I ordered a couple of photo books from Collage.com. They look fabulous! I plan on keeping one for myself and giving away the second one to my dad for Christmas. I love photobooks and I think they are awesome gifts for family members.
Our kids don’t return to school for two more months, but I’ve noticed retailers are already promoting back to school supplies. I’ve actually started compiling a list of supplies for the kids. I need to hit the stores soon before the school year sneaks up on me. One store I plan on shopping this year is Staples [Facebook | Twitter]. In addition to school supplies, Staples also has computers, printers and software. In fact, they sent me a copy of Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements for review on my dad blog. In my opinion, the software will come in handy for parents and older kids when school starts again in the Fall.
Halloween is over and you probably have 101 photos of you kids in their cute costumes. I know I do. Thank goodness I can get 101 photos printed for free from Shutterfly. You better hurry, their 101 free photos offer expires on Friday, November 2nd.
Photo Card Creations is offering a $50 gift certificate to a reader of my dad blog. As you can tell by the name of the company, Photo Card Creations is a leading online retailer of premium custom thank you cards, announcements and invitations. They specialize in wedding, baby, party and holiday photo cards. They have tons of designs and add new ones every week. In fact, Photo Card Creations will add over one hundred new card designs this year.
Today’s giveaway is brought to you by Fotolia (Facebook | Twitter) — I’m giving away a two week subscription to two readers of my dad blog. Fotolia is one of the top stock photo houses in the world and offers royalty free images and HD videos. You can legally use their photos, illustrations, and videos for your blog/website, advertising media, professional documents, press releases, and other promotional materials. Fotolia has over 12,278,167 photos (JPEG), vector illustrations (AI, EPS, SVG) and HD videos (.mov, .avi, .wmv .flv). To find the right photo for your needs, you can search by keyword, or browse by category, gallery, tag, etc.
Here are three files I downloaded from Fotolia. The files were very large so I saved them in a lower resolution for this blog post.
Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away. If you and your kids want to get something special for mom this year, check out the Mother’s Day photo products by Paper Coterie. Through the end of April, Paper Coterie is offering a 50% discount on their products and free shipping (use the promo code: BETALEMONADE). That’s a nice deal! As if that’s not enough, Paper Coterie (Facebook | Twitter) is also giving away a $50 gift certificate (plus free shipping) on my dad blog.
Over Labor Day weekend, I played around with BeFunky, which is an online photo effects application. BeFunky simplifies photo editing and effects for dads and moms. The BeFunky photo app features over 190 special effects. Dads and moms can also use BeFunky to add elements to their photos (such as speech bubbles, cool effects, and frames). BeFunky also includes tools for adjusting colors and brightness (auto or manual adjustments). BeFunky is easy to use (just one click for each filter — unless you want to change the default filter settings). According to their website, BeFunky (Facebook | Twitter) offers unlimited photo storage. BeFunky is free, but if you want to be able to save in high resolution, you need to upgrade to Premium (resolution up to 2500 x 2500 px) or Professional (up to 4000 x 4000 px resolution). Premium membership is $25 per year (or $5/month) and Professional membership is $100 per year (or $15/month).
I’ve only used BeFunky for a few hours, but I am impressed. Their web service is much easier to use than Photoshop and their Premium and Professional memberships are certainly affordable. As I mentioned before, BeFunky has over 190 photo filters. I’ve highlighted some of the special effects below. The first photo is the original photo I uploaded to BeFunky.
The winner of the Poster Print Giveaway is Kathy Pease. Thanks to Online Poster Printing, Kathy will receive a 18″ x 24″ poster print on this dad blog. Online Poster Printing’s products include digital photo enlargements and digital photos on posters for dads and moms. Congrats to Kathy. Thank you everyone for entering and have a fun weekend!
Thanks to Online Poster Printing, I’m giving away a 18″ x 24″ poster print on this dad blog. Online Poster Printing’s products include digital photo enlargements and digital photos on posters for dads and moms. BTW, I used their service to print a 18×24 poster of the Christmas photo below. It was stunning. I didn’t know you could produce a great photo that size from a little Canon A540 (only 6 mega pixels). The outlaws loved the poster print and want another one.