The Best Quality Photo Prints are Digitally Enhanced





From an idea to domination

From 1961 when “Eugene F. Lally of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory” had an idea “to take pictures of the planets and stars while travelling through space to give information about the astronauts’ position…” to 1975 when the first digital camera was actually created “by Steve Sasson, an engineer at Kodak,”; to 1991 with creation of the Nikon F3, “the digital camera you could [actually] buy; to 1997 when the first cameraphone photo is shared; to 2014 when digital photography dominates the market to a point where “experts predict that as many as 380 billion photographs are taken each year” and that number has continued to rise “as the world gradually saturates with digital cameras,” digital photography had at that time become the technology of choice for all manner of photography, professional and otherwise.

Digital photography is considered to be the easiest way to take a snapshot and enhance its overall quality, features and appearance, especially when viewed as an artform; because the act of taking pictures without the need for film must truly be seen as art. And because there is no film involved in the process of taking pictures digitally, the photographer will have a unique convenience (luxury?) of saving those shots which are good and eliminating others which are bad. Digital photography offers the easiest method of capturing good images and converting them into interesting art pieces.

That having been said, it is important to recognize that digital photography has indeed come a long way, as outlined in the first paragraph of this article; and ever since the introduction of digital cameras to the world, along with development of computers, formation of the Internet and the World Wide Web, this seemingly miraculous creation of digital photographic equipment and methodology has produced tremendous conveniences in the world of photography where anyone and everyone with digital cameras can take a picture and upload it to a computer, thereby sharing it with friends from their local area as well as some from around the world.

Digital enhancements

Today there are many digital photography services available on the internet; and there are several companies that specialize in services such as digital imaging, image restoration, photo retouching, and photo editing and digital enhancement. Other digital imaging services are also offered to provide satisfaction to photo hobbyists; and while more and more people are using digital cameras for reasons already stated, including the fact that it’s easy to take a picture and edit it according to what you want. After all, who would not want a picture-perfect shot? The fact must be pointed out however, that picture taking (photographic shots, angles and quality) does not always result in the best and most acceptable images, and this is exactly where digital enhancement becomes useful and necessary.

If you’re wondering, so what exactly is digital enhancement? The answer to your question could simply be that digital enhancement is the answer to all image quality problems; but that kind of answer is a bit too simplistic. A more detailed answer might be that digital enhancement is the best way to improve your snapshot and make it look more attractive, because with digital enhancement, you can easily increase the attractiveness of images by simply adjusting the brightness, contrast and sharpness of the image. And photographers also has the chance to enhance the color balance of a picture, while resizing the image and cropping it at the same time, which can also be done with ease.

Advantages of digital photography

There are many innovative ways on how to improve a snapshot; and all of these are made possible because of digital technology. Anyone who is active in photography can take advantage of the digital photography services that are being offered online, as digital prints are long-lasting compared to the traditional photos. They are fade-resistant and water-proof; and another great advantage of digital photography is that everything about editing and printing photos is accomplished with the help of do-it-yourself printers. Photo prints produced in this manner are proven to last much longer, unlike the film-based photography.

Digital enhancement works in a way that allows a photographer the opportunity to prepare his/her pictures and modify them to achieve the greatest image quality; and anyone can do the photo enhancements using photo editing software, or by utilizing the services of a professional digital photography firm. When you opt to use photo editing software, the image is usually saved in jp or jpeg format, after which you can upload the images and send them to several websites that offer photo printing services.

All options considered

When taken into consideration, all these digital photography basics will bring you, the photographer, a number of excellent options when it comes to taking pictures with great quality and in their best form. If you are a photography professional, hobbyist or casual participant, you should make the most of what what digital technology has to offer; because if you want to get quality pictures, there is no better way to accomplish that than to utilize the digital editing and enhancement services that are available through the photo printers available online. With these services at hand, picture-perfect shots are just within reach.


Free Blogging Platforms: A Few Pros and Cons





To start blogging

For first time bloggers, a free blogging platform is a great way to get started in the blogosphere in the sense that, popular free blogging platforms like Live Journal, Blogger or Eponym allow users to set up and host a blog without paying any fees at all. This encourages people to start blogging, because the fact that one of these sites can provide you with all of the tools you’ll need to get your blog up and running without spending any money means that you have nothing to lose by starting a blog. The fact that it is so easy to find a way to blog for free is one of the reasons why so many people who have never had any other kind of web presence before find themselves drawn to blogging.

By signing up with a free blogging platform, you may find it easier to get listed in search engines than you would if you were starting your own blog from scratch. For example, Google runs a free blog hosting site known as Blogspot and crawls its pages on a regular basis looking for updates; so if you have your blog hosted by Blogspot you are almost guaranteed to be listed on Google’s blog search engine. This easy access to search engines can take some of the work out of promoting your blog, and can help you gain a following with a minimum of marketing effort.

So utilizing the tools and resources provided by established free blogging platform to do your personal blogging will provide plenty of advantages; for the blogging newcomers as well as some seasoned bloggers who started with such a platform and find no reason to move. Keep in mind also, that platforms which host many different blogs often provide very useful tutorials about building and updating a typical blog, and most newcomers to blogging will likely encounter very user-friendly software interfaces at most of the established blogging platforms like those mentioned above. In addition, these platforms provide a kind of instant community of fellow bloggers who are capable of providing advice, insight, and feedback.

Advantages and challenges

Furthermore, some of these free platforms often keep directories of their members, a practice which can be of great benefit for your traffic logs since it means that other bloggers on the platform will find out about your pages and probably take steps to learn more about your topic (or niche), your writing style and your personal views, among other things. In short, users of that particular blogging platform will want to get acquainted with each other and improve relationships, thereby strengthening common bonds and making the platform stronger and better while supporting each other as well as the overall platform.

That having been said, it is important to understand that participation in one of these blogging platforms, while advantageous in most instances, can also present some challenges which often come with linking up with any large blogging platform. One example of such challenges is, posting within existing templates of a platform like Blogger, would likely result in an individual blogger – presumably like you if you are an active blogger – running the risk of having your blog look and feel like that of every other blogger on the platform, so that we lose some of the uniqueness and individuality which would otherwise identify your specific brand on a platform of our own creation if we possessed the skills and resources to create it.

Deciding when to move

In other words, if your blog attracts a large readership, you may want to consider moving your site. In fact, you might agree with those who feel that being hosted by a free blogging platform gives a blog kind of an amateur flavor that is fine for a new member of the blogosphere, but is not appropriate for a high-profile blog, and if so that maybe even more incentive to move. Having your own domain can help you make your blog sound, look and feel professional, and finding a company that will host your domain is not difficult or expensive. Once your blog takes off, you will probably be able to sell enough advertising space to be able to financially afford a domain and pay for a hosting package, and still have money left over. However, it does not make sense, in most cases, to invest in these glossy luxuries before you have a sizable readership.

It is no secret that the blogging movement is very much about the creation of distinctive sites which feature, represent and promote the development of individual voices, so it makes plenty of sense that many bloggers would shy away from so-called “cookie-cutter” look and feel that blogging platforms like Live Journal, Blogger or even WordPress (the non-self-hosted variety) often promote. Many bloggers feel that the content of a blog is what makes it distinctive, not the look of the blog, but many members of the blogging community feel that the visual impact of a blog should match the originality of the writing and individuality of the writer.

The fact remains

Nevertheless, starting your blog on a free blogging web site is a great way to build a following before you spend any money on your blog; but if and when your blog becomes popular and you are ready to take the next step and purchase your own domain, your readers will follow you to your new home. The fact that it is possible to use a free blog host like any of those mentioned above, or one of the many o0ther platforms available on today’s Web, as a kind of incubator for your blog is great news for bloggers everywhere.


A Glimpse Into the World of Professional Blogging





Attraction to pro blogging

Professional blogging is very attractive as a vocation with a lot of potential for entrepreneurs who have a basic understanding of today’s innovative Web technology, as well as discipline, motivation and insight into one or more topics about which to write. The number of so-called pro bloggers who earn reasonable sums of money from their blogs are small; and still smaller is the group of bloggers who make a living entirely from blogging. Kimberly Palmer, a senior editor for U.S. News Money and author of the book, The Economy of You, citing a Pro blogger survey in her How to Earn Money as a Professional Blogger article, wrote:

“…most bloggers earn less than $100 per month, and 3 in 10 earn less than $10 per month. Only 16 percent of the 4,000 respondents say they make more than $2,500 a month.” That having been said, however, the number of bloggers who have managed to monetize their blog enough to supplement an existing income have increased since 2009 when Ms. Palmer’s article was written; and the pro blogging community is growing at a rate which can be described as moderate, but it is difficult to say whether this trend will continue since competition for online advertising dollars has increased at a much faster rate.

Many Web users and marketers dream of entering the sphere of professional blogging, even while there are some who happily devote an hour or more each day to their blog with the ever present wish that they could earn some kind of financial reward for all of their work. But those who yearn to monetize their blogs must know and utilize existing models for making money from their blogging activity, the most popular of which is to sell advertising space through Google’s AdSense program, or the less popular method of selling advertising space to one or more companies that wish to reach the bloggers’ audience.

A self-supporting blogosphere

Indeed, the number of people who do make a comfortable living just by selling space on their blogs comprises a very small percentage of an otherwise vibrant online marketplace; but this has not been a deterrent to aspiring pro bloggers, simply because the attraction of this vocation and the lifestyle it it supports appeal to many. Aspiring pro bloggers need not be dissuaded as they will find it comforting news that bloggers – pro, amateur and blogging hobbyists – are very supportive of each other in the sense that most of the people who read weblogs are bloggers themselves.

The self-supporting characteristic of this blogosphere is due – in part – to the fact that people who use blogging technology on a daily basis are most likely to be interested in what other writers are doing with the medium. And this is a fact that begins to explain why those who succeed in the world of professional blogging are mostly individuals who have devoted themselves almost entirely to learning about, talking about, and writing about blogging. More than any other topic, pro bloggers turn their attention to the phenomenon of blogging itself; and a lot of pro bloggers make their topic of blogging the stunningly self-reflexive focus of their blogs on an ongoing basis.

Of course, professional blogging is destined to become much more complicated in the future than it is today; but it must be said that pro bloggers who attract the largest audiences and make the most money are mostly concerned with investigating the blogging movement as well as offering advice to amateur bloggers. However, as the kinds of people who regularly read blogs change, and the demographics of bloggers expand and diversify as blogging software becomes more user-friendly, it is very likely that the world of pro blogging will begin to reflect these changes.

Pro blogging in flux

Indeed, it is very difficult to predict exactly what kinds of blogs will be reaping the greatest financial rewards five or ten years from now; but the world of pro blogging is one of constant change, and continues to be in a state of flux – not unlike the overall blogosphere and the larger Internet community – which is part of what makes it so exciting, appealing and inviting. If you are an aspiring pro blogger, it might be helpful for morale to heed the words of pro blogger Jim Wang, who is quoted as offering this advice: ‘Be patient. “It takes years to get to the point where you can earn a living off the site,” a sentiment which echoed by other successful pro bloggers who know what it takes to achieve pro blogging success.