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Where Do You Search for Stock Photography Images?

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When you need to search for an image, where do you turn first? Most of you will probably answer that you use Google Image search. Some of you might check Flickr, or maybe even other means. Why not use a website that allows you to search several different places – all at once? Cyclops allows you to do just that.

The hours spent laboring through stock photo sites. Desperately searching for the perfect image. It burdened our creativity. Weighed heavily on our visions for design.

But then the perfect solution crowned! And, before long, our beautiful baby Cyclops was born. With his father’s eye for photography, film and illustrations, he knows where to find the best, the most striking and most unique. And with his mother’s “eager to please” attitude, he collects everything he finds and brings it straight to us!

Finally, a helpful little monster who takes the legwork out of searching stock sites. His work, no doubt, will become legendary.

Choose to search through all of the partner sites, or only a few. Currently, you can search the following using Cyclops:

  • BigStockPhoto
  • Flickr
  • Fotolia
  • iStockPhoto
  • Photos.com
  • ShutterStock
  • stockx.xchng

The next time you need photos for a project, or even a background, check out Cyclops first. I guarantee you’re going to find exactly what you’re looking for on the first try.


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Who Needs Photoshop?!

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I have been addicted to the Web since the day it was born. The other day, I did a video about Cameroid which can help you do all sorts of cool things with your video camera. I came upon a link from my friend Mona for a site that is similar to Cameroid… only even better. On PhotoFunia, you will get “the photo software that should have come with your camera”.

Click on any of the pre-defined effects, and then browse your computer to choose a photo. PhotoFunia will automatically apply your selected effect to that picture before displaying it! Once your picture is ready, you can save it to your computer, save it to ImageShack, or save it out as an avatar.

The second place I want to tell you about comes from JoshM. Dumpr is where you create marvellous photos to share with your friends. It’s very similar to both Cameroid and PhotoFunia. Again, you can take an image and throw it into a variety of effects. This site is free, or you can choose to sign up and pay a fee. Once you pay, you’ll have access to even more effects. Once you finish with your photo, you can save it to your computer or Flickr, or send it to others in an email.

So there are two very cool sites you can use to play with your pictures, and create something new.


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Do You Pronounce it GIF (Giraffe) or GIF (Graphic)?

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You may not agree with it, but it is pronounced “Jiff”, according to the person who created it. What do you do if you want to create an animated GIF from a series of photos? And what if you want to pull those photos from somewhere like Flickr? You can do this easily by using Gickr. The feature to grab photos from your Flickr account isn’t quite up and running yet, but will be very soon. You can, however, upload pictures from your computer, and turn them into animated GIFs with ease.

Gickr.com lets you instantly create Animated GIF online, free, right now! Just upload pictures or grab them from your Flickr. Create funny flashy slideshows with you and your friends, cartoons, previews, banners, etc. Post them anywhere you can post pictures: MySpace, Bebo, HI5 etc. No need for flash. Show them to people in our Gallery.

If you know of other free animated GIF creators, let me know. This one is easy to use, and works well enough. What else is out there?


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Do you Embed my Videos or Pictures?

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Someone recently asked me what exactly embedding means? To embed something simply means that you are enclosing or adding something. For instance, you can embed a video into a blog post, or onto YouTube.

We record and upload videos to YouTube. You’re also able to watch those videos on my blog. YouTube allows me to embed the video into my blog. I don’t move the video, or upload it directly to my site. I basically point you to the video, which is hosted on YouTube. Why would I want to do that? Well for one, YouTube bears the burden of the bandwidth. If the videos aren’t hosted on my site, they aren’t eating up my bandwidth. There are also tons of people watching these videos, so having them be on YouTube allows the traffic to be routed through them.

Embedding is a good thing. The only caveat really is where you embed. You need to be careful where you host and upload things, in case the site could someday close its doors. I don’t think YouTube is going anywhere. I don’t think Flickr is going anywhere.

So basically, you take some HTML code, paste it into your blog or website, and presto! The video or picture has been embedded.


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Christmas Wallpaper

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Ahhhh… the holiday season is upon us, whether you’re ready for it or not! We spend a lot of time, money and effort decorating our homes. Regardless of which holiday you may celebrate… I want to know how you deck your desktop!

I get almost all of my desktop wallpaper from Flickr. Flickr is just amazing. There are now over 2 billion images there from people all over the world. Some of these images come from professionals, and many of them come from everyday users like you and me!

If you want to find some great holiday wallpaper, it’s easy with Flickr. Simply do a keyword search for your favorite holiday term(s). You’ll get literally hundreds of matches to choose from. Flickr pictures make excellent quality wallpaper, as well.

If you’d like to send your holiday photos to my digital photo frame, you can upload them to Flickr, and tag them with chrisframe. I am subscribed to an RSS Feed that will automatically download them to my frame.

What do you do to decorate your home, and deck your desktop? Let’s hear from all of you out there!

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The Politics of Security

Online Security is important. Flickr users in China, Iran, and Iraq feel the same way I do – though Microsoft employees in Lebanon and Israel don’t (since they’re all on the Mac). An Online Search for the keyword yeilds few results, so perhaps we’re in need of more Education – or more Firefox Advertising from the Bush Administration?

New Flickr Photo Header

Apologies for everybody who saw this post before it was fully baked. I was testing the style for the iG-Syntax Hiliter plugin. Seems to be working okay, and even though I can tweak the options under the appropriate tab in my admin panel, I think there’s some other page I can use to tweak specific settings (as the plugin comes with a set of images that I don’t see surfaced anywhere). No matter, the plugin came in handy here – and will definitely be used again in future code displays.

I hate big-ass blog headers. The first thing I do when I see a gigantic image sitting front an center on a Web page is flick my scroll wheel to move down to the meat of the page. Yes, they can be aesthetically pleasing – but they can also be a gigantic waste of space. As such, I haven’t really ever had an interesting blog header. My most recent design (admittedly limited due to the overly-complicated template design of BlogWare’s system) had all the important and relevant information sitting there. You know who I am, right? This time, I wanted to do something a bit more dynamic – a bit more interesting. To get what I wanted, I needed to slap two few tools together: a simple photo thumbnail repository engine and a syndication format interpreter.

I’ve been looking around for a great RSS plugin for WordPress, and still can’t find anything close to satisfactory (read: configurable, powerful). I’ve been a registered CaRP user for years, and (what do you know) it also happens to be a PHP script. I’ve gotta convince Antone to turn CaRP into a full-blown WordPress plugin, though it has abolutely no UI to begin with. I know how to use CaRP, I’m learning how to work within WordPress, and I know just about enough PHP to tweak what I need to tweak in a script.

You’ve seen a few images show up inline in recent days, having been posted through email via the Postie plugin. It’s not generating thumbnails (or RSS, let alone an album), so I’m turning to my friend Flickr. Unfortunately, it only outputs 8 square thumbnail images per feed pull (and I really wanted 10). No matter, Flickr and CaRP have helped me get the job done. For CaRP, I’m employing these options:


CarpConf(‘aitems’,’Chris Pirillo

CarpCacheShow(‘http://www.flickr.com/services/feeds/[email protected]&format=rss_200’);[/php]

Of course, now I needed to define the CSS. Putting the images there (alone) is nifty enough, but I’m the kind of guy who loves combining fun with functionality. My name needs to be there, but I’m still not sold on slapping up a tagline in that position. As a visitor, I’d expect to click the name to return to the root of this site – so it had to be hyperlinked. Cake. Almost. I ran into some issues with positioning of my small nav icons, but (amazingly enough) the code works in both browsers. I think I’m the only blogger who optimizes his pages for IE, though? Anyway, here’s the CSS:

[css].headertext { font: 75px Georgia; left: 0px; position: absolute; text-decoration: none; }
.headertext a, .headertext a:hover { color: #FFFFFF; text-decoration: none; }
.headerwrapper { left: 50px; position: absolute; top: 15px; }
.headerwrapper img { border: 0px; float: left; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; }[/css]

The result is what you see at the top of my blog. As I upload a new image, the older ones will get pushed off to the right (and eventually pushed out altogether). Been looking for a way to rip 10+ images out of my feed without futzing with the API. Anyway, it’s there now – and you’re more than welcome to take this code and do it on your site, too (although you’ll have to adapt the PHP script if you don’t use CaRP). That should be easy enough to do, even if you have to work backwards from the source of any given page here.

Flickr Fun

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before, but I’d like to put my latest Flickr photo thumbnails in the Lockergnome HTML newsletters. Since I use CaRP, I have virtually no configuration options (other than manual hacking or asking Antone). In searching for an easy way to get ‘er done, I found this solution from Fuddland (but it relies on MagpieRSS, which I’d rather not use). The information is already in the feed – it’s getting it out of the feed that’s a bit tricky for people like myself. Why doesn’t Flickr just have a separate feed for thumbnails – letting the user designate the size of the desired output? Yeah, there’s an API for that – but have I not beaten it into the world’s skull that I’m not a developer? In my Flickr travels, I found quite a few useful tools – including one I used this morning for my previous Dell post.

What other amazing Flickr tools am I not aware of?

Gnomedex Site Redesign

I called upon Gnomedex.com’s original graphic artist to give ‘er another go. Eddie Hollenbeck is back and better than ever, as evidenced by these mock-ups. I definitely have my top choice, but would like to know your preference as well.

Gnomedex Redesign - Option 3 Gnomedex Redesign - Option 2 Gnomedex Redesign - Option 1

I’m starting to get caught up, and I have a handful of other conference participants to announce. Hang in there, my friends – we’re just getting warmed up. If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, please do. If I haven’t personally invited you to be a discussion leader, don’t count yourself out yet.