Photography

Enjoying a day on the golf course with Will Smith, Michael Jordan & Michael Phelps! by JD Andrews

This is a serious Mlife moment!

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Why I love ThisLife (cloud photo storage) and you will too... by JD Andrews

Five months and 27,020 photos later and I'm still loving ThisLife.com.
A cloud based photo and video storage website that makes uploading, storing and searching the 'moments' in your life quick and easy.

 

7 reasons why I love ThisLife:

 

 1. Oh Where, Oh Where - It finds and uploads all your photos and videos that are scattered around the web and puts them all in one place. That includes RAW files and HD video!

2. Anytime, Anywhere - Everything is stored in the cloud, safe and sound. No worries about that hard drive failure or a camera malfunction and I can access everything anywhere in the world (if there's an internet connection, duh)

 3. Can you find me now? - The visual search makes it so easy to locate that photo of a person, place or even a certain activity plus it has facial recognition technology, duplicate detection and image enhancement.

4. There’s an app for that! - Very nice iPhone and iPad app!

5. Nothing is Free, Except This - 1,000 photos or 1 hour of video with the free account.

 6. Share and Share alike - You can share what you want, with whom you want, when you want. Send pics to your Facebook wall, Twitter, Tumblr or old fashion e-mail.

7. Privacy Please! - You control all your Moments. They don’t own them and They can’t view them. All defaults are private.

 

*Disclaimer: I contacted ThisLife to let them know how much I liked their product. After many conversations I decided to work with them and help get the word out about my new favorite cloud photo storage service.

 

“I have read and agree to the Terms” Yes, Click! LIAR! by JD Andrews

We click them all the time, if you don't you can't join Facebook or Twitter, install software on your computer or post your photos on-line. So we scroll through paragraph after paragraph of mind numbing legal mumbo jumbo to reach that button “I have read and agree to the Terms” ummm....sure I did....*click*

"ToS or Terms of service — also known as Terms of Use, Terms & Conditions - are rules which one must agree to abide by in order to use a service. Terms of Service can also be referred to as Terms of Use or sometimes merely a Disclaimer, especially regarding the use of websites"

Have you ever taken the time to actually read one, me neither.

If we did, we'd probably not be so quick to click that 'accept' button.

But there is hope... http://tos-dr.info Terms of Service Didn't Read.

A great site that DOES read them and breaks each down and gives them a rating from Class A (good) to Class E (bad) — it helps us mere mortals understand what we just agreed to. Some service's like Twitter and Facebook are not rated yet but there is a break down of what's in their ToS.

To my surprise, a service that I've used for years and years and have even told others to use it, received the worst rating, Class E - the Twitter photo sharing service Twitpic.

Here are just a few scary tidbits you'll find in their ToS:

  • × Twitpic takes credit for your content
  • - Your content is for Twitpic and their partners
  • × Deleted images are not really deleted

In my opinion, that's not a service I want to continue using, So I deleted my 1,713 photos (even though the photos are really never deleted) and closed my account.

Thanks to sites like tos-dr.info for making it easier to understand what we agreed to after signing up for these services and helping us make better choices in the future.

Be careful out there, watch each others back! :)

~jd

eXperimenting with HDR by JD Andrews

 

The first time I heard about HDR or (High Dynamic Range Imaging) was in my iPhone. If you've never heard of HDR, it's the combination of two photos, one over exposed and one under exposed, to create the "perfect" photo.

My HDR pic of El Morro Castle in Old San Juan

Beyond the iPhone, It seems to be getting more popular and moving to the professional photo world.

To see some amazing HDR photography and watch tutorials to get you started, check out Trey Ratcliff's site Stuck in Customs.

What are your thoughts on HDR?

If you are already making HDR photos, do you have any tips?

Keep on shooting! 

 

Safe Travels
~jd
"Live the Adventure"

 

My HDR shot of Old San JuanMy HDR beach shot - San Juan