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Google Books

February 26, 2009 by debbie T | BooksCSSDigital PhotographyInternetWeb DesignWeb DevelopmentXHTML

I know I knew about this before, but never really looked into it….but Google has a very large collection of books to browse.


Add the books to “Your Library” so you can save them for later. There’s tons of web design, html, css, and photography books available, with links to Amazon & Barnes and Noble. Very cool!

Setting New Export Presets in Aperture 2

February 7, 2009 by debbie T | Aperture 2Digital Photography

My friend Allison from the Nosillacast podcast was having problems exporting her jpg files. She was using the "JPEG – Original Size" preset to export, but she said that the exported files were only 200kb, much too small to use for a calendar. I am hoping that I figured out her problem toward the end of this tutorial, but before we get to that, let’s take a closer look at the Aperture 2 Export options and presets.

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Create Simple HTML Photo Page in iPhoto

February 1, 2009 by debbie T | ComputersDigital PhotographyiPhotoMac SoftwareWeb DesignWeb Development

I maintain a basic web site for a local non-profit, and every year, I must update their photo page of Officers. It’s always been time consuming to try to reassemble the table html codes and move all the names and titles to their appropriate spots.

I wanted to find an easier way to create a simple html table for the photo page. I looked into iWeb, but the output page looked like a portfolio, and the code was virtually impossible to edit later.

I had imported all the necessary photo files into iPhoto, and while I was checking out the Export command, I noticed there was an option to export as web page.

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Lexar CF Memory Cards – almost free after rebate!

December 4, 2008 by debbie T | Digital Photography

Adorama is offering free shipping on the Lexar 4 GB, 133x Professional High Speed Series, Compact Flash Memory Card. After $40 rebate (and free shipping) you only pay $5 for each card (up to 3 per rebate)

lexar cf memory cards

Rebate is also available for 2 & 8GB cards:

Lexar 8 GB, 133x Professional High Speed Series, Compact Flash Memory Card – Price is $10 after rebate
Lexar 2 GB, 133x Professional High Speed Series, Compact Flash Memory Card – Price is $3 after rebate.

I grabbed two 4gb cards this morning! It’s a great deal, especially with the free shipping!

iPhone 10,000 App Mosaic

December 1, 2008 by debbie T | Digital Photography

Originally uploaded by taptaptap.com

How cool is this! You have to see it full size to appreciate it!

Tuesday Archives – dig out your old photos

November 25, 2008 by debbie T | Digital PhotographyFlickr

I don’t remember being this uninspired last year. I guess because it’s been so cold and brown. Everything is just so boring, I haven’t wanted to snap photos (and that isn’t like me!)

So, I have been digging through my hard drive, viewing older archived photos. I took so many photos this summer, I didn’t have enough time to process and share them on Flickr.

Now is the perfect time to share older photos, and I have also been noticing a lot of other Flickr users have been posting from their archives as well. So, I thought about a new group – Tuesday Archives.

The group just started this week, and we have about 50 members so far.

I don’t think it’s something that will be popular all year long; I have a feeling that once Christmas gets closer, participation might fade a bit, since people will be sharing holiday photos. And then the snow will be flying soon (at least in New England) and that will bring new inspiration.

But for now, it’s fun to dig through the archives and find something fun to share. Come join us, all Flickr users are welcome!

Happy Tuesday Archives! HTA

Fly, Fly Away!

Aperture 2: The Adjustments Panel

November 20, 2008 by debbie T | Aperture 2Art and GraphicsDigital PhotographyMac Software

This tutorial takes you through a few of the customizations and options of the Adjustments panel. Keep in mind, the Adjustments panel has a set of menus, and each tool has its own menu as well.

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Night Time Photograpy

November 17, 2008 by debbie T | Aperture 2Digital Photography

Long shutter speeds are great for ocean and sky shots. Also great for night shots.

cold night

Tonight my wonderful husband drove me to a nearby beach to take some long exposure photos. It was very cold and the wind was strong, but I had a great time!

My info:

The RAW photo was edited in Aperture 2, along with some “dodge and burn” – love the dodge & burn in Aperture 2.

Happy Nifty Fifty Friday

November 14, 2008 by debbie T | Digital PhotographyFlickr

Happy Nifty Fifty Friday!

Pools of sorrow waves of joy are drifting through my open mind possessing and caressing me

The nifty fifty lens is a inexpensive and powerful addition to your dSLR camera bag. Either the f/1.8 (cheap) or f/1.4 (nicer, but a little more expensive) will help you learn how different aperture openings affect depth of field.

Well I am late for work, I would post more details, but it will have to wait until another time! HNFF!!

HBW – Photos at the Cemetery

November 12, 2008 by debbie T | Digital PhotographyFlickr


HBW! (Happy bokeh wednesday)

These (fake) roses were taken at a cemetery back in July 2008. We were driving around New Hampshire on vacation, and I was thrilled to find one of my favorite cemeteries – in fact, it was the first cemetery that I photographed the summer before, when I first got my XTi.

The first time I visited, I wasn’t paying attention to where I was, so the location was forgotten. I was so happy to find it again!

If you are in the area, it’s the Davis Meetinghouse on Green Mountain Road in Ossipee, NH. It’s off of Rt 153. Yahoo map location

The photo below is one of my favorites from that first shoot back in 2007. It was so unusual to find a daddy long legs spider here. And these are the same roses in both photos!

Graveyard Daddy Long Legs

Have a great Wednesday!