Showing posts with label shutterfly. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shutterfly. Show all posts

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Shutterfly Offers Tips for Taking Perfect Pictures - Interactive Guide

From graduation ceremonies to end-of-year field trips to summer vacation trips, this time of year presents many opportunities to take pictures of friends, family, and students. To help you take better pictures, Shutterfly offers an interactive guide to taking the perfect photo.

Shutterfly's guide to taking the perfect photo begins by having you select the type of camera that you are using. Choose either DSLR or smartphone or point-and-shoot. From there you can select a photo type, there are twelve to choose from, to receive a set of tips on taking the perfect photo. Some of the photo types include selfie, portrait, candid, and action.

Here's one of Shutterfly's tips for taking action photos with a smartphone:
Place your finger on the screen where you expect the action to occur. This will lock in focus so that you can take a photo quickly by removing your finger once your subject is visible in the frame.

Applications for Education
I often encourage teachers to have their students collaborate on the development of a picture gallery that they can use whenever they need images for slideshow and video projects. That gallery isn't terribly useful if the pictures aren't good. Shutterfly's guide to taking the perfect photo could be a good resource to review with students before sending them off to take pictures to use in slideshow and video projects.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

3 Ways to Privately Share Videos

Videos are great for sharing the highlights of school events. That said, there are some parents who don't want videos of their children viewable by the general public. In those cases you might want to try sharing videos in a private online environment. Here are three methods for doing that.

KinKast is a new service that offers free private sharing of the videos you record. KinKast is both an iPhone application and a web application. Here's what KinKast does; you record a video on your iPhone or on a camera and upload it to the KinKast servers. You can then share it via email with the people you want to see it. You can also post it to Facebook if you choose. Under the free KinKast plan each of your videos is only stored for 30 days from the day you uploaded it. With both the paid and free plan there is not a restriction on the size of the video you can upload.
 Shutterfly allows users to create free sites for publicly and sharing their videos. On Shutterfly Video you can upload and share up to ten videos for free. If you choose to make your videos private, only the people you specify can view the videos. To view private videos the people you share them with will have to register for a Shutterfly account.

YouTube gives you the option to make your videos "unlisted" or to share your videos privates. Videos that you make private can only be seen by the people you specify via email. There is a limit of 50 viewers for private videos.

Using the unlisted setting in YouTube means your videos can only be seen by people to whom you've given the direct url for your video. Unlisted videos will not appear in search results or related video lists. So while the videos you or students post as unlisted video won't be 100% private, you will have much greater control over who can or cannot see them.

YouTube is not the only video hosting service that offers a private sharing setting. Vimeo and Viddler both offer private sharing via email.