Our Guide to Giving Mom a More Memorable Gift This Year

Spring has sprung and Mother’s Day is right around the corner. It’s time to find a thoughtful gift for Mom, and Photobucket is here to the rescue!

What better way to honor Mom than by sharing your favorite memories together? With just a bit of planning, you can easily create a fun photo gift that she’ll cherish for years to come. magazine

Below are a few tips for creating – and giving – an unexpected gift for Mother’s Day that will allow her to relive happy moments…and put a smile on her face every single day.

From photo books to mobile phone covers to wine openers and more, there are all sorts of gifts you can personalize for Mom. First is to decide what type of gift you’re creating and how many photos you’ll need to use (see our ideas at the end for inspiration), then comes selecting the best shots to showcase in your gifts.

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Create a collage of baby pictures, a remembrance of a favorite day or even a collection of shots of her whole brood. Whichever you choose, you can upload your mobile phone pictures and photos onto your PC with ease to create a new Mother’s Day-themed album on Photobucket in which to store these shots for safekeeping. You can always edit them down later, but having them all in one place will give you easy access and will make the project go much more smoothly.

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Finally, print your gift by visiting our handy photo gifts page to design your project and have it delivered to your doorstep. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Stumped on what to make to make Moms’ day? Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

  1. Family Photo Slideshow: Make a slideshow with family photos from throughout the past year. Place it on a digital photo frame, iPad or burn it to DVD for a gift that keeps on giving year-round
  2. DIY Photo Jewelry: Try a cool, DIY project that turns ordinary necklaces, bracelets, key chains and charms into these gorgeous photo keepsakes
  3. Hand-Picked Photo Book: A sweet album allows you to combine your favorite photos and quotes into a personalized album for mom. It’s so easy to create, and you can even view our video about getting started or learn more about our photo book types for added inspiration
  4. Custom Mobile & Tablet Cases: Check out our chic cases, where you can add your own photos and showcase her personality. Score some bonus points by putting the case on her phone Mother’s Day morning
  5. Stainless Steel Travel Mug: One of our most popular items, you can warm Mom’s heart (and her belly!) on those chilly morning commutes with this sleek, modern mug. Add your favorite photos to ensure she’s got miles of smiles ahead of her!

We hope this post has brought you some Momspiration for the May 12, 2012 celebration, and don’t forget that these ideas can apply to Dad’s and grads in the coming months, too!

 

Welcome to “PB Loves” Photo Gallery

Sometimes the little things in life inspire, whether it’s the sprinkles on top of a cupcake, the grass at an outdoor picnic to your favorite palmtrees.

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Large or small, we wanted a place to celebrate photos of the things that

make us happy, so welcome to PBLoves.  It’s our collection of the
Photobucket staff’s favorite photographs, snapshots and memories put together
to inspire you. Find the most popular PB Lovespictures and themed categories we’ll share on a daily
basis.

Contribute to a category, whether you are touched by celebrating Happy Birthdays, taking a step into NewBeginnings, or traveling around the virtual globe in
WorldlyTravels. Whatever pictures reflect your passion, we’re
sure you’ll find a corresponding PB Loves category to explore.

After you dive into the photo gallery, we want to see the stories within your
Photobucket Library come to life on PB Loves! Start with a photo collage to
display all the images you love.

Birthday Collage

Creating a collage with
Photobucket’s online photo editor is easy; just check out the collagetutorial for a
quick how-to. Discover your artistic side by adding a background, color-altering
filters, stunning photo effects, quotes and fun overlays to your favorite
photos. And your options with the “add image” feature don’t stop there. Try
adding a watermark logo to a photo image, too!

Once you create your photo collage, you
can share across your social networks and/or download and print your favorites.
Here’s to taking our hats (rather, sunglasses!) off to creativity and showing
the world what PB Loves!

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Follow us on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/photobucket

Teva Mountain Games Photo Competition

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Did you make it to the Winter Mountain Games this last weekend in Vail?

We were there, braving the cold to bring you Photobucket goodies and app downloads.

If you took some photos, remember to enter the public contest by adding your photos to the group album. You can win some great prizes from Eddie Bauer, Teva, Maui Jim and more!

Check out this great photo as an example:

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And even if you weren't there, you can still take a good look through the group album and click "Like" for the photos you love!

Thanks to everyone who came by to say hi and learn more about Photobucket! You guys rock!

Embracing SLR Cameras

by Tom Munro, CEO

With the holidays just around the corner, many of us will be eager to capture special moments by taking photos of friends and family. And with the popularity of SLR cameras on the rise, I thought I would provide a few tips to help you get started. Even though most SLRs feature preset shooting modes, transitioning from a point-and-shoot can still be quite overwhelming. Despite this learning curve, the results can be very rewarding, so just take it slow and be patient. You will love the pictures you can take!  

First, read your instructions. It may seem simple, but this is often something we overlook when buying new electronic ‘toys.’ Sure, some gadgets are self-explanatory, but your camera’s instruction booklet is an important one to read. It will walk you through all the features of your camera so you’ll be able to make the most of your investment.

Next – start exploring the menus and settings. Bloggers Kevin and Amanda say you should prioritize learning the concepts of Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority. This will go a long way in helping you understand lighting, depth of field and where to focus. And then you’ll be able to get those great, dramatic photos where one object is in focus and the background is blurred. Lifehacker also has some great tips to check out as you’re exploring, too.

Then, practice! Don’t wait until you are at the family Christmas party or the New Year’s Eve party you are hosting or you may miss those fleeting moments you want to capture on film. Instead, set up a time to try your hand at different techniques at home with your dogs, kids, friends, significant other – basically, anyone and anything you can use as a subject. The point of this is to just get comfortable with your SLR.

Finally, take off the auto mode training wheels and put your camera into manual mode – this is, in fact, why you decided to get an SLR in the first place. In part two of Lifehacker’s look at SLR cameras, they break down how to use your camera in full manual mode. The possibilities are limitless, so don’t be afraid to try new things here – you never know, you might stumble upon something amazing!

Don’t have a SLR or are hoping to get a one for Christmas? Here are the top SLR cameras of 2011 according to ZDNet. Good luck, and happy snapping this season.

-Tom

New and Exciting Features on Photobucket Coming Soon!

We've got all sorts of cool new features coming soon to Photobucket! You'll be able to explore, find, follow and discover the best of Photobucket!

To get you started, here's two easy steps:

  1. Choose a profile pic for your account. (Go to Account Settings under your username and click "Change Image")
  2. Check your album privacy settings. (Click the My Home tab, then Privacy).

Remember, the more public photo albums you have, the more you can share with friends and family!

Keep an eye out for more from Photobucket, coming soon!

Photobucket’s Mobile Photo Editing App, Snapbucket is Here!

Photobucket is pleased to announce the release of our latest smartphone app, Snapbucket! This cool new app gives you all sorts of cool features, including a wide variety of filters, vignettes, sets and frames! How does it work? Well, we're glad you asked – it's really easy: Snap, Style & Share!

Snap a photo with your smartphone.
Style it your way with multiple filters!
Share it with friends using Facebook or Twitter.

But that's not all! You can even create your own filter sets and save them, and the more you snap, the more effects you unlock!

Check out these cool features that Snapbucket gives you:

  • Choose from filters, effects, vignettes and frames to style your photos your way.
  • Create YOUR OWN unique filter sets and brag about them to friends.
  • Show off your stylin' skills by sharing with friends to Photobucket, Facebook or Twitter.
  • Unlock new effects the more you use Snapbucket, and get filters that'll make your friends green with envy.
  • You'll always keep your original photo, so don't worry, go crazy with styling!

Check out our tutorial video below or find more information at the official Snapbucket page! Keep on snapping and remember: Photobucket for Life!


 

New Backgrounds in Find Stuff

Find Stuff received a little makeover and we are really excited to show off our brand new background skins. Our designers have been working overtime to create awesome and fun background skins in all of your favorite categories. While you are discovering photos in Find Stuff, be sure to check out the cool new backgrounds which are also available for you to use in your own albums. When logged in, click "themes" from your album and take a look at all the cool new skins that fit your personality. 

Our Just for Fun Category  and Art Category

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Macro Photography

 Macro_Mode_Symbol Ever wonder what that little flower looking icon on your
camera did?

It’s actually a really fun and impressive mode to shoot photos in.  The mode is called “Macro” and is commonly
known for shooting close-up photography. When shooting in Macro mode, you can
get really crisp and detailed photos of the object you are photographing. Depending
on your lens you can get a small portion in focus while the rest is blurred to
make the object you want to focus on stand out. It’s a great mode to shoot
flowers, insects, food to show texture or anything you want to see details of. Try
it out and check out our Macro category!

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Photobucket introduces visual search powered by Microsoft Silverlight

User Friendly Search Integration Encourages Sharing and Facilitates Image Discovery

San Francisco, Calif. – date, 2009 – Photobucket (http://photobucket.com), the Web’s premier standalone photo and video-sharing site, today launched Photobucket Visual Search, a new and compelling way for users to browse photos and videos on Photobucket. Leveraging Microsoft’s Silverlight technology, Windows Live Services and Photobucket’s Open API platform, Photobucket Visual Search presents search results in an easy-to-browse interface that delivers an enhanced search experience for Photobucket’s more than 80 million users worldwide. 

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