All aspects of digital image processing and photography at one place

Disclosure: This is about one of my books, Better Digital Images

If you are one of the following, this post may be of great value to you:

You regularly publish pictures on the web

You share pictures regularly on your blog, Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram or other social sharing account or on WhatsApp.  But do you have a fair understanding of how digital pictures work, how they can be improved upon, and what precautions you must take while posting pictures on the web or using a picture available on the web?
Don't you think you need to have a better understanding on the subject? Mr. Slater recently faced a crippling legal case after taking a money's selfie!

book on photography and image editing
You don't know how to take care of thousands of valuable pictures on your phone/ laptop

You keep on shooting pics (and videos), thanks to the ubiquitous mobile phone camera, so your phone, laptop and drives are full of pictures you don't know what to do and how long they'd last.
In addition, you might have memories from he past - prints that are getting pale, pics from your digital camera, pics sent by friends and relatives.
Do you know how to take care of old pics, and how to name digital pictorial resources for efficient retrieval? What formats and media they must be stored in so that they do not get corrupted/ lost over time?

You have small kids and want to streamline their energy creatively into digital sketching, painting or photography, but do not have the basics clear so as to guide them

Responsible parents want to make their kids creative, and nothing beats arts and photography when it comes to creativity.
As a parent, do you know what all are the dimensions of pictures, now that everything is digital? Can you hand-hold your kid towards creativity that has no bounds?

You are a photographer but do not have full understanding of digital pictures ORyou are a digital picture editor without good understanding of digital photography

Don't you think, you need to learn the other side so as to get the best out of your profession?

In all these situations - and many more - a small investment made in understanding digital images and learning the tricks of the trade will go a long way.
Here is this ebook 'Better Digital Images', available at $3.94 at Amazon. It covers all the above and much more, in simple language and with illustrations. To read the ebook, you need not have a Kindle reader. You can read the book on your smartphone, tab or laptop.

Major Chapters:
Image concepts - image editing - digital cameras - digital photography - file conversion - digital art - caring for images - images on the web - special images (selfies, favicons, infographics, panoramas) - selling pictures - printing

Social media: how it is destroying lives of young girls

Beware parents of young girls. You will be mortally shocked if you read the linked article. It is not a hearsay or an unfounded scary piece floating on WhatsApp. It is real, and you must read it. After you have had the shock, you must prepare how to deal with the stark reality of social media playing havoc with innocent girls.

A girl in her early teens, when her body is showing signs of growing in a sexy way, when she is so innocent about how she could be getting exploited and compromised and is highly influenced by peer pressure, she tends to do things that she should not have done. Not doing such things makes her unwanted in her social group and then one from the same group starts exploiting her.

Moreover, going a 'small' step into nudity, 'sexting' and being seen 'hotter' as compared to the one she is jealous of are considered 'cool', and thus she starts accepting these actions as normal. That is worse, because when that happens, she stops listening to any sane counsel from parents or her more sensible friends. She also becomes complacent.

teens and social media

Parents need to be careful of such tendencies and take preemptive actions. Perhaps being caring and sharing from the very beginning is one of the best antidotes. Even when she has succumbed to peer pressure and done something silly, supporting her and always remaining communicative are very important. Taking psychiatric counseling, involving school, legal action... whatever action is required to bring the girl back to normal must be taken as early as possible.

You can read the article I mentioned above, here. It is a slightly old post but as relevant today: 
New York Post article on how social media is destroying the lives of teen girls.

Blog Compass - Google announces a blogging app!

Google is promoting blogging in a new way: through mobile phone app. And it has aptly named the app Blog Compass.
The app is not only for Google's own blogging platform Blogger, but for rival Wordpress also (both the free platform and Wordpress CMS for self-hosted blogs).
Still in beta (final testing) stage, the app has the following main features:
  • One-stop blogging solution: track site views, moderate comments, see when a post is visible on Google search.
  • Sends Google trends for giving topic ideas. These are based on the blog's topic and blogger's preferences and blogging history.
  • Gives tips to make the blog successful.
  • In English and Hindi.
blog compass app for blogging
Google has currently released Blog Compass as an 'only in India' app.

Update: The app is working fine for Wordpress blogs but has issues in connecting Blogger blogs.

How is Gutenberg going to change blogging in Wordpress?

Wordpress has been working seriously on a development project called Gutenberg that will give new user experience to bloggers and website makers in
  • creating posts with rich content easily, and
  • making the design with 'blocks' that would make it easy to embed content without having to use shortcodes or custom HTML.
Wordpress already has some plugins to enable these features but Gutenberg would make it mainstream.
Blocks would make it easy and more customizable to put elements other than just text on pages and posts. Block-based positioning of content is likely to give a new editing and publishing experience to bloggers who use Wordpress CMS.
Even paragraphs would be individual blocks and thus it would be easy to re-position them without messing up underlying code and formatting.
Working with blocks for text editing in Gutenberg:
taken from Wordpress website
Gutenberg is likely to be released in a few months from now, perhaps before December 2018, as part of Wordpress 5.0. Some Wordpress users in some countries have started getting an offer to try Gutenberg option in their blog dashboard.