For most of us, the days of taking pictures with film cameras and having the rolls of film developed are long gone.  Along with this, many people no longer chose to put photos in albums that collect dust on a shelf either.  Instead, in this digital age, most people are choosing to maintain their photo libraries on the computer in the form of a software program, and in the cloud as it is called.  In the cloud you upload all of your photos to a third party hosting service that maintains your collection in storage for you to access at any given time, all without the risk of you ever losing any of your precious one of a kind images.  Even if your computer crashed, and the hard drive needed to be replaced, if you had no backup, your photos would be gone.  However, with your photos uploaded online, you would never have to worry about this again.  No more backups, and no more hefty files consuming space on your computer means that you have more time to enjoy the photos memories, and less time worrying about the safe storage and maintenance of them.

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Instagram is another smart phone application that can be linked up with other social media applications, such as Facebook and Twitter. When linked up, you will have the option to add friends to view your photo stream and to view theirs as well. This program allows you to take photos or use photos that are currently in your photo album and change their appearance to make them appear to be professorially taken. There are 17 different options of color tones that you can use and two droplets, a circle and line, which you can place on a spot on the photo to make that you spot of focus. You are also able to change the brightness of a photo and add a frame, if you choose to.

You have the option to share your photographs not only on your Instagram stream, but also on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare, and also by email. The photo will be saved into your personal photo album in your phone so that you are also able to send by text message or post it to other locations at a later date. This will not overwrite the original picture, if you chose to recreate an old photo from your album.

While you may be thinking of older applications that placed silly faces and things to accent your photos, this is not the same kind of thing. Instagram’s features are meant to enhance the quality of your photos so that you can take good-looking pictures with just the touch of your fingertips.

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If you’ve decided that the time has finally come for you to get a hot tub, congratulations. You’re not going to believe how much you and your family will use it. It’s going to quickly take the place of your kitchen table for family gatherings and will take center stage in all of your favorite memories. Since so much of your life with revolve around the hot tub, you’re going to want to make sure you select the perfect one.

It doesn’t matter if you’re interested in Leisure Concepts Whirlpools or La-Z-Boy Spas, or any other brand of swim spas; you have to make sure that you choose one that will be as energy efficient as it can possibly be. The more energy efficient the hot tub is, the less you’ll notice an increase in your monthly electric and water bill. When you’re looking at Whirlpool tubs for sale you need to make sure they have an Energy Star rating.

If you’re planning on putting the hot tub inside you’ll want a different model than if you putting it outside. Make sure that you let the sales rep that’s helping you know where you’re going to be putting the hot tub so that they only steer you towards models suitable for your needs.

Before you even start shopping for a hot tub, you’re going to want to have a rough idea of how you plan on using the tub. There’s no point in getting a tiny hot tub if you want to have parties. Keep in mind that two people can always use a large hot tub, but you can’t fit a crowd in a small one. If you have kids, the day will come when they’ll want to invite their friends over for a soak in the hot tub.

The other thing you need to keep in mind when shopping for hot tubs will be how much you can afford to spend. Most people know how much they can spend on the actual hot tub, and will have even made allowances for the price of installation, but they don’t think about how much the hot tub will cost to run from month to month. The sales rep should be able to provide you with the amount of energy and water the tub uses, so you’ll be able to brace yourself for you utility bill. Don’t forget that you’ll also need things like cleaning chemicals, a cover, and other miscellaneous expenses for your hot tub.

After the hot tub has been installed, you’re going to want to have the tech go over everything you need to know to properly manage your hot tub and keep it in perfect working order. The better you care for your hot tub, the more years of use you’ll get from it.

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Everyone wants to capture great moments in a picture that they can have for a lifetime. Cameras are important to capture that moment with ease and functionality. Many people are buying SLR cameras because they seem to be able to get the pictures you really want. They have great features and make great pictures. People that are buying SLR cameras may not know where to begin in the process. There are some tips to buying a SLR camera.

Tip #1: Decide how much you can spend. SLR cameras range in cost and you need to know what your personal budget is. If you can afford all of the added features and goodies then splurge as you will. Many people who have only a certain amount to spend will look for used SLR cameras or accessories.

Tip #2: Know what you want out of your camera. If you know what you want out of your camera, like family pictures or photography for others, that will change which SLR camera to buy. If you do not want to use a lot of special features, then do not pay for a camera that has all of that.

Tip #3: Know how you want to use your pictures. Many people do not understand megapixels and how that determines what your picture will look like. You need to know what you are using your pictures for. If they are just family pictures to go in an album, then megapixels may not be a huge concern. If you are learning to photograph for money, megapixel are very important.

There are many other things to consider when buying a SLR camera. These are just some tips to help you get started in the process of making amazing pictures.

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Call me old fashioned but I believe that when a woman tells a man that she will love him in sickness and in health she ought to mean it. There is seriousness to those vows that so many people take for granted. You probably guessed it. I’m a bitter married guy. Or should I say soon to be ex husband. Katie was always the love of my life. She was always the life of the party and everyone else always loved her. Apparently she was loved a little too much. I’ll never understand why she did what she did. But nonetheless she did.

Chuck was his name. He worked for Crusty Sludge Septic pumping and he was something else. I guess he had a charm about him. With his cleft lip and his lazy eye he had what some would call extra character. Most people would laugh at his slow wit and his gangly appearance but not Katie. The overweight and balding truck driving poop pumper was a real looker in her eyes.

I came home to find her in the truck with him. Can you believe that? I mean did he wash his hands? Lord I hope so. Anyway, there they were. Windows all steamed up. Breathing heavy. It was like the movie Titanic. All that was missing was the handprint on the window. I couldn’t believe that my lovely bride had traded me in on a septic tank pumper.

Since then the divorce has been nasty. No pun intended. She pretty much hung me out to dry. She gets the house, the kids, the cars, the dog and my money. Not sure how she worked it out that way but I guess it had something to do with the wink from the lawyer. Who knows? What I do know is that even though she gets everything…there is one little thing she didn’t know about me. I am what they call an expert bingo player. And being an expert I took my talents to the online world and I have been racking up the bucks by reading the X Bingo reviews and playing all of the recommended games from Bet 365 Bingo to WonderBingo. As the kiddos would say it’s all about the money, money, money! She had no idea that I had even heard of Virgin Bingo.

So while she may be proud to be the septic tank queen, she has no way of getting her hands on the $343,692 that are in my paypal account. That’s right. All that money came from one single source: Online Rogers Bingo.

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There once was a time where you had to wait until you had the opportunity to get the family all together in order to show photos, or you could send them through the mail and hope that there were no unfortunate accidents.  Technology has changed things in a big way.  Now with a few clicks of the mouse you can share pictures and video from the latest family vacation with friends and family across the globe.  In order to take advantage of this though it is necessary to know how to upload photos and video to a photo sharing site.

The steps for uploading a photo to a photo sharing website are fairly generic.  You will first of all need to register for an account on the photo sharing site that you decide to use.  Determine which photos you want to upload and then you will need to make sure that they are in a format that can be uploaded to the site.  Most free photo sharing sites only allow you upload videos that are a few minutes long; be sure to check with the specific site to see what you limits are.  Most sites have an uploader app that allows you to upload several pictures at the same time.  Be sure that you are on a good Internet connection; if your connection is slow it can take an unbearably long time for the pictures to upload.

Once you have uploaded all the photos that you want to share you can change the names of the photos and add brief descriptions, if you so desire.  Now comes the sharing part.  You can decide to make the photos public and that allows anyone to access them.  You can also share the photos only with Family or Friends or a combination of both.  Finally you can send out invitations to view your pictures to your family and friends if you choose to control access in that manner.  No need to wait to share the latest pictures of the grandchildren with the grandparents; let technology do the work for you.

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The days of going to get film developed at your local pharmacy may be gone, but there are now more things than ever to do with your digital photos.  From t-shirts to calendars, coffee mugs to playing cards there are an infinite number of ways to turn your photos into keepsakes and gifts that can last a lifetime.  If you are new to this you will probably want to start small.  Personalized photo greeting cards are an easy way to send a family photo, and there are several excellent greeting card design programs available that allow you to make your own personalized photo greeting cards from the comfort of your computer.

Common occasions to get people personalized photo gifts are for weddings and anniversaries, as well as graduations and retirements.  Many really nice personalized photo gifts are available at quite reasonable prices.  There are also some very creative personalized photo gifts, including a favorite for many: the photo jigsaw puzzle.  If you have a jigsaw puzzle fan in the family this is definitely a personal and creative way to give that person a project to enjoy for many years to come.

You can have personalized photo gifts created at your local pharmacy.  Another option that has become popular for many is to order a personalized photo gift from a website.  This is especially useful if you plan to order an item in bulk for some reason.  Most websites offer slightly better prices on personalized photo gifts as long as you do not mind the additional wait time that may be involved with shipping the gift to your home or to the recipient.  If you have someone on your list that is always hard to shop for then a creative, personalized photo gift may be the solution to giving that persona gift to treasure.

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Technology has made it much easier to store and share your favorite photos with friends and families.  Some of the best sites for sharing and storing photos are free and provide you with a very large capacity of storage space.  Flickr is one of the most popular sites for storing photos and sharing them with others.  A basic account is free and professional can pay a small fee for more storage space as well as special editing options for their photos.  Flickr is also a community-oriented photo sharing site.  You can make any of your photos public and look at albums of others who choose to make their photos public as well.

SmugMug is a sharing site that caters more to the professional photographer.  The yearly price for a professional account is right around $150 but for this amount you get unlimited storage space and the ability to store and share videos up to 10 minutes long, which is significantly longer than the video length allowed by most photo sharing sites.  SmugMug also has more photo editing features than any of the other photo sharing sites, so if you are a professional this should be your photo sharing site of choice.

Picasa Web Albums are a service provided by Google, and the advantage here is that Picasa albums sync up seamlessly with all of Google’s other services like Gmail and Google Maps.  The Google Storage space used to store your photos is shared between your other Google apps, but even this space that is provided for free accounts is more than enough for the average photographer.  For an additional fee you can even bump up your storage space all the way to 16 TB, which is enough for even demanding business sharing.

There are plenty more options when it comes to photo and video storage and sharing, but these are among the best.

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One of the most popular tools to use in Photoshop for removing unwanted objects is the Healing brush.  This works great in certain cases, but when an unwanted object is right against a hard edge the tool become less useful.  Familiarity with other ways to remove unwanted items makes it easier to retouch photos.  As with any Photoshop project you will need to use a number of layers in order to achieve the exact finished photo that you are looking for.

In order to erase objects with accuracy you will need to increase zoom levels.  Setting the Zoom to 500% will allow you to remove almost any object with incredible accuracy.  Once you have removed the unwanted object from the photo it is important to cover up the area in some manner.  Ideally there will be grass or some kind of ground cover or some kind of relatively unvaried surface or object that can be used to fill in the space.  In most cases it is ideal to copy and paste the object that you want to use to fill in the space and use separate layers as you fill in the blank space.  It is important to zoom out regularly so that you can see what the photo is looking like on a more realistic scale.

When it comes to touchups you will usually need to do adjustments where you removed the object including removing the shadow, depending on the lighting.  This is another reason why it is important to zoom out regularly and see what the photo looks like.  As you make adjustments be sure to try to follow the contours of the object to the extent possible.  You may also have to do some editing to any areas where you copied and pasted in order to fill in.  By working with the photo in pieces you can remove an object from a photo and end up with a finished product where no one will ever know the object was there.

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The impact of a great photo can really be diminished when the colors are incorrect or not vibrant enough to bring out the full effect of the photo.  To avoid this happening with your favorite photographs you can do some editing with Photoshop software.  The ability to retouch a photo can really help to make sure that the final results look professional.  Learning how to work with layers within Photoshop is the most effective way to make color adjustments in a non-destructive fashion.

By using the Extract filter you can separate your subject from your background so that you can adjust the color for each.  During the extraction process you will need to touch up the layers, so be sure to do so before you get too far ahead in the color adjustment phase.  The softness of the brush also needs to be adjusted so that it is in lines with the respective sharpness of the image.  The first place where you should adjust the saturation of color in a photo is in the foreground.  Adjusting the color saturation will involve bringing in new layers to make the adjustments.

The Selective Color setting can also be used to adjust the gradation of color and to enhance the contrast of the photo.  This tool works to add or remove color based on how much color is already present in the pixels of the image.  Another plus of color adjustments is that you can actually change the color of an item from its original color in order to provide a better contrast.  Once the big adjustments have been made to the foreground and background, and the colors of the subjects have been enhanced then the minor adjustments that really help a photo to look polished and professional can begin.  This is a good time to begin experimenting with the tools in Photoshop, just be sure to experiment in a new layer.  Happy photo editing!

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