My sister purchased a DSLR about a year ago. The pictures on her blog continue to get better and better! Everywhere I go with other bloggers the DSLR’s come flying out and photos start a snappin. It’s kinda sad when the best pictures I’ve taken recently have been from my Palm Pre (included in this post). It seems every where I go, people are taking pictures. Typically taking much better pictures than I am.
Even though my photos are generally horrible, I can do a little something about them with Windows Live Photo Gallery. This is a free download from www.live.com. Editing pictures becomes so much easier in a program like this as opposed to Photoshop, which is what I typically have used.
In Photo Gallery you can see all of your pictures sorted by date taken. You can easily jump from year to year and view only the pictures from that year, or month or even do a text search (if you are into renaming your images). As you start tagging your images, which is very easy to do with Photo Gallery, you can also search by certain tags too. Tags are a way of categorizing different images, posts and other items. If I tag an image with “birthday” I can quickly find all of the images in my pictures folder that are of birthdays (no matter whose birthday the picture is of).
Not only is it easy to find exactly the image you are looking for, you can make it look it’s best within the program too. There are several editing options to choose from including color, red eye, and even retouching to make sure that zit that cropped up right before your child’s birthday is erased from memory.
The last of my favorite features is the ability to “create”. You can upload photos to facebook or flickr, or videos to YouTube directly from the program. You can even order prints or link images together to create a panoramic view.
Don’t take my word for it, check it out today… oh and maybe ship me a camera sometime in the near future.
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Sarah Kimmel has spent the last 16 years of her career as an IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com