentation work (ahem nudge nudge Real Estate Agent, Home
Stager, Home Inspector) then you should really consider a
post-production phase for any photos that you take. Picasa
makes it extremely easy to do so. Today's post will be focusing on one
of the tools that you can use to correct problems with your photos. The
tool I'll focus on today is the Neutral Color Picker Tool. (BTW, if you missed the
other articles in the series, be sure to click the link above and my
articles will be listed for you.)
Compare the two photos shown side by side below. Do you notice how
the photo on the left has a bit of a yellow tint? The color of our
photos is altered by the color of the light that illuminates the
room we are in. You can make a setting on your camera called "white
balance" to compensate for different color light. Most often
though, you can leave your camera in "auto" mode and just as easily
correct this in the post-production phase of your photo shoot. Picasa
lets you do this correction quite easily. The photo below on the
right is the "after" photo. See how the color has shifted so
whites are more pure and untinted.
In Picasa, first you will need to go to the photo that you want to
edit. On the left-hand tool palette, click onto the "Tuning Tab".
At the bottom of the palette, you will see an eyedropper button and you
will need to click it. Next, go into your photo and find a
surface of an object that is white. Look for something that is
well lit and not too deep in a shadow as that will not work as nicely.
Click your eyedropper tool on the white surface and you will see Picasa
adjust the color toning of your photo to compensate for proper white
balance. If you don't like the result, you can always click the
undo tuning button. So you can be more free to do trial and
error without any problems. There also is a little magic wand button
that you can also try "one click fix" for Picasa to try and estimate the
best change for you.
Finally, I want to remind you that all of the editing in Picasa is
non-destructive (meaning you can always go back to
"original state" if you ever need to). This means that the original JPG file is not
altered. So whatever tuning that you do, for example straighten,
brighten, crop, etc - you will need to do the "export" command in order
to create a file that incorporates all of your changes. The export command
also allows you to create a copy file that smaller resolution file that
is great for MLS and web pages and blogs. (see my article on the
Picasa Export Command here)
About the Author
Craig Daniels is a Technology Manager residing in NYC who specializes in applied technologies in the fields of Architecture and Real Estate. Craig focuses on finding the best uses of tech as can be used to help a business be more successful. He is keen on always seeing the perspective and viewpoint of his audience and he tailors his teaching to be easily understood. He teaches by means of this blog, online courses and webinars, as well as one-on-one remote sessions with persons located throughout the country and beyond.
craig's classroom blog is a place to come for short technology lessons - here on ActiveRain I focus on technologies for real estate professionals - please subscribe if you want to catch future posts! :)
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.