I am sure each of us own at least one LIFE magazines with some special cover…either you or a family member passed it down. Now you can view all the LIFE photos by decade and they are even searchable too. If you have not already, check out the LIFE photos archive.
Since I purchased a digital camera a few years ago, I never had the need to print photos out. Any photo that I really liked ended up on my web site or as a desktop picture. Now that I have a baby – and multiple people who would like printed photos, I decided to it was time to check out some online photo services that offered easy printing solutions. I happened to have an online account with Walgreens already for prescriptions and I am signed up to get their generic web site announcements via email, so when I saw that they offered online uploading, organizing, printing, etc I thought I would give it a shot. It would be one less account to create.
I sat down with my mother and chose 30 pictures in Apple’s iPhoto that we wanted processed. I had to download a browser plugin (under 1mb) which allowed me, once I was logged into the Walgreens online photo center, to choose a folder on my computer with pictures. I could select one at a time or all. Then, all the pictures I selected were uploaded to Walgreen’s web site at once. Once the pictures were uploaded, I could do minor adjustments (rotate, redeye, sepia, black and white, etc), choose borders for the pictures, create calendars, create greetings cards, or order matte/glossy pictures in any size.
I quickly and easily chose multiple prints, some 5×7 and some 4×6. The pictures were ready to pick up within the hour and they looked great. Better yet, since I have family all around the country – Walgreens makes it possible for me to upload, edit, order the pictures then have them developed at any Walgreens in the US. This is wonderful for me since my grandparents live far away…but they have a Walgreens around the block. I would highly recommend this service.
After a long search and evaluation process for a WordPress plugin to fit my needs, I decided to go with a WordPress plugin called fGallery. I started off looking at the Coppermine plugin but after reading about how development had been stopped and the reasons why, I plugged on to find something that would not require any separate software install and offered seamless integration with WordPress. After playing around with it for a bit, I integrated it on Evan’s web site. So far, so good. Now if only I had a plugin that would pull my photos from iPhoto, post them into WordPress and perhaps another online service ;). Hmm…
[tags]WordPress plugins, photos, fGallery[/tags]