Saturday, January 21, 2012

Google has decided to close down Picnik || Premium features of PICNIK are free till 19th April 2012

Although heading of this notification says - 'Picnik will be closing' , but I liked the part through which some of the premium tools are free and can be tried till 19th April 2012. After that Picnik will be discontinued by Google for more priority businesses. Slowly online Photo Editing, Sharing portals are being closed by major companies and it seems revenue is not significant to focus on these business lines. But how does it impact Photographers? Will such changes increse the market for Desktop Photo Editing software, which always offer more power? Let's see how this game changes the Photo editing software market.

Although heading of this notification says - 'Picnik will be closing' , but I liked the part through which some of the premium tools are free and can be tried till 19th April 2012. After that Picnik will be discontinued by Google for more priority businesses. Slowly online Photo Editing, Sharing portals are being closed by major companies and it seems revenue is not significant to focus on these business lines. But how does it impact Photographers? Will such changes increse the market for Desktop Photo Editing software, which always offer more power? Let's see how this game changes the Photo editing software market.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Fun Photo-Edits with Dumpr Tricks

Ripple (VJ)
Check out http://www.dumpr.net/


What you need : Your Photograph :-)


How to Do:


1. Go to http://www.dumpr.net/
2. Select a theme
3. Upload your photo and Click Continue
4. You will see this pic in 10 seconds
5. Click Save button above this photograph and download to your machine.


Congrats :-) You are done !!!


I used this photograph...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

How to create a video out of photographs || Adobe Photoshop Elements

video

Created during office workflow-exercise ...

This video has been created with different photographs of my office Friends. I have used Photoshop Elements 7.0 for this. IN PSE7 we have a feature called Sldieshows which helps you to arrange your pics in different ways. Moreover we can edit pics as per our convenience and different emotions and graphics can be pasted on different frames of the video.

When a slideshow is created we can export it as video or a PDF. Its really a cool feature which helps you to share some memorable moments with your family or friends.

PSE Features used:

- Slideshow Creation
- Editor Photo Collage
- Editor Artwork
- Transitions
- Embedded Audio
- Artwork Frames and graphics

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Shrikhand Slideshow on Photoshop.com


THis slideshow has been created using Photoshop.com

Its very simple to add such slideshow to your websites..

- Create an account on Photoshop.com and get 2 GB free space to save your pics online
http://www.photoshop.com/
- Create an album online and Upload pics in that album
- Select this album
- Click Embedd Album in the bottom bar in Photoshop.com Organizer UI
- Open Notepad on your machine
- Click CTRL+V

Now you will get a code which can we added to your website for showing slideshow of all the pics in this album.

You can also add special effects to this slideshow using Photoshop.com slideshow templates. But these are available for premium users. So need to spend some money for that but really templates are cooool :-)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Preserving Memories with Canvera Printing Services || Online Photo Book printing


Recently we had a small event at home and I clicked lot of photographs. Now I was getting calls for my parents everyday about sending the hard copies. I wanted to print them in some good pattern and I needed time for that. I was not getting enough time to give them a good presentable shape. I created few collages using Photoshop Elements and wanted to order a Photobook. I explored lot of options in India and found Canvera.

Even I didn't order Photobook from Canvera because I found the prices unreasonably high. But the main thing I liked that Canvera provides a light application to create Photobook with lots of options(Backgrouns, Frame designs, layouts etc). I have seen the quality in Photofair-2008 and its good.

Have a look at Canvera in case you ar looking for quick and quality printing solutions...

Adobe Lightroom 4 Beta is announced on Adobe Labs with some of the cool features !

Browsing through Facebook I found an update about Adobe Lightroom 4 and was wondering if this product is available in market. Lightroom is one of the most used software in my workspace. 

 More details about the release, new features, enhancements are available at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom4/ . Beta software can also be downloaded and used to get a feel of what we can expect from next version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

I am fan of Picnik editing these days

Recently I have started working on Picnik editing tools which are integrated with Flickr. I am really enjoying easy and wonderful editing.

Picnik has many free tools available and for some tools we need to have premium membership which is very reasonable. Picnic Premium membership is for $3 per month.

Here is one sample image I have edited in Picnic. I didn't share original because that was not worth viewing :)


INDU
Originally uploaded by Ripple S M


I liked following free tools on Picnic:


- Sharpness control
- Color &
- Fade effect with wonderful controls and results
- Frames
- Curves & some other advanced tools

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Another Supermachine by Nikon is launched Today || Nikon D4, a 16 Megapixel Multi-Media SLR having speed of 10 Frames per Second

Just came across an article on dpreview.com about Nikon D4 - http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/01/06/NikonD4launched

Detailed information about the Camera can of course be seen on the link shared. Here I would want to share quick highlights of this camera and our take on the pricing w.r.t. features this camera is offering.
Let's have a quick walk-through of main features Nikon D4 is offering -

1. 10 Frames per Second.
2. 16.2 Megapixel
3. Maximum ISO offered - ISO 204,800 (with boost) .. 12800.
4. First Camera to make use of XQD memory card format
6. EXCEED3 CMOS Sensor
7. 51-point AF with enhanced Speed.
8. Full HD Video Recording
9. In Build Time-Lapse Shooting mode which gives a processed movie in the end.
....

There are lot more things to share about this Camera, but let me stop here and check out the videos below. First one is about Nikon D4 tour and other one is comparison between D800 and D4...


Nikon D4 and D800...

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