Picasa was the first online editing software that I heard people rave about, but I was left out of the fun; I couldn't use it from my Mac. I still can't, because I haven't upgraded to 10.4, so I'll never know what all the fuss was about. However, now I can play with Picnik.com, so I'm a happy camper.
Don MacAskill at SmugMug wrote a good overview of why sometimes the colors you see on your Mac aren't the same colors other people are seeing when you put your photos on the internet. Fortunately, he also includes a quick and easy solution. If you use a Mac and you share your photos on the internet, you owe it to yourself to read this article.
For just about everything these days I shoot my Nikon at +0.7 exposure compensation, +1 tone, +1 saturation, +1 sharpening. I almost always use matrix metering (rather than spot or center-weighted) and dial in exposure compensation to adjust for different conditions. I change modes a lot but spend most of my time in aperture-priority, program, and manual. I shoot JPG almost exclusively except when I'm really paranoid about getting a shot.
Out of curiosity, how about you? What are your favorite "everyday" settings?
The term "viewpoint" describes the camera’s position in relation to its subject—near, far, above, below, for instance. Many photographers never change their viewpoint. Ninety-nine percent of the time, they hold their cameras at chest or eye level and shoot straight ahead. Doing so allows them to take clear pictures of buildings, animals, people, plants, cars, and landscapes, so it's not a bad strategy.
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.