If you want to delight your friends and family, send them a picture by snail mail. While I am a great fan of online photosharing websites, especially flickr.com, I have discovered that people are thrilled to receive a nicely presented print. Yes, you can always stuff a snapshot into an envelope, but a frame makes it a gift. Frames also allow recipients to display pictures on a table or shelf.
Instructables, a site that lets you share "what you make and how others can make it," has a neat tutorial by Andrew546 describing how to create a 3D effect (pictured right) with your own photos. I'd say this tutorial is for anyone who knows the basics of layer masking (or who really wants to learn more about it). The 8-step tutorial is easy to follow with pictures describing each step.via Lifehacker]
The Flickr blog writes that the set of desktop wallpapers shipping with Windows Vista contain a selection photos from Flickr members. Stewart Butterfield, Flickr founder, calls it a key benefit of Vista, but, of course, it's really a key benefit of being a Flickr member. Flickr continues to be one of the best ways around to get your photography work seen by other people---sometimes, as in this case, more people than you could have ever imagined.
What makes this photo really neat though, is how he modified it from the original to create a specific mood. The processing steps he took are simple to do, yet create a powerful new image with a completely different feel from the original. It's a great example of how learning to "develop" photos in the digital darkroom can really pay off.
Adobe has announced that Lightroom 1.0 is now available for pre-order in the U.S. and Canada and will ship mid-February at an introductory price of $199 through April 30th (regular price $299). The beta version of Lightroom expires February 28th.
New features in 1.0 include:
- New advanced keywording tools
- An improved import dialogue with more flexible file handling
- New Key Metadata Browser provides quick access to key information tags with an improved ranking and rating system that now incorporates color labels and a pick/reject system
- Virtual Copies and Snapshot tools help present multiple versions of the same image
- Hue, Saturation and Luminance targeted adjustment tool for precise and intuitive image edits
- Clone and Healing features provide non-destructive edits to eliminate sensor dust across one or many images