Mother Earth called… She needs your help!

Small changes in your every day life add up to big leaps towards a better future. In honor of Earth Day, we’ve created a go-to guide of 10 simple tips that will help you do your part in keeping Mother Earth healthy and happy.

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DON’T PRE-HEAT THE OVEN
Which is great since nobody likes waiting around! Unless you are making bread or pastries, just turn the oven on and start baking!

HANG DRY
Get a clothes line and dry your clothes outside.. What says ‘breezy summer day’ better than garments flowing in the wind?

MEATLESS MONDAYS
Or any other day of the week. Try a vegetarian recipe one day a week to save water and trees! Why? Ponder this.. it takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef.

INVEST IN A WATER BOTTLE
We’re all about staying hydrated. But nearly 90% of all bottled water containers are not recycled. Use a water bottle instead to save money and the environment.

SHED A FEW POUNDS
Of paper bills and junk mail that is. Opt for a paperless bill pay system and opt out of spam mail services. If all else fails.. Recycle rather than dump!

SHOP WITH STYLE 
Stock up on reusable tote bags and bring them with you on your shopping adventures. Not only are totes more fashionable, they reduce waste of plastic shopping bags.

USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM
Carpooling saves you money, and walking, biking or busing to work or social events will be more fun with some company.

LIVE IN THE DARK
Or at least turn off the lights when you leave a room, and use natural light as much as possible.

DONATE OLD CLOTHING
Rule of thumb: if you haven’t worn it in over a year.. give it up! You will help someone less fortunate who will appreciate it more.

SEPARATE YOUR GARBAGE
Who doesn’t like digging through trash? Throw on some gloves and separate recyclables, compostables and trash. It’s kinda fun and Mother Earth will thank you.

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7 Easy Photography Tips

Keep these basic photography tips in mind the next time you venture out on a photo adventure! Perfect for professional, amateur and recreational photographers.

Visualize : Keep a list of things you want to photograph and visualize how you want these photos to look. When you are ready to check a shot off of your list, you can plan ahead and have the details sorted out- time of day, season, relevancy, obstacles, etc. Consider all the elements needed to get that perfect shot!

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Consider Color: There are endless possibilities in the colors of the rainbow. Color creates mood, emotion and power, so use it to your advantage!

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The bold and daring Red Apple!

Simplify: Make sure that background, props, edits and lighting do not distract from the focus of your photo! Keep it clean and simple to drive your vision home.

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It’s not complicated. I like tea, and tea likes me.

But Don’t Be Ordinary: Make your photographs demand a reaction. Get close to your subject for an awesome macro view. Try different angles to present a new perspective. And please, don’t plop your subject in the center of your photo.

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Things seem much calmer with the lens underwater.

Always Be “On”: Photo opportunities spring up unexpectedly throughout the day so be prepared! Always have a camera on you (even a simple camera phone) and capture those little moments that build big days.

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Life’s little moments create powerful pictures.

Be Discrete: Keep your camera ready at hip height and adjust to take interesting candid photos, evoking true emotion from your subjects when they least expect it. This is a great way to document an event, gathering or special occasion among friends.

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Authentic interactions are captured without interruption.

Keep Quantity: Shoot continuously. Take many photos in the now and worry about deleting and editing later. Your initial reaction to a photo may change. Don’t be too hasty in the moment! You might end up deleting a picture-perfect shot.

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Upon further review, the photobomb became less annoying and more hilarious!

So there you have it! 7 easy photography tips that every photo-taker should keep in their camera bag. And if all else fails.. take a selfie! We have easy tips to perfect those too.

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#Hashtags 101

Jokes starting to fall flat these days? Are likes on your Instagram as elusive as parental love? Feeling a bit less relevant all around?

I’VE GOT THE REMEDY FOR YOU

Check out this overview on hashtags and you’ll be able to #wtf, #yolo, and #lol in no time! Your jokes will find relevance again, your Instagram will be flooded with likes, and you’ll #wreckingball right back into your parents’ loving arms!

What is a #Hashtag?

A hashtag is just about any word or phrase with the ‘#’ symbol immediately in front of it (no spaces or special characters), turning that word into a clickable link. A hashtag is essentially a way of categorizing a status update, tweet, image, or whatever you’re posting online. Think of it as a quick and easy way to file your social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) interactions away into different categories.

For example, let’s say your Facebook status looks a little like this: “I wish I had real friends who wouldn’t skip all of my interpretive dance shows. #sad”

This status is now “categorized” as, or tagged with, #sad, and the hashtag has now become a clickable link. If you were to click on that hashtag, or search for ‘#sad’, you’d be taken to a page displaying all other people who have also used the #sad hashtag.

You could also add multiple hashtags to gain more attention, or to make a point, to enter a contest, whatever! For example, let’s say I’ve turned my attitude around, and I want as many people as possible to attend my next event:

“Come watch my interpretive dance routine tonight, re-envisioning what it means to be a #vegan in a post-industrial society! #art #dance #denver #PETA #iloveyoudad #TGIF”

Get it? So ideally, anyone searching those tags will see your post, and be blown away by a synergetic explosion of modern art and academia – thus blowing up your likes on Facebook, Instagram, and the like!

#Hashtags + Photobucket

So what does this have to do with Photobucket? Well, you can utilize hashtags on Photobucket in two pretty swanky ways.

Claim Your Personalized Hashtag

If you missed it, Photobucket users can claim their own personalized hashtag on Photobucket. Adding your personalized hashtag to new Twitter or Instagram posts will automagically transfer the image and description into your Photobucket account.

Actually, anyone can use your custom hashtag. There’s a lot of great uses for this. For example, let’s say you’re throwing your hotly anticipated Epic Annual Holiday Bash 2014. Let your friends know that you’ve claimed the custom hashtag #pbEpicHolidayBash14, and that they should tag their posts with it. At the end of a raucous night, or more likely sometime the next afternoon, you can peruse an album full of #pbEpicHolidayBash14 memories shared by you and your friends.

Enter Photobucket #Hashtag Contests

We also hold regular #hashtag contests, which you may have seen in some of our emails (provided you weren’t too hasty in deleting them). You don’t have to have a custom hashtag to participate in these contests. Simply add the hashtag, called out in the email, to your Instagram posts or Tweets. This will enter your image into the contest as well as pull the image into the contest album. If you’d like to enter an image already within your Photobucket account, just add the hashtag to either the title or description.

I hope you learned some important stuff today. I know I sure did, like the hashtag #yolo is often used by those who are not actually taking advantage of the fact that #yolo.

Photobucket Mobile for iPhone Updates

What’s new in this week’s updates to Photobucket Mobile for iPhone

  • Updated home screen: You now have two options for viewing your recent uploads on the home screen. Along with an updated single image view, we introduced a grid view that allows you to see more of your recently uploaded content.

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  • New Uploads button: We have added a New Uploads button that will refresh the screen when new images have finished uploading.
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  • Larger thumbnails: We have increased the size of our thumbnails inside the grid view. You will notice this when viewing an album as well.
  • Ignore Photo Stream uploads: We have added an option to ignore images from your Photo Stream. You can find this option in your Upload Settings. Just tap on the menu icon icon and then on your username on the bottom.
  • Continue uploading in the background: Photobucket Mobile will now continue to upload your photos and videos in the background when you lock the screen or minimize the app.
  • Performance improvements: You should notice a big improvement in upload speed, as well as responsiveness when navigating your albums.

Top-secret features and updates are coming soon, so stay tuned! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest trending news and photos.

Upload Photos Anytime, Anywhere! Uploading 101

At Photobucket, we give your photos a safe place to call home so that you can store, share, edit and print your memories with ease.

Never lose a photo again! We’ve created several upload options to ensure that you can safely and simply back up all of your photos anytime, anywhere.

Upload Options:

Directly to Album

  • Create a new album, or navigate to the existing album you would like to upload to. 
  • Drag single or multiple photos and videos from your desktop directly into the album.

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  • You can also click the hotspot to open a file browser and choose photos to upload that way.

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  • Voila! Your upload should begin.

Import from Facebook

  • Click the orange “Upload” option at the top of the page, select the Facebook tab from the upload options, then select “Add Photos”.

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  • If you haven’t already linked your Facebook account, enter your Facebook login when prompted.

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  • ‘Select all’ is chosen by default. Alternatively, you can pick and choose what you want to upload by clicking ‘Unselect all’ and then checking the ‘Select’ box under individual albums.
  • When you’re ready to import, click the ‘Add from Facebook’ button on the right.

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Upload from Email

Uploading from email or MMS message is a great way to upload photos from your home computer or mobile device, even if you are not logged in!

To begin, you will need to know your upload address, which contains a mobile PIN number.

  • Log in to your Photobucket account. 
  • Click on your username and then User Settings, then navigate to the Mobile tab.
  • Copy the address in the Upload from email panel. This address never changes.

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Now that you know your upload address, follow these steps to upload from your Email:

  • Log into your Email account, and create a new message. Paste the upload address in the To: field.
  • Add an attachment, and browse your computer for the image or video that you would like to upload.
  • Enter the album name in the Subject field if you want to upload to an album other than your default album. Case counts, so make sure you type the album name exactly as it appears in your account.

Note: If you upload to an album other than your default, it must be at the first level in your default album.

You can follow the above steps to upload an image via text message as well, provided that your phone supports MMS messaging.

Auto Backup

If you’re a first time Photobucket app user, you’ll be prompted right away to turn auto backup on. If you’ve already chosen to disable auto backup, you can simply turn the feature back on.

Open the app, then hit the menu icon  in the top corner. For iOS users, tap Backup, then tap Enable. Only the wording is different on Android – tap the menu icon, then tap Backup, then tap Start Auto Backup.

That’s it! You did it! For iOS users, head over here for more info on your auto backup options (wi-fi only, default album, etc.). Android users, click here.

 

What does your profile picture say about you?

Have you ever heard somebody yell out “New profile picture..NOW!” after a photo is taken? Usually those photos are hilarious, but much too incriminating to post on public networks.

Social media is a place to create the best, or worst, cyber version of yourself. So what does your profile picture say about you? Let’s discuss some common types of profile pictures and what they convey about the “real”, or social media version, you.

(Psst.. Don’t feel too bad. I have indulged in every type of profile picture and have included personal examples for each).

Solo Selfie: “Look at me everybody!” This can be good or bad. Maybe you really are that interesting. In which case we’re jealous. However, if accompanied by more than 3 posts a day detailing your every encounter (from how you took your morning coffee to what the traffic was like on your way home from work), then consider one of the following options instead to avoid an inflated ego.

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Duo Selfie: A headshot of you and a friend or pet with a rad filter, great angles and kissy faces goes a long way. Even though you have to share the spotlight, you still have an opportunity to shine. Whether you’re twinning, winning or simply just best friends for life, the possibilities here are endless.

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Group Shot:  A fun photo of you and some friends can make you seem social, fun and popular. It gets sticky with the setting. Is this a photo of you and your friends post marathon? Or you and your bros in the club, ten shots deep. These photos walk a fine line between making you look like the life of the party, or the last person to leave the party..yuck!

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Non-Human: This type of profile picture is one of mystery. Do you love your cat that much? Does your dog really have the cutest face ever? Is your picture an inside joke with friends or are you hiding something? Mystery can be good, unless it creeps people out.

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Non-Selfie Solo: Use body language, setting and props to portray the most awesome you ever. You in a cap and gown, smart. In front of a Mercedes Benz, rich. In Mexico with a margarita in hand, drunk. All you need is a patient friend to snap at least 50 variations of this photo so you can scroll, edit and delete your way down to that perfect profile picture.

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At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter which profile pic style you choose, as long as you let your inner awesome shine! As the great Dr.Seuss once said, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind”.

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#pbNature Photo Contest

Photo Contest

#pbNature Photo Contest
Feeling like you’ve been cooped up all winter? Like you just want to go outside and bury your face in spring flowers or hug a tree and never let go? Well, do it! Show your love for Mother Nature by venturing outdoors and capturing some great photography. How to enter:

  1. Shed your winter layers. Go outside. Shoot photos.
  2. Share your best shots via Instagram, Twitter or Photobucket using the hashtag #pbNature
  3. Repeat steps one and two until the bitter taste of winter has sweetened into spring.

See what others are submitting and check out our fresh spring sticker pack!

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Entries will be accepted through April 30, 2014. Good luck!

#pbQuotes Winners

“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Thank you to everyone who participated in the #pbQuotes contest. Here are our favorites out of the many awesome submissions.

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Congratulations — you will receive a free Plus 100 account for a year. Log on to Photobucket to check out all the awesome features that come with it.

Stay tuned for our next contest!

Hilarious Epic Pranks

Every day should be April Fool’s Day… isn’t laughter a priceless gift? We think so. And to make sure you stay happy and laughing, we’ve collected some awesome, and mostly harmless, pranks, fit for novices and experts alike.

But before we get down to business, let’s have a laugh at these hilarious epic prank GIFs, showcasing some brave and heartless jokesters. We will not be attempting any of these, however, and suggest that you just laugh from a distance as well.

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Window shopping used to be fun.

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My, what strength you have!

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Headless people get late night munchies too…

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Mentos, “the freshmaker”!

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What’s in the suitcase!? (Actually, nothing.)

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Slightly dramatic reaction to the ‘screamer’ video.

Haven’t seen the screamer video? Watch at your own risk. But make sure there aren’t any lamps or printers nearby.

And now for our list of easy, yet tear-jerkingly funny, pranks you can pull on family, friends and strangers.

Look out below! Loosen the bottom of a box of cereal until it’s about to rip and fill it with whatever you would like to dump onto your victim’s head when they pull it out of the cabinet.

Holey water. Make sure bottle of water is full and that the cap is on tight. Poke tiny holes with a pin in the bottom. The pressure will keep most of the water from coming out. When your victim goes to take a sip, they will enjoy a steady stream to their shirt and chin.

A glitch in the system? Plug a wireless mouse into your victim’s computer and sit close by – point, click and wiggle your way to hysteria.

It’s my last one, I swear. Dip the mouth-end of your victim’s ciggarette in tooth numbing gel. They will be so freaked out, they’ll be smoke-free in no time.

Do you cry over spilled milk? …How bout spilled beer? Place your hand palm down on the table. Balance a beer on the back of your hand and challenge your victim to balance a beer on both of their hands (you’ll have to help them with the placement of the beers). Then walk away – they will have to spill a beer to regain control of their limbs!

Caught ya! Liberally add food coloring to the handsoap in the bathroom. Red works best. If the victim has good hygine.. they’ll be caught red handed. And if they don’t… keep your distance!

I swear officer— it’s really me! Print out a small picture of an animal and glue it over the photo on your victim’s ID. Next time they get carded, they may get a double take!

All wadded up. Take a needle and thread and and run it once through each pair of underwear in your victim’s drawer. When they go to get dressed they will be tangled and confused. Don’t worry, you can undo the mess with a snip of the thread.

Sweet Tooth. Empty a bottle of toothpaste and fill it back up with frosting using a bag and tip. Make sure to have real tooth paste close by so your victim doesn’t get a cavitiy!

Remember…these pranks are meant to be harmless. So don’t take cheap shots…get creative! Cuz’ you know what they say — Karma’s a b…eautiful lady!

Check out more funny GIFs, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest trends and photos.

 

 

 

The Best Spring Flowers

Winter winds down, the sun emerges from behind the clouds, snow melts, and the earth gives way to beautiful spring flowers.

The Prettiest Perennials: Plant your perennials in the spring so that they flourish all summer. These flowers go into hibernation during the cold months so that they can rest and return season after season. 

Peonies – Beautiful, delicate flowers that are easy to maintain and live strong throughout the season.

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Peonies can be enjoyed year after year.

Lilys of the Valley - Tiny, delicate flowers that resembles a wedding bell.

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A common choice for wedding flowers.

Geraniums - Come in a variety of colors and are easy to grow.

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Geraniums can handle more extreme temperatures (hot or cold).

Poppies - Bring a unique look to any garden and are sure to stand out.

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Available as both a perennial and an annual.

Candytufts - Soft, white flowers that are great for filling space.

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Annual Candytufts also bloom in pink and lavender.

Forget-Me-Nots - Tiny blooms that multiply and spread out quickly.

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These flowers stay low to the ground and illuminate at night.

Baskets-of-Gold – Very full and lush and are great for bordering gardens edges.

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Also referred to as Goldentufts orAlyssum Perennials.

Bleeding Hearts - The most romantic perennial gets its name from its beautiful shape.

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Bleeding Hearts are a unique, distinguishable flower.

Amazing AnnualsPlant your annuals in the spring so that they bloom in the summer. These flowers only last one season but bring originality and character to any garden. A green rule of thumb is to create a balance between annual and perennial flowers. 

Petunias - One of the most popular types of annual flowers, Petunias can stand up to high heat.

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Petunias come in many different colors.

Marigolds - A cheerful flower that is easy to grow. 

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Boast gold, yellow, copper and brass colors.

Angel’s Trumpets - Fragrant, trumpet shaped flowers dangle from long, strong stems.

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This flower loves the heat and tropical climates.

Begonias - A full proof annual that is easy to grow and maintain.

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Plant after danger of a winter frost has passed.

Pansies  - Have long life spans and grow from the spring well into the fall.

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Pansies come in many different colors and are easy to grow.

Nemesias - Sweet, pleasant and great as a background flower.

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Nemesia can survive in cooler temperatures.

Flower Bulbs: Flower bulbs are easy to grow. Simply plant them in the fall and they will bloom in the spring. They are planted in the cooler months because they need the cold to grow.  

Tulips – These elegant flowers come in different colors, shapes and sizes.

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Known as the Easter flower.

Crocuses - One of the first flowers to bloom in the spring.

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Catch them quickly because they don’t hang around for long!

Daffodils: Hearty, cheerful flowers that will come back year after year!

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Daffodils are a sign that Spring has sprung!

Ahhh, spring! It smells so good. So grab your gardening sheers and gloves and head to the garden! These bright and colorful flowers will bring you smiles all season.

Loving these flowers? All photos came from photobucket.com where you can find many more categories to browse and explore!