photography: Improving Your Photography - What is HDR? - 10/27/19 01:26 PM
How are the fall colors where you are located? In metro New York City, we are just now starting to see some nice colors pop out. Today was a very rainy day. However, when the rain finally stopped the sun popped out very quickly after. I wanted to take a photo out of our front window of the blue sky coming out and the colorful tree across the street.
The first photo I took, you will see above on the left. The sky was blown out. So next I turned on the HDR setting on my phone's camera and took the second shot. Ah, … (34 comments)

photography: Are You Using GOOGLE PHOTOS? - 09/21/16 08:43 PM
Photography is part of modern daily life now. Think about it. You carry a camera (in the shape of a mobile phone) with you at all times in your pocket (or purse). How many photos did you take today? how many this week? this month? this year? 
One of my all time favorite tech tools relates to working with photos (if you know me and tech, giving such an accolade should make you be more than a little curious!). That tool is Google Photos.
I'm going to introduce you to this tool and highly recommend to you that you check it out. And if … (95 comments)

photography: Sights In NY Harbor - Robbins Reef - 06/06/15 01:30 AM
Today's photo post is showing the lighthouse on Robbins Reef which is just north of Staten Island in New York Harbor. I took this photo from the Staten Island Ferry on my morning commute to work. The lighthouse has a very interesting history including the keepers of the light in the days before it could be fully automated. (Yes, you are seeing right... that is a little tiny island!) Could you imagine this as your residence!! It was such for Kate Walker and her husband and her children. When her husband died, it became Kate's responsibility to care for the lighthouse … (26 comments)

photography: Real Estate Photo Editing - Making Your Listing Stand Out - 05/10/15 01:20 AM
If you are a listing agent, quality photography of the home that you are marketing to sell is critical. Imagine the couple that is ready to buy a home. They are browsing their choices online. Consider if there is an abundance of choices in their price range and the area that they are looking into. If your listing's photos are drab and lackluster, your potential audience may pass over rather quickly to the other homes. Are you missing opportunites?
Many agents opt for professional photography because of the special importance that quality real estate photos have. The first steps of home shopping happens online these … (34 comments)

photography: How to Batch Resize a Set of Photos - 11/15/14 11:06 PM
In this post, we will take a look at the difference between the high resolution photos that we take with our cameras as compared to the optimized copy that we should be using when we are working with web presentations.
Having high resolution images is great for certain types of presentations such as when we need to PRINT a high DPI photo. However websites do not need all those pixels. Most of the time, photos on a web page are 1000 pixels or less in width. So if you have a 10 Megapixel (MP) photo from your camera and you upload it straight to the web, there are thousands … (22 comments)

photography: Composition - Don't Just Point and Click - Photo Tips - 05/05/12 12:21 AM
When you take photos, do you give a few moments of thought to asking the question "is there anything I can do to make this a better shot?" Or are you just a point and click kind of person?
A few moments before you click can go a long ways to improve a shot. Ask yourself questions about lighting. Where is the sun? Are my shadows harsh. If I move around will it improve? Should I be closer or farther away? What are the elements in the foreground and background - will they add interest? Too many things in one frame … (65 comments)

photography: Graphics For Bloggers [#7] - Creative Cropping - 11/12/11 06:35 AM
Photography is something that we want to leverage in our blogging and presentation work for our business. Do you carry your camera with you wherever you go? Do you let photo ops pass you by because you weren't prepared to capture the moment?
Having imagery in our our blogs makes our posts much more interesting! Can you imagine a magazine where every page was only words. Do you think you would subscribe?
Before we take a photo, we should give some thought to the composition. Do you use the rule of thirds? Do you move about the scene a little looking … (86 comments)

photography: Shutter Story (#14) - Sunset Gull - 10/09/11 03:59 AM
I disappeared for a week in writing new blog posts. The family and I were away up in Cape Cod for a terrific getaway week. Sunsets and sandcastles and some much needed rest! :)
The above shot is now in my sunsets collection. The gull happened to join in the shot and I was more than happy that he added to my composition. Sunsets on the beach are awe inspiring!
How's your Cape Cod knowledge? Can you identify the lighthouse in the photo below. If you can, you'll know which town we stayed in!

I am calling this series Shutter … (42 comments)

photography: Craig’s Commute and Photo Shoot - 05/10/11 04:04 PM
 
Have you seen the movie Trains, Planes, and Automobiles? Well that’s kind of like the theme of my daily commute... only mine is buses, boats, and trains! I live on Staten Island and work in Manhattan. I have a 90 minute trip each way to and from work. The Staten Island Ferry is a 25 minute trip across the NY Harbor. From there I catch the uptown 1 Train to 23rd Street.The ferry trip is very interesting and sometimes us commuters take it for granted. It is quite an interesting trip past the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Governors … (37 comments)

photography: Shutter Story Sundays (#11) - Kenmare Bay - 02/06/11 12:47 AM
Usually when we go to Ireland, we make our home base in Killarney (County Kerry) which is in the southwest part of the country. A little ways south of Killarney on what is known as the "Ring of Kerry" is the town of Kenmare. From there a very scenic Kenmare Bay extends out into the Atlantic Ocean on the west. From Kenmare you can book a day trip on a small sightseeing boat where you go out into the bay enjoying the picturesque hills and wildlife all around. The seals were our favorite. Irish weather is sun and showers but yields … (24 comments)

photography: Picasa Series [#11] Tuning Listing Photos - White Balance - 01/29/11 01:55 AM

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 … (31 comments)

photography: Picasa Series [#10] Tuning Listing Photos - Straighten - 01/27/11 01:51 AM

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 is the Straighten Tool. (BTW, if you missed the other articles in the series, be … (42 comments)

photography: Picasa Photo App Series [Part 7] Text and Crop - 09/17/10 06:16 AM

This is part 7 of the series where I'm teaching you how to use the Free Photo Organizing and Editing App called Picasa. If you need to catch up, check out my Picasa Series recap listing here and you will see the previous articles. Today we're going to be looking at Adding Text and Cropping Images.
Yesterday's tutorial was on creating a collage of two photos so that you could use the graphic in a blog post. This will continue with a couple more things to finish off that task.

First, let's look at adding text into the image. … (11 comments)

photography: Picasa Photo App Series [Part 6] Collages - 09/16/10 06:46 AM

This is part 6 of the series where I'm teaching you how to use the Free Photo Organizing and Editing App called Picasa. If you need to catch up, check out my Picasa Series recap listing here and you will see the previous articles. Today we're going to be looking at Creating Collages.
(BTW, I posted twice yesterday once on tag clouds, once on PIcasa - if you missed the Picasa post you can catch it via the link above)
The Collage feature in Picasa is very cool. It allows you to select multiple photos and create a single composite … (14 comments)

photography: Picasa Photo App Series [Part 5] Create Web Albums - 09/15/10 07:23 AM

This is part 5 of the series where I'm teaching you how to use the Free Photo Organizing and Editing App called Picasa. If you need to catch up, check out my Picasa Series recap listing here and you will see the previous articles. Today we're going to be looking at Creating Web Albums for sharing photos.
When you want to share photos, your first inclination might be "let me email them." After today, you should instead say, "let me create a web album". Picasa lets you upload your photos into online albums that you then invite others to see. … (16 comments)

photography: Picasa Photo App Series [Part 4] You Get a Star - 09/12/10 03:03 AM

The past three days, I've introduced you to the Free Photo Organizing and Editing App called Picasa. If you need to catch up, check out my blog archives list for September and you will see the previous articles. Today were going to be looking at benefits of Starring Your Photos
In a photo shoot, you take LOTS of pictures (at least you should). When you get back to your computer and upload them, the next step is going through and picking out the ones that you plan to actually use. This is what I do. I double-click on the first … (14 comments)

photography: Picasa Photo App Series [Part 3] Export Command - 09/11/10 09:03 AM

The past two days, I've introduced you to the Free Photo Organizing and Editing App called Picasa. If you need to catch up, check out my blog archives list for September and you will see the previous articles. Today were going to be looking at uses for the "Export Tool"
How many megapixel camera do YOU have? I have a 9 Mexapixel camera. However, my normal daily shots are at 3 mexapixel setting. This means that the width of the photos are about 2000 pixels across. For me, that works just fine for my general photo library. My hard drive … (37 comments)

 
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