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.

Mother Earth

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!

Photography Tips

Business Man Baby (Baby..check! Hair Gel..check! Nerdy Glasses..check!)

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

Photography Tips

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.

Photography Tips

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.

Photography Tips

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.

Photography Tips

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.

Photography Tips

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.

Photography Tips

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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Upload to Album – It’s a Snap!

At Photobucket, we continually strive to have the best photo album experience on the web. Over the coming weeks, we will bring new functionality to your album pages on the website, making it easier to upload, manage, view and share your photo albums.

We recently launched a new, straight forward way to upload directly into your album of choice while viewing that album. Just look for this new uploading hot spot:

Upload Hotspot

 You can start uploading by following these simple steps.

  1. Create a new album, or navigate to the existing album you would like to upload to.

  2. Drag images and videos from your desktop directly into the album.Drag to Album

  3. You can also click the hotspot to open a file browser and choose photos to upload that way.Open File Browser

  4. Voila! Your upload should begin.

You can browse your library while photos are uploading without interrupting the process.  The upload progress bar at the bottom of the page allows you to monitor your uploads and quickly access newly added photos.

Once the upload is complete, we’ll arrange the photos into your album based on your organization preferences.

More exciting album updates are on the way!

Something specific you’d like to see? Let us know your album wish-list in the comments below.

 

 

Photo Editor Overview

Edit your photos like a pro using Photobucket’s enhanced photo editor. Our easy to use tools help you personalize your memories and add that extra flare that make your photos stand out.

At the top of the page, select the edit tab.

Photo Editor

That will bring up a window with thumbnail views of your images. Here you have the option to edit photos from Your Bucket or from your Albums. Browse through your photos, and when you find the image you would like to edit, click on the thumbnail.

Photo Editor

After you have selected a thumbnail image to edit, that image will be opened in the editor. Once in the editor, you can select a variety of editing options such as Resize, Effects and Contrast.

Edit Photos

Edit Photos

Edit Photos

Use the text editing option to add a motivational quote or inspiration to your photo.

Photo Editor

Be sure to check out the stickers editing feature, an easy way to add flare and originality to your photos.

Photo Editor

This edit was made using our March sticker pack which features travel and St. Patrick’s day stickers. Stickers are updated monthly and change with holidays and seasons.

Edit Photos

Did you know?… you can edit photos on the go in our mobile app! View more editing tutorials to learn about other fun features or log in now to play in our editor and discover the endless possibilities in personalizing your photos.

 

Surefire Tips to Taking a Perfect Selfie

They pop up daily on our Instagram feed. We’ve seen countless “Selfie Sunday” hashtags. They are the norm for Facebook profile pictures and the word “selfie” has even been added to the dictionary. But having the latest smartphone and complementing filters is not enough. Study these simple tips and you will be on your way to taking the perfect selfie.

DO the turtle to eliminate a double chin.. DON’T angle the camera above your head

DO relax and be confident, DON’T over pose

DO imagine your happy place for a natural smize, DON’T make a ‘Duck Face’

DO enhance your photo with an appropriate filter, DON’T over-edit

Not buying it? Check out these celebrity selfie fails if you still have doubts…
Celebrity Selfies

A few other things to remember:

Choose your background wisely. Make sure there are no photobombers, incriminating props or distracting scenery.

Everything in moderation. Taking too many selfies is narcissistic. Limit to one a week maximum.

Keep it classy. Don’t shoot a selfie that you wouldn’t be comfortable showing to your grandmother or your boss.

You’re set…Now snap away to shameless selfie heaven!