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How to display Facebook post thumbnails

In this post I will share an easy method to make sure the thumbnail from your (photo) blog will show up beside your link when posting it on Facebook. On my Focx Photography Facebook page I usually post the same pictures as on this site to make it easier for everyone to look at my photos and maybe visit my page. For a photography page, images are everything – especially if the link I want my followers to click is part of a never-ending information stream on Facebook. The only option I have to make my link stand out is to push my photograph directly on Facebook, in the form of a thumbnail...

How to display EXIF data with NextGEN Gallery

I am using the popular and powerful NextGEN Gallery WordPress plugin to display my photography, and all of my picture posts now feature EXIF data: which camera I used, the focal length used, aperture and shutter speed. All this data is automatically extracted from the photos, so I don’t have to do anything to tell my readers a little more about each shot. In fact, NextGEN Gallery already includes this feature, it is just rather well-hidden! Let me tell you how to display EXIF data using NextGEN Gallery in your blog posts. In my case, I want to show my reader a single large picture, so I...

Photography workflow for Mac 1 – Organising files, backup

Why write about the workflow? Time and again, I think about my photography workflow. Is there a way I can optimise the process to have more time for interesting things? Is there software that lets my pictures shine some more? I tend to spend too much time trying software just to come to the conclusion that things are fine the way they are. So, after spending around two years getting into photography and some 30,000 pictures, I am quite happy with my workflow. What you should know before reading There are some things I would like to state to let you know if this workflow might work for you or...

Introducing print orders (beta)

Starting today, I will be offering prints and cards for my pictures using the Fotomoto print service. In the beginning, this service will run as a “beta” – I will be tweaking things on my site, layout may look a little strange and orders may take a while to be processed. The prints themselves though will be perfectly fine! The process itself is simple: Surf to the single image page by clicking the “read more” link. Below the image, you will find three links: Print, Card and E-Card. Choose your product (E-Cards via e-mail are free!) Follow the Fotomoto window...

Photography eBooks for the iPad?

After Apple finally announced the iPad last week, I have been thinking of nice ways to use it for viewing pictures and photo-eBooks. As a consumer, I am looking forward to hours of relaxed flickr-browsing, reading eBooks on photography and picture eBooks (like Neil Creek’s Australia roadtrip eBook). I love viewing photobooks, but sitting at my desk I have a hard time focusing on the pictures instead of checking email, reading articles etc… you know what I mean. While the iPad has a browser and email, sitting on the couch or lying on the bed makes all the difference for me. But...

vfxy Photoblogs lives!

After around 6 months of waiting, my photoblog at vfxy photoblogs was finally approved and admitted. I was about to give up, as you can find comments on the slow process even for paying members all over the web. It seems the site lives, and there is progress – even if it’s slow.

How to display flickr photos on Facebook automatically (and how to manually update)

Your pictures and photos on flickr don’t show up on your Facebook even though you linked them? Here’s how to fix it. Displaying and showing your flickr pictures on your Facebook account is easy. That’s great. So I uploaded a photo to flickr to test it and reloaded my Facebook homepage. No photo. Here’s why: Facebook checks the data on your flickr photostream at a (random?) time about once per day. If there are new pictures, it posts them on your Facebook homepage where your friends can see them. That’s nice and for sure the easiest way of doing it. But sometimes...

Small experiment

I gave the challenge over at DPS a try: they give you a photo and ask for your take on editing. What I did: some tonemapping in HDRtist cropping (this and the rest done with Pixelmator) sky blur level adjustment slight sepia effect And here is the...

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Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Ein wenig Off-Topic, aber heute Vormittag (am Erscheinungstag!) kam meine Kopie vom neuen Apple Betriebssystem Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Natürlich wider jegliche Vorsicht sofort installiert. Bis jetzt keine Probleme, außer dass spezielle Maussoftware von Logitech nicht mehr funktioniert, ich also dementsprechend auf die appleeigene Software zurückgreifen muss. Nachtrag: OmegaT,  das Übersetzungstool, funktioniert zwar unter Snow Leopard, aber aus irgendeinem Grund funktioniert die Kantenglättung der Schrift (font smoothing) nicht. Unschön. Ob das an OmegaT selbst liegt oder an Java...
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