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Free application Microsoft ICE (Image Composite Editor) lets you quickly and easily stitch several photos together to create a fantastic wide-angle panoramic.
After installing (download here), start ICE. Drag and drop your photos and sit back for 10-20 seconds. That’s it. Single click on the Auto Crop feature to instantly trim away the edges that didn’t fit. Done! Simple.
Here are some great tips for actually taking photos for stitching purposes, including white balance, angles, overlapping, etc.
If you are looking for more control, you might check out some of these other highly recommended options:
In the News… Verizon might get the iPhone this year!? Not that I use an iPhone, but I enjoy options. Continue reading…
If you need to re-size your photos before emailing, or before posting online, here are two easy ways to get it done:
1. Download free tool, Image Resizer PowerToy. This method is simple and fast. Find the image, right click, and choose Resize Pictures.
2. Install Windows Live Photo Gallery (screenshot above). This tool boast many other free tools for editing your photos within a few clicks. It’s also a great, must have viewer if your still running Windows XP. Tag, crop, adjust color, remove redeye, and of course, re-size. After you install using the link above, run by right clicking on your photo, choose Open With, click Windows Live Photo Gallery.
Want to share your photos online at Flickr? Windows Live Photo Gallery can upload directly for you. Run Windows Updates after installing to ensure you have the most recent version.
By guest contributor, Kendall Adams.
1. Plan ahead for your photographs – make sure you have everything you need when taking your photos. Fresh Batteries, extra digital storage cards, flash, lenses etc. Oh yes….and the camera! Many holiday memories are lost because the batteries died, you ran out of storage, or you just forgot the camera!
2. Yes. There are rules but sometimes they need to be broken! Don’t always stick to the rules – sometimes a slight blur or movement of the camera can give a soft holiday glow to your pictures. Try zooming the lens during a long exposure. Change your cameras settings to accentuate the movement or the focal point of your photo.
3. Use Flash outdoors to add just a little bit of extra sparkle to the eyes and to fill some of the shadows that might be on the face of your subjects. Try to use natural lighting indoors to add warmth to your photos and eliminate the dark backgrounds that your flash can create. If your camera has a fill-flash feature try to familiarize yourself with it. If you have to use flash indoors this feature can be a life-saver!
4. Move in closer! Almost any photograph can be improved by moving in a little closer. This can add emphasis to your subject and may also eliminate any distracting background clutter.
5. Look for unique viewpoints – take an extra minute to really look at the scene you are photographing. Are there bright colors, interesting items you can use in your composition, or reflections? Consider using any or all of these elements to add interest and help tell the story.
6. Use your cameras digital LCD to preview your photos. There isn’t a better way to see if you got their photo or not. Most of today’s cameras offer a zoom function on the preview. This will allow you to check exposure and focus. If you don’t like what you see – shoot it again!
7. Compose your photos well! Try to keep your subject slightly off center. Look for distracting background items that can ruin your photos. Make sure you have everyone’s head and body parts in the photo. Use elements in your shots to add interest and a sense of place. A chair, a window, a plant, almost any item found around your subject can be used to add interest.
8. Take LOTS of Photos! When taking pictures of family and friends, especially in groups, there will always be someone who either closes their eyes or does not smile. Increase your chances of success by taking more photos than you think you will need. Better safe than sorry!
9. BE PREPARED! If you don’t have the camera ready you will miss the shot. Baby’s first Christmas gift, the children’s surprise as they see what Santa left, even Dad snoring after Christmas dinner. Try to have the camera close by. Make sure you are familiar with the cameras controls. Be ready to shoot!
10. Use your photos as gifts! Everyone loves to get a great photo of their family and friends. If you have shots that you are particularly proud of print them and put them in a nice frame. This is a great gift that someone will treasure and always remember you by.
If you, or your friends, haven’t registered for the DWZ Christmas Giveaway, this is your last chance!
We’ll pick four random entries and announce the winner in Thursday’s Tip!
I happened upon a fantastic collection of photography tutorials last night. If you enjoy taking pictures, these are a must see: How to Take Portraits
Photographing Children – “Probably the most important tip I’ve learned in photographing them is to get on their level. So many of my friends show me photos of their kids which are taken from 4 or so feet above the child which does nothing but dwarf them and make them look almost toy-like.”
Candid Shots – “… when you shoot multiple images quickly of a person you can sometimes get some surprising and spontaneous shots that you’d have never gotten if you shot just one. Switch your camera to continuous shooting mode and shoot in bursts of images and in doing so you’ll increase your chances of that perfect shot.”
Keep it Simple – “The more complex your scene is the more unlikely you are to get a shot that is the X factor. Keep your backgrounds (and foregrounds) uncluttered, work with natural light where you can, if you have to use artificial light keep it simple and use as few lights as possible.”
Looking to add a little fun to your photos? Kyolo lets easily add speech bubbles to liven them up. Its free, and doesn’t require registration. Just visit the site, click browse to select your photo, and enjoy!
Take a picture of things you need save. A receipt, a note, directions, another picture, etc. Snap it, then throw it away. Email the picture to yourself.
This might also work to reduce sentimental things you might collect. Taking a picture can still retain the visual memory, without the actual item. Use your camera to photograph the item, and then let it go. This is a great way to really clean house.
I heard about this cleaning method a while back but it wasn’t until recently I put it into practice. I don’t have my scanner (wow do I scan everything!) and my wallet was getting jammed with receipts and notes. I use my camera phone to snap (or “scan”) and then toss the paper. Easy!
Convert from one file type to another –
Send large files to someone –
They have a few other neat features too, check it out … www.youconvertit.com
Editing Your Photos