NEW dotPhoto Mail-for-Me Cards

Here’s another dotPhoto Club benefit: 5x7 Mail for Me Cards for only $1.99

You can create, sign, seal, stamp and send a customized 5×7 photo card without leaving your desk for only $1.99 for Club Members. That’s $1.79 LESS than the average card-store card with first class stamp.*

Customize your dotPhoto card with:

  • Photos inside and out
  • Caption on front
  • Large text box inside
  • Signature box below the text box

Make your own card and send a unique, genuine message for significantly less than the cost of a card-store card.

In the Shop, type Mail to find Mail for Me cards, and use the All Occasions designs.

Colorize your black-and-white photos!

Color brings to life older black-and-white photos. The best reason to colorize may be that young people don’t like to look at anything that is not color. I want my children to have a few nice color photos of their grandparents.

Colorization was once a difficult art, but you can now colorize a photo by choosing a color from an existing image and “painting” it over the region of the black-and-white photo. Here is a photo of Pearl S. Buck, the first  American woman to win the Nobel prize for literature.

In the example here, we borrowed lip color from a color portrait of Mrs. Buck, and found a model on the web to lend auburn hair color. We also tried an automatic colorization app, but it generated too much red tint for our taste. Try here

When you’re finished, you can download your colorized image, and print it on dotPhoto.


Simple Cropping Trick Makes Great Portraits

A Club Member called who had a nice landscape picture of her child’s ball field, but she wanted a vertical portrait of her child in the field.

This cropping trick makes it easy to capture a perfect portrait from a wide image, or a group photo from a tall image.

Here’s how:

  1. Tap the photo, and then the pencilicon (the photo editor) in the upper left.
  2. Choose the Crop tool from the edit bar.
  3. Choose the ratio for the photo you want to print. If you’re printing a 5×7, choose 7:5.
  4. Tap the 7:5 box again, and, voile!, it becomes a 5:7 vertical slice of the image. You can grab the middle of the crop area and move the rectangle, or grab the corner to further shrink your image.
  5. Now choose Apply, Save and Save as a New Image.
You have both the original photo and the new vertical image that’s perfect for your portrait!

People don’t like looking at selfies

A study reports that, while many people like taking selfies, other people don’t like to look at them. That’s not surprising since most of us, when presented with a group photo, will find our own image in the group first.

Participants expressed a distanced attitude toward selfies, with stronger agreement for potential negative consequences (threats to self-esteem, illusionary world) than for positive consequences (relatedness, independence), and a clear preference (82%) for viewing more usual pictures instead of selfies in social media.

Read the study

Great photos from the 2016 Olympics

Great Photos from the 2016 Summer Olympics

The Summer Olympics always have so many memorable moments and TV coverage is so limited that we rarely get to see the moments of true glory, the great teams and the celebrations in the surrounding country.

It turns out that Getty Images has dedicated an entire section of its website to the best photos it could obtain from the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Each of the photos on this linked page starts up a slide show dedicated to the topic represented by the image. Here are a few to stimulate you interest.

First the star performers with Michael Phelps at the center and surrounded by topics associated with the Games but not the sports themselves.


Next we see teams led by the USA Gymnasts who won the Gold.


And one more photo to tempt you to visit the Getty page. A spectacular mural created in Rio.


To see the entire beautiful collection visit the Getty images site at the link below.

Let us know what you think.
Walter Krieg

25 best FREE online photo courses

25 Best FREE Online Photo Courses

I started the New Year by looking for information that could be helpful to our clients and readers. One thing I always find myself interested in is learning about the art of taking photos. I went looking for topics I could learn inexpensively and came across this article that describes 25 photo courses that are…FREE!

What I like about many of them is that they are always available and quite a few are from university sources like the first one below.

Truth be known I’m not a very good photographer. I use my mobile phone for most of my shots. But in reviewing the recommended courses a few focused on things I believe can even help an amateur like me. Here they are:


For Beginners

Introduction to Photography and Related Media: Video lectures from a semester-long undergraduate-level course at MIT. Covers the fundamentals of analog and digital SLR, film exposure and development, darkroom techniques, digital imaging, and studio lighting.
Level: Beginner | Duration: Self-paced | Always Available

Basics of Photography: The Complete Guide: A comprehensive resource for beginning photographers, compiled by the friendly folks at Lifehacker. Starts by explaining how a digital camera works and goes on to explain image composition, technique, and editing. Mostly in text format, interspersed with a few explanatory videos.
Level: Beginner | Duration: Self-paced | Always Available

Cambridge in Colour: A great site for beginners to browse tutorials and have their questions answered by a community of learners. And no, that extra “u” in “Colour” is not a typo — this is Cambridge, UK we’re talking about!
Level: Beginner | Duration: Self-paced | Always Available

Strobist: Perhaps the most popular resource for beginners to learn how to use light and their flashes, especially their Lighting 101 course that many photographers swear by.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate | Duration: Self-paced | Always Available

This next course and the ones that follow are more specific.

Pixels After Dark: Shooting the Night: An outstanding talk by three-time Olympic photographer Jeff Cable on shooting images at night.
Level: Intermediate | Duration: 1.5 hours | Always Available

The Art of Photography: This course from Australia’s RMIT University covers both the academic and practical aspects of photography. Instructor Dr. Shane Hulbert, an artist-academic whose work has been shown in Victoria’s National Gallery, covers photography as a visual art practice, explores the work of contemporary photographers, and introduces the idea of a “digital darkroom”.
Level: Beginner | Duration: 4 weeks | Next Start Date: April 28, 2014 was when it was first offered and is still shown in the listing

Documentary Photography and Photojournalism: Still Images of a World in Motion: Want to be the next Steve McCurry? This MIT course for budding photojournalists course requires some prior background in photography, e.g. knowing the difference between f stops and T stops, and being able to find one’s way around a camera.
Level: Intermediate | Duration: 4 weeks | Always Available

I think you can see from these courses I’ve listed that there is quite a bit you can learn. Let me also tell you that one of the items offers a link to Udemy to learn to set up a smugmug photo website. Well, we here at dotPhoto also offer our members a photo website that’s FREE… and we’ll help you build it. You can learn about creating your dotPhoto website here:

You’ll have to become a member to take advantage of the website creation, but once you become a member… and it’s FREE to join… you’re welcome to compare the services and let us know what you think.

You’ll find all the recommended courses mentioned above and more at this address:

One more thing, at the end of the article there’s mention of a TED talk about “impossible” photography, but the link didn’t show up for me. If that happens to you here’s the link:

Contact us if you like.
Walter Krieg