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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Kodak Pulse digital photo frame lets you e-mail your pictures to the frame

Digital picture frames are great. Â They let you take all of those digital pictures and show them off to family and friends. Â Problem is, many of us throw 30 or 40 pictures on the frame when we first get it and never update them. Â It's just too much trouble to load up a new memory card and pop it into the frame. Â Kodak wants to change that.

The Kodak Pulse digital picture frame adds Wi-Fi to the equation. It still has SD, Compact Flash and USB plugs on the side like most digital frames but it also has Wi-Fi, which makes adding pictures so much easier. When you first power up the frame you'll have to connect it to a Wi-Fi network

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What People Are Saying About

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Louis Vuitton “Core Values” Video is an Inspiration.

Every business has much to learn from Louis Vuitton. From entrepreneurial tech companies, like, to giant multinational conglomerates, this video is a primer for every company.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Real Kodak Moment Happens When You Share

Check out the Kodak video featured in New York Times article The real Kodak Moment happens when you share. Visit to learn more.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Top 10 Tips for Digital Photography 101

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1. Explore the light. Learn to read where the light is coming from by looking at shadows - notice if the shadows are hard-edged or soft-edged. A general rule for beautiful images is to plan your photo shoot for early morning or late afternoon light because softer shadows equate to less contrast in your scene and more flattering light for your subject. If you must shoot images at high noon, move your subject under the shade of a tree or building.

2. Mix it up! Change your angle and distance from your subject when taking the photo. Viewing images taken from the same distance and angle becomes dull and boring. With children, get down on their level and don’t be afraid to zoom in close to capture every detail.

3. Use the rule of thirds and move your subject over to the side of the frame. Placing people right in the middle of the frame is great for the perfunctory passport and driver’s license photo, but unless other interesting compositional elements are present, it’s not an exciting image. Think of the scene in your viewfinder or on your LCD display as a tic-tac-toe board and mentally divide the image into thirds, and place something of interest at one or more of the intersections.

4. Keep it real. Don’t force a child to strike a pose or force a smile. A compelling photograph captures an authentic moment, a look, or a gesture that elicits a feeling from the viewer. Motivate kids to move around and photograph them from a variety of angles. Choose a location for your shoot, then encourage play, action, and activity. Be silly and have fun.

5. Mode Dial - Get creative and choose a customized Mode Dial setting! The Basic Zone Modes (icons) automatically choose the exposure settings for your selected scene. The Creative Zone Modes (P, TV, AV, M) can give you full or partial creative control over your exposure settings.

6. Daytime is a good time to use your on-camera flash. You can fill in dark shadows across faces created by harsh overhead sun, and illuminate your subject when they’re positioned in front of a bright background.

7. Get closer than normal by using the macro mode on your camera. The flower icon button activates the macro mode and enables you to focus closer to your subject and capture details in your images that were previously too small or out of focus. Just because macro mode is represented by a flower doesn’t mean that flowers are the only allowable subject. Get creative with a few of the following macro photo ideas:

• Flowers and insects
• The human eye
• Baby’s fingers and toes
• Textural detail in fabric, stone or wood
• Coins and collectables

8. Control the light. Create a more attractive image by bouncing or diffusing the available light. Bouncing light brightens up faces, gets rid of shadows and creates a catch-light in your subject’s eyes. Diffusing the light softens harsh light falling upon your subject. You can buy a reflector or diffuser at a camera store, but you can also use common household items. Aluminum foil wrapped around a baking sheet, a car dashboard reflector, or a white foam core board can be used to reflect light. Translucent fabric, sheer shower curtains, or plastic bags can be used to diffuse the light.

9. Give yourself ROOM to ZOOM. To eliminate distracting elements and provide a flattering perspective – stand back and give yourself room to zoom into your subject and fill the frame.

10. Think about using color to create a compelling image. From vibrant contrasts of primary colors to the Zen-like mood of harmonious blues and greens, color can determine the emotional content of a photograph.

Prepared by Erin Manning. For more information, visit

Thursday, July 1, 2010

TIP: How to Take Great Fireworks Photographs

Arrive at the venue well before dark to be sure there are no trees in your way. If you’re sitting on the grass, take the higher ground so those who arrive after you do not block your view.

Bring a tripod.If toting a tripod is inconvenient, bring a monopod. The tripod is the only accessory which can improve EVERY image you capture.

Set your camera’s ISO to 400.
Keep in mind high ISO settings and undesirable image noise go together, so be prepared to deal with that later on. Experiment with ISO settings of 800 and 200, and other ISO settings, too.
Turn the camera’s built-in flash OFF. This setting is generally indicated by the circle-slash-lighting bolt icon. You may want to try a shot or two using the Night Portrait flash setting if there are people in the shot. Try it at least once.

Set the camera on manual and the f/stop to the largest setting(remember, that’s the smallest number, like f2.8 or f3.5).

Set the shutter speed to 1/60th of a second for starters. Later you’ll shoot at 1/30, and 1/15 settings until you find the right combination. If you’re quick you can shoot two or three shots of each burst of fireworks, and if you’re really quick you can change shutter speeds on the fly. Use the LCD monitor to judge whether or not you’ve achieved proper exposure. When you do, continue to shoot at that combination. Fireworks are much brighter than you think. So, err on the side of under exposure and you’ll probably be right.

No manual settings? Then you’ll have to shoot on Auto. The only way you can adjust the camera is by increasing and decreasing the ISO setting. If your camera selects a shutter speed that’s too long (like one-half second) your image will be a white-ish mess of streaks. Begin with the highest possible ISO setting and work your way down.

No need for autofocus here.
If your camera has Manual Focus, Landscape Mode or forced Infinity Focus setting, you’re in luck. If not, you’ll probably still be okay, but you may lose some time while the autofocus servo motors scoot the lens in and out, looking for somewhere to lock focus. They usually default to infinity, but you could miss a shot or two.

All photography requires a good sense of timing.Anticipate the flash point and trip the shutter so it’s open during the peak brilliance of the explosion. Light travels faster than sound, so you’ll see the flash before you hear it.

Use your infrared remote release, which allows you to trigger the camera without touching it. Touching the camera, even when it’s on a tripod, transfers movement which can reduce sharpness in the picture. If you must press the shutter release button by hand, do it ever so gently.

If you’re lucky enough to be watching fireworks launched over water, include some reflections. If at a baseball stadium, catch part of the scoreboard to add a sense of venue.

Fireworks are small explosions.
Fireworks burn on their way to the ground and leave a trail of sparks and smoke. Because they are in freefall, they move at the whim of prevailing winds. Watch which way the wind is blowing, and if practical, have the wind at your back. It will blow the debris away from your view and you’ll get better results.

And finally:

Don’t set your camera down on the ground (as in wet grass) or it may become damaged.
Since you’ll be running the LCD monitor continuously for up to thirty minutes, bring a spare battery if you have one. Buy a spare battery if you do not.

The high ISO settings will cause image noise to appear in your otherwise perfect pictures. This can be removed in post-processing.

Bring a small flashlight.
Many times the end of the performance is signaled by a rapid fire barrage of white concussion rockets. Although they’re not at all colorful, they still make interesting pictures—especially because they illuminate so much of the ground below them..

Prepared by Take Great Pictures. Senior Writer Jon Sienkiewicz. For more tips visit
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