There’s nothing quite as personal as a photo gift, especially if you put some thought into what kind of photo you want to give the other person. You have the option of going with a photo of the two of you doing something fun or just a view that you think the other person will like. Here are a few different possibilities you could consider when presenting someone with a photo gift:
by Pat Wright
Not in the normal sense of the idea. I’m talking about my mom’s 90 year old husband. He is the nicest guy I have ever met – but let’s just say he is confused. He and my mom live at the Glenbrook Skilled Nursing Unit in Carlsbad. There are a couple of things always on his mind:
Inspired by my recent post about Click•Scan•Share’s Holiday Card generating features, as I was doing my exercises this morning I came up with an idea. Since he has been fretting about Christmas since February it would really be a shame if he didn’t send out Christmas cards. How hard could it be to take my IPhone, take a picture, order personalized cards through Click•Scan•Share and make him happy?
But the idea grew. We will have to bring his Yorkie, now living with my sister, put a little Christmas cap on the over-sized hamster (as I call him) and add that Christmas touch. But what about the other residents? You know, it isn’t easy to get out of the skilled nursing unit. And photos mean so much to these people.
Maybe the Activities Director at Glenview Skilled Nursing will allow a photo day so residents can get their personalized Holiday cards made. They treasure the photos they receive; perhaps they will treasure the photos they can send out. What about it Brett (co-owner of Click•Scan•Share) What can we do to make a Holiday Photo day for the residents of Glenbrook skilled nursing?
by Pat Wright
While waiting for my Photo books and feeling totally uninspired to do actual work I wandered into Click•Scan•Share’s Create Holiday Cards section. Danger! Too much fun and time disappears quickly. I still have actual work to do.
It took me about ten minutes to get the hang of how this works. I’ve seen this type of thing before but I never pursued it. One would think I’d have a technical bent but I still can’t even operate a DVD player or other mundane tasks.
And I know if spent a little longer there is so much I could do – but I got the basics:
This was a test run. But I still put a valuable message on it and posted this image to my Facebook page. (2 “Likes” already!) I somehow manage to get all those “lost ferret” calls on the day after Halloween so this is relevant. (Ferrets get out when the trick or treaters rings the doorbell.)
I wonder if my partner would allow a pet-centric Christmas card for this year. Time to get out the silly dog costumes and the camera . . .
Media-sharing via mobile device continues to advance along side technology. We can accomplish more with just our phones than any generation before us, and Viber has taken sight on helping us advance even farther. And though Viber probably won't replace your core text service completely, it's features, and the fact that it is completely free to use, just might entice you to use it more often.
HDR (high-dynamic range) cameras are indispensable when trying to capture high contrast scenes. Dynamic range, for those who don't know, is just a technical term for the ability to capture the highest highs and the lowest lows in a photograph. The result when you aren't using an HDR camera is usually washed out whites on the high end, and black blobs on the low. HDR processing remedies this and makes a middle range solution possible.
Here are the top 5 HDR cameras in no particular order (remember, price doesn't always mean everything):
Panasonic Lumix GX1
A good camera for those on a budget (about $500), but well worth the price. The Panasonic Lumix DX1 has a 16 megapixel sensor and utilizes the "micro four thirds" system, or MFT, a standard created by Olympus and Panasonic (you can read more here). It has a nice 3" touch screen and comes with a stock 14-42mm lens that shoots wide-angle and has a bit of a zoom. Overall, a good camera if you are just beginning.
This high-res camera is a great camera for under a grand. It always gets positive reviews from users, and it's really no wonder why. The D7000 is another superior camera for a beginner. It's simple to use, but packs a wallop in regards to features (16.2mp, 3" LCD screen, high-speed 6 frame shooting, and shoots well in low light). The Nikon D7000 comes in around $900, but is worth every penny of it.
Another good camera, but one that is on the high end of the price spectrum (about $1100) in regards to what is considered "good." It has a 24 megapixel lens, a 3" LCD screen, and a thousand features that it's hard to believe you get for such a low price, honestly. A perfect all around camera that delivers on quality and comes in at a great price.
Moving up the scale, we get to a top notch camera that many photogs favor. This gem of the camera world runs around three grand and is a bit more traditional looking as a camera, but it shoots 36 megapixels. Honestly, this camera can pretty much do it all (even run 1080p video), and why wouldn't it for $3000?
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Up the scale once more and we get to a camera that may be one of the best on the market (no fighting!). The Canon EOS runs about $3300, depending on where you get it, and has 22.3 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, a 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor, HD video, and a lovely 3.2" LCD monitor with a 170° viewing angle, and on, and on, and on. It also makes you pancakes on demand (okay... that's a lie, but this baby sure can take pictures).
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by Pat Wright
I have been invited by Click•Scan•Share to write a new blog on what services they provide, and I have quickly elevated myself as the new Social Media Director. Life is good.
When I started working with this company I did have a little trouble figuring out exactly what they do. Visiting one of their stores I did find a plethora of ideas. My challenge; explore and share the possibilities available from this company.
Celebrate the arrival of autumn at the 43rd annual Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival. Join the party on Main Street in California's stunning seaside town of Half Moon Bay, where a bountiful yearly pumpkin crop has made them the self-proclaimed "World Pumpkin Capital". This free festival runs the weekend of October 19th and 20th, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Appropriately described as “the ROYAL GRANDADDY of all festivals”, the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival promises to feature all things pumpkin; and it most definitely delivers. Don’t miss these fun, and delicious, festival highlights:
The story of Betamax video always has to be told with the adjunct of one particular group of letters: VHS. Or at least that's where the story ends and not quite where it begins. For those who weren't living when the videotape era began, there might be an assumption that VHS was first. The truth is, Betamax was the first commercially available videotape format a year before VHS was even introduced.
The origins of the name for this video format came from the Japanese word "beta" for recording signals and "max" coming from "maximum."
If you were to conduct a search of all the videos tucked away in various areas of your home, where would you find them? Chances are the first places you would look would be your computer's hard drive and perhaps an external hard drive or two. Then you would likely remember that "transfer VHS tapes to DVD" task you've been planning for the last several years.
It wouldn't take long for one important question to filter into your brain: What videos, both new and old, do I have that I want to preserve for the future, for my children and grandchildren? With this one question to guide you in your video search, let's see where else those important videos might be hiding.
When you look at the history of VHS video tapes since the 1970s, it can be startling to see how much has been forgotten about it in the DVD era. This isn't to say that you won't find a contingent of people around the world who still admire the VHS format as a novelty. But how VHS works is a little complicated compared to DVD, despite VHS holding up well without massive tape breaks.
8mm film format was around for 33 years during the mid 20th century when many very pivotal historical events occurred before it evolved into something slightly greater. That means many standard 8mm film rolls are still sitting in storage around the world awaiting a digital transfer, if not done already.
The Handy Super8 Film Cartridge
You may not even be aware of Super 8mm film's existence, much less it's description and history, if you grew up long after the 1960s or 1970s. But for the Generation X era, Super 8 was the home movie film stock that was standard for capturing family events and making home movies right up until the video era. Despite being an upgrade from its predecessor (8mm), however, its title was always a bit of an exaggeration.
The top 3 phone photo apps today might be a little subjective in a time when so many photo apps are available on our smartphones. But with free still being a very good price, you should know that three excellent, free photo apps are currently available that provide you with very professional digital photo and photo editing features. You might be surprised at what you can do with them when similar apps sometimes charge for the same tools.
Looking for an enjoyable way to spend a late summer weekend? Head to the south Bay Area on August 25th and 26th and experience the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts; located on University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of this fine arts and crafts festival, and over 300 top artists from around the country will be showing their work.
PC World helps us learn how to print digital photos so they look professional. Fill the walls and the picture books to share with friends and family with a few simple steps.
You will need a photo printer before you begin. Check your printer to find out if it will print photos. If it will, you will need quality photo paper. Both a photo printer and photo paper can be found at a local office supply store.
Has underwater dog photography become a new trendsetting form of photography with a new breed of imitators? Said scenario probably won't happen in the immediate term when you consider how new it is and the person who invented it holding exclusive rights. The man who started a new pet photography franchise is a reminder of how a simple photographic idea can turn into a lucrative business through the online world. Sometimes all it takes is a simple device to allow you to photograph in an unusual place.
Seth Casteel's Novelty Idea
Seth Casteel was a struggling, debt-ridden photographer when he decided to purchase a waterproof camera case that allowed him to easily photograph underwater. After photographing dogs jumping into pools from the underwater perspective, he must have realized he had something unique. Nobody can deny being entertained at the different and fascinating expressions he discovered that dogs make once they jump into a pool of water.
After posting some of those dog pictures on Facebook in 2012, the reaction was tremendous. Eventually, the photo album reached up to 30,000 likes on Facebook, and people flooded Casteel's website in a desire to order prints. Orders of his prints have since gone on to be a very lucrative business. And, of course, a book was eventually published that managed to assuage those who wanted to see the photographs in tangible form.
To date, he's published more dog photography books that have gone on to bestseller status. Those not in the know, however, might puzzle over why these underwater dog photos have struck such a chord with the public.
Pet Photography is a Huge Market
A professional photographer looking to make a good living might want to consider going into pet photography, because there's a big market for it. Regardless, capturing something unique about our pets is where the real prize is. Casteel managed to capture more primal expressions in dogs when they fetch a ball or other object in water. His photos captured a side of dogs we don't normally see in the above-ground world and only in fleeting moments. The fact that he's also an animal activist brought some additional inspiration.
This might open the doors for other pet photographers to try and capture other unique pet moments in oddball settings. With cat photography also being popular online, will we see someone capture a feline moment we don't usually notice? The same might be said of isolated wildlife as a more challenging photographic opportunity (perhaps with unmanned timed cameras).
Even if you do this on an amateur basis, you'll want to have excellent prints made of your work. Click-Scan-Share is a leader in bringing superior results to your photographic projects. Come visit us in our stores located in San Diego, San Francisco and Chicago. Or contact us so we can help you with any photographic or digital transfer project you need done. We might be the ones who can help you reach a milestone of popularity in your own pet photography career.
Camera filters are useful for adding certain effects to photos, but these little pieces of glass and metal can be quite expensive. If you're looking to get creative with your photos but unsure about your budget, the best solution (and used by many professional photographers) is to make your own camera filters from things such as an inexpensive UV filter, odds and ends and a rubber band.
Canvas prints add a new level of artistry to photography, digital photo printing and wall decor. If you're looking for something beyond a one photo display however, you can take your canvas photo prints to the next level by creating a unique photo series.
Scanning slides to digital formats is now standard in preserving all your family photos from the last 80 years. Quality of scan, though, is still an issue for many people, even though advancements keep making scanning so much easier. One major name in the camera and scanning business might be leading the way in providing higher quality scans, as well as the ability to more effectively clean the slide.
Did you know that July is Family Reunion Month?
We think family reunions are a great chance to get the family together to share stories and celebrate the bonds that unite us. We were also thinking that photo mugs could be great conversation starters, and memory makers, on your next family reunion. Here are some of the ideas we had in mind.
Inspiring Human Connections By Exploring The Human Experience
As the only anthropology museum in the region, we are the place to go to learn about each other, to reflect upon our place in the world,and to build a better community.
As the only anthropology and archaeology museum in San Diego, the Museum of Man has a mission to "inspire human connections by exploring the human experience." The museum, which opened in 1915, documents human experiences through a variety of sources, from physical archaeological artifacts to large volumes of rare literary and science journals.
Now through October 13, 2013, San Diego's Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) celebrates its 30th anniversary with the unique retrospective, 30x: Three Decades, featuring one acquisition from each year of the museum's existence. This flowing time capsule along gallery walls includes works by Alexander Rodchenko, Lee Friedlander, Loretta Lux, and many more.
If enjoying fine art, enticing cuisine, superb entertainment and salty ocean breezes sounds like the perfect day to you, then join us this June 22-23at the 27th annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts. The experience is like none other, with something for everyone and much to delight all of your senses.
A photo book is a great way to capture your favorite digital photos in print. They make thoughtful gifts, interesting coffee table books, and are an excellent way for both professional and amateur photographers to showcase their work.
But sometimes choosing the right combination of prints for your book can feel overwhelming. As digital photography continues to take on a more and more significant role in our everyday lives, the number of photos we are taking is skyrocketing. What to do with all those photos in the offline, non-digital world is the next question. So here are three quick tips on how to compile some of your favorite photos into a beautiful photo book.
We know someone who, a couple of years ago, decided to celebrate her parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary by digitally scanning photos from across those fifty years and making a surprise anniversary photo book for her parents. Here are some of her tips for embarking on such a project, based on her experience in putting together that priceless book of memories.
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