In the summer, we tend to do a little more “phlogging” than at other times of the year. What’s phlogging, you ask? A phlog is a photo blog! More and more, phlogs are turning up as a great way for people to show off the photos they take on vacations or in their everyday lives. Facebook isn’t the best platform to shocase photos, but a simple photo blog is the perfect way. If you have a smartphone and tend to take a lot of pictures, you can download an app to a great WordPress blog format and start using it right away.
One of the most important things to think about when setting up a phlog is what your layout should look like. You want your photos to be front and center, so choose a blog format that is designed specifically for photos. There should be large, blank space, and ideally a blog that will allow your photos to remain full sized. (There’s nothing worse than tiny photos you have to click on to view.) This blog would not be ideal for a phlog, with all of the links and widgets on the side columns. We post lots of photos at times, but if I were to turn to posting strictly photos, this is not the template I would choose. You might also go for a phlog template that has a white or black background, something that won’t compete with the colours in your pictures.
A lot of people are taking pictures with their smartphones and using Instagram to edit them into beautiful, artistic photos. Even Instagram itself has a great photo blog, filled with tips on getting the most out of your photos. You can see what other people are doing with their photos and they have super tips and ideas to get the most out of your smartphone.
Thanks to Labellenuage for the great Instagram photo!
While we might not have a true photo blog for the library, it’s always fun to think of new ways to post what’s going on. One of our favourite blog posts with photos happened last summer for our Stuffed Animal Sleepover. We might do something similar this year, so keep watching.
What would YOU post on a phlog?
For our Frivolous Friday post, how about a little fun with an online Photo Booth? Remember pulling back the curtain, squishing inside with your friends and making goofy faces, only to stand outside the booth and wait for your strip of photos three minutes later? Well, now you can experience the idea online using your webcam! La Photocabine lets you take a picture using your webcam, choose color or black and white and then download or print your funny pictures right away! This could be a fun tool to start your March Break!
For our Frivolous Friday post, a story in pictures. One of our favourite things at the library is Google Street View. Some of us use it to see the places we read about in books. Some of us just want to know where that French bookstore is located. And we’ve probably all dropped in on our homes to see what was going on the day the Google trucks went by.
But what about those unexpected images that get captured just because the cameras are pointed somewhere at the exact moment something interesting or terrifying happens? Well, artist Jon Rafman has started the Nine Eyes of Google Streetview, a project that has him putting together all the unexpected images shot by the nine cameras on the Google trucks.
These photos are amazing, heartbreaking, funny, shocking and frustrating, but they’re all interesting.
Be warned, some of the images feature nudity and some can be disturbing, but take a few moments to scroll through the site. You’ll be amazed and it’ll make you think about Google Street View a little differently the next time you log on.
I came across an interesting photo site recently that is not only fast, but fun as well. Trover allows you to type in an address (either someplace you’d like to be or your current address), and it will bring up tons of photos from that designated area that are tagged somewhere on the web. When I typed in Carleton Place, I got a few photos from the area, but many that were also from closeby, like Ottawa and upstate New York.
Have some fun and see what kinds of pictures people have posted with your address designation. And make sure the next time you post pictures online, tag your photos with location and maybe you’ll see them on this site in the future!
For my Frivolous Friday post, I have a fun website that allows you to try your hand at painting…without having to spend years at art school. Just upload one of your favourite pictures and use their techniques to paint overtop of the photo in the style you admire most! Psykopaint is fun and easy and I think the results are great!
Here’s my original photo:
Then…. I Psykopainted it in Monet style….
Anyway, maybe not the best use of the program, but you can see lots of great examples on their website and try your hand at either one of your own pictures, or something they’ve already uploaded! So go ahead, have some fun and Psykopaint the weekend away!
We’ve all seen those cute photo cubes, adorned with favourite photos you slip under glass. But what about printing your own photo cube on your printer? Now there’s a fun way to do that, and all you have to do afterward is cut and fold your paper!
Tabblo is a fun photo website that has come up with a template for the photo cube. Just select a bunch of photos that you’d like to display, upload them using the easy uploader and then print off the PDF file. Instructions are on the bottom of the PDF file page. Just cut out and put together.
I printed mine out on regular paper on a black and white printer, but this would be ideal to print out on card stock or glossy photo paper, then glued together for best results! Here’s how mine turned out…and it only took about 2 minutes!
I edited this photo (blurred the images so you couldn’t readily identify the kids) at Aviary.com, a great photo editing site,similar to Photoshop…but it’s free!!
I am always on the lookout for something unique to do with my photos and recently, a patron asked me about websites that might help her make a collage for a project she was working on. I came across a fun site called Shape Collage that allows you to download your photos and choose a shape or even a letter and make a fun photo collage. You can manipulate dimensions, color, shape, size and a host of other functions to make a fun collage. Here is an example of one that I did with photos from storytime.
The software is fairly easy to work with once you realize what they are asking for and the result is great! Try it out if you’re looking for a new way to display your photos! Thanks, Sarah, for the incentive to find this!