Microsoft has officially announced that it has completed it’s deal to acquire Skype for $8.5 billion, a deal that was announced back in May 2011.Microsoft said that Skype will become a new business unit at Microsoft that will be headed by Tony Bates, currently the CEO of Skype. Bates will report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, said the company statement.Skype will keep offering it’s complete line of products to millions of customers, however, in the long-term Microsoft is planning... continue reading
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My first experience with stitching photos into panoramas/mosaics was using the Canon PhotoStitch application. It has come along way since I first used it in 1999 however, still seems to struggle with many stitching scenarios, especially if the photos are not captured panning about a perfect axis. I am sure the proper way to do this is to buy a purpose-built pan head, such as Manfrotto's 303 Precision QTVR Panoramic Head. Personally I find that too much gear to carry for most of my travel photography.... continue reading
Have you ever had a photo rejected due to poor lighting or contrast issues?The phrase usually reads, "Poor lighting setup, poor contrast or incorrect exposure."I have and I'm not really surprised either.Living on a budget, I am stuck working on cheap non calibrated monitors that are not very good for photo editing.So I don't always get the lighting, contrast, and exposure to a place where they are acceptable to DT.This week I had two photos rejected for that very reason.... continue reading
This is a great add on that I recently discovered for Windows.Ever hate how you couldn't preview RAW files unless you opened them in other software programs?Now with this you can view thumbnails and preview them right in Windows!Cool, huh?Best of all, it's a free download.DOWNLOAD it HERE continue reading
Microsoft Photo Info is a free download from Microsoft for Windows XP and Windows Vista that allows you to add IPTC data (Keyword etc) to your photos. I generally use Adobe Bridge to add IPTC data to my microstock photos but I find that Photo info comes in handy for quick updates to individual images or groups of image.Once downloaded and installed Photo Info is accessed by right clicking on the the desired image(s) and selecting Photo Info from the context menu. From there it is pretty simple... continue reading
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