Send a mouth-watering gift that tells a story for any occasion. Spell out your message in chocolates by proposing your love or just satisfy the chocoholic within.
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Send a mouth-watering gift that tells a story for any occasion. Spell out your message in chocolates by proposing your love or just satisfy the chocoholic within.
DigiGifts – Personalised Gifts, Australia announced some fun easy to enter photo competitions via their facebook page recently intended for photographers of all ages and skill levels from amateur to professional photographers.
The competition is enabling fans to share some of their favourite photographs with their friends, family and other photo enthusiasts in the hopes to win a photo gift prize which they can use to either highlight their winning photo or any other photo / design they desire on the prize. Prizes so far have included photo wall canvases, mugs and keyrings.
Themes so far have included Water (for July – August), Sun (for September) and Pets (for October) with a new theme each month. The Water theme saw a mixture of rivers, lakes, oceans, pools and beaches while the Sun theme saw a great collection of sunsets, sunrises and everything in between. The current theme of pets has already highlighted a great mixture of furry friends from dogs, cats, horses and donkeys.
“We started these competitions to not only provide fans with a fun way to showcase their great photos but also to enable them to see many great ideas of things they can do with their wonderful images from printing onto canvases, mugs, timber placemats, photo crystals and much more.” says Nadia Kerr, owner. “At the same time we wanted to make it worth their while by offering prizes to the winners each and every month. The first few months we have provided the winner with a 16×20″ photo canvas and two runners up the choice of either a photo mug or keyring with the plan to change up prizes as the competitions continue.”
Follow DigiGifts on facebook for details on how to enter the current competition.
There are several different file formats, and many photographers are a little unclear about the difference between each. Some common questions usually asked in relation to print quality & formats below:
- What’s the preferred file type: RAW, PNG, TIFF or JPEG?
- Why don’t the prints I ordered look as good as what I see on my computer monitor?
- My last order of 8×10 inch prints didn’t look as good as my 4 inch prints.
- I have a choice on my camera for quality / megapixel settings, which should I use?
- I recieved my photo gift and the quality is different from the original printed photo, why?
These questions are answered in the information provided below. If you still have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact usfor more detailed information.
Formats for Saving Pictures
There are a number of file formats available for saving pictures such as RAW, PNG, TIFF, JPEG, GIF, etc. Each of these formats has a useful purpose; if you take lots of pictures, you may want to move beyond PNG or JPEG file format which is usually the default on most digital cameras.
Whether shooting in JPEG or RAW, remember to back up photos after moving them from the camera to the computer. Burn them to a DVD, or transfer them to a portable hard drive kept in another location – away from the computer. Better yet, seek the advice of a local photo retailer for archiving and storage options.
What size should I save them at?
It can get very confusing what quality or format to save your images, however if you plan on one day printing your images it is recommened to save them at one of the largest size as you can always scale them down with various software or online tools. This is also dependant on the amount of space on your memory stick or in-built camera storage space so aim for a larger size where possible, but if you can only save 10-50 photos at the largest size you may prefer going down a size or two for a lot more photos to be saved at slightly lower sizes which are still good enough to print.
Web page images tend to load quickly because they are reduced in size for optimum loading speed. The same occurs with most photos posted on social media websites such as facebook, myspace, twitter, etc. Photos posted on social media website are usually not ideal to use for printing as they appear clear on a computer screen but are much smaller when printed out with a printer. It is usually best to use the original photograph where possible for printing.
GIF, PNG and JPEG are usually the most preferred image file formats for web pages because they can be saved at lower quality than RAW or TIFF file formats.
File Formats for Making Prints
For those special images you want to print and display, the preferred file format is TIFF. TIFF is an uncompressed file format which hasn’t been reduced in any way and preserves all of the original settings. RAW file formats are also very large like TIFF files, but less commonly used online and between different camera versions so you may later find compatibility issues using default RAW settings.
JPEG File Format:
For lots of amateurs and family photographers, JPEG is just fine. Make sure the camera is set to the highest quality resolution setting and to save pictures with the least amount of compression. The camera manual will explain how to do this. A photo retailer can also help. JPEG is fine for snapshots, but you have limited ability to correct overexposed or underexposed areas. A professional wanting greater control will probably shoot in RAW or TIFF file format. Most websites and photo kiosks these days tend to easily recognise JPEG file formats over RAW formats too.
JPEG is also usually the recommended format for sharing images on the web or by email as it is usually a smaller file size than RAW file formats.
RAW File Format:
RAW format allows a photographer to capture more detail than when shooting in JPEG format; it also provides more control over color correction and exposure adjustment in the digital darkroom. The ability to change the white balance on a RAW file or dig out some extra detail in highlight and shadow areas can make an immediate impact on the overall look of a photo. Since RAW files do capture lots of detail without applying processing or compression algorithms, they will take up more space on a memory card and hard drive. If your camera offers the opportunity to shoot RAW, pick up a few extra memory cards so you can save in larger formats.
RAW files can create a problem because different camera manufacturers have different “flavors” of RAW. For example, Canon RAW files are known as .CRW, Nikon files are .NEF, Pentax files are .PEF, and Olympus uses .ORF. The DNG format (for “digital negative”) was recently created by Adobe in an effort to unify the slightly different RAW formats created by the various manufacturers. Many photographers fear these differences may potentially become problematic in the long term, as one manufacturer’s RAW files may not be futureproof in new software applications. To protect digital negatives (RAW files) for many years to come, converting them to DNG, TIFF or JPEG may be well worth the effort. The presumption is all new software will recognize DNG, TIFF and JPG, while some RAW versions particular to a manufacturer may fall by the wayside and possibly be unreadable in the future.
Shooting pets can be one of the most rewarding types of photography one can do, but it’s not as simple as it may seem; they move – and very quickly!
One way to solve this problem is to restrict the areas into which your subject can bolt. Ways to accomplish this task are to place kittens in baskets and puppies in buckets, nestled into wingback chairs, placed on picnic tables, or even on stumps tall enough to make them think before leaping.
Kitties are just as difficult to corral and wrangle; but they too can be confined to a specific area, giving you enough time to photograph them before they have a chance to remove themselves from their portrait sittings.
The fence concept is a great way to allow your kitty to be free to move about, back and forth, but always at the same distance from the camera, give or take a few inches.
Peeking from tall boots or even sitting on top of their dog houses might also work.
Getting help from the pet owner, or even a friend if it’s your own animal, is a must for shooting animals. Not only will it make the shoot go easier, it will be a lot of fun.
Remember to focus on the eye nearest the camera. It’s difficult to do close-ups that aren’t looking squarely and directly at the face, in which both eyes are in focus. When presented that choice, just remember to focus on the eye nearest you.
If you have a friend or family member around, they can also distract your pet with either a toy (squeaky ones work great with dogs, but can scare cats away) or small treats. The best treats are ones that can be gobbled and not chewed. Rewards are quick, and you waste no time waiting for them to finish. This kind of assistance should also allow for some more or less candid photography, as your pet is now paying attention to the food and/or toy provider and not worrying about you and the camera.
Other tips for shooting your pets might be to include other members of your family. The interactions can be fun and provide some idea of scale.
For pet dogs you could try throwing an object (ball, bone, frizby, etc) that they can fetch and bring back to you and get a great mid motion shot as they are returning to you. You might have to do this several times to get the right shot depending on the shutter speed on your camera which may go off too early or late on initial attempts.
8 Simple Tips to Persudage Your Pets to Pose
1. Command and Reward – pets love praise as well as treats
2. Incorporate Play – some pets are extremely playful and arent able to sit or stand in one position for even 10 seconds. Work with their active personality.
3. Keep the Set Small – some pets frighten easily, so help them feel safe and secure in a smaller setting away from excessive chaos.
4. Use Props – props act as a distraction for your pet, so make sure to have plenty of familiar favorites on hand.
5. Get Pre-Photo Excercise – an overly-energetic pet can make it difficult to get even one good shot. Burn off any excess energy.
6. Play Music – relaxing music can ease the photo-shoot and help your pet to focus.
7. Kneel Down – Put yourself in your pet’s position, it can be a bit intimidating to have a human towering over you.
8. Go Candid – After you’ve snapped your posed pictures, take a few candid shots when your pet isn’t looking.
5 Ways to Make Your Family Pet Part of Special Occassions
Your precious pet is a beloved part of your household. When it comes to special occassions like weddings, reunions or birthdays, why leave them behind. These five simple ideas can help you incorporate your pet into special occassions.
1. Make your pet part of your wedding. Have your pet greeting guests, act as ring bearer or sit at the alter as part of the wedding party.
2. Celebrate holidays together by integrating them into festivities; hang and stuff a stocking for your pet at Christmas or fill an Easter basket with pet friendly goodies.
3. Hold a pet friendly reunion. Its great to see family at an annual reunion, why not include your non-human family members. Arrange games that pets and people can play, set up a pet-friendly buffett.
4. Host a pet party and celebrate your pet’s birthday or adoption day.
5. Give a small gift at birthdays or Christmas from your pet to say “Thank you!” for the love and attention they receive.
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In July 2008, Apple introduced its second generation iPhone along with the creation of the App Store with both free and paid applications. The App Store delivers third party programs that can run naitivy on the iPhone devices. The App Store has been a huge success for Apple and by April 2010 hosting supposedly more than 185,000 applications.
The Andriod operating system for smartphones was released in late 2008, backed by a Google platform, along with major hardware and software developers (such as Intel, HTC, ARM, Motorola and Sumsung, to name a few), that form the Open Handset Appliance. The first phone to use Andriod was the HTC Dream, branded for distribution by T-Mobile as the G1. Third-party apps are available via the Android Market (released October 2008), including both free and paid apps.
Photography has come a long way in the last 5-10 years since the introduction of smart phones such as the iPhones and Andriods (to name a few). The list below has been compiled from a variety of popular online sources (mentioned at the end of this post) as well as suggestions from our customers. There is something here for everyone from basic to advanced smart phone and photographers. If you feel that we’ve missed any must-have applications for photography, please let us know below this post.
Camera apps are designed to work with your images on capture. They may also provide you with extensive image adjustment features (such as colour adjustment, cropping, rotating, etc), but their primary purpose is to become the way that you shoot pictures on your device.
Hipstamatic ($2.49) - iTunes Rating: 4/5
“Digital photography never looked to analog. The Hipstamatic brings back the look, feel, unpredictable beauty, and fun of plastic toy cameras of the past! The Hipstamatic keeps the quirks of shooting old school but gives you the abilty to swap lenses, film, and flash settings all with the swipe of a finger.”
(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)
Instagram (Free) – iTunes Rating: 4.5/5
“Instagram is an amazingly fun & simple life-sharing app for your iPhone. Snap photos wherever you go to show the world what’s going on in your life. Follow your friends’ photo updates as they move through the world. Select from photo filters that transform regular ol’ photos into works of art you’ll want to keep around forever.”
Pocketbooth ($0.99) – iTunes Rating: 4/5
“Turn your iPhone or iPod touch into a vintage photobooth with Pocketbooth: the photobooth that fits in your pocket. Pocketbooth perfectly replicates the intimacy, spontaneity, and hilarity of a traditional photobooth. Take it to your next party and watch as your friends’ inner-divas emerge.”
TwitPic ($1.19) – iTunes Rating: 3/5
“TweetPic app lets you share photos on Twitter. TweetPic for Twitpic Uploader is a specifically designed minimal iPhone/iPod Touch app to upload images to Twitpic and optionally share then via Twitter.”
Photoshop Express (Free) – iTunes Rating 4.5/5
“Adobe Photoshop Express software lets you use simple gestures to quickly edit and share photos from your mobile device. Enjoy having your photo and video library right in your hand – without wasting your device’s valuable storage space.”
Wink (Free) - iTunes Rating 3/5
“Wink is a new service from Shutterfly that lets you create printed photostrips with your iPhone, facebook, Shutterfly and Flickr photos. We print them up on high quality photo paper and deliver them anywhere in the world in our Wink mailer.”
Find a Photographer (Free) - iTunes Rating (not rated yet)
“Download Find A Photographer to connect with members of ASMP, the premier association for the world’s most respected photographers. Search by location and specialty area to find a quality professional for your next photography assignment.”
Note: Doesn’t seem to do country search very well yet, displays only USA results for Australian search.
More photography tools coming soon… If you have any suggestions, please let us know.
Remember that your smart phone is the camera that’s always with you, so make sure that your camera bag is full of the right tools!
The best skins on the planet! Removable covers for protecting and customising your portable devices. They feature stunning, photo-quality graphics or photos of your friends, family or pets. Stand out in the crowd with personalised protection. Get your own holiday, family photo or special event snapshot printed onto these amazing skins to put on your own mobile device. We can work with you to create a skin for your iPods, laptops, or many other mobile devices. Patented 3M adhesive make these easy to apply with no residue left behind. The adhesive allows you to reposition the skin so you can easily get a perfect fit. Defend your device with a durable anti-scratch, anti-UV coating. Click here for more details and to order your custom skin today.
Fill the walls of your home with beautiful artwork that means something to you. Create stunning canvas prints of family members, favourite places and spectacular scenery. Make a real talking point in your home, and one you will be very proud of. We can, free of charge, print your canvas in full colour, black and white or sepia tone. Only have printed photos? No worries, we can scan your printed photograph and then send it back to you.
What size/resolution image will I require? Rather than talk in complex pixel-counts, we suggest minimum file sizes based on megapixels. Nowadays, most cameras are 3 megapixels and over. Our smallest canvas frame will require an image of at least 1 megapixels, whereas our largest sizes require 5 megapixels or more. There is no problem using an image with more megapixels than the minimum required – in fact this is better. We suggest you try to always take your images in a high as resolution as possible for canvas use. We are happy to help advise if you further have no idea about pixels and correct sizes.
What sizes are available? Everyone’s canvas needs and requirements are different, so we try to cater for as many canvas needs as possible with our most popular shapes and sizes readily available to purchase on our website at anytime. If you wish for a size that is not currently listed on our website, please email us the sizing details and any advanced requirements you may desire and let us send you back a price. Sizes start from as small as 4 x 4 inches and go all the way up to 42 inches.
Commemorate a match-winning match with an action photo printed on a realistic-looking photo sports ball. You’ll be the envy of your friends, family and team members with an attractive keep-sake to place on your desk or shelf to highlight your sporting adventures.
Photo Basket Balls
Photo Basket Balls
Photo Soccer Balls
Photo Soccer Balls
Photo Rugby Union Balls
Photo Rugby League Balls
Photo Aussie Rules Balls
Photo Golf Balls
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Photo Cricket Balls
We are writing to tell you some exciting news. We have been working hard over the last few months to put together a new website which has lots of advanced design tools as explained below. The new website is still very fresh and that is why we are sending a link to you first before we begin rolling it out to all our other customers. We have spent the last few months testing and tweaking at the site and now believe we have finalised just about everything there is to complete.
Instant Online Samples of Your Designs:
‘DigiGifts Designer’ Advanced Tools: The new advanced design tools allow you to upload your photos, see live samples of your product designs and play around with the layout of your photos on each product. The photo album, calendar, cards and scrapbook page designer has even more features by the use of a smart little add-on for your browser called ‘SilverLight’ which allow you to manage your library of photos, select various template designs, customise page layouts and much more.
Hundreds of Online Album, Scrapbook & Calendar Templates:
‘DigiGifts Designer’ is budget concious: We are aware of the budget concious consumers and constantly search the world for great value. Many of the products available on this new website are sourced from a large international supplier, this is primarily due to the fact that they are one of few companies that can supply such great quality products at such amazing prices. Prices on the website will fluctuate from time to time due to increases and decreases of the Australian Dollar, but rest assure we are working hard to bring you and your customers the best possible prices without compromising on quality. Since this supplier is located overseas, please keep in mind when ordering that deliveries can take approximately 3-4 weeks and sometimes a little longer during peak periods. In most cases delivies to Australia are within 2-3 weeks, but sometimes it has taken longer. Note: The prices available on the ‘DigiGifts Designer’ site have no reflection on the prices available on the main DigiGifts website. The ‘DigiGifts Designer’ prices are only applicable to DIY products.
‘DigiGifts Designer’ has so many products: Our new designer site is jam-packed with so many new and existing products that you can begin designing from the comfort of your own home. You can create your own: Mousepads, Custom Clocks, Coasters, Watches, Puzzles, Calendars, USB Drives, Shirts & Hats, Kidswear, Tie, Mugs, Cards, Buttons, Bags, Magnets, Scrapbook Pages, Keyrings, PhotoBooks, Prints, Ornaments… to name a few!
So many new products to design online anytime:
‘DigiGifts Designer’ Money Back Gaurantee: If you have any problems with ordering from our new system, or concerns with the quality of your products once they arrive, please don’t hestite to contact us immediately for assistance. DigiGifts Designer has a 30-day money back guarantee on all products. If you would like to return or exchange an item, please contact us to fill out a request form, and we will instruct you on how to send the item(s) back. Please keep in mind, shipping charges are not refundable. Refunds will also not be made on products were you made mistakes with the design process. Refunds are only available for product defects.
New Members Discount Offer: To kick start this new website launch, we are giving away ‘FREE SHIPPING’ with orders over $50 to the first 500 users. Just use the following code when you are going through the checkout to claim your free shipping: ddfreeship Code expires 1st July 2009, so don’t delay for too long. You must create a new account on the DigiGifts Designer website to claim your discount. Free Shipping offer only applicable to DigigGiftsDesigner.com website.
All children love to feel special and what better way to show how much you love and adore them, then to give them their very own personalised story book. Your child will be delighted and amazed as they turn each page and see themselves in their own unique storybook. A special book you and your child will cherish forever. Making story time a family tradition can bring excitement, happiness and education into a child’s home. Today’s technology allows your child to become the star of the story. From the moment your child opens one of these books, the magical adventure begins. Storybook Includes: – From 2 up to 7 family members in one book. – Personalised text and photos with your family members or school friends. – Many templates to represent any family / skin colour. – After you order one of these books, we will send you a link for where you can upload photos and names to be included in the book.
Seaside Outing The Seaside Outing book is 32 pages of a funny, rhyming personalised story where both the illustrations and the text can feature from 2 up to 7 of your family members. Character faces are made up from photos of your family members and the text features their names too. Get the kids a great gift, their favourite picture book, and adults will laugh at the funny character roles in the story. Click here to order this personalised storybook >>
A Christmas Day A Christmas Day is 32 pages of a funny, rhyming personalised story where both the illustrations and the text can feature from 2 up to 7 of your family members. Character faces are made up from photos of your family members and the text features their names too. Get the kids a great gift, their favourite picture book, and adults will laugh at the funny character roles in the story. Make Christmas celebrations even more fun… Make your whole family giggle !! Click here to order this personalised storybook >>
Circus Outing The Circus Outing is 32 pages of a funny, rhyming personalised story where both the illustrations and the text can feature from 2 up to 7 of your family members. Character faces are made up from photos of your family members and the text features their names too. Get the kids a great gift, their favourite picture book, and adults will laugh at the funny character roles in the story. Make going to the circus more exciting… Make everyone giggle !! Click here to order this personalised storybook >>