New Sharing Options at dotPhoto

The wonderful thing about sharing your photos from dotPhoto is that you have one place where you can upload, organize and edit your photos, and – after creating the story you want to tell – you can share your photos as you like – through email, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, discussion boards, and many other sharing services. dotPhoto will send your albums, slideshows or individual images wherever on the web that you meet your friends.
Photo sharing may be the only place where you can have your cake and eat it, too. When we share our photos, people are a little bit happier, and so are we.

dotPhoto has improved our sharing capabilities lately, so we’ve made this 3-minute video to explain how to use dotPhoto’s sharing resources.

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