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A Trifecta of Web-based Photography Tools

Even though it would be nice, the reality is that many people who are interested in photography do not have the financial means to purchase expensive software to edit or retouch their pictures. And in some cases, they don’t have the time to do some of the necessary but tedious tasks without the help of automation.

These three FREE web-based tools can be a big help.

Editor: Pixlr

Can’t afford Photoshop or similar applications? Don’t want to have to deal with downloading big programs like GIMP? The Pixlr tool allows you to do all the basics and a lot more in your browser. It’s powerful and relatively easy to use with a professional feel layout.

Effects: LunaPic

Even though LunaPic is a bit less user-friendly, it’s still fairly easy to work with and gives people the ability to make all sort of filter adjustments and more. It’s like some of the filtering apps available for your phone but generally less generic and more powerful.

Resizer: Bulk Resize Photos

There are a bunch of reasons why you might need to resize photos to make the smaller. After all, if you all posting them online it’s not always a brilliant idea to have them in full resolution.  You can use this to quickly resize any number of pictures.


New e-book available now – Tools for Your Creative Side

As Promised, here is the info on my new e-book and where you can find it.

The details:

The advancing technology we have available to us can be an incredible and amazing thing. However, it can also be costly and difficult to utilize in some cases. This e-book is designed as a collection of 65 online and downloaded resources to help assist creative people in doing the things they love with ease and at either no cost or affordable prices.

For those artists, photographers, writers and videographer types, this book is for you. For the people who work with audio and animation, this is for you.

Order on Amazon of my author website.


Photography caption contest week four

We have now tcome to the last round of the Creative Dreamer’s four-week photography caption competition. Winner from the last three weeks have already been notified and are all in the running to win the top prize of thier choice as well as the prizes for single week winnings.

Now let’s get down to the final round.

Reminder of the rules – leave your most creative caption idea, limited to one word only, as a comment on this post for a chance to win a weekly as well as overall prize. For all details on the contest please click the link above.

Week four photo:

caption contest photo

Photography caption contest week three

For the second week in a row, cate b. has won our four-week photography caption competition. As the winner, once our contest is concluded, she’ll earn her choice of prizes for each of the first two weeks.

Now let’s get down to round three.

Reminder of the rules – leave your most creative caption idea, limited to one word only, as a comment on this post for a chance to win a weekly as well as overall prize. For all details on the contest please click the link above.

Week three photo:

country shed

Good luck!

Photography caption contest winner and round two

The first winner of the four-week photography contest is cate b. Congrats on your win!

So without further ado, let’s get to the next round.

Once again, the rules are that you leave your most creative caption idea, limited to one word only, as a comment on this post for a chance to win a weekly as well as overall prize. If you need a refresher on all the details, please see the link above.

Week two photo:

photography contest

Online photo storage options – for free!

Where can a store my photos?

As an artistic photographer , I can assure you that it is vital to have options and resources for online storage of your work. Of course you want to have your work stored in places like external/portable hard drives and possibly on digital media like CDs (for the old-school among us) or flash drives. But it’s also quite beneficial to have your images in an online storage utility for a number of reasons.

Some such reason include:

1. Easy of ability to transfer and share files with others.

2. No need to buy excessive physical storage devices.

3. This makes for a great backup in case of the failure of your hard drives or portable media.

And while there are many options out there, a lot of them can be rather pricey. But here are a few that will serve the purpose and cost you nothing at all.


This Yahoo! owned site is easy to use, visually professional and now allows for 1 Terabyte of free storage!



While essentially a photo printing company, Shutterfly let’s you store images and even create sites and communities of sorts.



While limited in the amount of storage available, it’s not a bad option either.


Google Drive:

Started as a storage/sharing utility associated with Gmail, this tool allows for 15GB of free storage.

Google Drive

Picasa Web Albums:

Also a Google owned tool, it’s easy to use and makes downloads simple.

Picasa web albums

Hopefully one or more of these sites will help you in your search for a quality storage option on the Internet.

A few easy tools for artists (and everyone else)

Most of us know about the ability to make a screen capture from the scene on your computer monitor. It’s not new technology by any means. However, have you ever wanted to capture motion instead of just a still shot? Well, it is actually simpler than you might think.

Just think of the possibilities.

Two examples include:

1. Tutorials –

If you create tutorials on anything, perhaps the use of a program like Photoshop, a visual/video approach can be of a major benefit to your audience.

2. Personal reference –

Perhaps you don’t have the need or ability to create an action in the aforementioned Photoshop, or you are working on a project that you hope to duplicate in the future, the use of  a motion/video capturing application can be a big help.

So without further ado, here are some suggestions for free options you can find with a quick Google search to take advantage of this technology:


It’s simple to use, shows the mouse movement on the screen perfectly and only records the sound if you want it to. You can export files in  various formats as well.

video screen capture


This tool is highly user friendly as well. And even the free version doesn’t contain any watermarking.

video software

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