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Transferring images from a myriad of memory types and using different camera connections has always made uploading images to a PC or my favorite website a pain in the butt for me. I currently have 7 different cameras with 5 different cables plus 3 PDAs with cameras too. EYE-Fi has been promoting the EYE-Fi SD card with built in Wi-Fi for over a year now and this is the best option going. Though some of my cameras use a different memory card type from a SD card, the cameras I use most often use SD. By using an EYE-Fi SD card instead of a regular SD memory card, I can now upload directly from the camera to the PC or to Flickr or many other popular websites. Over 20 commercial photo sharing and photo related websites are now supported. Hotspot access via Wayport and Geotagging. If you use a camera that supports an SD memory card and constantly upload images to your PC or a website should take a look at the EYE-Fi products at www.eye.fi.
Photo mosaic software have been around for a number of years now but still not that popular with the masses. I feel many are not aware that creating a mosaic is a very simple process. There are a number of FREE programs available and one I would like to mention here is called Photomosaic. All that is required is for you have a good selection of images in a common folder. Most of you should easily be able to locate a few hundred pictures for creating a mosaic. All that you do now is install, run the software and select a few options.
- Select the big picture which will be duplicated using all your images in the common folder.
- Select the number of images to use for the final image.
- Select the size of image to create.
- Once composed, save the image and then print it.
To really make the mosiac stand out. You can spend a little bit of time preprepping your selections that will go into the common folder. As an example, you can select a flower as your big picture. Then select as many other flower pictures you have that have a common color associated with the big picture. Look very carefully at the smaller details and find similar pictures that match that color or have a similar color within its picture. Then place all the pictures in the common folder. Your final product will have a flower theme and will immediately be recognizable by others.
Professional Photo Editing
Many of you are familiar with the Adobe line of professional photo editing software like Photoshop CS4 or Photoshop Lightroom 2. These programs are very costly with Photoshop CS4 costing around $700.00 USD. For those that are strapped for cash or not willing to invest $700.00 at this time can look at GIMP. This is a FREE professional photo editing software program. Don’t be fooled by the fact that this is FREE. GIMP has been created as an OPEN SOURCE project therefore is released as a FREE program under the OPEN SOURCE Licensing agreement. The software is very similar to Photoshop in how the image is manipulated in layers and has a large assortment of tools to work with. GIMP works with:
- GNU/Linux (i386, PPC)
- Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista)
- Mac OS X
- Sun OpenSolaris
GIMP is a great way to get your feet wet in professional photo editing and is one program that is not as complicated as Photoshop to learn and take advantage of.