Where to Find Great Pictures?

image by Mourner via Flickr
    Are you trying to take a great picture but don’t know how? or maybe you just don’t want to do that by yourself. Maybe you’d rather search on-line for right picture just for your article, presentation, etc.

I know, you probably visited Flickr for some nice pictures – which you can use, right? ok ok…but maybe, just maybe you want something more unique…a picture or set of pictures just for you/your business/your blog/your website. What can you do then? How to find those?

And here it’s a great world waiting for you…or I should say: many great photographers who are ready to work with you. They can create series of pictures just for you on any given topic or you can choose something from their portfolio. Any way you choose – you will receive great quality product at the end.

image by hannaneh710 via Flickr

Today I would like to present 2 photographers who are not just taking pictures – they are able to capture the “story in the picture”.
When I saw Heidi Wagner’s portfolio for the first time I thought – “wow! she knows how to capture a movement in those pictures” and then I saw more of her work and I divided her pictures into 2 groups: movement and calmness. In both groups you can almost feel/touch it…she has a great talent to find the right light/etc. Doesn’t matter what theme of the series she choose – it’s just great, whether it’s yoga’s or bicycles’ series, colorful or black&white – simply worth to spend some time and look. You can find Heidi’s portfolio on her Facebook Page or visit her website.

I live a physical life and this translates into my photos. Capturing images while cycling through a forest, strategically contorting my body in a small space, or trekking up a mountainside dramatically affects the photos I produce; these are the moments that define my art.

Second photographer Anton Kusters I noticed search internet for some interesting pictures from Japan and here it is Anton with his yakuza‘s series of pictures.

With a mix of photography, film, writing and graphic design, I try to share not only their extremely complex relationship to Japanese society, and also to show the personal struggle that each family member faces

    Do you have your favorite photographer? Have you ever ordered some pictures/ series of pictures? What do you think of promoting and working with photographers?


4 Social Media Platforms You Should Use

    How many social media applications/platform are you using?

ohhh…do you have problems to count all of them? Let me guess, some of those applications you are using on your mobile, some on your computer.

    Pick a number:

Lets think how many (really) social media applications/platforms we can use and be up-to-date:

  • Google –> google docs, google reader, gmail, google voice, google search, Picasa, google maps, etc. – covers a lot of our needs
  • Facebook –> instant communication, sharing photos, status updates, videos, etc.
  • Twitter –> another way of text messages, great for networking, etc.
  • Linkedin –> network application for professionals

Big trio and google

    That’s a great beginning, isn’t it?
    Ask yourself a question:
  • how many applications do you really need?
  • haw many applications do you have but didn’t use for last few weeks?

12 Ways to Sync, Store and Share Files On-line

animal_three ducks2I was attending the “Share, Store and Sync” meeting provided by Joe Parla.

Have you been wondering how to store your files on-line just in case if something happen to your computer or in case if you need to have an access to your files while away from home?

  • emails –> you can store/maintain your email directly online using gmail | hotmail | yahoo | etc.
  • on-line storage –> box.net, Dropbox
  • on-line backup –> Carbonite, Mozy, iDrive, Backblaze
  • Cloud services –> Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft
    Sharing applications
  • picasa –> to share pictures, videos
  • amazon –> to share and store music, pictures, ebooks
  • apple–> iCloud
  • google docs –> share (collaborate) presentations, word files, excel files, forms
  • microsoft cloud

Before you decide which application to use to share/sync/store your files please remember:

  • check the price –> some applications are for free or at least they are offering the basic version for free
  • check the access –> make sure what kind of access you will have to the application (via device, web-based app, etc.)
  • check the size –> make sure how much space are available. If you want to make a backup of your computer folders you need a lot of GB available
  • check the security options –> how well those applications are secure

Where You Can Find Images to Use on Your Blog?

photoAre you searching internet for free photos you can use on your blog? Do you need to change image size or edit your image but don’t have right tools on your computer?

Here you can find list of apps to edit your images:

  • picnik — free online image-editing tool (there is also premium option). You can resize, add custom effects, etc.
  • paint.net — free-free-free! Application which you can download to your computer (Windows) and start editing your images. Way much more features than picnik or picasa. Upgrades are for free too.
  • gimp — also free photo-editing application. You can download it to your computer (Windows and Mac).
  • shrink pictures — resize images and save it in .jpg format. It’s online app. it’s for free.

Don’t forget that your images should be saved in web-friendly format:

  • .jpg
  • .png
  • .gif

When you can use the images?*:

  • if you don’t have copyright to the image you want to use — DON’T use it
  • creative commons licenses — were created to provide copyright alternatives for people who didn’t want the tight restrictions of traditional copyright law to apply to their original work. There are different types of creative commons licenses. Make sure that the person who licensed the image is the original creator.
  • ask for permission — sometimes the best way is simply to ask for permission. The problem is that not always it’s possible to ask for that, then make sure you mention the author/source on your blog
    basket_downloadWhere to find images you can use safely on your blog?:
  • istockphoto — many photos which you can use on you blog (you need to pay for it first).
  • bigstockphoto — many images available to chose from (you need to pay for it).
  • gettyimages — images database. Very expensive.
  • picapp — you get images for free but every image displays on your blog with an ad component.
  • dreamstime — you can get images for free or pay for some.
  • freefoto — 130k+ images. You can use them for free as long as you follow licensing rules
  • morguefile — The morguefile contains many images. You can download photos for free and republish them for free. Tho there is a request (sometimes) to notify the author when their images are used.
  • stock.xchng — the leading free stock photo site (390k+ photos); you can use the photos: In digital format on websites, multimedia presentations, broadcast film and video, cell phones. In printed promotional materials, magazines, newspapers, books, brochures, flyers, CD/DVD covers, etc. Along with your corporate identity on business cards, letterhead, etc. To decorate your home, your office or any public place.
  • Flickr — photo-sharing site where people are sharing their images. Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license (few types of license).

Creative Commons:

  • Attribution — You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work – and derivative works based upon it – but only if they give you credit.
  • Noncommercial — You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work – and derivative works based upon it – but for noncommercial purposes only.
  • No Derivative Works — You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.
  • Share Alike — You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.

*information regarding copyrights, fair use, creative commons licenses, etc. – I found on Blogging All-in-One For Dummies by Susan Gunelius