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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

How to take a self portrait picture with your cell phone, blackberry, iphone or any other digital camera device

This is a pet peeve of mine whenever somebody takes a self portrait of themselves for Facebook.  Do not ask me why it bugs me but here are simple instructions of how to take a picture of yourself with your digital camera device:

Here are two pictures taken of myself with my blackberry:

The Wrong Way
The Correct Way

Okay, bad pics but done in the same area with the same phone on the same day.  When taking your picture you want to turn your phone the opposite way you normally would.  While standing in front of a mirror, look at your reflection of your camera/phone's screen in the same mirror.  Once you get good shot of yourself, snap the button and you now have a self portrait.  Another way to remember is that you want a picture of yourself, not your mirror.

The Funny Way

Monday, March 26, 2012

How to make your Google Blog Title Animated - Upload large animated gifs

Google Blogs now supports animated gif, which means now you are able to upload animation to your blog posts or import them from outside links.  You can also create your own animated blog post title like the one done on my new business blog, Elizabeth's Digital Business Cards."  Many sites do not support animated gifs beyond, at the most, three megabytes.  What you can do though is upload an animated gif to a blog post and than link it to your blog title.

Here are the steps:

  1. Create a new blog post
  2. Upload your photo using the insert image button than add selected
  3. Right click the photo in the compose mode of your blog post and copy image URL
  4. Go to your blogger settings, select the header gadget and paste your link in the header tab, under the area that says: From the web.  Paste an image URL below.
Note: You do not have to submit the blog post of your image for this to work but can actually save it as a draft.  This trick actually uploads all photos to your picasa account, which is automatically obtained upon the creation of a Google account.


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