photography http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3586/all en-US 5 Big Ticket Wedding Items You Should Borrow Instead of Buy http://www.wisebread.com/5-big-ticket-wedding-items-you-should-borrow-instead-of-buy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-big-ticket-wedding-items-you-should-borrow-instead-of-buy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/newlywed_couple_000042336338.jpg" alt="Married couple finding wedding items to borrow instead of buy" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Getting fed up with the high ticket prices on wedding items? Zero out a few fields in your wedding budget and &quot;borrow&quot; them instead.</p> <p>See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-smart-ways-to-save-on-a-wedding-dress?ref=seealso">7 Smart Ways to Save on a Wedding Dress</a></p> <h2>1. The Altar, Arch, or Canopy</h2> <p>This is an item everyone wants, until they remember how it's totally useless after the wedding. Building your own structure is awesome if you're handy, but why not borrow one? Try asking your officiant, venue, or your religious institution if they already have some materials you can use. For my wedding, our Rabbi already had the elements for a simple chuppah, so we used that instead of buying or renting an expensive one.</p> <p>If you are getting married outdoors, find a nearby tree. A tree is not only the perfect backdrop and canopy in one, but it's a great symbol for the family you are making.</p> <h2>2. The Live Band or DJ</h2> <p>Instead of hiring a DJ, why not make the music a fun activity for your guests in anticipation of your wedding? Make a form on your wedding site asking guests what song they want to move their bodies to on the dance floor. You (or your Best Man or Maid of Honor) can gather up all the answers to form one epic playlist. Have your coordinator hit play at the start of the reception and let the good times roll.</p> <p>Really have your heart set on a live band? If you are friends with musicians, try asking them to play for a portion of your wedding as their gift to you. Of course, they are working, too, so it may not be fair to keep them from enjoying the full night of festivities. Talk to your friends and family musicians to see how they can be a part of your wedding and enjoy it, too.</p> <h2>3. The Table Decor</h2> <p>From bunting to centerpieces, this is a factor of every wedding budget that tends to spiral out of control. A few ideas to borrow...</p> <ul> <li>Looked at the florist's quote and cried? Instead of buying their labor, try having the mothers of the family gather flowers from their homes in mismatched vases to use as table dressings.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Bored of flowers and want something unique? Borrow framed family photos from all sides of the family and place them as table centerpieces with a few small tealights from the Dollar Store.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Borrow old books from your parents' bookshelves. Pick some ones that mean a lot to you to stack as a cute, nerdy centerpiece.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Looking for old decor that you don't have to DIY? Try asking your local department store when they will discard their window displays. Anthropologie tends to take theirs down every month.</li> </ul> <h2>4. The Getaway Car</h2> <p>Every couple wants a cool way to leave their reception, but trying to book a Batmobile or a vintage Rolls Royce can mean the difference between being on budget and having to cut down your honeymoon. Ask around! You probably have a relative or friend of a friend with a cool ride (or a connection to one). Leave in something authentic and cool, instead of paying hundreds for a rental that someone else will have to return for you the next day.</p> <h2>5. The Photography</h2> <p>While it's awesome to have a professional photographer following you all day, it's simply not in the cards for everyone. Lots of couples are saving room in the wedding budget by going the guest-sourced photography route. All your friends and family are eager to snap photos of the big day already, so encourage them to get their Instagrams ready. A great way to include guest photography can be through a game or scavenger hunt for people or details, like with the <a href="https://ceremonyapp.com/">Ceremony app</a>. Just be clear about when it is okay to ambush the couple for photos.</p> <p>The wedding goes by fast, so the most beautiful part is seeing your wedding through the eyes of all your friends and family just days later. Remember to make a Dropbox or Flickr account for everyone to add their memories.</p> <p><em>What else should couples borrow for wedding day?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-big-ticket-wedding-items-you-should-borrow-instead-of-buy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-great-wedding-if-you-havent-saved-enough">How to Have a Great Wedding if You Haven&#039;t Saved Enough</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-millennials-are-changing-marriage">4 Ways Millennials Are Changing Marriage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-americans-spend-too-much-on">5 Things Americans Spend Too Much On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-family-plans-can-save-you-tons">How Family Plans Can Save you TONS</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-moves-to-make-the-moment-you-decide-to-get-married">5 Money Moves to Make the Moment You Decide to Get Married</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living borrowing decorations DJ flowers marriage music photography weddings Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:30:27 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1659838 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Best Hobbies for Introverts http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_camera_photo_000054266132.jpg" alt="Woman trying out best hobbies for introverts" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As an introvert myself, I find it challenging to engage in many aspects of life. I'm not one for big gatherings, competitive sports, or taking weekly classes filled with people I don't know. If <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-everyday-situations-that-introverts-ace">you're introverted too</a>, or know someone who is, this list of eight hobbies is well worth checking out.</p> <h2>1. Take Up Origami</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0486432920/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0486432920&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XMYLKHJ5MGUUSTSG">Origami kits</a>, which include starter paper, can be bought very inexpensively on Amazon or from your local discount bookstore. You can also find thousands of patterns online, and YouTube is filled with instructional videos that take you step-by-step through the process. Put on a little relaxing music (or head-banging rock, if that's your thing), and enjoy a hobby that relieves stress and results in some wonderful paper sculptures.</p> <h2>2. Make YouTube Videos</h2> <p>While being a famous celebrity may not be ideal for an introvert, becoming a YouTube personality might be. These days, all you need is a webcam, some very basic video editing software, and&hellip;an original take on an idea! If it becomes big enough, you can do your hobby full time, and make millions. Yes, millions. Here's a list of the <a href="http://www.tvguide.com/galleries/youtube-stars-make-more-1089689/">biggest YouTube stars</a>, and as you can see, they do pretty well for themselves &mdash; and it all started by doing something they love, at home. If you don't like to be on camera, consider <a href="http://www.alistdaily.com/news/ion-ranks-youtube-s-biggest-unboxing-stars">unboxing videos</a>, or even <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/PewDiePie">gaming videos</a>. Do it well, and you can retire!</p> <h2>3. Learn Magic</h2> <p>You don't have to become a magician to learn magic, and you don't have to go big when you first start out. In fact, all you really need is a deck of cards, and access to YouTube or any other site you find that hosts free magic lessons. Once you master sleight of hand, you can move on to bigger tricks. It can take months, or even years, to get a trick right. But the satisfaction you get when you finally nail that first trick is well worth it. Master a few of these, and you'll always have something to do at parties besides feeling awkward!</p> <h2>4. Play an Instrument</h2> <p>With access to free lessons online, and resources like Craigslist and Facebook for private, one-on-one tutoring, it has never been easier to learn to play an instrument. Your library is also a great resource for these kinds of books and videos, and it's free. If you can't afford to buy the instrument you want immediately (for instance, not many of us have a piano), you can find alternatives. Perhaps start with an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UN8O5VO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00UN8O5VO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XRJVENGIA3GFMOT2">inexpensive keyboard</a> (some instruments are even available for rent). And there's always eBay!</p> <h2>5. Write</h2> <p>Some people blog as a hobby, and have thousands of followers. Others write screenplays for TV and the movies (and if you get good at it, it could launch a new career). Stephen King's book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1439156816/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1439156816&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TII5U5RFGMTXBY7E">On Writing &ndash; A Memoir of a Craft</a> is an excellent place to start if you've never written anything before. They also say everyone has one novel in them, so why not try coaxing yours out?</p> <h2>6. Photography</h2> <p>As a professional photographer, you need excellent social and people skills to do your job. But as a hobby, photography is perfect for introverts. These days, everything is digital, and you can find some good quality digital SLR cameras on eBay. If you prefer, you can go the old fashioned route and try film cameras (although getting a hold of film is nowhere near as easy at it used to be). Whichever way you try, keep a blog or online gallery of your favorite photos, and share them with the world.</p> <h2>7. Learn a Language</h2> <p>Or several languages. You can find many of the tuition books and videos you need online for free, or a small price. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=rosetta%20stone&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=N5UZSK4DKT7ADP6U">Rosetta Stone</a> gets rave reviews, but has a higher upfront cost of several hundred dollars. With the Internet, you can also watch foreign language TV and movies, and even engage in chat rooms, anonymously if you wish, to hone your skills.</p> <h2>8. Build Movie Prop Replicas</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Screen%20Shot%202015-10-23%20at%2012.10.53%20PM.png" width="605" height="372" alt="" /></p> <p>I've made everything from a Bane vest to an Iron Man arc reactor. My latest two props are from Ghostbusters &mdash; a proton pack and a ghost trap. Everything you need to build movie props, like these, can be found in hardware stores, thrift stores, and on eBay. You don't have to spend a lot; for example, all of the parts used in my ghost trap came to less than $40. Instructions for almost any prop you want to build can be downloaded from a fan site. You can use them to Cosplay, to dress up at Halloween, and to decorate your house or office.</p> <p><em>Are you an introvert with an interesting or unusual hobby? Tell us more about it.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-your-life-more-interesting">25 Easy Ways to Make Your Life More Interesting</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-35-best-ways-to-spend-your-free-time-frugally">The 35 Best Ways to Spend Your Free Time (Frugally)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-videos-offer-stress-relief-and-relaxation">Free Videos Offer Stress Relief and Relaxation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes">Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-weekend-activities-for-introverts">The 12 Best Weekend Activities for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks activities crafts hobbies introverts photography shy people YouTube Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:15:35 +0000 Paul Michael 1598469 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Take a Better Selfie http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-take-a-better-selfie <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-take-a-better-selfie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_taking_selfie_000058992086.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to take a better selfie" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great tips for a better selfie, how to create a minimalist wardrobe, and cheap ways to avoid fall illnesses.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://shopping.yahoo.com/news/take-a-perfect-selfie&mdash;tips&mdash;tricks&mdash;and-how-it-s-taking-over-social-media-233715306.html">Take a better selfie: Tips, tricks, and how it's taking over social media</a> &mdash; Pay attention to your background. No matter how good you look, an unsightly bathroom is, well, unsightly! Take your selfie outdoors or get some cool fabrics to hang up as backdrop. [Yahoo! Shopping]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2015/10/14/how-to-create-a-minimalist-wardrobe.html">How to Create a Minimalist Wardrobe</a> &mdash; Look for items that are easy to mix and match. You'll have a good variety of outfits with just well-fitted pants, neutral tops, and bright jackets and accessories. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dontpayfull.com/blog/cheaply-avoided-fall-illnesses">11 Cheaply Avoided Fall Illnesses</a> &mdash; Colder weather can trigger heart conditions when your body struggles to adapt to the temperature change. Doctors recommend walking outdoors for at least half an hour, taking any medications as prescribed, and boosting the immune system. [Don't Pay Full]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Foods-You-Can-Grow-Your-Apartment-29594844">Common Foods You Can Easily Grow in Your Small Home</a> &mdash; You don't need a lot of space &mdash; or sunlight! &mdash; to grow mushrooms. Start with a mushroom-growing kit if you want some guidance. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://momsneedtoknow.com/17-breakfast-recipes-that-will-get-you-energized">17 Breakfast Recipes That Will Get You Energized!</a> &mdash; Preassemble a Blueberry Pancake French Toast Bake and pop it in the oven the next morning for an easy, delicious breakfast. [Moms Need to Know]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/11-financial-behaviors-you-dont-want-your-kids-to-learn-from-you/">11 Financial Behaviors You Don&rsquo;t Want Your Kids to Learn From You</a> &mdash; Your kids notice when you buy things because your friends have them. Don't allow other people to determine how you spend your money. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.morewithlesstoday.com/common-sense-packing-tips-when-visiting-family-no-more-overpacking/">Common Sense Packing Tips When Visiting Family &ndash; No More Overpacking!</a> &mdash; If you have access to a washer and dryer&hellip;use it! Washing while you travel will cut down on the articles of clothing that you need to lug with you. [More With Less Today]</p> <p><a href="http://www.artofmanliness.com/2015/10/14/backyard-movie-night/">How to Create a Spooky Backyard Movie Night With a Sheet</a> &mdash; Here is everything you need to know about setting up a private theater in your backyard. [The Art of Manliness]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getorganizedwizard.com/blog/2015/10/6-steps-in-dealing-with-inherited-clutter/">6 Steps In Dealing With Inherited Clutter</a> &mdash; It's easy to be overwhelmed by your own clutter, but in some ways it's even harder when it's someone else's stuff. Start by itemizing the clutter &mdash; sort them into labeled boxes so you can deal with them in batches. [Get Organized Wizard]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.desktime.com/2015/10/14/6-tools-to-make-the-internet-more-productive/">6 Tools to Make the Internet More Productive</a> &mdash; A tool like SelfControl will block certain sites for a period of time that you designate. [DeskTime]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-take-a-better-selfie">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts">8 Best Hobbies for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-a-mindfulness-journal-can-fix-your-life">7 Ways a Mindfulness Journal Can Fix Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-frugal-skills-you-must-have-to-survive-mondays">12 Frugal Skills You Must Have to Survive Mondays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-deal-when-you-work-with-someone-you-hate">8 Ways to Deal When You Work With Someone You Hate</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-sneak-more-exercise-into-your-busy-schedule">7 Ways to Sneak More Exercise Into Your Busy Schedule</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks best money tips photography selfies Fri, 16 Oct 2015 19:01:25 +0000 Amy Lu 1593622 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best DSLR Cameras http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dslr-cameras <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-dslr-cameras" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/photographer-5259017-small.jpg" alt="photographer" title="photographer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people have argued that smartphones are the best cameras to own nowadays, given that they now possess excellent photographic capabilities in addition to the other great conveniences of a smartphone. However, while it may be difficult to dispute the convenience of having a great camera on a phone, a DSLR camera is a far better companion if you really want to take stunning, high-quality photos worthy of an art gallery or the awe of your friends and colleagues.</p> <p>DSLR cameras give you much more control over the quality of your photos, and their larger sensors are able to produce much more vibrant and detailed photos as well. Additionally, they can also produce amazingly high-quality HD videos and have become very popular tools for professional and amateur filmmakers alike. Despite the hefty price tags, DSLR cameras give you quite the bang for your buck.</p> <h2>What Is a DSLR Camera?</h2> <p>DSLR stands for Digital Single-Lens Reflex. Basically, a DSLR is a digital camera that utilizes a reflex mirror to both direct light from a lens into a viewfinder so that you can view the image you're shooting and also forward light from a lens onto the camera's sensor for digital processing. While classic point-and-shoot cameras possess only one lens that can never be removed, DSLR cameras use interchangeable lenses, which means you can swap out and choose lenses that best suit your needs.</p> <p>There are a number of controls and functions on a DSLR that allow you manually fine tune specific aspects of your camera, including aperture, shutter speed, and light sensitivity (ISO). However, for beginners and those who desire it, DSLRs also have automatic control settings that can take care of all that stuff for you, so all you have to worry about is snapping the photo.</p> <h2>Best 5 DSLR Cameras</h2> <h3>Nikon D800</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0076AYNXM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0076AYNXM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img style="float:right; height:300px; width:300px" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dslr-NikonD800.jpg" alt="" /></a>If you're serious about photography and want a DSLR that delivers on performance and features, then the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0076AYNXM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0076AYNXM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Nikon D800</a> is the camera for you. This entry-pro, full frame DSLR is a Consumer Search top pick that packs a record-breaking 36.3-megapixel FX CMOS sensor which will take super-crisp, highly-detailed photos that'll have extreme clarity even when zoomed in or cropped.</p> <p>Many users have also reported that photos taken with this camera show rich colors and a great dynamic range. The Nikon D800 also performs amazingly well in low-light conditions, which is highly unexpected in a DSLR with such a high megapixel count. Combine that with excellent HD video recording capabilities within a weather-sealed body, and the Nikon D800 becomes a worthy investment when it comes to meeting your photography needs. Just makes sure you stock up on memory cards, because this camera fills them up fast. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0076AYNXM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0076AYNXM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $2,796.95 (body only) on Amazon.</a></p> <h3>Canon 5D Mark III</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007FGYZFI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007FGYZFI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img style="float:right; height:300px; width:300px" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dslr-Canon5D.jpeg" alt="" /></a>The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007FGYZFI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007FGYZFI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">5D Mark III</a> is Canon's answer to the Nikon D800 and is also the successor to the famous 5D Mark II, which was the first full-frame DSLR capable of HD video recording. The 5D Mark III stays true to its heritage by really shining in the video department. Its 22.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor utilizes a DIGIC 5+ image processor to deliver superior low-light performance and less moiré and aliasing (also known as &quot;the rainbow effect&quot;) when recording HD video. The 5D Mark III can also record up to 30 minutes of continuous HD video, which is a big step up from the 12-minute standard on most other DSLRs.</p> <p>Despite these video upgrades, the 5D Mark III is still a powerhouse when it comes to photography. With its whopping 61-point autofocus system and 6 frames-per-second burst shooting, this is the ideal DSLR for sports and action photography. This camera does cost quite a bit more than its rival, the D800. But if Nikon cameras aren't your cup of tea or if video functionality is more important to you, then the Canon 5D Mark III is worth every extra penny. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007FGYZFI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007FGYZFI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently, $3,349.00 (body only) on Amazon.</a></p> <h3>Canon 60D</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0040JHVCC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0040JHVCC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img style="float:right; height:300px; width:300px" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dslr-Canon60D.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0040JHVCC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0040JHVCC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Canon 60D</a> is the best DSLR if you desire a camera with quality features and performance that won't break the bank. This midrange DSLR, which comes highly recommended by Consumer Reports and Consumer Search, has an 18-megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor with a 1.6x crop factor. That means images taken with this camera will be a bit more magnified than if they were taken on a full-frame DSLR. However, the picture quality still remains as superb as ever, with many users praising the sharpness and detail that this camera can achieve.</p> <p>One special feature on the Canon 60D is its flip-out, swiveling LCD screen, which can be very useful for shooting video and getting weirdly-angled shots. It makes this camera perfect for budget filmmakers and amateur photographers looking to experiment. While its competitors and its successor (the Canon 70D) may have slightly better features, it's hard to beat the Canon 60D for the price. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0040JHVCC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0040JHVCC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $699.00 (body only) on Amazon.</a></p> <h3>Pentax K-30</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0082OJ2VE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0082OJ2VE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img style="float:right; height:300px; width:300px" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dslr-PentaxK30.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0082OJ2VE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0082OJ2VE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Pentax K-30</a> is hands-down the toughest camera on our list. If you're an adventure-seeker who's looking for a camera that can handle the outdoors, then this entry-level DSLR is the one you want to get. It's one of the only DSLRs in its class to be dustproof, coldproof (up to 14 degrees Fahrenheit), and weather-sealed; this camera can and will take anything you throw at it.</p> <p>Beyond its amazing ruggedness, the Pentax K-30 is also a very impressive photo shooter. It's one of the only entry-level cameras to have a viewfinder with 100% coverage. Its 16-megapixel APS-C sensor performs wonderfully in low-light conditions, and its built-in image stabilizer is very effective at eliminating blur in photos. Its biggest downside is that its video mode lacks a lot of manual controls. But given the already impressive feature set at an incredible price, its no wonder the Pentax K-30 was named a &quot;Best Buy&quot; by Consumer Reports. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0082OJ2VE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0082OJ2VE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $497.99 (body only) on Amazon.</a></p> <h3>Nikon D3200</h3> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007VGGFZU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007VGGFZU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img style="float:right; height:300px; width:300px" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dslr-NikonD3200.jpg" alt="" /></a>Whether you're a beginning photographer who desires to learn the craft or a photo enthusiast who wants an easy-to-use camera that's also budget-friendly, you'll be hard-pressed to find a camera better than the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007VGGFZU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007VGGFZU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Nikon D3200</a> to fill those needs. Consumer Search named the Nikon D3200 as their Best DSLR for Beginners, and it's also a top pick from Consumer Reports, which goes to show that there's a lot to like about the Nikon D3200.</p> <p>Having a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor in an entry-level camera is already an amazing value &mdash; one that puts it above most other budget DSLRs and even some pro-level ones. It can take very sharp photos in both well-lit and low-light environments. Its lightweight build makes the camera comfortable to hold and carry around with you. But for beginners especially, the Nikon D3200 has a very impressive and thorough Guide Mode that will teach first-time photographers step-by-step how to shoot photos in various conditions and environments. Overall, the Nikon D3200 offers one of the best deals for a DSLR on the market. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007VGGFZU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007VGGFZU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Currently $546.95 (body only) on Amazon.</a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/william-tran">William Tran</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dslr-cameras">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-cameras">The 5 Best Pet Cameras</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-march">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in March</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-space-heaters">The 5 Best Space Heaters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-toasters">The 5 Best Toasters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-computer-keyboards">The 5 Best Computer Keyboards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buying guides cameras dslr photography product reviews Thu, 17 Oct 2013 09:48:04 +0000 William Tran 994589 at http://www.wisebread.com Maintaining Memories: How to Save Old Photographs http://www.wisebread.com/maintaining-memories-how-to-save-old-photographs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/maintaining-memories-how-to-save-old-photographs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Collage.jpg" alt="Old Photographs" title="Old Photographs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>At the beginning of this year, my grandfather passed away. While going through his things, my family discovered photographs &mdash; amazing photographs from my grandparents' younger years, specifically the time my grandfather spent in the Korean War.</p> <p>There is some ripping and fading, but overall, they&rsquo;re in surprisingly good shape. I mean, after all, my grandfather left them in an old department store box on the top shelf of his closet for close to 40 years. They should be all but decrepit.</p> <p>And now that we&rsquo;ve pulled them down, my biggest fear is that something might happen to them. So, I volunteered to make sure all of their special memories stay intact. In a way, this article was therapeutic for me. I had no idea just how much my grandfather loved my grandmother (she passed away in 1993 from a brain tumor &mdash; I was too young to really remember) until we discovered the photographic evidence of their love. And now I&rsquo;m on a mission so that we never forget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-photoshop-fixes-for-your-family-photos">7 Easy Photoshop Fixes for Your&nbsp;Family Photos</a>)</p> <h2>Preserving Paper Photographs</h2> <p>To start off my mission, I consulted the professionals. The first place I turned was the <a href="http://www.loc.gov/preservation/care/photo.html">Library of Congress</a> (LOC). After all, they&rsquo;re in the business of preserving paper. From there, a quick Google search lead me to the <a href="http://www.mnhs.org/preserve/conservation/reports/photoqanda.pdf">Minnesota Historical Society</a> (PDF) and the <a href="http://www.photographymuseum.com/archival.html">American Museum of Photography</a> (AMOP). As they all had similar advice, I&rsquo;m going to detail the highlights below.</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s start with environmental conditions. According to the LOC, the photos should be stored at 68&deg;F and 30-40% relative humidity. Since we don&rsquo;t all have wine fridges, let&rsquo;s say that if you keep the photos in a cooler place in your house, like a closet in the dark, you should be good. Just make sure that your closet won&rsquo;t spring a leak. The AMOP says to steer clear of basements, attics, and garages, as they are hard to keep temperature-regulated, and the humidity will make mold grow.</p> <p>As for storage, pick <a href="http://www.containerstore.com/shop/storage/storageBoxes/archival?productId=10001336">archival-quality boxes</a> (prices start at $14.99 at the Container Store). Make sure the paper is acid-free and not cardboard. Keep the negatives separate from the printed photographs. If you want to display your photos, stick with a copy and keep the originals in the appropriate conditions. The light can fade the color dye on photographs.</p> <p>In the process of handling your photographs, use clean cotton gloves to keep fingerprints and perspiration off. This is especially important for negatives.</p> <h2>Digitizing the Photographs</h2> <p>There are two main ways to go about this: One, you can pay a company to digitize (and therefore scan and retouch) all of the photos, or two, you can do it yourself. Pretty simple right?</p> <p>It gets a little more complicated than that. Having a company do it seems practical: You mail them your pictures, they upload them to their website where you can edit and print them, and they&rsquo;ll mail back the pictures with DVDs. There are many websites dedicated to this very thing, such as <a href="http://www.imemories.com/">iMemories</a>, starting at $19.99.</p> <p>But of course, my fear is that the images will get lost in the mail, lost at the company, or ruined somehow. There might be no need to fear &mdash; after all, iMemories was just included in Entrepreneur Magazine&rsquo;s list of 100 Brilliant Ideas. Also, even after your memories are returned, you can pay $4.99/month for unlimited storage, so you never lose anything. You can also try out <a href="http://www.memoryhub.com/">Memory Hub</a>, which offers similar prices.</p> <p>The other option is more time consuming, but actually might be more rewarding, if you&rsquo;re willing to put in the effort.</p> <p>If you go this route, the first step is buying the scanner. You can buy a high quality scanner for prices starting at $99. After scouring a few <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2362752,00.asp">review sites</a>, the best ones seem to be the Canon CanoScan, Epson Perfection, and HP Scanjet. Each scanner is different in terms of quality, so shop around to get exactly what you need. Also pay attention to the photo editing functions included with the scanner, such as dust and scratch removal &mdash; they can be an added bonus.</p> <p>Now it&rsquo;s time to scan. First, ensure the photo is free from dust before scanning &mdash; and more importantly, that the scanner is. Clean the scanner off with a drive cloth. Next, make sure your scanner is set for 300 DPI and save the photo as a TIFF for editing purposes. For more advice, PC World has an excellent article on <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/124718/digital_focus_scanning_old_photos.html">photo scanning</a>, detailing every step.</p> <p>The last step is editing. If you don&rsquo;t want to spend any money, Windows Live Gallery is good editing software for PCs, and iPhoto is good for Macs. The best option is Adobe Photoshop, but if you don&rsquo;t know how to use it, it would be a waste of money. No matter what, you should also peruse the internet for some tips and tricks on how to digitally restore the photographs. <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/124720/digital_focus_restoring_faded_photos.html">PC World</a> offers some good ones, and <a href="http://www.hp.com/united-states/consumer/digital_photography/edit_restore_photos/tips/restoration_techniques.html">HP&rsquo;s website</a> is surprisingly useful (even if you decide to go with an Epson or Canon scanner).</p> <p>From there, you can burn the pictures to DVDs or use a USB drive to spread the love to family and friends.</p> <h2>Sharing the Photographs</h2> <p>Despite this being 2012, when I say &ldquo;share&rdquo; I actually don&rsquo;t mean Facebook, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-online-services-are-worth-paying-for"> Flickr, and Picasa</a>. I mean sharing the photographs in the printed form. Ironically, the internet can help with this.</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.shutterfly.com/home/welcome1.jsp?escFlag=1&amp;s_tnt=17895:3:0">Shutterfly</a> to <a href="http://www.snapfish.com/snapfish/welcome">Snapfish</a> to <a href="http://www.tinyprints.com/">Tiny Prints</a>, there are plenty of options for pretty much the same outcome. Each site offers the chance to play around with backgrounds, placement, captions, and more. The price is similar as well, but make sure to check out the special deals before purchasing.</p> <p>Now, if you choose to use an old fashioned photo album, don&rsquo;t forget that it must be acid-free and magnet-free. Also, the pages should be made of polypropylene plastic (plastic number 5) and not PVC (the pages with the strong plastic odor). Make sure your photo albums are stored in the same place as the archival boxes, but still accessible for visitors.</p> <p>And finally, don&rsquo;t forget scrapbooking (something my mother still particularly enjoys) &mdash; it&rsquo;s probably the best way to take a trip down memory lane while simultaneously keeping the lane in one piece.</p> <p><em>How do you save your old family photos?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maintaining-memories-how-to-save-old-photographs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-strategies-for-controlling-toy-clutter">7 Strategies for Controlling Toy Clutter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-design-ideas-for-a-kids-playroom">10 Budget Design Ideas for a Kids&#039; Playroom</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-ways-to-keep-your-family-organized">8 Easy Ways to Keep Your Family Organized</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-lose-the-clutter-and-keep-the-memories">9 Ways to Lose the Clutter and Keep the Memories</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/back-to-school-time-savers">Back-to-School Time Savers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Organization memories online storage photography Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:24:41 +0000 Jennifer Holder 945636 at http://www.wisebread.com Which Online Services Are Worth Paying For? http://www.wisebread.com/which-online-services-are-worth-paying-for <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/which-online-services-are-worth-paying-for" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6976099786_d53bee7252_z.jpg" alt="Woman at a computer" title="Woman at a computer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="163" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The internet has a bevy of entertainment and information, mostly for free. The majority of websites offer a small amount of entertainment at no cost, and more for a nominal fee. And although the record industry and television industry seem to be suffering for it, we consumers are coming out on top. Below is a list of consumer-driven websites like Hulu and Spotify, as well as content-driven websites like Vimeo and Flickr. The question for each website is simple &mdash; is paying for online content worth it? I've detailed the pluses and minuses so you can figure out what's worthwhile for you. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/new-ways-to-listen-to-music-for-free-or-cheap">New Ways to Listen to Music for Free or Cheap</a>)</p> <h2>1. Hulu</h2> <p>Since <a href="http://www.hulu.com/">Hulu</a> launched, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits">I haven&rsquo;t paid for cable</a>. There&rsquo;s no point &mdash; almost everything I want to watch is on there, and most is free. <a href="http://www.hulu.com/plus">Hulu</a><a href="http://www.hulu.com/plus"> Plus</a> was introduced two years ago, and its content boasts old-school television shows and feature films. Thanks to Hulu Plus, I&rsquo;ve spent the last week revisiting my favorite television shows like &quot;3rd Rock From the Sun&quot; and &quot;Doogie Howser.&quot; Unfortunately, their movie selection is scarce. They claim to have deals with Miramax and the Criterion collection, but most movies offered are terrible, one-star films that never made it to the big screen. Their television shows are better, but still not as good as Netflix&rsquo;s selection. Hulu Plus has a lot of Korean and Spanish-language programs too, but Netflix has more of an instant selection, and it costs the same. Also, even with Hulu Plus, there is still advertising, and with Netflix there is none. But don&rsquo;t forget &mdash; Netflix has yesterday&rsquo;s television shows; Hulu has today&rsquo;s.</p> <p>Hulu Plus: $7.99/month</p> <h2>2. Spotify</h2> <p>If you haven&rsquo;t heard of <a href="http://www.spotify.com/us/">Spotify</a>&nbsp;and are only annoyed by the constant Facebook updates, you&rsquo;re actually missing a whole world of awesome music, for free. Spotify is a desktop application with occasional ads between songs. However, if you want unlimited music no matter where you are, even when you're without an internet connection, that&rsquo;ll cost you money. Out of their two options, the <a href="http://www.spotify.com/us/get-spotify/unlimited/">unlimited</a> account is cheaper, featuring unlimited music without ads. The <a href="http://www.spotify.com/us/get-spotify/premium/">premium</a> account, however, is the clincher &mdash; on top of no advertising, you can play music on your mobile phone and offline. There is also advanced sound quality (320 kbps) and the ability to play music <a href="http://www.spotify.com/us/about/features/around-the-house/">anywhere in the house</a>. Overall, Spotify Premium is worth it if you have a smartphone.</p> <p>Spotify Unlimited: $4.99/month<br /> Spotify Premium: $9.99/month</p> <h2>3. Pandora</h2> <p>Where Spotify is perfect for finally listening to that band that your ex-boyfriend gushed about for your entire relationship, <a href="http://www.pandora.com/">Pandora</a> is good for listening to the bands that sound like your favorite bands. Pandora has far more commercials, but their upgraded account is far cheaper. What <a href="http://www.pandora.com/one">Pandora</a><a href="http://www.pandora.com/one">One</a> promises: no ads, higher-quality audio (but at 192kbps, still not as good as Spotify Premium), a desktop application, and the ability to listen for five hours straight without interruption. Pandora&rsquo;s free set-up makes you click on occasion to prove you&rsquo;re still there. Pandora One is perfect for playing in businesses &mdash; there is variety instantly built in.</p> <p>Pandora One: $36/year, $3.99/month</p> <h2>4. Vimeo</h2> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/">Vimeo</a> is the go-to for all aspiring (and a ton of accomplished) filmmakers. Better than YouTube, it gives users a chance to really connect with other users, rather than just uploading a cat video and getting a pop record out of it. The disadvantages of a regular Vimeo account aren&rsquo;t terrible; after uploading the video, your video is &ldquo;queued&rdquo; to convert and you have uploading limits in regards to size and quality. But with <a href="https://vimeo.com/plus">Vimeo Plus</a>, you jump ahead of the line, straight to converting. You also have the ability to upload as many HD videos as you want; create an unlimited amount of groups, channels, and albums; get discounts for products, and more. Simply put, if you&rsquo;re someone who likes producing high-quality video, Vimeo Plus is for you, but if you&rsquo;re there for the community, stick to a regular account.</p> <p>Vimeo Plus: $59.95/year</p> <h2>5. Flickr</h2> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/">Flickr</a> has been my picture sharing service of choice since Yahoo was popular. Once I started traveling, I started paying for their Pro account. Now, Google&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CGIQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fpicasa.google.com%2F&amp;ei=3v_sT8KOIoOs8QTOpaSIDQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNHHrKCEwrKaKrze1K3hvtv5sDtBsw&amp;sig2=8DmNKhhHKtZuxlzj2huc6g">Picasa</a> exists, and Facebook has expanded their upload limits, but I still pay for the Pro account. Why? Truthfully, I&rsquo;m not sure. Perhaps it&rsquo;s laziness. Flickr doesn&rsquo;t make it easy to upload and sort pictures, where Picasa has a desktop application that helps you edit pictures on your computer, which is easier than uploading then sorting. Also, Picasa is free for up to 1GB of storage, but the additional storage prices <a href="http://support.google.com/picasa/bin/answer.py?hl=en-GB&amp;answer=39567">vary</a>. To me, <a href="http://www.advancedphotography.net/flickr-picasa-web-albums/">the</a><a href="http://www.advancedphotography.net/flickr-picasa-web-albums/"> main difference between the two</a> is the same as the difference between Vimeo and YouTube (also owned by Google) &mdash; Picasa reaches a broader audience, whereas Flickr is for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies">professional photographers</a> (or those who think they are, like me).</p> <p>Flickr Pro: $24.95/year</p> <h2>6. LinkedIn</h2> <p>Unless you&rsquo;re a photographer or filmmaker, <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/">LinkedIn</a> might be the best way to advance your career. LinkedIn is a great way to put yourself out there, but connecting options are limited. You can send messages to some, but <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/mnyfe/subscriptionv2?displayProducts=&amp;family=general&amp;commpare_acct=">upgraded accounts</a> give you more search results, expanded profiles, and more. If you&rsquo;re recruiting, there are special packages for your company as well. It works the same as personal accounts, but instead of finding potential employers, you&rsquo;re able to find potential employees. Although I haven&rsquo;t personally <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/standout-stuff-to-put-on-your-resume">used LinkedIn to advance my career</a>, I do have friends who use it for work functions and networking, and after looking it over more, I'll be doing the same.</p> <p>Premium prices vary</p> <p><em>What do you think? Is it worth it to pay for online content?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-online-services-are-worth-paying-for">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits">Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/more-free-television-online-hulu-com">More Free Television Online - Hulu.com - UPDATE: Invites Available for Wise Bread Readers!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-to-choose-traditional-books-over-e-books">5 Reasons to Choose Traditional Books Over E-Books</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-quick-remote-control-hacks-to-save-you-time-and-money">5 Quick Remote Control Hacks to Save You Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Technology hulu LinkedIn online content photography spotify television Fri, 29 Jun 2012 23:48:08 +0000 Jennifer Holder 937047 at http://www.wisebread.com The Photographer's Dilemma: Quintessential Tips for Frugal Photography http://www.wisebread.com/the-photographers-dilemma-quintessential-tips-for-frugal-photography <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/camera.jpg" alt="Lens" title="Lens" width="240" height="360" /> </p> <p>Digital photography is like a virus that is slowly overtaking my friends. Seriously. One person in my group of friends got a digital camera. He took some pictures and shared them with his friends. Everyone oo-ed and ah-ed over them, and then realized that they&#39;d like to have some pictures of their own. They got themselves a camera (or a whole set-up) and began snapping photos. Some became seriously interested, and found themselves buying all sorts of gear (flashes, lenses, filters, tripods, bags, etc.). Several thousand dollars later, they can take any picture they want. And the people around them (like yours truly!) now want to take this newer, even-better sort of picture, too. But many of us don&#39;t want to spend the money it can take to get quality equipment. Here are some questions we&#39;ve asked ourselves and some ways we&#39;ve coped. </p> <!--break--><!--break--><p><strong>Do you really want to go digital?</strong></p> <p>Film SLRs that used to run $500-$700 new are now less than $100 on eBay. These are often in good condition with minimal use, but the owner wants to sell so he can go digital. And, many places that develop film (like Costco) will develop to negative and then scan the pictures to CD or DVD for a price similar to deveoping to pictures, so you can still have your photos on your computer. Also, if you get into it and want to do your own developing or find some obscure old equipment, places like <a href="http://www.frugalphotographer.com/" title="Froog Photog">Frugal Photographer</a> offer a great selection at fabulous prices. The downside? You have to pay for film and processing, and you don&#39;t get to see your pictures before you take them. But if those don&#39;t deter you, film is still a good way to get a quality camera and quality pictures for much less.</p> <p><strong>Links for frugal film photography</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/74781/tips_for_saving_money_on_photograph.html" title="Photog prints">Tips for Saving Money on Prints</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.willegal.net/photo/photo-main_body.htm" title="tune up">Tuning up your own camera</a>-If you scroll down, he also talks about why you might choose to shoot film. </p> <p><strong>Do you really need an SLR?</strong></p> <p>They&#39;re big and pretty, with nice features. But if you won&#39;t use the features or aren&#39;t sure how deep you want to invest yourself in digital photography, a point-and-shoot is still the way to go. Pages like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/syltguides/fullview/2EBPEFXXWVK9F" title="Amazon list">this one</a> give some examples of quality point-and-shoot cameras, and tell you how to learn to use them. Sure, if you decide to be serious, you&#39;ll have to upgrade. But you can milk your little camera for all it&#39;s worth before you do. And if you don&#39;t get serious? You can still take good pictures of the kids for the Christmas card.</p> <p><strong>So you want to go all the way!</strong></p> <p>1. Do your research. For instance, the big camera companies (right now for digital SLRs it&#39;s Canon and Nikon) update their equipment every year or so, but the updates often aren&#39;t worth the hefty price-raise. Instead, wait until they come out with a new model and watch the prices fall on the older ones. Canon even <a href="http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/digital/rebates.html" title="Old Canon Rebate">tends to offer rebates</a> on the old models when the new ones come out, to help sell them off. Online forums are a great place to find these sorts of insider tips.</p> <p>2. Make what you can on your own. <a href="http://sandro.knot.org/blog/?p=94" title="Sandro&#39;s Chaos">Sandro</a> offers a smorgasboard of links for making some of the more obscure equipment on your own. Some of the projects seem to require more than an average knowledge of things like electronics, but all of these projects are probably do-able with a little study.</p> <p>3. Learn for free. <a href="http://strobist.blogspot.com" title="Strobist">Strobist</a> , for instance, offers <a href="http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html" title="Lighting 101">Lighting 101</a> , lessons on using light well in your pictures. <a href="http://digital-photography-school.com/blog" title="DPS">Digital Photography School </a> offers insights on all aspects of photography, with recent entries on fast lenses, cropping, and cameras for children. And these are only the most popular places to learn about photography for free. There&#39;s no need to take a class when you can learn for free on the &#39;net!</p> <p>4. Get some advice. <a href="http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/05/round-up-starving-student-off-camera.html" title="More Strobist">Here</a> is an off-camera light kit that won&#39;t kill your bank account. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/syltguides/fullview/1DTFRVKCK5CUB/ref=cm_syt_dtpa_f_3_rdssss0/102-9887913-5278551?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_s=sylt-center&amp;pf_rd_r=1XGBR3WRHBMNF6KMZEZ9&amp;pf_rd_t=201&amp;pf_rd_p=253464101&amp;pf_rd_i=B0007QKMQY" title="Canon kit">Here</a> are recommendations for a solid Canon kit. And <a href="http://www.dpreview.com/" title="DPR">these guys</a> have reviewed just about everything there is to review in digital phogtography. As a last resort, enter the name of the product you&#39;re considering as a Google search with the word &quot;reviews&quot; and you should find something.</p> <p>5. Consider selling your best photos. <a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2007/03/04/an-introduction-to-making-money-selling-digital-photos/" title="Get Rich Slowly">JD&#39;s</a> <a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2007/03/04/an-introduction-to-making-money-selling-digital-photos/" title="Get Rich Slowly"> guest Mike Panic</a> already said it, so I don&#39;t have to. The link is a guide and some considerations to selling your pictures as stock photos. He has a lot more to say (and most of it is sound advice) at <a href="http://www.randomn3ss.com/category/photography/" title="Mike Panic">his own site</a>.</p> <p>6. And last but not least, if you&#39;ve been dying to get some good pictures of fish, <a href="http://mit.edu/lxs/www/cichlids/fishphotos.html" title="Shooting fish...with a camera">this</a> appears to be the page for you (WTF!?). </p> <p>Other Helpful Links</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2006/05/30/the-frugal-photographer/" title="The Frugal Photographyer">The Frugal Photographer</a> </p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/02/02jan21a.cfm" title="Digital Camera Savings">Digital Camera Savings?</a> </p> <p>(Photo by <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/ssh/" title="SSH">ssh</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-photographers-dilemma-quintessential-tips-for-frugal-photography">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gift-giving-for-the-truly-broke">14 Gift Ideas for the Truly Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-increase-the-chance-of-someone-returning-your-lost-wallet">How to Increase the Chance of Someone Returning Your Lost Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-more-places-to-buy-sell-and-trade-books">17 More Places to Buy, Sell, and Trade Books</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-inexpensive-souvenirs">The Best (Inexpensive) Souvenirs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/magazines-for-free-or-cheap">Magazines for Free or Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Art and Leisure digital photography frugal photography photographer photography photos Mon, 23 Apr 2007 21:33:51 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 547 at http://www.wisebread.com 4GB Compact Flash Card - $37.50 inc. S&H http://www.wisebread.com/4gb-compact-flash-card-37-50-inc-s-h <p><img width="165" height="165" title="4GB card" alt="4GB card" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/meritline_1941_63324050.gif" /></p> <p>A <strong>4GB flash card for under $40</strong>, shipped? Yup, it's a deal. Grab it while you can. I think I'll get a couple for my wife, who is a photographer and needs all the storage she can get.</p> <p>I remember paying $75 for a 256MB SD card for our first digital camera a few years ago. Now they give those away! Anyway, <a href="http://www.meritline.com/pqi-4gb-cf-card-40x.html">this one is a steal</a> . It's a PQI Compact Flash Card 4GB High Speed 40X, Model AC43-4030-0101 and comes with free STANDARD Shipping. And it's just $37.50!</p> <ul> <li>Compact Flash specification standard: 50pin SMT connector and type I (3.3mm)TM</li> <li>3.3V/5V single power supply operation</li> <li>Internal self-diagnostic program operates at VCC power on</li> <li>3 variations of access mode: Memory Card Mode; I/O Card Mode; True-IDE Mode</li> <li>High reliability based on internal ECC (Error Correcting Code) Function</li> <li>Data reliability is 1 error in 1014 bits read</li> <li><strong><font color="#ff0000">Auto Sleep Mode</font></strong></li> </ul> <p>If your data storage is SD, here's a deal for you folks.<a href="http://www.meritline.com/a-data-sd-card-2gb.html"> <strong>$17.95 inc. S&amp;H gets you a 2GB SD card</strong></a> . It's an A-DATA SD Card 2GB, Model SD 2G, also with FREE STANDARD SHIPPING</p> <p>The Adata Speedy SD card is fully compliant with SD card and CPRM standard.<br /> <img width="123" height="158" title="SD card" alt="SD card" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/meritline_1941_164742870.jpg" /><br /> Due to its high compatibility, AdataSD card can fit efficiently in all your digital devices, including Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), Digital Still Camera (DSC) and MP3 player.</p> <table width="703" cellspacing="10" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <ul> <li>Support CPRM(Content Protection for Recordable Media)</li> <li>Support the interface of the Secure Digital Card Standard.</li> <li>Support Error Correcting Code (ECC) function to detect and correct errors.</li> <li>Support In System Programming (ISP) function to load the firmware.</li> <li>Supports power down commands and sleep modes</li> <li>Non-volatile storage(no battery required)</li> <li>MTBF &gt; 1,000,000 hours</li> <li>Low weight</li> <li>Noiseles</li> <li>Low profile</li> </ul> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4gb-compact-flash-card-37-50-inc-s-h">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-hobbies-for-introverts">8 Best Hobbies for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maintaining-memories-how-to-save-old-photographs">Maintaining Memories: How to Save Old Photographs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-reuse-common-household-items">10 Ways to Reuse Common Household Items</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-awesome-uses-for-milk-crates">20 Awesome Uses for Milk Crates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-senior-discounts">Big List of Senior Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals bargain media cheap storage compact flash data storage media storage photography Mon, 09 Apr 2007 04:42:11 +0000 Paul Michael 477 at http://www.wisebread.com