Monday, January 22, 2007
Creative Photo Sharing
Elevate your images above e-mail status with a more inspired approach to showcasing your best shots
Your Own Website
Many photographers prefer to create their own websites for displaying their work. Designing your own site can be a lot of fun, giving you a personal home on the web.
If you'd like to give it a shot, there's software that makes a simple site fairly easy to create. For Windows users, check out VisualSite Designer 5 from CoffeeCup. This is a design-based site builder that gives you familiar graphics tools to add photos and text to your site. All of the technical stuff is done automatically behind the scenes.
For Mac users, Apple's iPhoto and iWeb applications, part of the iLife suite bundled with new Macs, have integrated tools to import, organize and upload photos to a website. You need a .Mac account to create an iWebsite. iLife users can also get in to photocasting, a cool feature that lets you create living albums to which friends and family can subscribe using iPhoto or any RSS reader. When you add photos, your subscribers automatically receive them. Sharing doesn't get much simpler.
If you already have a website, Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 can quickly create Flash-based slideshows or HTML galleries for you to post, instead of designing gallery pages from scratch. The new Flash galleries feature animations such as a virtual book with pages you can turn or a map-themed gallery that lets visitors explore your photos by clicking on the locations where they were taken.
Printed Books, Cards And Gifts
Electronic sharing can be a lot of fun—and easy—but it's not a substitute for a good, old-fashioned hard copy. For special occasions, events and vacation memories, a custom-printed book is the ultimate way to show off your photos. I've had several of them printed and the results are always impressive. There's nothing quite like seeing your photographs beautifully printed.
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