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Sony DSC-WX1 Review

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Sony recently sent me their new DSC-WX1 to play with and review in conjunction with an upcoming Sweep Panorama photo contest. I can tell you that I’m excited about this camera. I’m by no means a professional photographer, but I do enjoy snapping shots whenever I can. This camera has some amazing settings options, as well as extremely clean and clear pictures. Even with all of the various modes and settings, it’s not one that is difficult to figure out and operate, unlike other cameras I’ve tried in the past. Even without a flash or tripod, this camera does an amazing job of capturing excellent quality shots indoors. Now that is impressive.

I have to tell you about the most amazing part of this camera prior to the other things. I am so stunned by the Sweep Panorama option. You know how you take a series of shots to make a panorama? Then you have to use software to stitch them together. Well, with the Sweep Panorama option on this camera, you don’t have to do all of that. Choose this option, click the shutter, and slowly move your camera in the direction of the arrow. The camera will stitch the shots together FOR you. That, to me, is worth double the money one of these babies cost!

The DSC-WX features a 10.2 megapixel “Exmor R” CMOS sensor to give you amazing performance in low light settings. The camera also features 10 frames per second burst shooting – which is handy as heck when you’re trying to capture action moments.

The 10.2 mega-pixel WX1 camera has a 2.7-inch LCD display. It’s barely over three quarters of an inch thick. This is an excellent choice for those of you photographers who want to carry a compact digital camera that packs a heck of a lot of power and performance.

The more I use it, the more I love this camera. Thanks to Sony for sending this to me to review. Keep your eyes here for details of the Sweep Panorama contest that will be coming soon.

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What is an Eye-Fi?

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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of EyeFi. All opinions are 100% mine.

I used a digital camera to take a photo of the chat room, and then had it automatically transferred to my Flickr account. I could just as easily send it to my Facebook page, or any other account that is supported by the Eye-Fi. The picture was transferred wirelessly over my home network from the camera directly to my desktop… and then right to my Flickr! Using the Eye-Fi SD card, it is a snap to upload photos without having to go through several different steps.

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The Eye-Fi comes with a handy little reader, since you may not have an SD card reader. The camera itself doesn’t do the transfer, in case you haven’t figured it out. It’s the Eye-Fi SDHC card doing all of the work. It’s automagic!

How often do you forget to download photos from your camera? Actually, a more likely scenario is that you just haven’t made the time to do it. If you have several pictures stored on there, it can take quite awhile for you to download them to your computer, upload them somewhere like Flickr, tag them and finally have them ready for the World to view. Using the Eye-Fi takes almost all of those steps out of the process, saving you time and headaches!

The Eye-Fi SDHC card has up to 4GB of storage, so you don’t have to worry about not having enough room for everything. One of the coolest things is that it provides an automatic backup of your memories by organizing them according to date on your computer for you! Don’t we wish more gadgets or programs would do this for us? Life sure would be easier!

I’m willing to bet you want one of these now for yourself, don’t you? Well – here’s your chance! Twelve of you are going to win one of these awesome little cards [Official Contest Rules]! All you have to do is sign into Twitter, and tweet something like the following:

Hey @ChrisPirillo – I’d like to win a free #eye-fi via http://go.tagjag.com/eyefi4me

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Yes, that’s all there is to it! Twelve people will be randomly selected to win, so get those tweets sent out in a hurry! I already love my Eye-Fi. It’s made my photo experience a thousand times better than it used to be. I think I need a few more of these!

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Photo Fun

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You know you want to brag to all of your friends because you know me. You’re a Gnomie, right? I’ve been running Lockergnome for about 13 years now, and I wanted to give something back to everyone who has supported me. So, go have some fun over at the new photo site!

When you first load the page, you’ll see an array of different photo effects, including video ones. Once you choose an effect and select a photo on your computer, it will automatically place your picture inside of the picture effect. It takes only seconds to render your new photo, and you can then save it to your computer, embed it on your site, or email it to friends!

With any luck, we’ll be adding several new effects over time, depending on how you like it. If you enjoy using it, please make sure to let others know about it!

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How to Create an Icon

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How many icons do you have on your desktop? I’m betting you probably have a few, unless you have them hidden. Even so, you still have tons of icons on your computer. An icon isn’t like a ‘normal’ graphic, since it can have multiple sizes or resolutions within the same file. They’re quite complex little pieces of art, so how can you easily create them yourself?

ConvertIcon is a simple icon utility. It can import ICO, PNG, GIF, and JPEG formats and export to high-quality PNG or ICO files. There is no software to download and it’s 100% free. It truly is this simple, folks. Just select an image from your computer, choose the size of the icon you want to create, and wait a few seconds while the site does the work for you!

Create custom icons for your documents folder, your My Computer desktop icon, or use them anyplace you wish – on your Windows computer, of course. Sorry Mac people, this one isn’t for you!

The best part of this site isn’t only that it’s easy to use: it’s the fact that you can export your icon into all of the sizes you might want or need. They’re all included in the .ico file (or .png!) that is output when you are finished.

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What is the Best Camera?

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My first camera ever was an old Polaroid. I took instant snapshots, much like I did today to see if the camera still works. It indeed does! Does anyone other than me remember the Polaroid camera? Did you know that you can make your own Polaroid photo right online?

Poladroid is so simple to use, and the results are awesome. Download and install the application, then drag and drop your pictures in. It works in both Mac OS X and Windows, too! Turn any normal and boring photo into a Polaroid look-alike in seconds!

It even make the same noise that the old Polaroid cameras did as it’s processing. You’ll watch it develop in front of your eyes, which is a lot of fun. You can even grab ahold of the photo with your mouse and shake it around to make it develop faster. Okay – perhaps it won’t work any faster. But you know you’re going to shake it, right?

It looks nearly exactly the same as if you used a Polaroid camera. You can email your creations, print them, or add them to the official Poladroid Flickr Pool.

Taking a trip down memory lane is fun for many of us. Playing around with Polaroid-type photos is a bit of history, much like listening to that old favorite mix tape. New technologies are fun and make our lives a bit easier, but old-style methods of doing things can often remind us of a simpler time in life.

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How to Create or Edit an Avatar

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How often do you change your avatar? You know what an avatar is – it’s that graphical representation of yourself that you use online! You put avatars on Twitter, on forums, and just about anywhere else you have a presence online. Wicket keeps bugging me for an avatar. Crazy dog – I’ve made him one! He is just too lazy to use it anywhere!

If you want to spice up your avatar, consider using Avatar Pho.to. It’s a free web-based photo editing platform, with one-click fixing! Edit your pictures and add cool effects to them in seconds, just by clicking your mouse button.

You can take a graphic and animate it even. If you look at the examples, you’ll see several different representations of Britney Spears. She appears blurry, animated, and even sketched! You can matrix your avatar, set it on fire, or make it look like it’s underwater!

Assuming you don’t want to use Britney as your avatar, just upload your own picture or link to wherever it resides online. I uploaded one of my own avatars to play with. The effects are fun, and allowed me to spice up the old boring avatar. I wouldn’t recommend using MY picture for your own avatar… you do want friends online, right?

If you have other recommendations for cool or fun websites, let me know what they are.

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How to Create a Seamless Tile Background Image

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Sure, you can take a small picture and turn it into a tiled background for a web page or your desktop. It’s not difficult to do. What is difficult, though, is creating a background that is seamless out of that small image. Not every image will work for this. It can be really tough to create something that flows together and looks right.

I have a tool for you that works from within your web browser. You can use it to create some kind of seamless image to use wherever you may need it. Repper is really easy to use. Just press “Start tool now”. It will give you a basic image by default. While you’re moving the skin around, it will show you a live, dynamic preview of what you’re doing. It’s the easiest tool I’ve ever seen that will help you accomplish your goal.

I’ve seen plenty of tools over the years that will help you do this. They’re expensive, and hard to figure out. Not only is this easy – it’s also free! Repper is a free-to-use pattern creator that turns your images into eye-catching designs. You can start playing right away: just upload an image and start dragging!

You can use Repper to create unique background patterns for your social profiles or your personal webpage. Or use it for posters or business cards, to design textile patterns or whatever you can think of; your imagination is your only limit!

Make sure you send me your cool ideas and websites! How else can I share them with the rest of the World?

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Why are Most Digital Photos Boring?

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Please stop buying and installing desktop software if there’s a better alternative that exists on the Web. Sure, you may have a photo editing software package. But I guarantee that it doesn’t have the amount of templates and effects as what you can find over at Big Huge Labs.

There are so many different things you can do on Big Huge Labs. These are just the tip of the proverbial iceburg:

  • Make a map of where you’ve been or where you’re going.
  • Create and print a pocket-sized photo album.
  • Create customized jigsaw puzzles from your photographs.
  • Make your own ID card, press pass, name tag, unofficial Flickr badge, or any other kind of identification.
  • Make your own inspirational, funny, parody, sports or other motivational poster for any occasion.
  • Make your own magazine cover! Be a superstar! Prove to your friends how famous you really are!
  • Make your own customized movie poster. You choose the photo, titles, and credits. Be a star!
  • Make a mosaic from a photoset, favorites, tags, or individual digital photographs or images. It’s a whole world of creative photo possibilities.
  • Become a pop icon! Inspired by Warhol’s famous paintings of Marilyn Monroe.
  • Automagically generate a harmonious color palette based on the colors in a photo. Perfect for design work.

So uninstall that software, and check out Big Huge Labs. It’s a big huge piece of WIN.


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Caption This Photo

Funny. This doesn’t SOUND like AC/DC. – Akiva Moskovitz

Caption This Photo or I’m going to plug this to my ear! – AJ Batac ♘

WTF is THAT above your right eyebrow?! – Mona N.

(Hello from Row 5!) – Who said that? – Anthony Stevens

Chris Pirillo, unplugged – Dave Hodson

OK, Akiva wins. – Jason

But i was going into town to pick up some power converters! – John Worthington

Don’t come any closer, man, I’LL DO IT – ωαřмaiden

Just when one thought water boarding was a sure way to obtain a confession, a new method of interrogation called The Plug In has been discovered to the chagrin of human rights activists worldwide! – Roney Smith

Nice glasses. – JMakesAwesomeSauce

p1uggergn0me – John Worthington

Yes, Akiva wins… LOL – ChangeForge | Ken Stewart

Chris takes his idea of Human Circuitry to the next level… – John Worthington

I want 1 MIIIIIILLLLIOOOON Dollars or I plug this into my head. – Bored

And, of course, the obvious one: Plug-and-Play. – Akiva Moskovitz

Gross! – Andru Edwards

This is a new application of neural networking. – jokrausdu

unfortunately, early attempts at neural inputs jacks have failed, however on a more curious note it has been discovered that ear wax from geeks contains an inordinate amount of energy. – Jerry Schuman

A new vision of human circuitry as demonstrated by Chris Pirillo – dan

+1 Mona, a horn? – Majento

Short Circuit 2: Some say he’s nuts. Some say he’s bolts. But can Number Five make it in the big, bad city? Keep your wires crossed. – £ogical €xtremes

eXistenZ is paused! – Rodfather

Pirillo in the middle of a cold reboot. – Jerry Schuman

Hairplugs 2.0 – Erik S

lets recharge ! – Prashanth Randadath

I needs more power Scottie! – Susan Beebe

…must…consume…more…internet…. – Amber aka SDA

Are you Plugged into me? Are YOU plugged into me? I don’t see anyone else here.. – Bored

Damn! Forgot to buy Q-Tips. Again! – Michael Hussein Markman

What’s the frequency Kenneth!? – Gerald Buckley

"wait, i thought this new stuff was supposed to be wireless … " – Gregory Lent

I need a outlet to plug in my light up pimple – Outsanity

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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