Photosynth – An Introduction to Microsoft’s Photosynth – A New Way to Present Your Photos

With Microsoft’s Photosynth those static displays of your holiday photos, for instance, are a thing of the past. Now you can show your friends and family those photos of your trip to The Grand Canyon or The Taj Mahal as a dynamic, moving display!

Your photos will be merged together and presented in an almost cinematic-fashion. It will appear that you are moving around and through the scenery.

The effect is difficult to describe so I would strongly suggest you see for yourself. Once you have seen examples of Synths made by other people and uploaded your photos to make your first Synth I am certain you will be well and truly hooked!

You will be able select any particular photo and zoom in very close and see the tiniest of details. And with modern high-resolution cameras those details can be small indeed!

My very first Synth was made using some photos I already had stored on my PC. They were of my son’s holiday in Egypt taken some time earlier so were not taken especially for Synthing. I picked 6 shots taken at Abu Simbel which were of the same scene and uploaded them to Photosynth. I was staggered by the result. It was almost ethereal! The first photo had my son in the foreground, the next he was with his wife off to one side, then his wife was standing on her own in front of the huge seated figures and then they were back together in the front and so on until the sequence repeated itself. I was amazed as the camera panned and tilted and zoomed in and out.

As I said it is difficult to explain and they do say ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ so this simple 6 photo Synth must be worth several thousand!

Pause the sequence and individual photos can be selected and zoomed in on to see the tiniest of details. And with modern high-resolution cameras those details can be very tiny indeed!

I have made many Synths since and some of them contain many photos, hundreds in some cases and I am amazed at how beautiful the Synths often are. My cameras are fairly modest but even so the results are impressive. I know that many people use cameras far better than mine and the detail that can be seen in their Synth’ed photos can be staggering.

One of my Synth which I am rather proud of is of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. The photos were taken with my Olympus pocket camera and my Nokia N95 phone so the pictures are not the most detailed and probably don’t stand up to too much zooming but the overall effect is very impressive as the camera swoops around the Cathedral and nearby buildings. Buses come into picture then fade away, people appear and then disappear and all the while the camera is moving around the building and spinning around corners, looking up and down. Search for ‘St Paul’s Cathedral 291008′. I was very pleasantly surprised that it had been marked as a Featured Synth so I must have done a reasonable job on that one!

Attaining 100% Synth can be a little tricky at times but well worth the effort. Use photos that have a good area of overlap. This will help to ensure that Photosynth finds plenty of matching points and also use bright, clear, sharp images. If you have any photo editing software use that to brighten and sharpen up any dark or not quite in focus photos. It could be that not quite perfect photo is the one that links 2 sets of photos together to give that 100% Synthy rating.

Photosynth can be easily found by just searching for it by name in Yahoo or Google. And don’t forget it is free, so do have a look!

I can thoroughly recommend Photosynth and I am sure you will love it once you’ve tried it for yourself.

The Internet – A Friend Or Foe to the Salary Negotiator

Information and knowledge is power. In negotiations this information translates into bargaining power. The Internet is the ultimate source of information and is thus a great tool for employees to strengthen their bargaining power in salary negotiations. But there are disadvantages with the Internet as well.

A prime focus when preparing for a salary negotiation is of course to find out the market value of the job one is negotiating the salary for. There are loads of information about this on the Internet, categorized per country, state, kind of job etc. Just a few minutes of research could easily double the bargaining power of the employee.

Another prime focus when preparing for a salary negotiation is to find information about the employer. How is the employer doing financially? What is its history? What are its plans for the future? Information that is invaluable when the employee shall make himself as interesting as possible to the employer. Again – the Internet is a powerful source of information for the employee.

These and other pros of the Internet in a salary negotiation are obvious. There are, however, risks with the Internet that the employee needs to be aware of. This risk lies primarily in the quality of the information.

First of all, information that is not up-to-date will often do more harm than good for the employee.

Second, the information on the Internet is often scattered and brief. There are numerous websites providing information on how to negotiate a salary; information that, however, would fit on only one page in a Microsoft Word document. Although published with the best of intentions, the briefness of the information gives an appearance that a salary negotiation is a quite simple thing that one can succeed with armed with only a few tips.

This is very far from the truth. In fact, a salary negotiation can, from the perspective of the employee, be more complicated and tougher than a negotiation regarding a merger of two Fortune 500 companies. It is not something to be taken lightly and a few tips on a website will definitely not be enough if the employee has a serious ambition of getting a salary that is as high as possible.

Thus, there are powerful pros as well as powerful cons of the Internet for the employee about to negotiate his salary.

Gift Baskets Are the Perfect Present For All Occasions

We are always looking for gifts and presents and it can sometimes become difficult to decide what to give on certain occasions. But there is one gift idea that has become quite popular in recent times and this gift idea is to present gift baskets and there is a wide range to choose from.

Gift Baskets are great for a variety of holidays and occasions like new baby birthday, thank you, house warming, sympathy, Mothers and Fathers day. Baskets are designed using delicious gourmet foods and a variety of keepsakes. These baskets are not only fashionable but they are also eco-friendly, as most baskets are made from re-cycled material. These are a perfect way to express thoughts of kindness, friendship and love, to name but a few. These gifts are remembered and treasured because we put the thought and care required into each basket. This a great way to make sure your customers, associates, friends and family know they are appreciated.

Gift baskets include centerpieces, strawberry gift baskets, chocolate gift baskets, plants, fruit gift baskets, flower arrangements from florists, bath product/spa gift baskets , food gift baskets, candy gift baskets, cookie gift baskets, candle gift baskets, wine gift baskets, coffee & aromatherapy gift baskets. These can be either be highly personalized or generic enough that anyone would enjoy receiving them. They are the perfect choice for any number of holidays and other special events throughout the year.

Gourmet gift baskets are dedicated to providing every customer with the perfect basket for every occasion and at just the right price too. Gourmet fruit baskets are easily shared with clients, friends and family. Gourmet gift baskets sport an array of high quality ingredients and generous portions, many of which were created to feed the entire family. Gourmet coffee gift baskets are truly a gift that shows you care.

Corporate gift baskets are apt to let your business clients know that you are grateful for their business or to convey a message to your employees that their hard work is valued. Corporate gift baskets are also a simple, economical way to convey greetings, be it for the holidays or for other corporate occasions.

Unique gift baskets are crafted to reflect your imagination, personal style and give your family, friends and clients something they’ll be talking about long after they receive your gift. Unique gift baskets for every occasion from birthdays to wedding anniversaries to holidays are created just for you.

Each gift basket can be decorated for the occasion you choose or you can use many popular “create your own basket” features that allow you to create that “perfect” gift. For example you can choose from a variety of favorites to help your student celebrate a festive occasion or to simply bring your student a smile when he or she may be homesick. Whether it be a get well gift for a friend, a sympathy gift for a colleague, a thank you gift for a job well done, or a our corporate gift for a client, gift baskets are an all occasion hit that will never disappoint.

You can choose from gourmet foods and beverages, specialty handmade chocolates, indulging bath and spa essentials, candles and fragrances, and much more. For food gift baskets most suppliers use only gourmet gift foods that are high quality and brand name products.

If you have an employee of the month program or other incentive program for workers, send a thank you basket to show your appreciation. Gift baskets help you to create expressions of love, thanks, or appreciation to lovers, friends, family, and co-workers with many personalized gift baskets which are ideal for any occasion, such as birthdays, retirement and religious holidays. And what better way to say “thanks” than with one of the many kinds of unique, personalized expressions of appreciation and gratitude.

You can also give them to welcome your new neighbor, Christmas holidays or to say thank you to someone special. A thank you gift basket can be sent to acknowledge the arrival of a new baby into the world, as a housewarming gift for the family moving into a new home or any number of other special occasions.

Gift Baskets are a unique & original way to express your feelings. Gift baskets are very different than they used to be. These are a thoughtful present for any occasion. Holiday gift baskets are especially appropriate when a group (such as office mates) want to give someone a collective gift. The possibilities for gift baskets are endless, and that’s only half the fun.