Flickr vs Picasa, Concluded

posted on 5th of february, 2008

First, thanks to everyone who provided commentary on my dilemma of signing up with Flickr vs Picasa. I gave both a test drive, and really liked each. Flickr seems unbeatable for community-based features, and I have a feeling its traffic is off the charts. On the other hand, Picasa is extremely clean and straightforward in design, and the integration into Google is very handy.

In the end, though, I decided to think outside the box (as the saying goes), and signed up with Smugmug. In the beginning of this process, I knew very little about Smugmug, but after a couple days on the site, I was hooked. The design elements are really great looking, going from professional to whimsical. Customizability is outstanding, too. What sealed the deal, for me: Smugmug offers easy watermarking...

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Worth Every Penny

posted on 8th of february, 2008

I have been debating the purchase of the Canon 300 mm f2.8L IS for a while now. I finally took the plunge (I wish I had stock in B&H!).

So far, I could not be happier. I've had just a few opportunities to see what it can do, but the clarity is unrivaled, at least in my experience. In fact, sometimes I see almost too much detail. Check out the dandruff on this cormorant

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For subjects without dandruff (and even for those that do!), the level of detail I can capture is opening up new possibilities. I had always admired the art deco tiles on this condo building, but didn't know how to capture them.

It's NOT all about the gear, but sometimes a lens is so useful it makes the job much, much easier. Now, I just need to find a good chiropractor...

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Posted by Cleaper on February 11, 2008
Great detail on these shots!
Posted by Dcwcreations on February 08, 2008
What is your favorite walk around canon lens

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Keywording Service

posted on 11th of february, 2008

Taking a tip from another Dreamstimer (thanks, KenneyStudios!), I submitted a few images for full keywording. I was a little skeptical at first, thinking 'How could they know my photos better than I do?'

Well, I am officially hooked on this service. The keyworders have come up with many, many more descriptive terms that I have on my own. They have a fresh eye for the photo, and it seems to help them envision more themes and uses than I had in mind when I created the image. I won't embarrass myself by showing how limited my own keywording is, but check out the great job they did on these photos.

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Posted by Mahroch on November 06, 2008
I do it myself using the site www.findphotokeywords.com.
Posted by Pamtriv on February 12, 2008
Glad to hear this service works. I have been wondering and waiting to hear what more were saying and to see some examples. Thanks for providing the information and the examples. I feel I will now give the service a try when i am having a problem with keywording.
Posted by Charlesoutcalt on February 11, 2008
I hear you, but sometimes I find the keywording most valuable when I feel TOO familiar with the subject. I love having a set of fresh eyes on an image.

All around, a highly useful service--and a bargain, too.

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Beginning a Collection

posted on 11th of february, 2008

I know that some old hands on Dreamstime are very familiar with collections, but I have just discovered this feature and created my first collection.

As I was searching Dreamstime, I realized that it is much easier to find images of Christian houses of worship than images of sites and buildings representing other religious traditions. As a college instructor in world religions, I thought it might be helpful for users to have a collection of houses of worship from different faith traditions. And so:


I encourage everyone with images of houses of worship from around the world to add to this collection. I know there are some terrific images out of there of temples, mosques, gurdwaras, shrines....

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Posted by Charlesoutcalt on February 24, 2008
Thanks, Linqong. I will look forward to adding your images to the collection!
Posted by Linqong on February 24, 2008
I have already gone to see this series of yours, a group of very beautiful pictures. On DT, I have some pictures of Chinese temple too.
Posted by Markogt on February 22, 2008
Hi! I am new to this collection thing. Can you please tell me how you can list photos to your collection. I have just created one collection, but I canĀ“t figure out how to add more photos? How can I list my photos in your collection?

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