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Sharing & storing photos online

March 20th, 2012

Today I thought I’d discuss something very near & dear to my heart – online photos.  We all have them, and whether they are cell phone images or digital snaps from the *real camera* (as most like to say), I wonder just how many people ONLY upload their photos to Facebook.  Facebook is NOT a […]

 

Today I thought I’d discuss something very near & dear to my heart – online photos.  We all have them, and whether they are cell phone images or digital snaps from the *real camera* (as most like to say), I wonder just how many people ONLY upload their photos to Facebook.  Facebook is NOT a good permanent solution to photo storage.  As Facebook is a social media website, they included a handy way for people to upload photos, and it came just as digital cameras and smartphone cameras were becoming more popular.  Naturally, people got into the habit of uploading photos right to Facebook.  But what ELSE is out there?  Maybe you don’t think you need anything else, but hopefully I can sway you, if only a little bit.

I’ve been taking photos long before I was a professional, and one thing I realized early on is that I wanted to share with friends and family via email. I was a late adapter to Facebook, was never on MySpace either, so I had to find someplace online to put my photos to share with everyone. The first place I ended up was Flickr, followed by Shutterfly, and eventually Smugmug.  All three have their perks, and I’m going to walk you through them in this week’s handy-dandy tutorial.

So, if you’re a beginner with online galleries, and you’d like to get some free prints in the process, I can’t recommend Shutterfly enough! And as a bonus to my readers, get 50 free prints if you’re a new member – It’s free stuff – what’s better than that?

Jacqueline Perry Photography offer: Get 50 free prints when you sign up for Shutterfly.com!

And after you get your free prints, go back again for 40% off of a photo book. Check out this post to see my very first Shutterfly book.

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Tuesday Tutorials

February 28th, 2012

It’s nearly the end of Tuesday, but either way, I am starting off my Tuesday Tutorial series with a video. The topic is something I’m constantly asked about…cameras. So I figured a video was easier than a very long blog post. If you’re thinking of upgrading your camera, not happy with your current camera, or […]

 

It’s nearly the end of Tuesday, but either way, I am starting off my Tuesday Tutorial series with a video. The topic is something I’m constantly asked about…cameras. So I figured a video was easier than a very long blog post. If you’re thinking of upgrading your camera, not happy with your current camera, or may have another camera related issue…check it out below. If I didn’t touch on your question, email me or comment below.

Be warned, it’s my first try at videos and though I’m pretty sure I’m not cut out to be the next Oprah, I think it gets the job done. It’s still a bit long, but way shorter than my first take, if that makes this any better. It’s about ten minutes.

As I mentioned above, here are some of the resources that I found useful in my search for a new camera.

Research
Amazon Reviews – Reading positives and negatives are helpful. It’s good to know a cameras’ downfalls before you own it and run across the problems yourself.
Steve’s Digicams – The resource for all things digital (camera). Useful reviews and sample images.
Ken Rockwell Reviews – I certainly don’t agree with every DSLR review Ken has, but the fact that he has messed around with everything gives him a perspective from having “been there, done that” with most cameras.

Books
Understanding Exposure

Local
Peace Camera – Where I get all of my used gear, reselling lenses I no longer need, and also bags, bags, bags!
Southeastern Camera – Another good local source. Never can talk to too many experts before a major purchase.
Southeastern Camera Rentals – Not sure about a lens? Renting locally has helped me tremendously.
Craigslist – If your city doesn’t have a Craigslist, check the classifieds in the paper or local news blogs.

Also check the slide show below, you’ll see some of my photos from before I was a pro and just using my point and shoot. Like I mention in the video, use your equipment to the limits of the technology you have and then start looking to upgrade.

 

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What I Wore – Photography Edition

April 4th, 2011

I would love to say that this is going to be a post about how I look so sleek & sophisticated on *every* photo shoot, but unfortunately, it’s not. This time I went out totally geeked down, in the name of just hauling a lot of gear. Sunday, I had a photo shoot at Duke […]


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I would love to say that this is going to be a post about how I look so sleek & sophisticated on *every* photo shoot, but unfortunately, it’s not. This time I went out totally geeked down, in the name of just hauling a lot of gear.

Sunday, I had a photo shoot at Duke Gardens, which is beautiful and has so many nooks, crannies and places to take photos.There are rocks to climb on to get great photo angles, hills, bridges & lots of gravel paths. In addition, it’s a huge park. For my session, I knew I needed to carry a few lenses, and with it being in the upper 70s, I knew I was going to get hot fast & my Shootsac wasn’t going to cut it. So, before I left home, I packed up the “GeekBag” – AKA the Think Tank Change Up photo belt pack.

Now, I’ve had this bag for years, I thought it was a solid investment piece, but I just never got the trick of getting it to look right or feel right on me. And let’s not forget, it’s a BELT PACK. Now, for men, they tend to be OK with belt gear, from what I can see, but us women — not so fond. I’ve tried to sell it, I’ve left it in the closet…forgotten for a bit of time, and the longer I had it, the less need I had to get rid of it. Because honestly..I have a fear of getting rid of things I could maybe sort of need in the near or distant future. It happens to me all of the time. I hate something, I take it back, or I sell it – and a few months later, I find myself in desperate need of that *thing*. Worst feeling ever. Soooo, the Think Tank stayed.

I pulled it out & told my clients (two teen girls, whom you’ll see later on this week on the blog) PLEASE don’t laugh, it’s a photo pack, that happens to be worn like a belt pack. They said “oh, don’t worry…our mom has a belt pack too that she likes”. Well…cool! They’ll be no belt pack jokes!

For the first time ever…I think this pack was actually comfortable! I was able to carry a lot in it while jumping on rocks, stooping, squatting & walking all over for about 2 hours in the park. No slippage, no shimmying all around & no shoulder pain either.

Speaking of shoulders..I did actually buy a new camera strap last week also. I am usually a hand-strap kind of gal, but I got a new camera & it’s  considerably more heavy than my last. I didn’t want hand pain from gripping such a heavy camera, so I said farewell to the hand straps and RS-W1 – made especially for women. It has a special curved strap that keeps it from doing weird things to your chest (you ladies know what I mean). Best of all, the system allows for the camera to slide up and down the strap to swing by your side when not in use. It’s pretty cool, and along with the Think Tank Change Up, I think I’ve found a reasonable system to work with the North Carolina heat. Best thing about it is at the end of the session, when I remarked how dorky I probably looked, both girls admitted they didn’t notice my bag at all.

Definitely 2 thumbs up for both products today!