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raw vs jpeg

RAW or JPEG – What’s the difference?

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Should you use RAW or JPEG files while photographing? That’s the great question I had from Elise on my Macro Photography Live Show.  It’s such a great question that I had to do a deep dive on it!

So let’s talk about the difference between RAW & JPEG and then you can decide which file you should use while photographing.

Here is the download I was talking about in the video…grab it free!  I had fun making the PDF for you!

Click to Download

 

Raw & Jpeg

This may be the final image…for now 😉

 

Now that you know what the difference is…will you photograph in RAW or JPEG and why?

 

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membership SJP

In the Fall of 2017 we begin the fun! Adventurers of the F-Stop Membership will begin!

 

My membership site is almost done!  Woot Woot!  If you would like to receive free treats, hurry because once we open up the membership site, you’ll lose some awesome freebies!  Sign up here! 

 

Have a great day!

Janice Sullivan

 

Do You Need Expensive Photo Equipment to Be a Professional?

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Does Your Photo Equipment Need to be Expensive?

 

Is this you?

You see top notch photographers using amazing equipment and see a WOW factor in their work.  You say to yourself, “If I had their equipment, my work could be just as amazing as theirs”.

It’s easy to get sucked into the “I NEED THAT PIECE OF EQUIPMENT”.  I’ve been there!

I didn’t realize how much equipment I had until Mark from Shotkit contacted me and asked if I’d share my equipment on his website.  I set up most….yes, most of my equipment to take a picture of my goodies for his site and I was like whaaaat! I really have all of this equipment and tools. Damn, I’m a junkie!

You and I are not alone…Mark has a huge following because of the amazing photographers on this site sharing their work and the equipment they use.   We are curious.

My fun equipment but remember you don’t need this to be a professional

 

With all that said and my confession of my fetish for equipment…I want you to know that you DON’T need expensive equipment to be a professional, but you DO need equipment that works for what you are doing in your photography life…let me share a bit more in my video.

 

 

Why would you want to move forward with your equipment?

As you grow in your photography life,  you will get to a point where you want to move forward, BUT remember you can sell your work even if you’re not using the latest and greatest camera, lenses, lights, etc….

When you’re ready to move a step forward,  RENT before you purchase.  I used Borrowed Lenses.  It’s a great company and I highly recommend them.

Question….

Are you at a time in your photography path where you want to step up to a higher quality piece of equipment?  I’d love to know what’s the next purchase on your bucket list of tools.

 

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Power Pack Lighting – Setup

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Power Pack Lighting – Setup Speedotron

I had a great question from one of our YouTubers about my Power Pack from Speedotron.  Even if you don’t have a Speedotron, it’s still good to watch this video because you may be thinking about purchasing a pack. It’s an investment that you really need to consider. You may be wondering if it’s worth the money and if you really need this type of lighting for macro and closeup work?

I share how to set up a power pack and some of the fun tools you can use to push your photography creations to help you answer these questions.

I do want to remind you that purchasing an expensive light package won’t make the images better just because it’s expensive. You need to learn about all of your equipment and keep pushing the limits of it. I mention Ratios…  If you would like more details on ratios click here or ask and maybe I’ll make a video for you.  😉

Play….play….play….

Below are the links to the fun equipment and tools for the lighting setup that I shared with you.

Speedotron Black Line 

Speedotron Black Line 202VF

Speedotron Universal Snoot

Rosco Color Effects Filter Kit

Speedotron 7″ Honeycomb Grid Set

6 Right Angle Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip

My Pocket Wizard is older (they don’t make them anymore) this is the new one.  I love my wizard and highly recommend them.

I didn’t want to overwhelm you, but there’s a bunch more fun tools that you can add to this power pack. Start with the basics and once you get that down, add another fun piece to your pack. I know you can get frustrated when learning new tools. I do, but ask questions and keep trying, and all of a sudden everything will click.

Here was my fun for the day…

 

power pack for photographers, sppedotron, studio lighting,

Shot with one Mono Light, Speedotron Power Pack, gels and reflector.

 

Do you use packs like Speedotron or Flash or Natural light, and how do you use the light to be creative?   

 

Cheers to Light!

Janice Sullivan

Our New GoPro, Drone and a Couple Wins

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I’m so excited to announce that we will be adding video to our work! I’ve been wanting to share with you our travels and to show you my macro photography within the areas I shoot and this will help make that happen! We have now added to our equipment a new GoPro and drone…well, the drone will be delivered tomorrow.

These are what we purchased:

Our GoPro

GoPro HERO5 Session
http://amzn.to/2kd9y90

Here is the unboxing video I just did on the GoPro…well, it’s kind of an unboxing. Kevin opened the box before I could get to it. He was excited, lol!!


Putting the Battery in: 05:37

Capture App to go with GoPro: 06:31

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We ended up buying a couple of goodies for the GoPro:

GoPro Casey (Camera + Mounts + Accessories Case)
http://amzn.to/2kd3Io9

GoPro 3-Way Grip, Arm, Tripod (GoPro Official Mount)
http://amzn.to/2ls7BKP

GoPro Headstrap Mount + Quick Clip (GoPro Official Mount)
http://amzn.to/2lyJTJE

goprodrone

Our Drone

We got the kit…there is more to the kit.  The link has the details.

DJI Phantom 4 Kit with Batteries, Battery Chargers, and iPad Air 2

https://goo.gl/S3ocZ6

 

These are the highlights from B&H

KIT INCLUDES:

DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter DJI Intelligent Flight Battery for Phantom 4/4 Pro/4 Pro+ Quadcopter Apple 128GB iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi + 4G LTE, Silver) DJI 100W Power Adapter for Phantom 4 Quadcopter (Without AC Cable) DJI 100W AC Power Adaptor Cable for Phantom 4 Quadcopter (USA & CA) DJI Phantom 4 Kit with Batteries, Battery Chargers, and iPad Air 2

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gimbal-Stabilized 4K / 12MP Camera
  • Visual Sensor for Obstacle Avoidance
  • Top Speed of 44.7mph in Sport Mode
  • Apple iPad Air 2 for Monitoring/Control
  • Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
  • TapFly – Fly With a Tap of the Finger
  • Avoids Obstacles When Returning Home
  • Seven Flight Batteries Total
  • Each Battery Lasts up to 28 Minutes
  • Three Battery Chargers

 

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I’m also very honored to have these images win top of 2016 in Pixoto.  I always tell my apprentices that this is a great place to share your work to see how others react to them. Pixoto is not a popularity contest! You don’t know who the images are from when you vote for them so it’s perfect just to get that feel of what others may like when you create new work. But, with that said you may love a piece of your work that others don’t and so be it! It’s your creation.


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Have a great week!

Cheers to having video in our work.

Janice Sullivan

Save Money and Frustration on Printing

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You work hard and photograph your favorite subject…you’re now ready to print so you google “photo printers” to print your pictures, mugs, maybe a tote bag or two. You send the photo off to the printer only to find in the mail your picture is not the color you saw on your monitor and/or darker than what you wanted. Oh yeah…it’s happened to me too!

I read from PPA that at least 42 percent of people do not print their photographs. Ouch! I want to help you change that if you’re one of the statistics. I also figured this would be a good article to write about to save you money and frustration.

All it takes is two steps to get you going…maybe even one!

  • 1. Calibrate the monitor that you’re using to work on to send your pictures to the print shop. If you change your lighting area where your monitor is, you’ll need to calibrate for each lighting situation. Watch the video from the link below, it’s pretty good.

If you’re only using a commercial printer and not printing from home, this is an awesome calibrator. Now a days it’s the cost of two going out to a nice dinner with drinks and dessert!

If you have a printer and want to print from that, you’ll need more calibration tools like this  so you can perfectly match your printer, paper and monitor. But that’s for another post.

Before:

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  • 2.  Download Printer Profiles from your printer companies.

Below is Costco’s information, this is a cheap and easy way to print in the US.   These types of companies only print in a smaller color space srgb.  I do have to admit that I’ve had great results just by calibrating my monitor and sending out to a printer as an srgb. But if I’m printing a professional image or a high quality print then I download the company’s printer profiles.

Costco’s info:

https://www.drycreekphoto.com/icc/

http://www.profilemyphotos.com/

For a more professional printer you’ll have more to do, but once you get the ball rolling it will be so easy to upload and send out to print.

Here is WhiteWall’s info:

https://us.whitewall.com/service/Faq-image#AaiB-6

If you don’t understand the online information call them. Most printing companies love to chat (and if they don’t, it’s time to find another company) with you about printing with them.   Usually the specifications will be about:

File size –  Resolution

File formating

and Color management

After

Calibrating your monitor is seriously the best thing to do. Now don’t cringe and say, “Hello Janice! I don’t have time for this and it’s too much work!”. If all you’re doing is printing to a commercial printer, then just purchase a calibrator for your monitor.

A tip… if you’re shooting jpg, then your files are usually srgb unless you have changed that setting on your camera. Now for those of you who have more knowledge of file formatting, if you find a company that prints ProPhoto or Adobe RGB then definitely try them out! These profiles have a lot more color to them.  If you’re using a program like Lightroom and Photoshop, definitely download their printer profiles! Just think…once you have them you wont need to worry about it next time you print.

Here are some companies that I have used and like for those special prints:

White Wall

Black River Imaging

Adorama Pix

If you don’t calibrate your monitor you not only take a chance on color change but also how light or dark photograph will be. I’m hoping this helps you if you are frustrated with your prints. If you have questions please ask me below.

Cheers to commercial printing,
Janice

Reptiles and Amphibians Contest

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I’m so honored to be a judge on Viewbug.com! It’s an amazing place to get inspired. I’m judging the Reptiles and Amphibians Contest. Our pet leopard gecko would be so jealous if she knew all the cool images of other critters I’ve been viewing. 🙂 I plan to share the other contest I’m judging next week, so stay tuned for that.

I wanted to tell you another fun aspect of this site. You can win cool goodies…and you all know I LOVE goodies. Well, if you’re new to my blog then you know now. There are thousands of people around the world on this site, so if you’ve got photo burn-out…make Viewbug one of your go-to sites to light a creative fire.

 

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So click here to check out the photo contest and then scan around. I know you’ll find an interest somewhere on Viewbug.com.

 


 

Here is my latest unboxing. I have to admit I’m starting to feel a bit more comfortable in front of the camera. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone for sure.  I’ve alway liked to be behind the camera instead of in front of it. What makes this easier for me is talking about what I love; photography, it’s equipment and tools. I next want to share my macro tips and techniques since this is my true passion. But I need more practice in front of the camera for sure.

 

Unboxing a Flash Zebra Shutter Release Cable for Pocket Wizards

 


 

I haven’t shared some awesome sales or fun goodies I’ve found out there in a while, so here you go…

 

The Pre-Order for Aurora HDR 2017 includes over $300 in bonuses, find out more here!  It’s an amazing program. Yep, I have it and love it!  You can also check out their blog here for even more info.

 

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Click on the twitter to tweet the awesome contest!

Tweet: Join the fun and submit to Reptiles and Amphibians #Contest and win a camera! http://ctt.ec/Noe5x+
Of course I’d love to chat, if you’re up to it…write a comment or just say hi!

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

 

Latest 4 Unboxings / Reveals

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I really love getting goodies in the mail. It feels like Christmas, but better because it’s all about photography and my video tools. Here are my four latest unboxings and reveals. I hope you see some products that you want to purchase. If you’re interested, please sign up for my channel and you’ll get the reveals sooner.  This is the link to the playlist if you’d rather see the videos there.

Please check out Youtube to see links to the products and other goodies I have to say about them.

I’m working on a couple more, so stay tuned. 🙂

Cheers,
Janice Sullivan

Janice’s Gear and More

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Have you noticed I added a new tab to the website?  I LOVE goodies so I decided to add them to our site under… yep…Janice’s gear!   Plus, I  have people ask all the time what tools I use so this is a perfect way for you all to have a direct link to them!  If you have any suggestions on equipment and other goodies to play with I’d love for you to comment and let me know.   I do love to play.  😉

My first love is my Camera! Then the software I use for post production would be my second love 🙂 Something exciting that is going on right now is that I am in the middle of making my favorite textures for Macro photography! The best and fastest way to find out when that pack is ready is by signing up for my blog posts and or Newsletters.  This is where I connect with you on the fun I’ve been having!  Sign up below to receive my free textures and my video on how to use them.  Below is my camera and the fun software that I love.

Camera

canon 5diii

My Baby – Canon 5DIII

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.  It’s nice to chat with you photo lovers.

Topaz Labs

Amazing editing superpower!

Helicon Focus

Great for stacking images!

On1 Software

It’s like Lightroom and Photoshop put together!

Receive these textures and more! Sign up for our Newsletter and Blog posts.






 

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Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

Unboxing Products and Equipment

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I’ve been having so much fun unboxing new products and equipment that I want to play with. I love to play with new tools and I have decided that when I receive a new product, I will make an unboxing video. Once I have played with my goodies for a while, I plan to write about them to help you decide if they are good purchases for you. So far for 2016, I’ve done two unboxings.

My first unboxing was this Gorillapod.  I’m still playing with it, but once I have a good grasp of what I like and what I don’t like, I’ll let you know.

 

The most recent unboxing was this 12″ reflector. I have a feeling that I’m really going to love this for my macro work, but I’ll let you know soon.

 

Pease sign up for our blog post to get the lastest updates and sign up for our newsletter for less frequent updates, or go for it and sign up for both. I’m still working on cleaning up this website so I’d love to hear from you all on what you like or dislike about it. It is for you.

 

Check out ON1 Effect 10 Free goodies!

 

 

Have a great day and please stop on over to youtube and follow my Channel to receive my latest unboxings and other fun photography tips.

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

Macro Photography: Cameras, Lenses and Tripods

By | Equipment & Tools, Macro & Close-up | No Comments

Today I would like to share with you the various tools that you will need to start your macro fun, so let’s talk about Cameras, Lenses and Tripods. I personally use Canon products and the reason I am even telling you this is that you will be investing money on your equipment. Research the various cameras and choose the one YOU like. My suggestion is to research cameras and the macro lenses that work with them. Mirrorless cameras are becoming more popular so I’d check out the Sony products if you want a camera without the mirror. Check out this link to see the latests Mirrorless cameras. I’d like to also suggest before you go out and buy anything, that you check out Borrowedlenses.com. You can rent almost anything there.

I am a Canon 5D user. These are full-frame DSLR cameras. This is important for Macro shooting because as you get closer to objects, you’ll want more light coming into the camera. I also don’t want anything cropping my composition, but me. What you see is what you get in full-frame cameras.

Canon 5D Kit

Purchase:

B & H

Instant Savings: $720.00

Offer ends: Jan 30 ’16 at 11:59 PM EST

Amazon

If this is to pricey for you, check out this article on the Best Entry Level SLR cameras.

Once you have your camera, play with it…the better you know your equipment, the better you will photograph. Don’t worry if your photos turn out bad, it’s o.k. That is how you learn.

Now you have your camera, let’s check out some lenses. Go for the MACRO lens if you’re serious about photographing up close (please click this link and go to equipment it’s important). If you took the time to read the link I gave you, you will understand why a macro lens is the best for what you want to achieve. Basically, the lens optics are cut so you can get up close to the subject and have a quality 1:1 ratio of your subject. Also, the link gives you information on the various focal lengths you can purchase.

My favorite lens is the Canon 100mm macro lens:

Canon 100 mm Macro Lens

Purchase:

B & H

Price: $899.00

Instant Savings: $50.00

Offer ends: Jan 30 ’16 at 11:59 PM EST

Amazon

Extension tubs will get you closer to the subject and you can also buy a reversible adapter to reverse you other lenses to get up close.

extension tube

Purchase:

B & H

Amazon

Links to Reverse adapter links:

B & H

Amazon

If you don’t want to disturb your subjects than a longer macro lens would be perfect for you.180 Macro Lens

Purchase:

B & H

Amazon

Ok, now the tripod…In order to have your subject sharp and photograph looking professional, you really need to set your camera on a tripod for the really up close compositions. The closer you get to your subject, the harder it is to keep subjects in focus.

Here are links on a variety of tripods and ball heads from Really Right Stuff.

Now, before you say, “it is way too expensive for me!” Remember, I am giving you info on quality equipment. Read up on it and if you can’t afford it, that’s ok. I found you a less expensive kit here (Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit with 054 Magnesium Ball Head and Q5 Quick-Release System-note to me to check flat to the ground tripod) I do have to say that my husband always tells me you get what you pay for. I have never been unhappy with my equipment until I went cheap.

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Purchase:

B & H

Price: $599.85

Instant Savings: $60.00

Don’t know how long this sale will be?

Amazon

What I like about my tripod is that it’s sturdy, I can adjust the legs to go flat to the ground (which I have used outdoors) and I can adjust the neck to a horizontal position, when needed. I have the ball head, which is excellent for Macro Photography.

Light a Fire!

I used my Canon 5D, 100mm macro lens and extension with a tripod to make this photograph. You will see a whole new world photographing up close! It’s like looking in a microscope, well kind off . 🙂

If you have questions, feel free to comment. I’ll do my best to get back to you ASAP.

 

Cheers,
Janice Sullivan

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Want to read more about macro?  Check out this article here.

Happy New Year – Gorillapod Focus Unboxed

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Wishing you a Happy New Year!

It’s been a busy 2015 for us and we so appreciate you!  Thank you for the amazing 2015!

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Team SJP

Janice did an unboxing of a Gorillapod Focus tripod. She will write more on this later but we wanted to share Amazon’s sale since its on now. 40% off the tripod and head. It’s a great way to inspire you to try new ways to photograph.

Here is her video:

To purchase:

B&H
http://goo.gl/Twuh6g

Amazon
http://goo.gl/oprWsi

If you would like a Ballhead for the tripod:

B&H
http://goo.gl/O70n8T

Amazon:
http://goo.gl/FFyHMS

I don’t know how long this will last but Amazon is having a sale…the tripod and ballhead 40% off!!

http://goo.gl/iMGFkU

 

Latest fun Macro:

f11 @ 1sec ISO 100

 

Cheers and Happy 2016!!

Janice, Ashley & Susan

Team SJP

Black Plexiglass Inspiration

By | Equipment & Tools, Tips & Lessons | 3 Comments

I have been having a lot of fun playing with black plexiglass so I figured I would share with you some of my latest images. Playing with plexi can be challenging at times, but for me that is what I love, the challenge. Of course if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Focus stack…see video soon. 🙂

You may have seen the image below since I shared it on my Helicon Focus post. I just made new tutorials on this program so look for them soon or sign up for my blog posts in the right side bar.

Focus Stacked Image on Black Plexi

 

Focus Stack – 2.0 @ f9.5 ISO 200 with 2 continuous lights.

A couple of tips.

Keep a soft dust rag near buy, trust me, you can see all the dust.

Lighting your subject is fun, but you will most likely need a couple of lights unless you shoot HDR (multiple exposures merged into one image).

Water drops are fun, but can be messy. Keep a soft rag around to remove unwanted drops in areas you do not want them on the glass, unless you want to play in photoshop for hours.

Step out of your comfort zone and really play. Challenge yourself. That is what I did with the images below.

A bit of Stamen- 3.2 @ f9.0 ISO 125

 

Click here to see the plexiglass that I use. 

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

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Poinsettia Flowers with Textures

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I love flowers, and it’s that time of the year to photograph poinsettias and play with textures.  When you sign up for my email you’ll receive free textures.  Even if you don’t like texture on your work…just play with them.  It’s stepping out of the box.

 

I worked on these flowers in my studio and then had a blast processing a variety of the textures.

poinsettia pop

Poinsettia with textures.

Poinsettia leaf with texture.

Pink poinsettia flower with texture.

Pink Poinsettia with texture.

 

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I watched this video from B&H with Andrew Frank on balancing your life as an Artist. I liked it so much that I wanted to share it with you.

From YouTube:

This presentation tackles the simplest, yet most daunting of problems: most artists cannot survive on their creative practices alone.

Artists often juggle multiple jobs and freelance work — and are still compelled to raise funds for projects. Pressures and obligations of the day-to-day leave little space or energy for creative practice. Andrew Frank has worked through these obstacles and developed both self-diagnostics to pinpoint areas of weakness, and easy exercises to help overcome daily stumbling blocks.

Let’s start the holiday season with some fun textures and because balancing your goals is important, take some time to watch “Balancing your life as an Artist”.

Have a great week and happy holidays to you all!

Cheers,
Janice Sullivan

Free Textures

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Hi all!

Want free textures?  Just sign-up for our Newsletter and you’ll receive some. I plan to add more to the bunch, when I do I’ll let you know via our newsletter.

I’ve added a quick video on how to use textures in your images. If you have any questions always feel free to contact us using the contact above or click here.

Sullivan J Photography's photograph of wild flowers in antelope valley, california.

Texture added to wildflowers.

In the image below I selected the flower and made a mask from it. I added the MonoDrops texture and added a bit of red to that layer. Remember, like my video says, you can make color textures monochrome and add color to monochrome textures. See my video for more details.

Texture added for fun!

Texture added for fun!

 

Below are the fun textures you’ll receive.

Cheers!

Janice Sullivan

Find me on Google+

iPhone Panorama Apps

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I have so much fun looking back at my iPhone Panoramas after one of our fun adventures.

I love macro photography (photographing up-close 1:1) so I find it interesting that I also love my iPhone panoramas. They are so opposite when it comes to the point of view of pictures. These images are my personal favorites because of the fun and “wow” moments in my life. I wanted to share them with you…maybe I’ll inspire someone out there to try a fun easy way to photograph Panoramas. 🙂

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Hearst Church and horses.

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Mecca Valley, California, hike

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At my Son’s house – loved the sunset.

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Mormon Rock Hike

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Sunset in front of my home.

These are the apps I use to shoot the photographs:

From Site:

AutoStitch is the highest-quality panorama app available on the App Store, generating beautiful wide-angle panoramas of up to 18 megapixels, with no visible seams.

AutoStich Panorama – $1.99

From Site:

“Instant, awesome panoramas” — CNET
“Easy as pie … impressively sharp.” — Gizmodo
“Feels like magic” — TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog)

360 Panorama – $0.99

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If you want to see the other apps that I use on my phone click on the link below:

https://www.sullivanjphotography.com/iphone-and-ipad-apps-for-photographers/

 

If you have panoramas to share, add the link to the comment section, so we can enjoy your moments.

Cheers,
Janice Sullivan

Find me on Google+

 

Bluehost.com Review

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As photographers, many of us are visual creative people, so of course we want our website brand to be different from others.   If you are serious about branding and being unique, find a template to start your website, or create your own site on a program like Dreamweaver, then find a secure hosting site to keep all of your work on.  I have used several different companies to host my website, but today I’m going to talk about Bluehost.com.  I have used them for several years now so I feel I can write a non-biased Bluehost.com review.

Bluehost is a company that will host your site, which basically means you’re renting a secure server space from them.  They offer a variety of features and work with many companies that focus on websites.   To see the complete list of features they offer, click here, but I feel I should mention some important features below, which are:

  • Unlimited Disk Storage
  • Unlimited Domain Hosting
  • Free Domain Name (for one year)
  • 27/7 Network Monitoring

Without getting too technical, there is a variety of Databases and support available with your purchase.   Which means they will most likely be able to host your website and help you with questions.  In the video below, I go through some of the features I feel are important to see when deciding if this is the company you would like to use to host your site.

Bluehost makes it easy to start a website and the cPanel gives you easy access to important areas of your website if needed. I’m not html savvy so sometimes I’m confused on what things are and was a tad frustrated when typing my question like, “where is my root directory”,  but the chat area is amazing.  They really do help you live and I like that.  If you don’t have the money up front then you’re out, so save up for the yearly purchase or save money with a 2 year purchase.

This is what I talk about in the video:

·       How easy it is to start a website

·       Templates

·       Sub-Domains

·       How to use the cPanel

·       One Click Installs

 

 

Pros

  • Easy and fast to start a website
  • Amazing 24 hour help
  • Easy to use Control Panel
  • Money back guarantee

Cons

  • Html can be confusing
  • Type question search not friendly
  • Pay up front instead of monthly

Bluehost is the number one host recommendation for wordpress.org users and I can see why.  Because I want more time to photograph and make tutorials on photography, I need a company like Bluehost to make it easy for me to work on the back end of my website so you all see a professional front end website. I need companies that make my life easy and BlueHost is one of them. I wanted a site where my blog and website are integrated and with my Photocrati template on WordPress I can do this.  I also wanted my Photoshelter account as my portfolio site using a subdomain, which was easy to set-up on Bluehost.com.

 A bit more for you….

As you saw from my video, WordPress is easy to download from Bluehost, but if you would like some creative templates check out the links below.  Bluehost gives you easy instructions on how to download any templates you purchase from these companies and Photocrati and Graphpaper Press also have tutorials to help you on their site for Bluehost hosting.

Photocrati specializes on Photographer websites but unfortunately they are not responsive.  I have emailed them asking for this, hopefully, they will come through because nowadays you really need your site to look great on phones and tablets.

http://www.photocrati.com/

Graphpaper Press is responsive and looks great on small devices but is more expensive than Photocracti.

http://graphpaperpress.com/themes/

If you have any questions, you can comment here or just ask Bluehost…let them know you saw my post and wanted a bit more info from them.  😉

Have a great day and start that website if you haven’t already!

Janice Sullivan
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Make a Grab Button

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Today’s video lesson is on how to make a grab button. What is a grab button? It’s an HTML code that has an image, for example your logo, and under it will be a code for others to copy and paste to their website. This will place a button on their website so when someone clicks on the button it links to whatever website you tell it to go to.

These are the basic steps:

1. Size your image – button.

2. Add image/button on a site like Photobucket.

4. Go to this link to generate code: http://www.mycoolrealm.com/sandbox/gbgen/

5. Paste on your widget or any html area on your blog or website.

6. Test to make sure it works properly.

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I would also like to give a huge THANK YOU to mycoolrealm.com. You have made it easy for us to share our work with others!

UPDATE:

I received an email from the creator of the grab button. Please read the following:

I’m the creator of the “Grab My Button” Code Generator page, and I just wanted to thank you for linking to my web app and for creating a great video tutorial on how to use it.

There’s also one little thing I’d like to clarify, the width and height settings are not for your graphics but for the container of your code. Since usually the width of the code container is good enough, it’s certainly useful to set its height to a higher value (e.g. 100px), especially if you’ve chosen “pre” to be the type of container because, as you’ve stated on your video, it’s very useful if the user can see the whole code and not just part of it (and also because choosing “pre” doesn’t allow you to drag its corner and expand the code area as “textarea” would). Like you, not being able to drag it was something that irritated me, and that’s one of the reason I added those options to the generator.

Thank you for taking the time reading this. Have a wonderful weekend.

Juan

Thank you Juan for the clarification. 🙂

 

Cheers,

Janice Sullivan

 

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