Sunday, June 27, 2010

Setting Scanner DPI for High-Quality Photos (via PC World)

I have started to scan photos to keep them in digital form. The scanner has dpi settings, and it takes much longer to scan at 600 dpi than at 300 or 150. Does the higher dpi setting result in a higher quality scan so that in the future I could enlarge it to print as a poster, or crop it, without losing quality?

--John Lydon, Peru

Exactly, John. The dpi setting, which stands for dots per inch, controls how large your scanned photo will be, measured in pixels. Suppose your original photo is 3 inches across. If you scan it at 150 dpi, the digital version will be 3 x 150 = 240 pixels wide. If you scan it at 300 dpi, it'll be 900 pixels wide. So the higher you set the dpi on the scanner, the more detail you'll capture, which will enable you to make bigger prints.

Of course, there are always caveats. For example, there's an upper limit beyond which increasing the dpi will have no effect. Your photo only has so much information in it. Scanning at 4000 dpi won't give you additional information if the original source material is only 300 or 600 dpi to begin with; it'll just make the digital file enormous. And many scanners can be set to resolutions far above their true optical resolution, which yields no real benefit. Check the guide that came with your scanner to see what its real resolution is, and never go beyond that value
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Top 10 Reason to use a Photo Scanning Service

  1. You can laugh at all those haircuts from back in the day!
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  10. You can print off as many copies as you want – perfect for handing out photos of your now grown children in Halloween costumes when they were five-years-old.


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Saturday, June 12, 2010

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Kodak Finds Digital Frames Have a Pulse (via ABC News)

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The Smartest Way To Share Your Scanned Photos: KODAK PULSE Digital Frame

Memories are for sharing and the best way to preserve and share your thousands of newly scanned photo snapshots, slides and negatives from is with the KODAK Pulse Digital Frame.

Never miss those precious family photos thanks to KODAK PULSE Digital Frame that stores up to 4,000 photos.

After your photos are scanned. Make sure to share the memories with your family and friends. What fun to have generations of photo memories displayed non-stop as the centerpiece to your home's decor. Rather than a few framed portraits, use the Kodak Pulse Digital Frame to show off everything.

Kodak has launched a new touchscreen-enabled digital photo frame that comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and a personal e-mail address so consumers can easily send pictures wirelessly to the frame. You can send their newest pictures directly to the PULSE Frame using an e-mail-enabled device.

The KODAK PULSE Digital Frame is the easiest way to share photos of your little ones as you can email them direct to the frame's email address from a PC or even a smartphone. Pictures can also be sent automatically to the frame as soon as you post them on Facebook.

You know how good it feels to come home to find an unexpected gift from a friend? That’s the same excitement you get every day with the KODAK PULSE Digital Frame. Now everyone can send pictures right to your frame, giving you continuous surprises. Adding your own pictures is easy too. It doesn’t slow you down with time-consuming software setups or complicated technology. It makes connecting with friends and family simple, so you’ll always have new pictures to relive and enjoy.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010 - Ripped Off

The Merchants Payments Coalition is a group of retailers, supermarkets, drug stores, convenience stores, fuel stations, on-line merchants and other businesses who are fighting against unfair credit card fees and fighting for a more competitive and transparent card system that works better for consumers and merchants alike. The coalition's member associations collectively represent about 2.7 million stores with approximately 50 million employees.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Kodak Playsport is an excellent minicamcorder

The Kodak Playsport is an excellent minicamcorder that can take some rough treatment and capture solid HD video.

Western Digital announces WD TV Live Plus HD with Netflix streaming

WD TV(R) Live Plus HD Media Player Enables Consumers to Stream Their Favorite Shows and Personal Content Directly To Their Big Screen TV

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LAKE FOREST, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WD® (NYSE: WDC), the world's leader in external storage solutions, today introduced the WD TV® Live Plus HD media player, which makes it easy for Netflix® members to instantly watch thousands of TV episodes and movies on the biggest screen in their home -- their HD television set. The new Netflix interface enables members to browse and add movies to their instant Queue on the Netflix Website right from their TV.

In addition to Netflix, the WD TV Live Plus HD media player also enables users to stream personalized Internet content from YouTube™, Flickr®, Pandora®, Live365™, as well as the MediaFly network which includes daily podcasts from CNN, NBC, MTV, ESPN® and other online content providers(1). Unlike most other Netflix-capable devices, the WD TV Live Plus HD media player also lets consumers enjoy a broad variety of the digital media they already own, creating a unified entertainment experience.

The onscreen menu brings together all of the users' available media in an elegant and simple-to-navigate interface, while the network capability enables users to stream movies from PC or Mac® computers, USB storage devices such as My Passport® portable hard drives, My Book® desktop drives, or network-attached storage such as WD's My Book® World Edition™ and WD ShareSpace™ to their HDTVs. Compatible with Windows® 7, the WD TV Live Plus HD media player enables the Windows 7 Play To feature so users can initiate and control the streaming of video, music or photos to the media player and home entertainment systems from any Windows 7-based PC on their network.

The WD TV Live Plus HD media player fulfills consumers' growing demand for large libraries of digital videos, photos and music. According to research firm Parks Associates, the average broadband household will see its digital media storage needs grow to nearly 900 GB by year-end 2014. And users are increasingly looking for easy ways to enjoy the content on the big screen. Parks' findings reveal that the sales of connected consumer electronics devices, such as connected TVs and digital media adapters, is expected to more than double from 57 million units in 2009 to 115 million units in 2013 (Home Networks for Consumer Electronics 2009).

Similar to the popular generations of WD TV HD media players that preceded it, the WD TV Live Plus HD media player connects directly to a users' HDTV and plays almost any file stored on a connected USB drive such as My Passport portable hard drives. The WD TV Live Plus HD media player features powerful media processing, which enables playback in Full-HD 1080p resolution. WD TV Live Plus HD media player also plays movies, music and photos stored on other popular USB devices such as digital camcorders and digital cameras.

"Netflix has become a 'must have' for consumer electronics devices," said Netflix vice president of business development Bill Holmes. "We're proud to align with WD to include Netflix on WD's groundbreaking WD TV Live Plus HD media player."

"While Netflix can be found on an increasing number of products such as Internet TVs, Blu-ray Players, video game consoles, and other stand-alone devices, the WD TV Live Plus HD media player is unique as it allows digital media buffs to access and play all of their own personal HD media stored anywhere on their network or USB drives. At the same time they can easily stream Netflix, Pandora, YouTube and other Internet favorites to their HDTV," said Dale Pistilli, vice president of marketing for WD's branded products group.

WD TV Live Plus HD Media Player

Features of the WD TV Live Plus HD media player include:

* Full-HD 1080p video playback and navigation with the included remote control and crisp, animated navigation menus;
* Access to thousands of TV episodes and movies to watch instantly for any Netflix member with an unlimited subscription;
* Wireless ready to support wireless network connection to your home network with an optional USB wireless adapter, which is sold separately;
* Supports a wide variety of the most popular file formats with no need to spend time transcoding;
* Play videos, music and photos from the Internet on your big screen TV and discover new music with Pandora Internet radio or listen to thousands of radio stations via Live365 Internet radio, daily podcasts from the MediaFly network including CNN, NBC, MTV, ESPN and other online content providers;
* Ethernet port for wired or WiFi connection(2) to access files anywhere on the network to play movies, music, and photos from any PC or drive on a home network;
* Turns a USB drive(3) into an HD media player and plays content from most popular USB drives, digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage devices;
* Unlimited media collection, just add more USB drives for more space;
* Two USB ports that allow seamless media playback from multiple USB drives displayed in a single list and sorted by media type;
* Windows 7-compatible Play To feature enables users to stream Windows 7 computer files to the TV through WD TV Plus HD media player;
* Transfer files by copying, moving or deleting files stored on a USB drive, a network drive, camcorder, or a camera to the attached USB drive using the on-screen menus;
* Works with digital cameras, digital video cameras and any other digital imaging device that supports Picture Transfer Protocol;
* Advanced navigation options including thumbnail and list views, media library and search;
* Photo viewing to create custom slide shows, zoom and pan and search;
* Movie viewing with fast-forward, rewind, pause, zoom and pan, view subtitles, and search;

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Registration for PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo 2010 Now Open

Gold Expo Pass to Top Ranked Trade Show Offers VIP Status / Special Access to Keynotes and Special Events

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo, named one of the best trade shows in the U.S. by Exhibitor Magazine three years running, announced today that attendee registration for the 2010 PDN PhotoPlus Expo (PPE10) is now open. PDN PhotoPlus Expo 2010 will take place from October 28-30, 2010 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Attendees can register free at ( or purchase a special PhotoPlus Gold Expo Pass at a reduced cost for a limited time at only $49. The Early Bird Rate for the Gold Expo pass expires on October 15, 2010. The Gold Expo Pass offers tremendous value to attendees and provides exclusive VIP offers including a Nikon Gold Expo "swag bag" filled with a variety of premium items, priority admission to keynote sessions and special events, access to the Gold Expo Oasis, a private lounge area, 2 tickets to the 8th Annual Lucie Awards held October 27 at Lincoln Center, discounts around town, and much more.

Attendees to this year's show will gain valuable knowledge and inspiration from some of the greatest photographers and imaging experts in the world, with over 100 seminars, special events and hands-on workshops. In addition, this year's seminar and workshop schedule places special emphasis on the convergence of still photography and video to help attendees learn more about the direction new technology is taking the world of photography. A complete schedule of seminars and workshops will be available at at the end of July.

"For more than 25 years, PhotoPlus Expo has been a comprehensive learning center for professional photographers and enthusiasts who need to see and understand the latest technologies and how they can be applied to their business and overall craft," explains Jeff McQuilkin, PDN PhotoPlus Expo Show Director. "By bringing together top photographic manufacturers and world class photographers and imaging experts under one roof, PDN PhotoPlus Expo has essentially become the world's largest classroom where photographers can learn, share, and sharpen their skills for the future."

PDN PhotoPlus Expo has become more than an annual trade show for industry leaders including Nikon, Canon, Eastman Kodak, and more than 200 other manufacturers.

It has become the meeting place where photographers and other visual communications professionals can share their thoughts and ideas with peers, learn new trends and applications from the masters, and gain a unique perspective into the future of their craft.

About PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo

Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries, PhotoPlus showcases the latest advances in photography, both traditional and digital. Held annually at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services - everything from image capture and color management to retouching and storage - all from the industry's leading manufacturers. The show also offers over 100 photography and imaging seminars and hands-on workshops taught by world-renowned experts with a focus on cutting-edge innovations in digital imaging products and techniques.




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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Funny Kids Telling Jokes & Babies Laughing

This is adorably cute - A compilation of great one-line jokes told by really funny kids, spliced in with a laugh track of the best baby laughs on the web.

The “Pomp and Circumstance” Surrounding Good Graduation Photos

Get out your cameras, and get ready for May! It is time to start thinking about upcoming graduations.

Everyone has images embedded in their heads of the graduate standing with a friend, showing off their diplomas; but how about making some interesting images to go along with the “must haves” shots?

Be ready for the important shot

All grads throw their hats up in the air, so you need to be ready before it happens. It is best to be on higher ground to capture this image; a car makes a great stepladder in a pinch.

“Before” images make great memories
Take a shot before the activities begin. The day goes by so quickly. The student in this photo and her friends helped set up the auditorium before the guests arrived. They posed for some silly, but memorable, images that will make it fun when looking back.

It can be wonderful to remember a room you may have sat in for years before graduation day. It is nice to see it in a quiet state.

Capture all events
Yearbook signings around campus are an important end-of-the-year event. Keep your eyes open and look for images that will spark future memories.

Vary your subject matter
Not all pictures have to include people. Take the opportunity to make a beautiful still-life photo showing bouquets the girls carry during a high school graduation ceremony.

Use different types of poses
Showing hands and a program is a lovely way to express feelings of joy and thought, while showing the school name to give a sense of place.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Service Members Share Thoughts on the Personal Items That Come With Them (NYT)

The New York Times again invites members of the military who are serving, or have served, in Afghanistan to help us document the daily life of this war in photographs, video and writing. Take us on a tour of the FOB, introduce us to your friends, describe the hardships of deployment and the humor that helps you pass the time. Click here.

Scan or take close-up photographs of letters you have sent or received and send copies of e-mails and digital photos you have used to keep in touch during the deployment to this New York Times address.

Steve Jobs' D8 interview: the video highlights (WSJ) #D8

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Steve Jobs Takes the Stage Tonight at D: All Things Digital Event

Apple's Steve Jobs kicks off D8 Conference

Apple CEO Steve Jobs will take the stage Tuesday night as the annual D: All Things Digital event kicks off today at an exclusive resort in Ranchos Palos Verdes, California, just 30 miles south of Los Angeles.

Much has happened since Apple CEO Steve Jobs last appeared on the D stage. At that time, in May 2007, the iPhone had not yet arrived at market, the app ecosystem it would usher in was still gestating and the iPad was simply a long-running rumor.

So the conversation onstage focused largely on the iPod, iTunes and Apple’s (AAPL) relationship with the music industry, and the forthcoming launch of the iPhone. A few months earlier, Jobs had penned a widely read open letter, “Thoughts on Music,” calling on the “big four” music companies to sell their music without digital rights management. iTunes was already the world’s largest online music distribution system, so his thoughts generated quite a bit of discussion–and a fair bit of controversy.

More info - WSJ: All Things Digital

PMA [Photo Marketing Association] 2011 Las Vegas Convention Moves to September Dates

After originally announcing the dates for the 2011 PMA would be Feb. 1-3, 2011, the Photo Marketing Association announced today that the show will now be held Sept. 8-10 next year, remaining in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall.

The PMA show has traditionally been held in the first quarter every year, but the organization cited "changes in industry buying cycles and in technology developments made the new schedule advantageous" for the change.
“Having the PMA 2011 show on the leading edge of the holiday season is the best opportunity to make critical buying decisions for the fourth quarter,” says Brian Wood 2010-11 PMA International president.

Moving the show to the pre-Q4 September dates and setting up a holiday-sell angle was also clearly a big hook for the change.

PMA member retailers and service providers can now use the largest annual photo imaging show and conference to find those new products and services that will make a holiday season successful,” explains Fox. “Also, world-class PMA convention education will provide the most up-to-date retail trends and market information.”

PMA also noted in a released statement that, “the fast-paced business world means nimble retailers and service providers no longer need the long lead of a first-quarter event. Conversely, the fall show dates are ideal for those large chain stores that do place purchase orders long in advance.”

Brent Bowyer, executive director, Independent Photo Imagers (IPI), Henderson, Nev. explained of the change, “From the independent specialty retailer’s point of view, I’m very pleased with this announcement. I welcome the opportunity to attend an early September educational event and trade show to be prepared for the huge holiday buying season. This is a fabulous idea.”

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