Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Photo stuff...

Cave 4 - Qumran
I enjoy digital photography as a hobby, and I have been trying to accumulate my own collection of biblically related pictures as well as noting other online sites. A few things I've come across of late...
The pics in this post have been processed using a technique called "tilt-shift." "Tilt-shift miniature style photos are pictures of real-life scenes that are manipulated to look like model photographs." Usually it takes a bunch of photoediting work to create such illusions (or else building your minatures!), but now TiltShift Maker makes it easy. I used it to create the pics you see. After uploading your pics, you make some adjustments, and it creates small but functional 640x480 pics. Play around with it to see how some pics work better than others (usually you want a decent depth of field), but I even tried this tilt-shift effect on the minature model of Jerusalem at the Shrine of the Book. [HT: makeuseof]
Scythopolis = Beit Shean: I was able to use some of my pics from this site to get some decent effects, but Paleojudaica notes that there is now multi-sensory multimedia project at the site providing tourists the experience the city more realistically.
  • Not relating to the Bible but still featuring some beautiful pictures, check out this choice of ten "stunning photo blogs" from makeuseof. I've been doing a 'photo each day' diary that I'll start posting some day... If I had known about it at the beginning of the year, I would have used Blipfoto. For other ways to work with your digital photos, check these sites. If you are using Flickr, here's a quick guide to creating a slideshow.
  • Picupine - Quick image sharing app that provides you with an easy way to share a bunch of images online. There is no registration process, simply select the images from your hard drive and click on the “Submit” button. [from makeuseof] Pictures remain available for a week and then automatically expire. Very handy.
  • Still need a free and handy print screen, capture tool? Try Gadwin PrintScreen 4.4. "Gadwin PrintScreen captures the contents of the screen with a single keystroke. The captured screen can then be sent to the printer, or saved to disk as a file in 6 different graphics file formats. Gadwin PrintScreen can capture the entire Windows screen, the active window, or a specified area, when the hot key is pressed. The hot key defaults to the PrintScreen key, but users may also define other keys to initiate a capture. Gadwin PrintScreen allows you to e-mail the captured images to recipients of your choice."

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