Laura Emery, Field Editor
are so many advantages to digital photography: delete the photos you don’t
like and develop the ones you do; save hundreds, even thousands of photos on
easily stored DVDs or CDs; and share your favorite photos with family and
friends with a few clicks of the mouse.
despite the advantages of digital photography, many people aren’t aware of
the wide variety of things they can do with their photos online.
Internet is filled with Web sites that will take your fun with digital
photography to a whole new level.
Your Own Book with Blurb
Web site says it best: “Holding a finished book with your name on the
cover is a truly amazing feeling; it’s one of those experiences everyone
Web site allows users to create their own hard-bound books filled with
photographic memories and text that will last a lifetime. The end product is
stunning and of the highest quality —professional and polished. If you
have digital photographs you’ve been storing on your computer’s hard
drive because you don’t know what to do with them — this is a must-see
Web site. For prices starting at just $12.95, you can create something
amazing with your own memories.
start, simply download the program, Blurb BookSmart, from off the Web site
and let it walk you through the process of creating your own one-of-a-kind
book. There are lots of options — four different sizes, three different
cover types. Books can be anywhere from 20 pages to 440 pages long.
insert your own digital pictures and insert text at your own pace. Then when
you’re satisfied that you’ve created a masterpiece, you upload it to the
Web site. Once you place your order, the professional-quality book will be
in your mailbox in approximately two weeks. Once you see how much fun the
process is and how amazing your book will look, you’ll be back to make
more books to celebrate every momentous occasion!
Your Face on Anything
Wal-Mart’s online digital photo center, you can take an ordinary digital
photo and turn it into a number of different personalized items. Personalize
mugs, boxer shorts, playing cards, frosted steins, mouse pads, desk sets,
and neckties for the men; memory books, greeting cards, stationery and
posters for doting grandparents; picture plates, key chains, keepsake boxes,
serving trays, magazine covers, and coasters for newlyweds; wall clocks,
throw pillows, cutting boards, and aprons for the new homeowner; or fun
T-shirts, baby bibs, diaper bags, celebration throw blankets and baby
bodysuits for new parents. There is a personalized product for every
occasion — and it’s as easy as a click of the mouse.
begin creating a personalized product, simply download your favorite photos
to the Web site. Once that’s done, choose the item or items you’d like
to create. Once you’ve placed your order, it’s only a matter of weeks
before you get your personalized item in the mail.
& Share Your Photos For Free
Snapfish.com, the photo opportunities are plentiful. You can upload or
e-mail digital photos to Snapfish. When you upload your photos to Snapfish
for the first time, you even get 20 prints for free. Along with being able
to order high-quality prints, you can also share your favorite photo albums
with friends and family.
most memorable moments are limitless — and so is storage in your Snapfish
account. You can store every birthday surprise, wedding toast, and baby’s
smile online, and then share them for free. You can even create a group room
to privately share photos, post comments, and create projects with friends
and family. As the Web site says, “With Snapfish, sharing is
can also help make editing and enhancing your photos much easier. Use the
free tools to easily remove red-eye, crop out unwanted background objects,
or lighten dark images. You can also have a little fun with your photos by
converting them to black-and-white for a more sophisticated look. Or, add
unique borders to your photos and insert text captions. The options are