How to share Kodak photos

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Sep 26th, 2005, 09:48 PM
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How to share Kodak photos

Hi,
Just got back (well, 2 weeks ago) from safari and would like to share about 30 (yes,that is just 30, not 300) photos with you. I have them set up on the Kodak photo sharing web site now. How do I get one of those universal web addresses that let anyone with that address view the photos? Thanks anyone.
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Sep 26th, 2005, 10:09 PM
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Hi Tom,

Welcome back! I will be asking the same question when I return in Dec. I just purchased the Canon S2 IS that I believe you and your wife both have. May I ask how much memory you used on your trip and for how many days? What settings did you shoot mostly? Any tips will be appreciated. Where areas did you visit?

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Sep 26th, 2005, 10:11 PM
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Oops! I meant WHAT areas did you visit? Its past my bedtime...goodnight!
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Sep 27th, 2005, 12:05 AM
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Hi CarlaM
Thanks, we had a great time, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, 14 days total. You have some memory, yes indeed, myself, wife and her cousin all three of us had the Canon S2. We loved it. We found taking short movie clips to be a fun/nice compliment to photos. I'm using a program called ProShow Gold to put together a slide show on DVD. Will be about 20 minutes long.

Anyway, the S2, we each had 3 gigs worth of SD cards. I used 2.5 gigs, the others used the 3 gigs and maybe 1 gig more. To clear a card we downloaded it into an Archos portable hard drive. The Archos also provided a back up to the cards. I think 3 gigs were enough if you don't have to take 100 shots of every single lion and elephant you see. You can also use that camera screen back to erase really bad photos.

Tips - the 4 vertical buttons on the back of the S2, the 3rd one down labled "S". "S" means short cut and the default short cut changes the resolution of the picture mode every time you touch it. Change this default setting to something harmless. I changed ours to "display". You will find your thumb hitting the "menu" button and popping up the menu screen. Surprise, what the hellll you say. Just be aware and hit it again to close the menu screen. Be sure you have the IS set, it is a must for telephoto shots. The display screen is worthless for taking pictures, good only for photo review. You must use the EVF, set the diopter wheel for your eye. It is really dumb/primitive to have such a poor viewing/framing method. More ranting later. Use it to just to get the basic overall composition of the picture. The auto focus likes to focus on the first vertical line it sees which can be tall grass in front of that lion. Learn to deal with it as best you can. Wife and cousin set the picture taking mode to "auto" and got great shots. I like to think I'm smart and I had mine set to "P" for some custom settings. Use the flash even in sunlight when you are taking pictures of people and animals, it fills in the harsh shadows. You can force the flash by setting mode to "P" and using the flash button on top left of camera. Be sure to pop up the flash bulb. When the camera is in "auto" mode it will flash only when it wants to. If you have never done this "fill in flash" thing before, try it, you will love it. Take 3 sets of batteries, one in camera, one in bag and one in the room charging. You will need an electrical plug adapter if you are from USA.

That's what pops in mind now, I'm sure more will and I'll reply again. The camera(s) worked great. We all got many excellent photos and I hope to show you a few on the Kodak site. The secret to good photos is to remember, "lighting isn't the only thing, it is everything."

Happy to try to answer more questions if you wish.
regards - tom graham
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Sep 27th, 2005, 12:22 AM
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Go to the Share Photos tab, specify which album to share and then enter your own email address into the box given - you will get an email that contains at the bottom the link to copy here for us!
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Sep 27th, 2005, 01:23 PM
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Thanks Kavey.
I see what you say near the bottom in fine print. But I don't like how that works so I gave them $24.95 for a year of "Gallery" service. And, of course now I have my own address into the Kodak Gallery - http://www.kodakgallery.com/tdgraham/safari_2005
You are all welcome to take a peek. I'm starting another post annoucing grand opening of may gallery
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Sep 27th, 2005, 01:36 PM
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TOM!!! These are so great! Please share all the details on the settings you used so hopefully I can capture the same images. This is so exciting. Thanks for sharing. I loved them all.

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Sep 27th, 2005, 01:39 PM
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The lion cub is so adorable!! The best shots I have seen yet, what a cutie!
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Sep 27th, 2005, 01:49 PM
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Lovely!!!!
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WOW! INCREDIBLE photos! Each one a winner, I hope mine come out 1/2 as good. How many did you actually take to narrow it down to these? Gotta say it again...INCREDIBLE!
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Sep 27th, 2005, 02:05 PM
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cary999,

Loved your beautiful photos. You really used the light to your advantage. From the elephants to the lilac breasted roller, they were wonderful.
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Sep 27th, 2005, 06:55 PM
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Tom--just got back from our safari still going thru a bunch of photos--after seeing yours--I think I will just throw mine away!!Yours are just absolutely beautiful--great job--please post more.
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Sep 27th, 2005, 08:12 PM
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Hi All,
Thanks for your kind comments.
We (three of us) took 4,200 photos. Maybe 200 are the equal of those I've posted. But they also tend to be the same subject matter,e.g. leopards, leopards, and more leopards, etc. A great photo must have three things. Great lighting, great lighting, and great lighting. The lion pictures were taken about 2 hours before sunset, that warm strong side light. Most of the others also in sunlight. This can be difficult to "find" some days and at night. Look for strong lighting of any kind/time, flat lighting is terrible for striking photos. The whole thing is serendipity. You just put in the time looking and it will happen. The morning of our last game and safari drive at Mala Mala was going quite dull, just two hours of riding and not seeing any activity. Then pow, next to the "road" four young adult male lions eating a huge buffalo they must have killed that previous night. (Lighting was good but a lot of tall grass around).
As for camera settings, not much really. We all (three of us) had the Canon S2. Theirs they just let it stay on "auto". But myself, I have to fiddle with things so I had mine on "P" so I could set the exposure to 1/3 less F stop. Big deal, probably made really no difference but I felt better The really hard part is focusing. The auto focus many times becomes confused. The manual focus is a joke. Just please, please, please give me auto exposure with a mirrored view finder and a manual focusing ring on the lens. Just to repeat where our pictures are - http://www.kodakgallery.com/tdgraham/safari_2005
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Oct 23rd, 2005, 08:27 AM
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Hi Tom,

Great tips here, thanks. With 5 weeks to go I am feeling more confident with my new Canon. What resolution did you shoot on? The photo shop recommended the highest (L1 and superfine)

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Oct 23rd, 2005, 08:42 AM
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Tom,
Also meant to ask if you switched over to the video on your Canon while on your trip? If so, how did it turn out?

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Oct 23rd, 2005, 11:29 PM
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Hi CarlaM,
Three of us, wife, cousin, me, all have new Canon S2 (as you know). Cousin used the best setting, wife and I used second best, i.e. L and Fine (not superfine). Why did we use L and fine, because many users on dpreview.com said there is no real difference and with it you get, I think, about 25% more pictures per card. Now, when we compare pictures between us three, cousin seems to have had problems with either focus or holding camera steady (we all used IS). Her pictures certainly do not show any advantage to using best setting. In fact many are simply fuzzy, not acceptable to me. There is a lesson here about holding the camera. Anyway, certainly no harm in using best/highest bit setting.
Movie mode, we all three used it in the best mode, 640x480 30fps. We all got a real kick out of it. Used it to "film" little short scenes of action. Picture and sound plays great on TV (or PC). Remember, with movies to keep camera as steady as possible, I steady it against my forehead. And if you pan or zoom to do it very slowly, slower than you think is necessary.
One more thing, focus. The camera likes to focus on the first vertical thing it sees. Like, if there is tall grass if front of the lion it will focus on the grass. Watch for this and figure out a way around it. Use manual focus, if you can, I can't. Move "framing" so that camera focuses on subject, press button half way to keep that focus and reframe subject. Not a real major problem but can ruin a few pictures.
After coming back home with 4,000 DIGITAL pictures I figured it was time to try something other than a "photo album". I'm thinking - digital, PC, DVD, TV. So, made a DVD that shows on a TV or PC. It is basically a slide show with movie clips tossed in. Made it short, plays 22 mins, has 190 slides and 20 movie clips. Came out good, used a program called "ProShow Gold" to make it. Very easy to use and very versatile. I've sent more than 10 copies and people can keep it or toss it as they wish. Of course everyone says they really like it!!! They all ask, "Were you really that close to the lions?". Anyway, easy, quick, cheap to make the DVD's.
I envy your trip coming soon. We are starting to think about our next one, too much we want to do again and new!!!
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Hi Tom, more photos, please, PLEASE! <)
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Hi All,
Due to popular demand, (thanks wjsonl) I've put up another 30 pics from the safari. They are added as noted after the original 28 or so. Some need captions to let you know what it is. Many are more pics of the same leopards and lions. go to -
http://www.kodakgallery.com/tdgraham/safari_2005
Hope you like them.
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More terrific shots Tom! I like your fav also, but the cubs are soooo cute! Especially the one with mom where they are looking in the same direction. Thanks for adding to the excitement of my upcoming trip. The kids are so adorable looking at themselves in the viewfinder. Great ideas with the DVD, I will have to look into this when I return. Please post more...love your photos!!!
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Carla
You are so kind. If you'd, like send me an email, I'll be happy to USA mail you a copy of my DVD.
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