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Blogging For Dummies® by Shane Birley, Susannah Gardner

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Chapter 13. Making the Most of Photos

In This Chapter

  • Getting set up with a digital camera and editing software

  • Using Picasa to edit your photos

  • Putting Flickr photos into your blog posts

It's a fact: People love photos! You can increase your readership and decrease your writing time by including photos in your blog posts or putting photo badges into your sidebar. Many bloggers have discovered that including a photo in a blog post, even if it's only tangentially related, ensures that the post is more likely to be read than entries without photos.

If you already have a digital camera and photo‐editing software, you have the tools at hand to start putting photos into your blog quickly. But if you're new to photography, this chapter also includes some information about choosing a digital camera or software.

Putting graphics on the Web doesn't have to be incredibly hard to do, and today's wonderful photo‐sharing Web sites make your life easy when it comes to getting photos online quickly. In fact, if you already have a Flickr account that you use to share your digital photos, you can jump right to the section in this chapter about integrating your Flickr photos into your blog posts — you'll be pleased as punch to find out how easy it is.

Getting Equipped

Today, digital cameras are quite inexpensive, and using one can expedite the process of putting your photos online. Most digital cameras can take photographs in file formats that can be used with no further processing on the Web, but as long ...

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