photos http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4443/all en-US A Simple Guide to Buying The Best Travel Cameras http://www.wisebread.com/a-simple-guide-to-buying-the-best-travel-cameras <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-simple-guide-to-buying-the-best-travel-cameras" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tourist_woman_photographing_with_digital_camera_in_rome.jpg" alt="Tourist woman photographing with digital camera in Rome" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If one thing is true about buying a new camera for an upcoming trip, it's that there are plenty of choices. However, deciding among them can be overwhelming. The camera market is more than saturated and it can be hard to figure out which one of the available options is right for you and your travel style.</p> <p>One of the most important things to keep in mind is that the &quot;best&quot; camera is the one that will serve <em>your</em> needs best. Do you want to be able to use it underwater? Do you want to be able to take more professional looking photos by choosing settings manually? Deciding what factors are most important to you before you shop will help ensure that you pick a camera that is the best match for your needs.</p> <p>To help you make an informed decision, I've compiled this guide to some of the most popular travel cameras. As a professional videographer and photographer with more than five years of experience, I've found that the cameras below are the best in their class. My colleagues and I have used every one of them and recommend each for the categories listed.(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-take-stunning-travel-photos?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Ways to Take Stunning Travel Photos</a>)</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-family: georgia; font-size: 1.5em; font-weight: normal;">For the adventurer</span></p> <p>Any active traveler knows that the tougher a camera is, the better. Chances are, your camera could be subjected to rain, snow, seawater, and lots of bumping around while you're climbing, sailing, diving, skiing, or just strolling around town. You need a rugged camera that can accompany you through it all.</p> <h3>Tough TG-5 by Olympus</h3> <p>The newest addition to Olympus' Tough lineup, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2q1g8mA" target="_blank">TG-5</a>, is currently available for pre-order and will soon hit the mass market. Priced at $450, you can drop this tough point-and-shoot from heights of up to seven feet, subject it to temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and dive with it to depths of 50 feet. It's also dustproof and crushproof. This rugged camera can survive pretty much any condition you subject it to, and still take great pictures. It renders colors vibrantly and includes art filters if you want an easy way to add Instagram-like effects to your photos. If you prefer to do more in-depth post-processing, the TG-5 also shoots stills in RAW mode. It shoots stunning video in Ultra HD 4K.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong> In addition to its durability, this camera can fit into your pocket easily (it measures 4.4 inches by 2.6 inches by 1.2 inches). It's also lightweight at just over half a pound.</p> <p><strong>Cons:</strong> As a point-and-shoot camera, the TG-5 has no manual mode. If you intend to only use your camera in automatic modes, then this isn't really a downside.</p> <h3>GoPro Hero5 Black</h3> <p>GoPros are excellent and durable cameras that allow you to take action photos and videos from a unique point of view. You can take GoPros on the ski slopes, to the sea, mountain biking, parasailing, and just about anywhere else without ever having to worry about damaging them. Their durability is one big draw, but users also praise their wide angle lenses, which allow you to capture more in one frame than a traditional camera.</p> <p>The easy <a href="http://amzn.to/2qBv26p" target="_blank">mounts you can buy</a> to accompany a GoPro allow you to shoot from your arm, a helmet, a bike, and so much more. These mounts secure the camera so you don't have to worry about losing it. You can focus on what you're doing while simultaneously preserving that moment for future viewing.</p> <p>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2rzrgaU" target="_blank">Hero5 Black</a>, the latest model, retails for about $400.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong> GoPros are great for extreme sports, but even the not-so-extreme traveler can benefit by using them to catch hands-free footage on the go. The body of the Hero5 Black is waterproof up to depths of 33 feet, meaning you no longer need a special casing to keep moisture out. You can shoot in 4K Ultra HD, and change settings with the touch-screen or by using voice commands. The Hero5 also features GPS, stereo audio, electronic image stabilization, and the ability to upload clips automatically to the cloud.</p> <p><strong>Cons:</strong> If you're going to be taking a lot of portraits or wildlife close-ups, a GoPro is probably not for you. The wide angle lens gives an immersive feeling to action shots, but also creates barrel distortion. The Hero5 comes with a linear field of view setting that allows you to shoot in a mode that corrects some of that distortion, but it's still not perfect.</p> <p>GoPro colors can also be a little flat. You can use the ProTune feature to help increase saturation a bit, but without some postproduction editing, you may be disappointed with the vibrancy of your images.</p> <p>One final thing to keep in mind is that the battery life of GoPros is notoriously short, lasting only about an hour-and-a-half when you're using the camera's GPS, electronic image stabilization, and Wi-Fi. You may want to purchase a <a href="http://amzn.to/2r07Mjq" target="_blank">backup battery</a>, which costs around $20.</p> <h2>For the instant gratification seeker</h2> <p>Digital photography pretty much spelled the death of Polaroid cameras and their instant-print ilk. Or so it seemed.</p> <p>These cameras have recently been staging a comeback, and some of them are small enough to be excellent for traveling. They allow you to instantly and effortlessly share your favorite shots with new friends that you've made on the go.</p> <h3>Fujifilm Instax Mini 8</h3> <p>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2pTwm5l" target="_blank">Fujifilm Instax Mini 8</a> is 4.6 inches by 4.7 inches by 2.7 inches, weighing 11 ounces before adding the batteries. That's not tiny, but it's smaller than some competing cameras. I prefer the Fujifilm brand because in my opinion, its cameras are more comfortable to hold and I've always liked Fujifilm's standard color grading in photos.</p> <p>The Instax Mini 8 sells for about $60. You'll need to buy the <a href="http://amzn.to/2q0DFnS" target="_blank">Instax Mini film</a> made specifically for these cameras.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong> The retro touch and the ability to get prints on the spot make these cameras instant fun. Want to make friends with locals wherever you go? Ask nicely to take their photo, then give them a copy from your Instax Mini. Kids especially appreciate the gift. You can also use the photos as souvenirs for yourself, or postcards for folks back home.</p> <p><strong>Cons:</strong> The image quality of the Instax Mini 8 doesn't match even most cellphone cameras, so don't buy it to capture beautiful landscapes. It's more of a fun, retro snapshot device.</p> <p>Another drawback is that instant film is notoriously expensive, so be prepared to spend around $13 for a twin-pack (10 exposures on each film cartridge). You'll want to stock up before you leave home, because you'd be surprised how fast you can go through 10 shots &mdash; especially if you're used to shooting pictures digitally. You'll also need a scanner if you plan to upload your snapshots online.</p> <h2>For the artist</h2> <p>If you want more control over your camera, you'll need a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera with a manual mode, so you can adjust the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO according to the light conditions and the elements you want to emphasize in your shot.</p> <h3>Canon EOS Rebel T6i</h3> <p>Canon's Rebel line of cameras are perfect entry-level DSLRs for travelers. They allow you to easily move between automatic and manual modes, giving you full control or easy point-and-shoot capability, depending on your mood and situation. This camera is easy to use and won't take up too much space, yet allows you to move closer to professional photography capabilities.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2pTlN2o" target="_blank">The T6i</a> boasts a 24.2 MP sensor for beautiful high-resolution shots, and a quick, accurate autofocus. The 3-inch touch-screen is fully articulating, making it perfect for vloggers who need to be the focus of their own shots. This particular model of Canon Rebel frequently finds itself on the list of best DSLR cameras and it's my favorite of the DSLR class 24 MP+ category.</p> <p><strong>Pros:</strong> Automatic modes make it easier to shoot near-pro quality images and video even if you haven't fully mastered shooting in manual yet. Additionally, this model includes a very handy wireless transfer capability that enables you to sync pictures from the camera directly to your phone or computer, so you can easily publish on the go.</p> <p>Canon's Rebel cameras are typically sold with a starter lens, and this one comes packaged with a EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. In layman's terms, this lens has a great range of wide-angle through medium telephoto, image stabilization for sharper photos, and the stepping motor (STM) keeps autofocus smooth and quiet during video.</p> <p><strong>Cons:</strong> Weighing in at 18 ounces, this camera is one of the bigger and heavier ones we've included in this list, although it is still very portable. Its dimensions in inches are 5.10 by 3.93 by 3.07, and it costs about $670.</p> <h2>For the vlogger</h2> <p>If your main intention is video blogging, then the best vlogging camera currently on the market should be your choice.</p> <h3>Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II</h3> <p>You really can't beat this <a href="http://amzn.to/2q4bOST" target="_blank">compact $679 camera</a> for video. It's small enough to fit into a backpack pocket (4.2 inches by 2.4 inches by 1.7 inches, and weighing 11.2 ounces), which is nice for those who require some level of portability while traveling. It has a flip-up selfie screen for those perfect vlogging shots or selfie stills, and with its 1-inch image sensor it takes pretty nice photos, too.</p> <p><strong>Pros: </strong>Selfie flip-up screen. Beautiful colors. You can shoot images in RAW mode for in-depth editing in Lightroom or Photoshop, which is a feature still lacking in many compacts.</p> <p><strong>Cons: </strong>Barely pocketable. If they made it just a half inch narrower, this thing would slide in and out of your pants pocket with ease.</p> <p>The biggest con about the G7 X Mark II is the fact that there is no external mic port, which is a huge disadvantage for people who are serious about taking professional videos. Unfortunately, none of the best cameras in this class have an external mic port.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Today's smartphones feature fantastic cameras with surprising quality and clarity. For example, the latest iPhone 7 boasts a groundbreaking new camera, including the ability to take RAW photos and capture images in low light.</p> <p>The new camera quality in smartphones means they can be a tool to create a small photography side business. If you love taking photos and have a great eye, you can turn your artistic vision into cash, right from your phone.</p> <p>These three sites will pay cash for your smartphone photos. Here's how to get started.</p> <h2>EyeEm</h2> <p><a href="https://www.eyeem.com/" target="_blank">EyeEm</a> is one of the largest smartphone-picture platforms, with over 18 million creators. Available to both iPhone and Android users, you can sell photos for anywhere from $20 to $250, depending on the license.</p> <p>EyeEm also allows you to upload photos from your computer, so you can edit photos from your smartphone before posting them for sale.</p> <h2>Foap</h2> <p><a href="https://www.foap.com/" target="_blank">Foap</a> is a free app for iPhones that allows you to sell your photos. Once you sign up for an account, you upload your photos. To use any of your photos, a customer must purchase a photo license for $10; Foap keeps $5, and you get $5 as the artist.</p> <p>The great thing about Foap is that you are not limited in how many times you sell a photo. If that one adorable picture of your dog appeals to customers, you can sell it 100 times or more.</p> <h2>Fotolia Instant</h2> <p>With the <a href="https://blog.fotolia.com/us/category/instant/" target="_blank">Fotolia Instant app</a>, you can upload images from your Android or iPhone directly to Fotolia Instant Collection, which is a subset of the site dedicated solely to smartphone images for brands looking for stock images.</p> <p>Fotolia Instant allows you to include a model release, add keyword information, and manage every aspect of the sales process. You get a 33% commission for every photo you sell. Once you reach $50 in sales, you can request your payout via PayPal or Skrill.</p> <h2>Tips for Selling Your Photos</h2> <p>While you can turn your smartphone into a money-earner, the stock photo market can be crowded with other sellers. To increase your chances of customers buying your pictures, try to think from their point of view and what they need. Most shoppers are small business owners and bloggers looking for stock photos.</p> <p>They likely will need your photos for various purposes, so:</p> <ul> <li>Make sure your photos are large enough that they can be resized without getting blurry or grainy. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Take advantage of your location. If your city has well-known landmarks or shopping districts, those areas can translate to very popular photos. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can also get inspiration by checking out blogs and looking at the stock photos they use for ideas for what shots sell.</li> </ul> <h2>Turning Your Phone Into Cash</h2> <p>Instead of just snapping selfies and paying for an expensive data plan, turn your smartphone camera into a cash-earning machine. If you love taking photos and have a unique point of view, you can turn your camera into a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-unexpected-side-benefits-of-your-side-hustle" target="_blank">decent side hustle</a>. Post photos on various sites to maximize your chances of earning extra money, and keep adding fresh content to keep customers coming back.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kat-tretina">Kat Tretina</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/earn-extra-income-with-your-smartphone-camera">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Well, so was mine until I figured out a workflow that helped me to organize over 50,000 digital photo files and 6,000 printed photographs. Here's how I <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-lose-the-clutter-and-keep-the-memories">cleared my photography clutter</a>.</p> <h2>Digital</h2> <p>Wade through your endless digital photos and keep only the ones that really matter.</p> <h3>1. Stay Current</h3> <p>I realized that unless I stopped taking new photos (this would not happen), I would continue to play catch up&hellip; forever. Instead of trying to organize all 50,000 digital images at once, I focused on the most recent 5,000 pictures and resolved to stay on top of my photo curating chores from that point forward.</p> <p>At the end of every day, I go through the photo stream on my phone, and like my favorite shots so they are automatically saved in my &quot;Favorites&quot; album.</p> <p>Photographs I take of items to sell on Etsy, eBay, and Craigslist stay on my phone in their own separate &quot;For Sale&quot; album until the item sells (and then I delete the associated images). Because I run my online storefronts exclusively from my phone, I never need to download these images to my desktop computer.</p> <p>Lastly, since I am a visual thinker, I take a ton of photos to help me remember everything from my Italian homework to where I parked the car at the airport. I now add those photos to my Evernote app as I go for reference, and delete these images as I complete each related task.</p> <h3>2. Decide on a Primary Storage for Digital Archives.</h3> <p>I have 50,000 digital images because I am paranoid about losing photographs. As a result of this anxiety, I had copies of the same image on my phone, on my computer's hard drive, on external hard drives, and on Flickr. What's worse than organizing 50,000 images? Organizing multiple copies of the same 50,000 images over and over. Don't be me. Choose one spot as your complete archive. You can divide your archives later.</p> <h3>3. Housekeeping</h3> <p>At least once a month, I download my favorite photographs from my camera and phone to my computer for further editing.</p> <h3>4. Ditch the Worst Photographs</h3> <p>While I can spend hours toggling between good images in an effort to select the best of the lot, the bad photos stick out like a sore thumb. Even if I only trashed 1% of the images taking up space on my hard drive, those were still 500 photographs I didn't have to organize later.</p> <h3>5. Create Folders or Albums</h3> <p>Sort by subject or event, not chronologically. Even though Flickr automatically archives my photographs in chronological order, this is my least favorite method of sorting images because I hate scrolling through thousands of photographs to find the one shot that I am looking for. For example, because I am working on building up Flickr as my professional portfolio of travel and architecture shots, my initial sort will be to organize my photos into albums by city. When I have more time, I will go through each city album, and sort the images into smaller albums like Architecture, Art, Food, etc&hellip;and add hash tags #brutalism, #michelangelo, #gelato, etc&hellip;to make these archives easily searchable by photo editors looking for images for magazine and book projects.</p> <h3>6. Back Everything Up</h3> <p>Technology hates you! I store copies of my favorite shots on an external hard drive in the event that my computer croaks. And, because I like to worry, in the event that my house burns down, I also keep a second copy of my photo archive on Flickr.</p> <h2>Prints and Negatives</h2> <p>I come from a long line of photographers. Unlike many people who may only have one cherished photograph of their elderly relatives, I have thousands of family pictures that go back four generations. Just about every family event was documented on film, usually by more than one relative.</p> <p>Unfortunately, while my family is great at taking pictures, they are horrible archivists. I don't recognize half the people in the photographs that have been passed down to me! Also, even when I know who is in the shot, the context of photographs is often as important as the picture itself. Why is everyone dressed as donkeys in this photograph? Who is the mysterious blonde lady cuddling up to Uncle Ed?</p> <p>Now I know why I kept putting off organizing my prints. All the sideline research is super daunting. I don't want to be the relative who accidentally dumped the only evidence of an important event in family history. Even with that emotional pressure, I still found organizing physical photographs way easier than organizing my digital files. Here's the process:</p> <h3>7. Gather Loose Photos</h3> <p>Take all the photos and random albums and put them in one location.</p> <h3>8. Ditch the Bad Photographs</h3> <p>Photographs that have faded to nothing or are out of focus should go into the trash. Unlabeled landscape shots from vacations that aren't suitable for framing also get tossed. Group photos where no one looks cute? Garbage.</p> <h3>9. Divide and Conquer</h3> <p>I divided my photographs into six major collections: vintage family photographs, childhood, college, post-college, travel, and mystery; and sorted the photographs into labeled, acid-free, archival photo storage boxes. I kept the categories extremely broad because I knew that this project would be time consuming. Worst case scenario, if I stop organizing at this point, at least know which box to start looking in to find a specific picture.</p> <h3>10. Sort Each Collection</h3> <p>Sort them into smaller, searchable categories. For example, I sorted my travel box by vacation, and my childhood pictures by year.</p> <h3>11. Research the Mystery Photos</h3> <p>Mystery photographs are family photos of strangers and unfamiliar locations. My favorite method of researching mystery photos is to bring them to large family events and have my relatives help me identify people, places, and things. (I can say from personal experience that doing this at family wakes is oddly comforting and enjoyable.) I have also solved photo mysteries by scanning and emailing the images out to my older relatives who sometimes respond with the best stories.</p> <h3>12. Preserve and Label for Future Generations</h3> <p>For the love of all that is good and beautiful, don't write on the back of photos you want to keep forever! Even archival inks and glues can damage the prints. Instead, label archival presentation photo sleeves, which keep photographs clean and fingerprint-free. Alternately, go old school and write the story of each photograph, as a caption, directly onto the paper album pages. Personally I am scanning all my vintage photographs into my computer and uploading them to Flickr to a shared family album. My relatives can make their own copies of their favorite images and help me write captions. Since I am paranoid, this Flickr album also doubles as backup storage for physical photographs.</p> <h2>Notes About Negatives</h2> <p>Don't throw these away! Although I will never again be able to afford to print using a traditional darkroom, I can use my home scanner to create beautiful digital prints from my negatives.</p> <h2>Beware of Bugs and Other Things</h2> <p>I have seen photo archives destroyed by heat, moisture, mold, rodents, and bugs. (Who knew that carpet beetles love to eat color slides?) Stash photos in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight.</p> <p>Sunlight will fade photographs. Although it's counterintuitive, hang photographs on the wall that gets the least amount of direct light.</p> <p>Handle photographs by the edges, as the oil on your skin will degrade photographs and negatives.</p> <p>Use archival glue or tape to attach photographs to frames and photo albums. Fasteners such as rubber bands, glue sticks, tape, and paper clips can permanently damage any photo they touch.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-smart-ways-to-organize-old-photos">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-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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-51-ways-to-organize-your-whole-life-in-2017">Flashback Friday: 51 Ways to Organize Your Whole Life in 2017</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/youre-missing-out-on-these-5-easy-fixes-for-fomo">You&#039;re Missing Out on These 5 Easy Fixes for FOMO</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/stop-losing-your-stuff-with-these-6-simple-tricks">Stop Losing Your Stuff With These 6 Simple Tricks</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/reach-your-money-goals-faster-with-a-simple-naming-trick">Reach Your Money Goals Faster With a Simple Naming Trick</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Organization old photos photographs photos storage hacks storage tips technology Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:30:23 +0000 Max Wong 1796577 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Look Amazing in Photos http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-look-amazing-in-photos <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-look-amazing-in-photos" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_taking_selfie_000086320597.jpg" alt="Couple learning how to look amazing in photos" 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 articles on easy ways to look amazing in photos, how to survive on minimum wage, and time-saving laundry tips.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.easyways.net/7-easy-ways-look-photogenic-pictures/">7 Easy Ways To Look Photogenic In Pictures</a> &mdash; Accessorize wisely! Wide-brimmed hats will throw a shadow on your face and highlight dark circles. [easyWays]</p> <p><a href="http://wellkeptwallet.com/2016/05/how-to-survive-on-minimum-wage/">How to Survive on Minimum Wage</a> &mdash; For most people, housing is the single biggest expense each month. See if you can find shared housing to cut down the costs. [Well Kept Wallet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getorganizedwizard.com/blog/2016/05/tips-for-laundry-less-time-better-results/">6 Tips For Laundry Done In Less Time, With Better Results</a> &mdash; Pre-sort your laundry. A little discipline throughout the week means less work on laundry day. [Get Organized Wizard]</p> <p><a href="http://gradmoneymatters.com/money-making-ideas/5-financial-tips-you-should-know-before-moving-abroad.html">5 Financial Tips You Should Know Before Moving Abroad</a> &mdash; Don't buy property in your first year abroad. Give yourself some time to familiarize yourself with an area before you make the commitment. [Grad Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Unclogging-Toilet-Bombs-32903823">Unclog Your Commode With Eco-Friendly Toilet Bombs</a> &mdash; When your toilet isn't flushing the way it should or it's clogged, use one of these eco-friendly toilet bombs to clear it out. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dontpayfull.com/blog/alternative-investments-for-big-returns">Alternative Investments for Big Returns</a> &mdash; You can buy or invest in real assets such as property or precious metals, but you'll need to do your own research to assess your chances of good returns. [Don't Pay Full]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/05/resume-writing-tips.html">5 Outdated Resume Writing Tips to Ignore Right Now</a> &mdash; Don't be afraid to go up to two pages if you need to room to include relevant and important information. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="https://www.lupgrade.com/3-things-consider-moving-new-city/">3 Things to Consider Before Moving to a New City</a> &mdash; The costs for basic needs like utilities, schooling, medical treatment, transportation and groceries vary from town to town. Make sure you have an idea of what your expenses will be like in a new city. [Life Upgrade]</p> <p><a href="http://www.adebtfreestressfreelife.com/10-habits-great-friends/">10 Habits of Great Friends</a> &mdash; Great friends don't focus exclusively on problems. They make sure to have fun together, too.&nbsp; [A Debt Free Mess Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/8-important-facts-investing-people-often-forget.html">8 Important Facts About Investing That People Often Forget</a> &mdash; Focus on time rather than timing. The longer you're in the market, the better it is for your investment. [Ready To Be Rich]</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-look-amazing-in-photos">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/12-smart-ways-to-organize-old-photos">12 Smart Ways to Organize Old Photos</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/17-things-car-salesmen-dont-want-you-to-know">17 Things Car Salesmen Don&#039;t Want You to Know</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/how-to-launder-money">How to Launder Money</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/10-safest-cities-in-america-from-natural-disasters">10 Safest Cities in America from Natural Disasters</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/8-cheap-ways-to-lower-your-blood-sugar">13 Natural and Easy Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks best money tips photos Fri, 27 May 2016 09:30:26 +0000 Amy Lu 1718401 at http://www.wisebread.com Get Free Media Software for Your Windows PC http://www.wisebread.com/get-free-media-software-for-your-windows-pc <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-free-media-software-for-your-windows-pc" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5021980078_e558347f02_z.jpg" alt="man with laptop" title="man with laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the advantages of Apple computers is that they come with pre-installed software like Apple's iLife. iLife includes programs for managing digital photos, editing home movies, producing music, and making websites. The great news is that Windows users no longer have to be left out of the fun. There are free software programs available on the Internet in each of these categories. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/excel-the-most-underrated-software-you-already-own" title="Excel: The Most Underrated Software You Already Own">Excel: The Most Underrated Software You Already Own</a>)</p> <h3>Managing Digital Photos: Google's Picasa</h3> <p><a href="http://picasa.google.com/">Google's Picasa</a> includes many features similar to Apple's iPhoto. It locates photos on your computer and neatly organizes them by date. You can easily improve your photos with editing tools like red-eye elimination, cropping, straightening, or adjusting brightness. Once edits are complete, you're ready to share an album. Picasa makes it easy by syncing with Picasa Web Albums, Blogger accounts, or Facebook (with <a href="http://apps.facebook.com/picasauploader">a free plugin</a>). If you prefer video, you can turn your pictures into a movie slideshow, add background music, and automatically upload them to YouTube.</p> <h3>Editing Home Movies: Windows Live Movie Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://explore.live.com/windows-live-movie-maker?os=other">Windows Live Movie Maker</a> is easier than ever to record digital videos thanks to camcorders, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/digital-camera-buying-guide" title="How to Buy a Digital Camera">cameras</a>, and cell phones. It helps you take those clips and turn them into impressive movies with titles, credits, background music, and animated transitions. It works similarly to Apple's iMovie. Windows Live Movie Maker displays your videos in a timeline format so you can easily view the frames that you want to edit. A preview screen immediately shows what the edited video looks like. Add the finishing touches by experimenting with dozens of preloaded transitions and visual effects. Then, quickly and easily publish your movie to the web with direct links to Facebook and YouTube.</p> <h3>Producing Your Own Music: Audacity</h3> <p><a href="http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/">Audacity</a> is not &ldquo;pretty&rdquo; software, but when you get past its rough appearance, you'll find it to be a simple tool for making high-quality recordings. Aspiring musicians will love it for fine-tuning tracks and combining multiple recordings into home-produced songs. For the more casual user, you'll find it useful for cutting your favorite song down to a 30-second ringtone or putting together a voice-over for a home movie. You start by recording from a microphone or importing an existing track. Audacity will give you a visual representation so you can edit it by selecting the portion of the audio you want to work with. You can delete sections you don't want, add in sound effects, or decrease static from your microphone. Expect to spend a little more time learning how to use it than you would with Apple's Garage Band, but with the money you'll save it should be well worth it.</p> <h3>Making a Website: Weebly</h3> <p><a href="http://www.weebly.com/">Weebly</a> is unlike the other iLife alternatives in that it's an online service. This means that you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/website-101-how-to-build-a-site-and-get-it-online" title="Website 101: How to Build a Site and Get It Online">build your website</a> by visiting and developing on weebly.com. There are many free alternatives for creating websites, but what separates Weebly is that each step is incredibly user-friendly, whether you are designing, building, or publishing. You start by selecting one of their website designs. Then, drag and drop the features you want from their toolbar onto your website. You can choose text areas, pictures, YouTube videos, maps, or many other items you're used to seeing on the Internet. When you're finished, just click &ldquo;publish&rdquo; and choose to either publish for free at &ldquo;yoursite.weebly.com&rdquo; or upgrade to something more traditional like &ldquo;www.yoursite.com.&rdquo; Weebly is even more cost-effective than Apple's iWeb, which requires you to have Apple's $99/year MobileMe service to take advantage of publishing.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Mike Lammers. Mike is a &quot;tech guy&quot; striving to make technology easier to use. He's the founder of <a href="http://ohrizon.com/" target="_blank"><span>Ohrizon.com</span></a>, a website with the motto that &quot;every overpriced software has an affordable alternative.&quot; Read more by Mike:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.ohrizon.com/fixing-photos-with-gimp/">Fixing Photos With GIMP</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.ohrizon.com/openoffice-vs-microsoft-office/">OpenOffice vs. Microsoft Office</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.ohrizon.com/too-many-passwords/">Too Many Passwords?</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mike-lammers">Mike Lammers</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-free-media-software-for-your-windows-pc">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/earn-extra-income-with-your-smartphone-camera">Earn Extra Income With Your Smartphone Camera</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/8-best-sites-to-help-your-kids-learn-about-money">8 Best Sites to Help Your Kids Learn About Money</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/make-your-computer-last-almost-forever-with-some-simple-tricks">Make Your Computer Last (Almost) Forever With Some Simple Tricks</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/6-free-debt-management-tools">6 Free Debt Management Tools</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/a-simple-guide-to-buying-the-best-travel-cameras">A Simple Guide to Buying The Best Travel Cameras</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology apple computer software computers photos programs websites Mon, 08 Nov 2010 13:00:11 +0000 Mike Lammers 280494 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Increase the Chance of Someone Returning Your Lost Wallet http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-increase-the-chance-of-someone-returning-your-lost-wallet <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-increase-the-chance-of-someone-returning-your-lost-wallet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/516804923_f648a48765.jpg" alt="Lost wallet" title="Lost Wallet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s not a fun feeling. You&rsquo;ve reached the checkout at the grocery store, you feel into your pocket, or purse, and realize that your wallet is missing. You heart stops, you walk out without your shopping and proceed to panic. But there is one way you can significantly increase the chance of your wallet being returned intact.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;re like me, your life is in your wallet. From various forms of I.D. and insurance cards, to credit and bank cards, business cards, receipts and all sorts of other junk, my wallet is a portable filing cabinet. And to lose it is to lose your mind, at least for a while.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But what could you put in your wallet to dramatically increase the chances of getting it back? As Richard Wiseman, a psychologist found out, the answer was surprisingly simple &ndash; <strong>baby pictures. </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As <a href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article6681923.ece">The Times reported on July 11</a> hundreds of wallets were distributed around Edinburgh, with different photos and contents.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>Richard Wiseman, a psychologist, and his team inserted one of four photographs behind a clear plastic window inside, showing either a smiling baby, a cute puppy, a happy family or a contented elderly couple. Some wallets had no image and some had charity papers inside.</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The results were conclusive. The wallets containing the baby pictures won by a landslide. A staggering 9 out of 10 wallets were returned. And when there was nothing in there at all, except the usual cards and cash, just 1 in 7 wallets came back to the owners.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Here are the results in full:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>The baby photograph wallets had the highest return rate, with 88 per cent of the 40 being sent back. Next came the puppy, the family and the elderly couple, with 53 per cent, 48 and 28 respectively. At 20 per cent and 15, the charity card and control wallets had the lowest return rates.</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">So, why the massive difference between results? This all seems to be related to evolution:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>..the result reflects a compassionate instinct towards vulnerable infants that people have evolved to ensure the survival of future generations. &ldquo;The baby kicked off a caring feeling in people, which is not surprising from an evolutionary perspective,&rdquo; he said.</em><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Fortunately, I already have baby pictures in my wallet, of my two little girls. But what if you don&rsquo;t? You could always ask a relative for a great picture of your niece, nephew or grandkid. But if you don&rsquo;t have any of those options open to you, Dr. Wiseman has some sound advice: cheat.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>&ldquo;If you want to increase the chances of your wallet being returned if lost, obtain a photograph of the cutest baby you can find, and ensure that it is prominently displayed,&rdquo; he said. </em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">And if the worst should happen and your wallet does go missing, it&rsquo;s wise not to wait for its return, even if it is showcasing the cutest baby on the planet. The <a href="http://www.fdic.gov/CONSUMERS/CONSUMER/moneysmart/index.html">FDIC Money Smart Education Program </a> offers the following step-by-step advice:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>1. File a police report.</strong><b><br /> </b>Your bank and credit reporting agencies will need a copy of this report and its case number. Explain the following:</p> <ul> <li>When you first noticed your wallet missing</li> <li>Where you think it was lost or stolen</li> <li>The types of currency and information that were in it.</li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>2. Notify your bank. </strong></p> <ul> <li>Provide a copy of the police report and case number.</li> <li>Be prepared to close your accounts and move your funds to new ones.</li> <li>Ask your bank to contact the major check verification companies. They need to notify stores not to accept any further checks from your account.<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Cancel your ATM card. Get a new one and set it up with a new PIN.</li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>3. Cancel all of your credit cards immediately. </strong></p> <p>Your credit card companies will send you a new credit card with a new credit card number. They may also ask you about recent transactions to determine if they are yours.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>4. Notify the three major credit reporting agencies: </strong><br /> For each of these agencies, ask for the fraud or security department. Ask them to put a fraud alert on your credit report.</p> <ul> <li>Equifax &ndash; 1-800-525-6285</li> <li>TransUnion &ndash; 1-800-680-7289</li> <li>Experian &ndash; 1-888-397-3742</li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>5. A few weeks after the incident, get a free copy of your credit report.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Use this to determine if fraudulent transactions have been made in your name.</p> <p>Do you have any other tips for making your wallet safer of more likely to be returned? Let us know.</p> <p>&nbsp;</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/how-to-increase-the-chance-of-someone-returning-your-lost-wallet">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/debit-or-credit-which-one-should-you-choose-at-the-checkout">Debit Or Credit? Which One Should You Choose At The Checkout?</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/oprah-asks-a-great-question-what-can-you-live-without">Oprah Asks A Great Question; What Can You Live Without?</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/can-you-spare-a-square-5-quick-tips-on-toilet-paper-usage">&quot;Can you spare a square?&quot; 5 quick tips on toilet paper usage.</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/big-list-of-senior-discounts">Big List of Senior Discounts</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/regifting-a-simple-how-to-guide">Regifting: A Simple How-To Guide</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Credit Cards General Tips Shopping baby lost photos pictures purse stolen wallet Tue, 14 Jul 2009 12:00:06 +0000 Paul Michael 3384 at http://www.wisebread.com How to bake sourdough bread (and save a buck on every loaf) http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-bake-sourdough-bread-and-save-a-buck-on-every-loaf <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-bake-sourdough-bread-and-save-a-buck-on-every-loaf" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fresh-baked-loaf.jpg" alt="Just-sliced loaf of fresh-baked bread" title="First slices" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="205" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I doubt if the cost of yeast is really breaking your household budget. If you bake a lot you probably already buy yeast in bulk, so you're not paying the per-packet price anyway. And yet, baking sourdough bread (or rolls or pizza crust) is just so cool. My wife and I haven't bought yeast for years, but we bake bread all the time. And that's what this post is about--baking sourdough bread.</p> <p><img width="300" height="296" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u203/bubbles.jpg" alt="Sourdough starter" />Carrie wrote a great post on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-kitchen-could-be-a-yeast-farm">getting your sourdough starter going</a>, so I'll mostly skip that step. You can catch wild yeasts in your kitchen, spend a few dollars on a packet of fancy &quot;San Francisco&quot; sourdough starter, or just use your last packet of store-bought yeast to kick off your starter. It doesn't matter.</p> <p>I'm going to use that phrase a lot: It doesn't matter. By that I don't mean that the bread will come out the same no matter what you do. What I mean is that <em>it will be bread</em> no matter what you do. In fact, that's the theme of this whole post: Making bread is easy. It's possible to screw it up, but most people succeed on their first try. My wife and I have been baking bread at least once a week for years and we haven't had a failure yet.</p> <p>So, assuming you have a jar of starter--even if it's just a couple cups of water, a couple cups of flour, and a packet of store-bought yeast--here's what you do. When you're done, you'll have a fresh-baked loaf of bread. You'll also once again have a jar of starter--which is why you'll never have to buy yeast again.</p> <p>Whichever technique you use to create your starter, remember that it's a living thing. We think of ours as a pet. (We named her Bubbles.)</p> <h2>Feed your starter</h2> <p><img width="300" height="237" align="right" alt="Starter after feeding" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u203/after-feeding.jpg" />Step one is to feed the starter. You have to do this every week or so whether you're going to bake anything or not, so you might as well bake something.</p> <p>Feeding your starter just means putting it in a big bowl and adding some water and some flour so that the yeast have something to eat. After a week, even in the refrigerator where yeast grows pretty slowly, the yeast will have eaten pretty much all the sugar in the flour, so you have to give it some fresh flour if you want it to live.</p> <p>So, how much water and flour do you need to add? It doesn't matter. What I usually do is add as much water as I want for whatever I'm baking. If I'm baking a full-size loaf of bread, that's usually two cups of water, for pizza dough, one cup. (Lately I've been using a bit less for bread, because I had a couple of loaves rise so much they didn't fit in our bread box.) I add about as much flour as I added water.</p> <p>The books say to add all-purpose flour, because whole-wheat flour has oils that can go rancid.</p> <p>Let your starter feast on that fresh flour for a while. How long? It doesn't matter. The yeast will start growing right away, so in as little as 20 minutes you'll have doubled the amount of yeast. You could go on to the next step as early as that, if you're in a big hurry. You could leave it over night, if you wanted to bake bread first thing the next morning. I usually feed Bubbles right after breakfast and then go on to the next step right after lunch.</p> <p>The books on these things always emphasize that you should keep your starter in a glass jar, as the alcohol and acid produced can leach things you don't want to eat out of metal or plastic containers. For the same reason, they often say to use a wooden spoon rather than a metal one.</p> <p>The starter won't grow very fast while it's cold, so it's good if the water you add is warm. Just make sure it isn't so hot as to kill the yeast. (The books say 110&deg; F. I just go with &quot;warm&quot; and haven't killed Bubbles yet.) You can add cold water and it'll still work, it'll just take a little longer.</p> <h2>Save your starter</h2> <p><img width="300" height="242" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u203/dough-and-starter.jpg" alt="After saving the starter" />This is the only other step that's different from making bread with store-bought yeast. Once your yeast has had a chance to feed for a bit, pour some back into the jar where you keep your starter. How much? It doesn't matter. I always pour back 2 cups so that we always have the same amount. One cup would be enough. You could pour back variable amounts if you wanted.</p> <p>Put something over the jar with your starter, but don't close it up too tightly. The covering is to keep dust out, keep the starter from drying out, and keep it from exchanging smells and flavors with everything else in your fridge. Since it's alive, though, it'll produce carbon dioxide, and if you have a tight lid the pressure can build up enough to break the jar.</p> <p>Put your starter in the fridge. You can leave it for a week or two. If you're going to go be away from it longer than that, you can freeze it. It may not be as lively as usual the first time or two you use it after that, but it'll usually survive.</p> <h2>Make dough</h2> <p>With the part of the starter that you didn't put back in the fridge, make bread dough. Making bread dough, of course, is easy--just add flour until it's dough and knead it for a while.</p> <p><img width="300" height="287" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u203/ingredients.jpg" alt="Bread ingredients" />What flour? It doesn't matter. Whatever you like. All-purpose flour will make fine bread. I like bread made with whole wheat flour better, so I almost always use mostly whole wheat flour. I like the way the bread comes out if I use some bread flour, though, so I usually do. You can also put in moderate amounts of all kinds of exotic flours, if you want. We got a big bag of rye flour for 99&cent;, so I've been putting some of that in every loaf just lately. I often put in a third of a cup of rolled oats or of corn meal, just to add a bit of complexity to the bread. I don't think I've ever added brown rice flour to the bread, but I bet it would be good. I almost always add a couple tablespoons of flax seed meal for the fiber and the omega-3 fatty acids.</p> <p>There's a lot of other things you can add. You can put in some oil or butter, if you want. I usually don't, because the bread is just as yummy and lower in fat without it. You can put in some sugar, if you want. That can speed up the rising a bit, by giving the yeast some simple sugars to eat. If you put in a lot, it can also make the bread a little sweet, if you like that. I've been known to add sugar in many different forms--white sugar, brown sugar, honey, molasses. Just lately we've been adding corn syrup. (We've had this bottle for years, because our previous cat had diabetes and our vet suggested we keep it on hand in case of insulin shock. Rather than throw it out, we're putting a tablespoon or so in loaves of bread here and there.)</p> <p><img width="300" height="267" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u203/kneading.jpg" />We don't put salt in our bread, because we like it better without, but lots of people do. (If you make your bread in a bread machine, don't skip the salt. Salt retards the growth of the yeast; if you skip it, the timing in the bread machine will lead to the bread rising too quickly and then partially collapsing. If you're baking it yourself, you can just go by how the bread looks and it'll be fine.)</p> <p>Add whatever flour and other ingredients you want. Once it's not too sticky, start kneading. Add flour as necessary until you get dough. That's really all there is to this step.</p> <h2>Let the dough rise</h2> <p>I usually do two risings. I form the dough into a ball, put it back in the same bowl I used to mix it, and then cover it with a piece of plastic wrap. (The tradition is to cover it with a damp cloth. It doesn't matter. The covering is just to keep dust out of the dough and to keep it from drying out.)</p> <p>The traditional rule of thumb is to let the bread &quot;double in bulk&quot; at each rising. I usually do a short first rising--just 20 or 40 minutes--and then form the loaf and let it rise again in the loaf pan. You can also just do one rising, forming a loaf and letting it rise in the loaf pan right from the start. You get bread either way.</p> <p><img width="300" height="279" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u203/dough-in-bowl.jpg" alt="" />How you do the rising makes a difference in the texture of the bread--whether it has lots of little holes or fewer, larger holes. If your starter is a San Francisco-style culture, doing a long first rising and then a long second rising may give you bread that's more sour than you get from just one rising.</p> <p>One thing about sourdough is that there's likely to be a lot of variability at this stage. Depending on a lot of different things--how long it's been since the last time you fed starter, how long you fed it this time, how much sugar you put in the dough, how moist the dough is, how much you kneaded it, and no doubt lots of other things--the bread can double in bulk in anywhere from 20 minutes to 3 or 4 hours. (This is probably the reason that people ever even invented yeast packets.)</p> <p>Forming the loaf?&nbsp; Just knead the dough into an oblong blob that'll fit in your loaf pan.&nbsp; You probably want to grease the pan so the bread will come out easily.&nbsp; Drop the blob in the pan and let it rise.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Bake the bread</h2> <p>Once the bread has risen enough, turn on the oven and bake it. I bake mine at 350&deg; F, but I'm sure you could bake it at other temperatures.</p> <p>I do a couple of things to save energy, and because I like the way the bread turns out. One is to just put the dough into a cold oven and then turn the oven on. Unlike with cakes and pies, there's no need to preheat the oven. Another thing I do is to turn the oven off about 15 minutes before the bread is ready to come out--it stays hot long enough to finish the bread.</p> <p>You're supposed to be able to tell of the bread is done by thumping on the bottom of the loaf and listening to the sound, so I always do that. My bread is always done, though, so I've never heard what it sounds like if it isn't done.</p> <h2>Quality control</h2> <p><img width="184" height="300" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u203/saved-starter.jpg" alt="" />The bread will slice better if you let it cool some before you cut it. But who can wait that long?&nbsp; We always cut a couple of slices right away and perform quality control.&nbsp; Fortunately, it's always of high quality.</p> <p>Besides just eating it yourself, you can also give bread away to friends and relations.&nbsp; It's always appreciated as a gift by people who imagine that it's a lot of work to bake bread.&nbsp; In fact, though, it isn't.&nbsp; The only real issue is wall-clock time.&nbsp; It probably only takes about half an hour of actual work to bake a loaf, but that half hour is spread over at least half a day.&nbsp; If you have to spend all day at work, it would require some pretty fancy scheduling to be able to be there for each step along the way.&nbsp; So I&nbsp;can see why some people buy store-bought bread.</p> <p>If you can bake your own bread, though, there's only one reason not to make it sourdough bread--if you bake so rarely that your starter would die between loaves.</p> <p>As I say, we haven't bought yeast in years, so baking sourdough bread does save us a bit of money--but that's not why we do it. We do it because it's fun, because we enjoy kneading the dough, because fresh bread is better whether it's sourdough or not, because we can make the bread exactly the way we like it, because we can make it different every time, because we can use premium ingredients--and still make it cheaper than store-bought bread. But mostly because it's fun.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-bake-sourdough-bread-and-save-a-buck-on-every-loaf">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/4-simple-tips-to-improve-homemade-bread">4 Simple Tips to Improve Homemade Bread</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-delicious-ways-to-save-stale-bread">10 Delicious Ways to Save Stale Bread</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-many-reasons-besides-frugality-to-do-for-yourself">The many reasons--besides frugality--to do for yourself</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/a-beginners-guide-to-homemade-bread">A Beginner&#039;s Guide to Homemade Bread</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/10-easy-delicious-recipes-for-homemade-bread">10 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Homemade Bread</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink baking bread bread dough Cooking DIY Homemade how to how to bake bread photos pizza dough sourdough sourdough bread Fri, 13 Mar 2009 18:40:13 +0000 Philip Brewer 2930 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best (Inexpensive) Souvenirs http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-inexpensive-souvenirs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-inexpensive-souvenirs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/souvenir.jpg" alt="Souvenir shop" title="Souvenir shop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a rule, we don&rsquo;t buy souvenirs for their usefulness. A t-shirt from the Hard Rock Café or a shell sculpture from Hawaii isn&rsquo;t going to increase your productivity &mdash; in fact, dusting it may just make your life that much harder. But souvenirs are good things to have: they&rsquo;re meant to remind us of the amazing experiences we&rsquo;ve had. Your souvenir doesn&rsquo;t need to be useful or productive. </p> <p>As you travel, there are many options for meaningful yet inexpensive souvenirs, which I like because that means I can save up and travel again that much faster. Personally, I also try to find souvenirs that I&rsquo;ll have the opportunity to see in my day to day life, so that I have the benefit of my happy memories every time I put on a piece of clothing or walk by a pretty picture on my wall.</p> <p>As a rule, we don&rsquo;t buy souvenirs for their usefulness. A t-shirt from the Hard Rock Café or a shell sculpture from Hawaii isn&rsquo;t going to increase your productivity &mdash; in fact, dusting it may just make your life that much harder. But souvenirs are good things to have: they&rsquo;re meant to remind us of the amazing experiences we&rsquo;ve had. Your souvenir doesn&rsquo;t need to be useful or productive.</p> <p>As you travel, there are many options for meaningful yet inexpensive souvenirs, which I like because that means I can save up and travel again that much faster. Personally, I also try to find souvenirs that I&rsquo;ll have the opportunity to see in my day to day life, so that I have the benefit of my happy memories every time I put on a piece of clothing or walk by a pretty picture on my wall.</p> <p><strong>Use your camera.</strong> I take as many photos as I can when I travel. And, while I get plenty of shots of the local sites, I also make a point of taking photos of the people I travel with and the friends I make along the way. After I get home, I don&rsquo;t let my photos languish in a scrapbook. Instead, I do things with them:</p> <ul> <li>print and hang photos on my wall</li> <li>use photos as wallpapers on my desktop</li> <li>make my photos into personalized cards, bookmarks and anything else I can think of</li> </ul> <p><strong>Buy local clothing.</strong> Instead of picking up yet another t-shirt emblazoned with a city name, try for something that you&rsquo;d be excited to wear. I&rsquo;ve found gorgeous embroidered tops in Morocco, beaded sandals in Israel and a fantastic rugby jersey in Ireland. And because I managed to find places that catered to a local clientele, I could, at the most expensive, pick up an outfit for the same price I would pay at home.</p> <p><strong>Find the local bookstores.</strong> I know plenty of people who like hitting up the local history section, but I prefer to find a couple of local authors who write fiction instead. My favorite find was a set of mystery novels set in Cardiff, written by a local man &mdash; I feel like I got a lot more local color than even a history of Cardiff could give me. And there&rsquo;s nothing wrong with finding your local books at a used bookstore: local histories and such are notorious for rapidly going out of print, making a used bookstore a surprisingly good option.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing wrong with a keychain or a coffee mug, but there are so many options beyond the hotel gift shop. If you have any time to just look around your destination, and find a small market, a used bookstore or any other opportunity for truly unique souvenirs, I highly recommend it.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-best-inexpensive-souvenirs&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%20Best%20(Inexpensive)%20Souvenirs.jpg&amp;description=The%20Best%20(Inexpensive)%20Souvenirs" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%20Best%20%28Inexpensive%29%20Souvenirs.jpg" alt="The Best (Inexpensive) Souvenirs" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-inexpensive-souvenirs">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/3-ways-your-cash-rewards-can-make-you-rich">3 Ways Your Credit Card Rewards Can Make You Rich</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-things-to-leave-behind-during-your-midsummer-trip">10 Things to Leave Behind During Your Midsummer Trip</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-travel-pillows">The 5 Best Travel Pillows</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-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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-the-canadian-dollar-decline-will-impact-your-wallet">5 Ways the Canadian Dollar Decline Will Impact Your Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel photos souvenir Mon, 21 Apr 2008 15:15:08 +0000 Thursday Bram 2030 at http://www.wisebread.com A New Walgreens Development: Free Photos on April 9th! http://www.wisebread.com/a-new-walgreens-development-free-photos-on-april-9th <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-new-walgreens-development-free-photos-on-april-9th" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/disposable camera.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">My junk drawer is full of almost-expired disposable cameras.<span> </span>Dropping one off at the local Walgreens is not only a great way to avoid waste, but it won&rsquo;t cost me a dime!<span> </span>Here&rsquo;s the scoop on the next great freebie from Walgreens!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Maybe you just got your free ink refill from Walgreens last promotion.<span> </span>Not surprisingly, they&rsquo;ve found another super way to get you back into the store.<span> </span>Free photo development is a weakness of mine, and if you&rsquo;re game, you might want to pop in and take advantage, too!<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">My junk drawer is full of almost-expired disposable cameras.<span> </span>Dropping one off at the local Walgreens is not only a great way to avoid waste, but it won&rsquo;t cost me a dime!<span> </span>Here&rsquo;s the scoop on the next great freebie from Walgreens!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Maybe you just got your free ink refill from Walgreens last promotion.<span> </span>Not surprisingly, they&rsquo;ve found another super way to get you back into the store.<span> </span>Free photo development is a weakness of mine, and if you&rsquo;re game, you might want to pop in and take advantage, too!<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.walgreens.com/dmi/filmcoupon/default.html?ec=hn524r_getcoupon">Here&rsquo;s the link to the printable coupon.</a><span> </span>Take it in to any participating Walgreens store this <strong>Wednesday, April 9th</strong> along with your roll of film or disposable camera, and there is no charge for one set of 4X6 prints and negatives.<span> </span>I&rsquo;ll admit that I&rsquo;ve almost completely gone online developing through a service that both stores and prints my photos.<span> </span>However, this is great for getting through the pile of disposables that I am just too lazy to mail in.<span> </span>The promotion will develop 35mm, APS-film or the disposables with <strong>any number of exposures</strong>!<span> </span>(Time to take in that roll of 48!)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The one-hour photo service may be slow on this day, due to high volumes of processing.<span> </span>I would plan on dropping off your film and expecting to get it later in the day.<span> </span>Also, it might be a great time to take advantage of some additional deals that Walgreens is offering, including:</p> <ul> <li class="MsoNormal">200-speed 35 mm film (24 exp) for <strong>99 cents with coupon</strong></li> <li class="MsoNormal">Size D and C batteries (4-pack) for <strong>99 cents with coupon</strong></li> <li class="MsoNormal">Scotch Tape (3-pack) for <strong>99 cents with coupon</strong></li> <li class="MsoNormal">Wal-itin 24-Hour Allergy Relief (30 ct.) <strong>FREE after Rebate!</strong><strong> <br /> </strong></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal">You might also want to look at other <strong>FREE After Rebate</strong> products from this month&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.walgreens.com/store/rebateclub.jsp?_DARGS=/store/rebate_page.jsp_A&amp;_DAV=2&amp;start=7">Easy Saver Rebate Catalog</a>, including: Aquafresh Extreme Whitening Toothpaste, Colgate 3600 Clean Manual Toothbrush, SoyJoy bar, Just For Men Haircolor, Tums Quickpack, and jane Be Pure Mineral Blush.<span> </span>(Offer expires April 26, 2008)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span>For more great tips on saving at Walgreens, see Nora&rsquo;s article on <a href="/free-shopping-at-walgreens">how to shop for free</a></span></em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-new-walgreens-development-free-photos-on-april-9th">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-3"> <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/throw-a-house-party-for-free">Throw a House Party for Free</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/free-ink-refill-day-at-walgreens-is-back">Free Ink Refill Day at Walgreens is Back!</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/get-out-the-vote-and-grab-a-tall-starbucks-coffee-for-free">Get out the Vote and Grab a Tall Starbucks Coffee for Free!</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/wal-mart-celebrates-its-own-green-efforts-with-free-reusable-shopping-bags">Wal-Mart Celebrates Its Own Green Efforts with Free Reusable Shopping Bags</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/treat-yourself-to-self-with-a-free-subscription">Treat yourself to SELF with a free subscription</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies freebie photos Walgreens Mon, 07 Apr 2008 15:35:29 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1988 at http://www.wisebread.com Help yourself to amazing photos from The Library Of Congress http://www.wisebread.com/help-yourself-to-amazing-photos-from-the-library-of-congress <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/help-yourself-to-amazing-photos-from-the-library-of-congress" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2179047512_9265b7a094.jpg" alt="Ruth" title="Ruth" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="352" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm must confess, I'm a bit of a history junkie. I can often be found digging through The History Channel On Demand shows, all too often because we can learn valuable lessons from the mistakes we have made in the past. So when I recently discovered that The Library Of Congress was releasing hundreds of copyright-free images on Flickr, I just had to find out more.</p> <p>On January 16th, 2008, <a href="http://www.loc.gov/blog/?p=233">The Library Of Congress</a> made the following announcement:</p> <p>I'm must confess, I'm a bit of a history junkie. I can often be found digging through The History Channel On Demand shows, all too often because we can learn valuable lessons from the mistakes we have made in the past. So when I recently discovered that The Library Of Congress was releasing hundreds of copyright-free images on Flickr, I just had to find out more.</p> <p>On January 16th, 2008, <a href="http://www.loc.gov/blog/?p=233">The Library Of Congress</a> made the following announcement:</p> <blockquote><p><em>...it is so exciting to let people know about the launch of a brand-new pilot project the Library of Congress is undertaking with <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/">Flickr</a>, the enormously popular photo-sharing site that has been a Web 2.0 innovator. If all goes according to plan, the project will help address at least two major challenges: how to ensure better and better access to our collections, and how to ensure that we have the best possible information about those collections for the benefit of researchers and posterity. In many senses, we are looking to enhance our metadata (one of those Web 2.0 buzzwords that 90 percent of our readers could probably explain better than me).</em></p> <p><em>The project is beginning somewhat modestly, but we hope to learn a lot from it. Out of some 14 million prints, photographs and other visual materials at the Library of Congress, more than 3,000 photos from two of our most popular collections are being made available on our new <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/">Flickr page</a>, to include only images for which no copyright restrictions are known to exist.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>I think what excites me most is the &quot;no copyright restrictions&quot; part. As some of you may know, I'm no fan at all of stealing any kind of media, be it music, movies or photographs. Not only is this a fascinating glimpse into America's past, you are also free to use these historic photos as you see fit.</p> <p>Right now the range of photographs is a little limited, based in the early 1900's and then the 30's and 40's. However, the images are often striking, powerful and sometimes funny. As time goes on, more and more of the 14 million images in the collection will be released, with the goal being to help identify who and what is in some of the photos. What a great way to collaborate with the general public.</p> <p>I know I'll be downloading several images for articles on Wisebread, but some of them also make beautiful prints. They would be great for student work, collages, documentary films and books. With no copyright restrictions, it's your call. If nothing else, just check out some great American history for free.</p> <p>Here are some of my favorite images:</p> <p><img width="500" height="370" title="LOC1" alt="LOC1" src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/2162655731_7144927e48.jpg" /></p> <p><img width="500" height="368" title="LOC2" alt="LOC2" src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/2162723813_9b9fa5836e.jpg" /></p> <p><img width="500" height="364" title="LOC3" alt="LOC3" src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/2163727816_8e80aabac0.jpg" /></p> <p><img width="500" height="405" title="LOC4" alt="LOC4" src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/2179866866_d4de124225.jpg" /></p> <p><img width="383" height="500" title="LOC5" alt="LOC5" src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/2179913094_3a1591008e.jpg" /></p> <p><img width="500" height="408" title="LOC6" alt="LOC6" src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/2179930812_1c734d4726.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</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/help-yourself-to-amazing-photos-from-the-library-of-congress">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-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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-awesome-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-get-at-the-library">12 Awesome Things You Didn&#039;t Know You Could Get at the Library</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/root-cause-of-the-financial-crisis">Root cause of the financial crisis</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/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</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/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Flickr government Library Of Congress photos sharing Wed, 30 Jan 2008 00:02:55 +0000 Paul Michael 1700 at http://www.wisebread.com Are You Stealing From Your Photographer? http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-stealing-from-your-photographer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/are-you-stealing-from-your-photographer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/weddingphotog.JPG" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="364" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dear readers,</p> <p>We&#39;ve removed this article from our archives. We have great respect for photographers and their work. We believe people should not reprint copyrighted photographs, even if it is only for personal use. If you would like the freedom to make unlimited reprints of your wedding photos taken by a professional photographer, negotiate with your photographer and ask for unlimited reproduction rights upfront. </p> <p>Wise Bread is a community blog created by many talented writers. The views of each writer does not necessarily represent that of the entire blog. </p> <p>Yours truly, </p> <p>Will Chen</p> <p>Editor </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-stealing-from-your-photographer">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/best-self-portrait-photo-ever">Best self-portrait photo ever</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/fbi-considered-its-a-wonderful-life-communist-propaganda">FBI Considered &quot;It&#039;s A Wonderful Life&quot; Communist Propaganda</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/jar-of-nothing-the-perfect-present-for-the-picky-prick-in-your-life">Jar of Nothing: the perfect present for the picky prick in your life</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/weird-things-you-didnt-know-about-valentines-day">Weird Things You Didn&#039;t Know About Valentine&#039;s Day</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/earn-extra-income-with-your-smartphone-camera">Earn Extra Income With Your Smartphone Camera</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Commentary copyright photos portraits Fri, 25 Jan 2008 00:17:40 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1676 at http://www.wisebread.com Where Are my Photos? Picturebug Goes out of Business http://www.wisebread.com/where-are-my-photos-picturebug-goes-out-of-business <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/where-are-my-photos-picturebug-goes-out-of-business" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/picture bug photo.jpg" alt="Hanne with her Grandmother" title="Hanne with her Grandmother" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="248" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Today I received a notice that <a href="http://www.picturebug.info/">Picturebug</a> is going out of business.<span> </span>Who is Picturebug?<span> </span>I’m not sure.<span> </span>I had never heard of them, but apparently they are a picture service similar to <a href="http://www.shutterfly.com/">Shutterfly</a> or <a href="http://www.snapfish.com/">Snapfish</a>.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">My email contained a link to their website which confirmed that they have discontinued their service and users will no longer be able to order prints of any photos stored by the service.<span> </span>I guess if I had used the service this would be a bummer.<span> </span>I do use online photo services for both printing needs and as a backup photo storage method to my PC and backup discs.<span> </span>Now I will rethink that strategy.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">According to the Picturebug email:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong> </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><em>“For customers who need access to their photos, we will provide them to you on a CD for $19.95 including shipping &amp; handling. Please email us at<span class="yshortcuts"><span><a href="mailto:xxxxxxx@digibug.com">xxxxxxx@digibug.com</a></span></span> to request your CD. We will provide you with instructions on how to order your CD. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing.”</em></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Really?<span> </span>So anyone who actually used the service is now out $20 just to retrieve their photos.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If that isn’t bad enough, folks visiting the Picturebug website are directed to a “Partners Page” where you are told that while they can no longer fulfill order requests<em>, <strong>“The services listed below are among the best in the market for sharing, prints and online photos. We highly recommend you <span>try several of these services</span> to see which ones work best for you</strong></em>!”<span><span> </span>I was not surprised to see that the dozen or so links to other photo services were affiliate links.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>So let me recap.<span> </span>Users of Picturebug are out of luck, unless you want to pay $20 to get your own photos back.<span> </span>And for every “Partner” service you sign up for, Picturebug will get a minimum of $13 on referral commission.<span> </span>I guess this is a great way to make some money if actually processing photos doesn’t cut it.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Does anyone here use <a href="http://www.picturebug.info/">Picturebug</a>, anyway?</span></p> <div style="float: right; margin: 1em;"> <script type="text/javascript"> digg_url = 'http://www.wisebread.com/where-are-my-photos-picturebug-goes-out-of-business'; </script> <script src="http://digg.com/tools/diggthis.js" type="text/javascript"></script> </div><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-are-my-photos-picturebug-goes-out-of-business">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-5"> <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/your-ssn-can-now-be-accurately-guessed-using-date-and-place-of-birth">Your SSN Can Now Be Accurately Guessed Using Date and Place of Birth</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/5-easy-ways-to-declutter-your-digital-life">5 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Digital 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/you-cant-save-if-you-dont-try">You Can’t Save if You Don’t Try</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/beware-the-nasty-secret-of-the-craigslist-free-section">Beware, The Nasty Secret Of The Craigslist Free Section</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/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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs digital online photos shopping Mon, 08 Oct 2007 15:28:09 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1266 at http://www.wisebread.com Best self-portrait photo ever http://www.wisebread.com/best-self-portrait-photo-ever <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-self-portrait-photo-ever" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/nasa_helmet_cam.png" alt="nasa self portrait" title="nasa self portrait" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="158" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Above: Astronaut Clay Anderson capturing an image of his helmet visor reflecting the international space station and the Earth. August 15th. Photo by NASA. <a href="http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/6866/nasahelmetcamuc8.png">Click for larger version</a>.</em> </p> <p>I&#39;m a big fan of NASA&#39;s <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/Previous_images_of_the_Day_Collection_archive_1.html">Image of the Day archives</a>. It is usually a great place to find spectacular space images. </p> <p>Imagine my disappointment when the image above wasn&#39;t featured as an image of the day. Instead, NASA picked <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_855.html">this photo</a> and <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_890101430.html">this one</a>. Those are nice photos too, but how can you beat the iconic image of earth&#39;s reflection on a space helmet? </p> <p>Captain Picard was once asked if he has ever experienced a perfect moment: </p> <dl> </dl> <blockquote><p><strong>Picard</strong>: A perfect moment?<br /><strong>Anij</strong>: When time seemed to stop and you could almost live in that moment.<br /><strong>Jean-Luc Picard</strong>: Seeing my home planet from space for the first time.</p></blockquote> <dl> </dl> <p>In a small way this photo gave me a sense of what Picard was talking about. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-chen">Will Chen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-self-portrait-photo-ever">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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The most popular Democratic ad is on the iPhone</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Commentary nasa photos Sat, 18 Aug 2007 05:53:03 +0000 Will Chen 1016 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-3"> <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/do-not-buy-a-digital-camera-online-until-you-read-this">DO NOT buy a digital camera online until you read this.</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/holiday-gift-giving-for-the-truly-broke">14 Gift Ideas for the Truly Broke</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/earn-extra-income-with-your-smartphone-camera">Earn Extra Income With Your Smartphone Camera</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/28-ways-to-have-cheap-halloween-fun">28 Ways to Have Cheap Halloween Fun</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