Give those special moments a little something extra
  Picturelife introduces a new advanced editor to help make your photos picture perfect.
  


  
    
      
    
  



Sometimes, you take that perfect photo. The light fills the room, their eyes connect with the camera, and it seems like the frame was just waiting to be found. And other times, well, things just don’t quite all come together. The moment was there, but your camera didn’t produce the image you wanted. What to do? Time for a bit of editing!

Digital photography has its limits, and our photos don’t always have the punch or polish that we saw in our mind’s eye. Picturelife has always had some editing tools available, but today we’re taking a big leap forward. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Aviary to bring you a full-featured editing suite on iPhone, iPad, and the web.

Rotate all those shots that your iPhone mistakenly thought were vertical. Make the colors of a sunset really pop by bumping up the saturation. Add a classic filter effect or frame to make an image timeless. Crop a photo or add a blur to make viewers really focus in on your subject. Get rid of redeye on the scans of your old family snapshots. You can do it all in Picturelife!

We wanted you to be able to find the moments you love, make them as beautiful as they ought to be, and share the best version of your images with friends and family - all without ever having to leave Picturelife. Our new editing features make that process a whole lot easier.

Advanced editing is available in v2.7 of the iOS app as well as on picturelife.com. When you stop by the website, be sure to check out our shiny new design too!

Dan & Bows

Give those special moments a little something extra

Picturelife introduces a new advanced editor to help make your photos picture perfect.

Sometimes, you take that perfect photo. The light fills the room, their eyes connect with the camera, and it seems like the frame was just waiting to be found. And other times, well, things just don’t quite all come together. The moment was there, but your camera didn’t produce the image you wanted. What to do? Time for a bit of editing!

Digital photography has its limits, and our photos don’t always have the punch or polish that we saw in our mind’s eye. Picturelife has always had some editing tools available, but today we’re taking a big leap forward. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Aviary to bring you a full-featured editing suite on iPhone, iPad, and the web.

Rotate all those shots that your iPhone mistakenly thought were vertical. Make the colors of a sunset really pop by bumping up the saturation. Add a classic filter effect or frame to make an image timeless. Crop a photo or add a blur to make viewers really focus in on your subject. Get rid of redeye on the scans of your old family snapshots. You can do it all in Picturelife!

We wanted you to be able to find the moments you love, make them as beautiful as they ought to be, and share the best version of your images with friends and family - all without ever having to leave Picturelife. Our new editing features make that process a whole lot easier.

Advanced editing is available in v2.7 of the iOS app as well as on picturelife.com. When you stop by the website, be sure to check out our shiny new design too!

Dan & Bows



  Picturelife’s Holiday Gift Guide for Photo Lovers
  Celebrating the release of Picturelife Gifting, the team breaks down their favorite photo gadgets and gifts this year
  



  
    
      
    
  


  'Tis the season to be gifting! Today, Picturelife launched Picturelife Gifts, an easy way to make the holidays awesome for that photography lover in the family. To celebrate the launch, the team compiled their favorite photo related gifts and gadgets. Enjoy!
  

GlossyGram Resin Prints of your Best Instagram Shots
From Dan:Sharing pictures digitally is great, but getting a photo printed is something special. Paper prints, mattes, and frames all seem so yesterday, so why not print your photos on wood blocks and coat them with beautiful glossy resin?! That’s what our friends at GlossyGram can do for you. As the name suggests, you can send anything from your Instagram account straight to them to be printed - it couldn’t be easier. I recently did this with 24 of my favorite travel photos, and I was blown away with the quality.

Easy Macro Cell Phone Lens Band for iPhone & Android
From Jacob:There are many iPhone lens products on the market but most are either model specific or require sticking an adhesive magnetic ring to your phone. Easy-Macro Cell Phone Lens Band for iPhone & Android solves this by using a space age material called “rubber” to create a “band” to secure the lens, thus eliminating the need for adhesives and making it compatible with all iPhones and Android models. Get it from our friends at Photojojo!

DIY Wood Print
From Joe:The best gifts are hand crafted with love. This is a great way to create a beautiful piece of wall art from a treasured picture.

  Bigshot DIY Camera
From Nate:The Bigshot DIY camera kit will provide endless fun and curiousity about photography. Put together your own camera from easy to use parts, then modify and enhance your new camera with fun features like 3D lenses and an LED flash! Buy it from our friends over at GrandSt!

A fixed length portrait lens
From Keith:Most people who buy cameras buy zoom lenses or use the ones that came with their camera. There’s a reason for this: zoom lenses are versatile and it’s easy to always get your subject in frame. The problem is they let you be lazy. Using a fixed length lens (‘prime lens’) forces you to think about how your subject is placed within your photo and makes you move your body to the zooming. It’s more challenging but makes for better shots. An added benefit is that fixed length lenses usually let in a lot more light and give you great background blur because they have wider apertures. For most people, the general purpose fixed length lens is the 50mm on full frame cameras and 35mm and smaller cameras. For portraits you want 85mm on a full frame camera and 50mm on a typical DSLR. Since most people primarily take pictures of other people, a portrait lens is a great choice and can be bought pretty cheaply ($200-$400 for something basic). A new lens like this is a much more effective way to improve your pictures than spending that amount on a better camera.

Canon EOS 70D DSLR lens kit
From Amy:I shot with an early version Canon Rebel for years - I pushed that camera to its limits, and it has a lot of limitations, the biggest being horrible low light capability. The sensor on my Rebel finally died (I was not sad - it meant I could finally justify upgrading) and, (nearly) buying into the hype, I went straight to the Canon 6D - entry level full frame sensor, high ISO, great low light, video. My father, the wisest man on the planet (and a sensor designer), convinced me to check out Canon’s newest DSLR, the 70D EOS. I was glad he did. The 6D is great, but it has a number of limitations that the sensor doesn’t make up for (11 AF points, slow autofocus, pretty pricey). So, my dream gift this Christmas is the Canon 70D EOS lens kit - 18 AF points, up to 12800 ISO (expandable to H:25600), a 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, and a solid (and quiet) 18-135mm f/3.5 kit lens. I tested the video autofocus- it moves so smoothly from one subject to the next using “dual pixel AF” - makes video better for amateurs and pros alike. Live live mode, and a swivel screen to make shooting video even easier (shoot from the hip!). The low light capability is such a vast improvement on my Rebel that it really isn’t even worth mentioning. With a price point around $1,2000 for the lens kit, it’s a solid investment and a great gift for a photographer of any level.

Bower Pro Lens Cap Keeper
From Drew:Every time I’m trying to switch lenses and it’s like wtf do I do with this lens cap and I get all frazzled and my subject is growing weary and it’d be nice to just let that shizz dangle. This IS dangle.

Picturelife’s Holiday Gift Guide for Photo Lovers

Celebrating the release of Picturelife Gifting, the team breaks down their favorite photo gadgets and gifts this year

'Tis the season to be gifting! Today, Picturelife launched Picturelife Gifts, an easy way to make the holidays awesome for that photography lover in the family. To celebrate the launch, the team compiled their favorite photo related gifts and gadgets. Enjoy!

GlossyGram Resin Prints of your Best Instagram Shots

From Dan:
Sharing pictures digitally is great, but getting a photo printed is something special. Paper prints, mattes, and frames all seem so yesterday, so why not print your photos on wood blocks and coat them with beautiful glossy resin?! That’s what our friends at GlossyGram can do for you. As the name suggests, you can send anything from your Instagram account straight to them to be printed - it couldn’t be easier. I recently did this with 24 of my favorite travel photos, and I was blown away with the quality.

Easy Macro Cell Phone Lens Band for iPhone & Android

From Jacob:
There are many iPhone lens products on the market but most are either model specific or require sticking an adhesive magnetic ring to your phone. Easy-Macro Cell Phone Lens Band for iPhone & Android solves this by using a space age material called “rubber” to create a “band” to secure the lens, thus eliminating the need for adhesives and making it compatible with all iPhones and Android models. Get it from our friends at Photojojo!

DIY Wood Print

From Joe:
The best gifts are hand crafted with love. This is a great way to create a beautiful piece of wall art from a treasured picture.

Bigshot DIY Camera

From Nate:
The Bigshot DIY camera kit will provide endless fun and curiousity about photography. Put together your own camera from easy to use parts, then modify and enhance your new camera with fun features like 3D lenses and an LED flash! Buy it from our friends over at GrandSt!

A fixed length portrait lens

From Keith:
Most people who buy cameras buy zoom lenses or use the ones that came with their camera. There’s a reason for this: zoom lenses are versatile and it’s easy to always get your subject in frame. The problem is they let you be lazy. Using a fixed length lens (‘prime lens’) forces you to think about how your subject is placed within your photo and makes you move your body to the zooming. It’s more challenging but makes for better shots. An added benefit is that fixed length lenses usually let in a lot more light and give you great background blur because they have wider apertures. For most people, the general purpose fixed length lens is the 50mm on full frame cameras and 35mm and smaller cameras. For portraits you want 85mm on a full frame camera and 50mm on a typical DSLR. Since most people primarily take pictures of other people, a portrait lens is a great choice and can be bought pretty cheaply ($200-$400 for something basic). A new lens like this is a much more effective way to improve your pictures than spending that amount on a better camera.

Canon EOS 70D DSLR lens kit

From Amy:
I shot with an early version Canon Rebel for years - I pushed that camera to its limits, and it has a lot of limitations, the biggest being horrible low light capability. The sensor on my Rebel finally died (I was not sad - it meant I could finally justify upgrading) and, (nearly) buying into the hype, I went straight to the Canon 6D - entry level full frame sensor, high ISO, great low light, video. My father, the wisest man on the planet (and a sensor designer), convinced me to check out Canon’s newest DSLR, the 70D EOS. I was glad he did. The 6D is great, but it has a number of limitations that the sensor doesn’t make up for (11 AF points, slow autofocus, pretty pricey). So, my dream gift this Christmas is the Canon 70D EOS lens kit - 18 AF points, up to 12800 ISO (expandable to H:25600), a 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, and a solid (and quiet) 18-135mm f/3.5 kit lens. I tested the video autofocus- it moves so smoothly from one subject to the next using “dual pixel AF” - makes video better for amateurs and pros alike. Live live mode, and a swivel screen to make shooting video even easier (shoot from the hip!). The low light capability is such a vast improvement on my Rebel that it really isn’t even worth mentioning. With a price point around $1,2000 for the lens kit, it’s a solid investment and a great gift for a photographer of any level.

Bower Pro Lens Cap Keeper

From Drew:
Every time I’m trying to switch lenses and it’s like wtf do I do with this lens cap and I get all frazzled and my subject is growing weary and it’d be nice to just let that shizz dangle. This IS dangle.



  A safe-haven for Everpix customers
  Picturelife makes saving your Everpix Archive easy, and free.
  


  
    
      
    
  



Last week, our friends at Everpix announced they would be shutting their doors.

Since then, thousands of Everpix customers have found their way to Picturelife and began the process of manually moving their archives to our service.

Last night, Everpix started giving some of their customers an even easier way to move their archives off Everpix and onto another service by releasing their “Archive" feature.

Today, the Picturelife team worked tirelessly into the night to give those customers a seamless way to directly transfer their Everpix Archive, metadata included, over to Picturelife.

Because this has been a tough week for Everpix customers, Picturelife is allowing people using the tool to try our service for free, taking off our usual 5GB trial limit until Everpix customers get a chance to test out our platform with all their photos in it.

To sign up for Picturelife and/or start using this tool, simply head on over to picturelife.com/everpix .

If you have any questions, as always reach out to us on Twitter or on our Support site.

Nate

A safe-haven for Everpix customers

Picturelife makes saving your Everpix Archive easy, and free.

Last week, our friends at Everpix announced they would be shutting their doors.

Since then, thousands of Everpix customers have found their way to Picturelife and began the process of manually moving their archives to our service.

Last night, Everpix started giving some of their customers an even easier way to move their archives off Everpix and onto another service by releasing their “Archive" feature.

Today, the Picturelife team worked tirelessly into the night to give those customers a seamless way to directly transfer their Everpix Archive, metadata included, over to Picturelife.

Because this has been a tough week for Everpix customers, Picturelife is allowing people using the tool to try our service for free, taking off our usual 5GB trial limit until Everpix customers get a chance to test out our platform with all their photos in it.

To sign up for Picturelife and/or start using this tool, simply head on over to picturelife.com/everpix .

If you have any questions, as always reach out to us on Twitter or on our Support site.

Nate



  Taking a walk down memory lane
  Picturelife makes it fun and easy to explore photos and videos from your past.
  


  
    
      
    
  



Do you remember what you were doing one year ago today? How about two years ago? Three? Do you have any clue what you were up to ten years ago today? Picturelife does - with its new Memories.

It’s always been easy to go back in time with Picturelife. You could use Timeline to view photos from the day you moved into your first apartment. The Discover section might show you interesting photos from a few years ago, or some of the best shots from your family’s favorite vacation spot. You could use Search to find those hilarious videos from the night of your best friend’s wedding.

I’m happy to introduce a brand new way to look at your past - called Memories. Today’s date is September 30, 2013. What were you doing September 30, 2012? Where were you on September 30, 2011? Who did you see on September 30, 2010? What camera were you using on September 30, 2009? Memories can tell you at a glance what you were doing on this day in history, every year, as far back as you’ve had a digital camera.

Not only that, you can use Memories to focus on any day of the calendar year! Check out all the videos of you blowing out your birthday candles over the years. View photos of all your most ingenious (or not so much) halloween costumes. See who you were with on every New Year’s Eve. Remember how you celebrated each wedding anniversary!

That all sounds like a pretty neat trick, and indeed it is! But I’ve personally found it to be an eye-opening experience. I tend to travel and move around a lot, and I can never keep straight when I was in one part of the world or another. With Memories, I can see that last year I had just completed the move to Chicago. Two years ago I was embedded in the hipsterdom of Brooklyn. Three years ago I was walking the old streets of Edinburgh, Scotland. Four years ago my girlfriend was giving me a haircut in Bangladesh. Seven years ago I was photographing a Red Bulls soccer game in New York. Eight years ago I was studying abroad in Tasmania. Nine years ago I had just gotten settled in my sophomore year dorm room!

It’s fun for me to see all those times gone by together on one screen, and it’s something that I could never even begin to accomplish by my own brainpower. Seeing those jumps from year to year is also rather inspiring though. I can start to remember everything that happened in between, and how one part of my life led to another. It makes me quite excited to imagine where I’ll end up one year from now! It also makes me want to take even more photos.

That’s the best part about Memories, and indeed about Picturelife as a whole. It only gets better the more photos and videos you take. You never have to worry about our software slowing down, or running out of hard drive space, or about not being able to find your way around a growing library. You just focus on capturing the beautiful moments in your life, and we make sure that you never lose track of them.

Memories is available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch as of Picturelife v2.4 released just last week. (It will be available on the web as well very soon!) I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Dan

Taking a walk down memory lane

Picturelife makes it fun and easy to explore photos and videos from your past.

Do you remember what you were doing one year ago today? How about two years ago? Three? Do you have any clue what you were up to ten years ago today? Picturelife does - with its new Memories.

It’s always been easy to go back in time with Picturelife. You could use Timeline to view photos from the day you moved into your first apartment. The Discover section might show you interesting photos from a few years ago, or some of the best shots from your family’s favorite vacation spot. You could use Search to find those hilarious videos from the night of your best friend’s wedding.

I’m happy to introduce a brand new way to look at your past - called Memories. Today’s date is September 30, 2013. What were you doing September 30, 2012? Where were you on September 30, 2011? Who did you see on September 30, 2010? What camera were you using on September 30, 2009? Memories can tell you at a glance what you were doing on this day in history, every year, as far back as you’ve had a digital camera.

Not only that, you can use Memories to focus on any day of the calendar year! Check out all the videos of you blowing out your birthday candles over the years. View photos of all your most ingenious (or not so much) halloween costumes. See who you were with on every New Year’s Eve. Remember how you celebrated each wedding anniversary!

That all sounds like a pretty neat trick, and indeed it is! But I’ve personally found it to be an eye-opening experience. I tend to travel and move around a lot, and I can never keep straight when I was in one part of the world or another. With Memories, I can see that last year I had just completed the move to Chicago. Two years ago I was embedded in the hipsterdom of Brooklyn. Three years ago I was walking the old streets of Edinburgh, Scotland. Four years ago my girlfriend was giving me a haircut in Bangladesh. Seven years ago I was photographing a Red Bulls soccer game in New York. Eight years ago I was studying abroad in Tasmania. Nine years ago I had just gotten settled in my sophomore year dorm room!

It’s fun for me to see all those times gone by together on one screen, and it’s something that I could never even begin to accomplish by my own brainpower. Seeing those jumps from year to year is also rather inspiring though. I can start to remember everything that happened in between, and how one part of my life led to another. It makes me quite excited to imagine where I’ll end up one year from now! It also makes me want to take even more photos.

That’s the best part about Memories, and indeed about Picturelife as a whole. It only gets better the more photos and videos you take. You never have to worry about our software slowing down, or running out of hard drive space, or about not being able to find your way around a growing library. You just focus on capturing the beautiful moments in your life, and we make sure that you never lose track of them.

Memories is available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch as of Picturelife v2.4 released just last week. (It will be available on the web as well very soon!) I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Dan



  Cutting down on the clutter with similar sets
  Picturelife helps you manage even the largest of libraries by grouping together sequences of similar photos.
  


  
    
      
    
  



Photography brings us a great deal of joy, but sometimes it can be a challenge. Beautiful moments are fleeting, and it’s always tricky to snap a photo in that one instant when all the elements come together - the perfect light, a bright smile, and super sharp focus.

Thankfully, in the age of digital photography we can take as many photos as we like - just hold down that camera shutter button for a second or two! The perfect photo will be in there somewhere, but it gets buried amongst the others. You could give the best one a high rating to make it stand out, but you’ll still have a bunch of other photos cluttering up your library. You could delete them, but what if you change your mind later, or your friend thinks a different photo is best? (We don’t like deleting photos, ever.)

This is why we built similar sets into the core of Picturelife. When you upload a sequence of photos, Picturelife will automatically group them together for you. Not only that, Picturelife will also find the best photo and make it visible above the others. Suddenly, instead of ten or twenty photos cluttering up your library, you’ve got just one beautiful moment.

Don’t worry - those other photos haven’t gone anywhere. They’re still safe and sound, backed up on Picturelife and available to you wherever you go. You can always expand a similar set and view or edit any of the photos that were grouped together.

Picturelife chooses the best photo based on its sharpness and exposure. (We’re working on detecting that perfect smile!) Picturelife also pays attention to which photos you share, caption, or comment on. Of course, you can always set the best photo of a similar set yourself by highly rating one photo or another.

Similar sets are available now on both iOS and the web. Picturelife already went back and grouped together similar photos throughout your library. You can recognize similar sets by the small number in the corner of an image thumbnail. Simply click or touch that number to expand and collapse the set. You can find more information on similar sets in our knowledge base.

We think that similar sets will make navigating your growing photo library much easier. Shoot as many photos as you need to capture a moment, and let Picturelife do the rest.

Dan

Cutting down on the clutter with similar sets

Picturelife helps you manage even the largest of libraries by grouping together sequences of similar photos.

Photography brings us a great deal of joy, but sometimes it can be a challenge. Beautiful moments are fleeting, and it’s always tricky to snap a photo in that one instant when all the elements come together - the perfect light, a bright smile, and super sharp focus.

Thankfully, in the age of digital photography we can take as many photos as we like - just hold down that camera shutter button for a second or two! The perfect photo will be in there somewhere, but it gets buried amongst the others. You could give the best one a high rating to make it stand out, but you’ll still have a bunch of other photos cluttering up your library. You could delete them, but what if you change your mind later, or your friend thinks a different photo is best? (We don’t like deleting photos, ever.)

This is why we built similar sets into the core of Picturelife. When you upload a sequence of photos, Picturelife will automatically group them together for you. Not only that, Picturelife will also find the best photo and make it visible above the others. Suddenly, instead of ten or twenty photos cluttering up your library, you’ve got just one beautiful moment.

Don’t worry - those other photos haven’t gone anywhere. They’re still safe and sound, backed up on Picturelife and available to you wherever you go. You can always expand a similar set and view or edit any of the photos that were grouped together.

Picturelife chooses the best photo based on its sharpness and exposure. (We’re working on detecting that perfect smile!) Picturelife also pays attention to which photos you share, caption, or comment on. Of course, you can always set the best photo of a similar set yourself by highly rating one photo or another.

Similar sets are available now on both iOS and the web. Picturelife already went back and grouped together similar photos throughout your library. You can recognize similar sets by the small number in the corner of an image thumbnail. Simply click or touch that number to expand and collapse the set. You can find more information on similar sets in our knowledge base.

We think that similar sets will make navigating your growing photo library much easier. Shoot as many photos as you need to capture a moment, and let Picturelife do the rest.

Dan



  Excited to be Picturelife’s CEO!
  Picturelife Co-Founder Nate Westheimer addresses new role as CEO.
  


  
    
      
    
  



Back in 2011, Charles Forman, Jacob DeHart and I came together around the idea that having a lifetime of photos should bring incredible, worry-free joy. Soon thereafter we founded Picturelife and have been hard at work building an amazing product and amazing team.

Recently Charles and I had been having conversations about roles in the company, and what the company needs over the next few years. After some time exploring this, I am excited to announce that I have accepted the position as CEO of Picturelife, and that Charles, who first served as CEO, has chosen to move on to produce and direct a film. Charles won’t be far away, though: he will continue to serve the company as Advisor to the CEO.

This change happens at an exciting time for the Picturelife team: August was our largest month of customer growth since we founded the company and the other week The Verge published an exhaustive review of every cloud photo solution on the market, and singled Picturelife out as the most powerful and comprehensive product available (beating out some pretty big tech giants!).

We have many amazing new features and services coming down the pike for our customers, but for everything so far we owe Charles much gratitude for his leadership and dedication to this company. We certainly wouldn’t be here without him. So, I asked Charles to help me end this blog post with a personal note:


I founded Picturelife with Nate and Jacob because it was a product I needed to exist for myself. In a few short years we’ve built an incredible team and an incredible product together, and now, as Picturelife’s most passionate customer, I can’t wait to see where Nate, Jacob and the rest of the team take things.
~ Charles


As I said, there are many new things I can’t wait to announce to everyone, but for now, I want to say thanks to all our customers for choosing Picturelife; I look forward to working even harder for your business.

Nate

PS: Are you an engineer, designer, or marketer? I would love to work with you! If you are in New York, love your photos, and want to build something people truly cherish, please reach out to me (nate at picturelife). I’m most excited to hire:

Engineers who love Ruby, JavaScript, iOS, Android, etc.
Lovers of great Design
Stewards of User Experience
Creative and analytical Marketers

Excited to be Picturelife’s CEO!

Picturelife Co-Founder Nate Westheimer addresses new role as CEO.

Back in 2011, Charles Forman, Jacob DeHart and I came together around the idea that having a lifetime of photos should bring incredible, worry-free joy. Soon thereafter we founded Picturelife and have been hard at work building an amazing product and amazing team.

Recently Charles and I had been having conversations about roles in the company, and what the company needs over the next few years. After some time exploring this, I am excited to announce that I have accepted the position as CEO of Picturelife, and that Charles, who first served as CEO, has chosen to move on to produce and direct a film. Charles won’t be far away, though: he will continue to serve the company as Advisor to the CEO.

This change happens at an exciting time for the Picturelife team: August was our largest month of customer growth since we founded the company and the other week The Verge published an exhaustive review of every cloud photo solution on the market, and singled Picturelife out as the most powerful and comprehensive product available (beating out some pretty big tech giants!).

We have many amazing new features and services coming down the pike for our customers, but for everything so far we owe Charles much gratitude for his leadership and dedication to this company. We certainly wouldn’t be here without him. So, I asked Charles to help me end this blog post with a personal note:

I founded Picturelife with Nate and Jacob because it was a product I needed to exist for myself. In a few short years we’ve built an incredible team and an incredible product together, and now, as Picturelife’s most passionate customer, I can’t wait to see where Nate, Jacob and the rest of the team take things.
~ Charles

As I said, there are many new things I can’t wait to announce to everyone, but for now, I want to say thanks to all our customers for choosing Picturelife; I look forward to working even harder for your business.

Nate

PS: Are you an engineer, designer, or marketer? I would love to work with you! If you are in New York, love your photos, and want to build something people truly cherish, please reach out to me (nate at picturelife). I’m most excited to hire:

  • Engineers who love Ruby, JavaScript, iOS, Android, etc.
  • Lovers of great Design
  • Stewards of User Experience
  • Creative and analytical Marketers


  Search helps you remember precious moments in your life.
  We are introducing a search that gets smarter the more you upload photos and use Picturelife.
  



  
    
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  Picturelife allows you to search for times, locations, and people in your library of pictures and video. It will even suggest more ways to filter your results.

  We are reminded of moments in our life all the time. When you think about the time you were at the beach 2 years ago, or that friend you haven’t seen in 10 years, it would be great to be able to see pictures of those moments as quickly as you think of them.

  Having your entire library of pictures inside Picturelife is amazing. You will never lose them.. and all your pictures are right there wherever you are. However, finding that exact moment has been difficult.

  We are introducing search for Picturelife.

  You can search for things like “Last Summer”, and see all the photos from last summer. Search will show you other ways you might want to filter those pictures. Perhaps you want to filter them by moments that have people in them, or pictures that you took in Italy.

  
    Search on the web, mobile, or tablet!
  

  If you use tags to organize your pictures, search is wonderful. Search will auto-complete as you type, but will suggest contextually relevant tags to even further filter your search.

  If you use ratings (the stars), to rate your pictures, you can filter by rating easily. For example, if you rate really good pictures with 4 stars, and really amazing photos with 5 stars, you could search for pictures rated 4 and above to see a selection of your very best photos.

  Other cool searches: “Video”, “Rated 3 and above”, “Last year with people”, “New York Summer”, “Pictures of Sarah not shared”

  Search is not only about finding specific moments, but also rediscovering moments you’ve forgotten about as well. Search will suggest some random ways you might want to look at your library by suggesting searches. It is a great way to see your photos in a new way.

  This is just the beginning of our mission at Picturelife, to not only store and organize your pictures and video but also to give you the best way to rediscover your life in pictures.

  The more you put into Picturelife, the more you get out.

Search helps you remember precious moments in your life.

We are introducing a search that gets smarter the more you upload photos and use Picturelife.

Search automatically suggests other interesting ways you might want to filter your results.

Picturelife allows you to search for times, locations, and people in your library of pictures and video. It will even suggest more ways to filter your results.

We are reminded of moments in our life all the time. When you think about the time you were at the beach 2 years ago, or that friend you haven’t seen in 10 years, it would be great to be able to see pictures of those moments as quickly as you think of them.

Having your entire library of pictures inside Picturelife is amazing. You will never lose them.. and all your pictures are right there wherever you are. However, finding that exact moment has been difficult.

We are introducing search for Picturelife.

You can search for things like “Last Summer”, and see all the photos from last summer. Search will show you other ways you might want to filter those pictures. Perhaps you want to filter them by moments that have people in them, or pictures that you took in Italy.

Search on the web, mobile, or tablet!

If you use tags to organize your pictures, search is wonderful. Search will auto-complete as you type, but will suggest contextually relevant tags to even further filter your search.

If you use ratings (the stars), to rate your pictures, you can filter by rating easily. For example, if you rate really good pictures with 4 stars, and really amazing photos with 5 stars, you could search for pictures rated 4 and above to see a selection of your very best photos.

Other cool searches: “Video”, “Rated 3 and above”, “Last year with people”, “New York Summer”, “Pictures of Sarah not shared”

Search is not only about finding specific moments, but also rediscovering moments you’ve forgotten about as well. Search will suggest some random ways you might want to look at your library by suggesting searches. It is a great way to see your photos in a new way.

This is just the beginning of our mission at Picturelife, to not only store and organize your pictures and video but also to give you the best way to rediscover your life in pictures.

The more you put into Picturelife, the more you get out.



  Why we make Picturelife…
  A message from Charles Forman, CEO of Picturelife
  



  
    
      Picturelife on the iPad.
    
  


  
  Like most anyone else, I love my photos. They are incredibly valuable to me. Almost every other week, I hear horrible stories about people have lost their phones. The phone can be replaced but, the photos on it can never be. It’s gut wrenching. Even worse, people’s entire library of photos have been lost because their hard drive crashed. This should never happen to anyone.

  Nothing puts life into greater perspective than looking at old photos. By looking at an old photo, suddenly, you remember exactly what you were thinking, who you were with, who you haven’t thought about in a while, what was important in your life then, and what’s important in your life now. It makes you a better person and allows you to appreciate life more.

  My only regret in life is that I didn’t take more pictures.

  In 1994, I had an Apple QuickTake 100, one of the first digital cameras. It was able to take up to 8 photos! You could hook it up to you computer and downloading them only took about 25 minutes. I must have taken hundreds of photos with that camera. The problem is, I have no idea where any of those photos are today. 

  I always stored all my photos on the hard drives of my personal computers for the past 20 years. Every time I would get a new computer, I would copy all of my files from the old computer to the new, hoping I got everything. Unfortunately, I must have missed a bunch of files, because my oldest digital photo I have today is only 10 years old.

  I would give anything to get those old photos back.

  In the past 10 years, a few interesting technologies revolutionized photos. The first is photo library organization software like Picasa and iPhoto. This was really great to have quick access and an easy way to organize all your photos. The downside is that all your photos are on one computer. Posting photos publicly was revolutionized by Flickr and made truly excellent by Facebook. However, the idea that I will upload every photo I’ve ever taken to Facebook is unrealistic. Most of my photos are extremely valuable to me, and to no one else. I would never want anyone else to ever see them, but I would never want to lose them.

  Simply, I want a service that stores all my digital photos and provides me ways to view and organize them that is just as good as software like iPhoto. Why doesn’t this exist? The world needs this.

  So we decided to take the great responsibility of building Picturelife. I guess the only way to predict the future is to build it.

  The service would have to back up and store all of a person’s digital photos and video, and provide a beautiful way to view, organize and rediscover those photos wherever they are. 

  Honestly, that is just the trivial baseline of what Picturelife needs to do. 

  Outside of technically being able to support any source, any format, any view, any adjustment, or any output, there are some very difficult problems around photos that have not been solved, and many others that have not been attempted.

  The most major problem is managing photos in families. It used to be that photos were taken on film. They would be printed at the drugstore. If you wanted to share your photos with family members, you could print copies. Photos were stored in physical albums, and could be viewed by anyone that was around the book. Now, mothers and fathers take pictures of their kids on their mobile phones. What if they want to see each others photos? What do they do? How do they send them to the grandparents? Who has access to them? I’ve heard a hundreds of ways families have hacked together solutions that range from plain not working to extremely frustrating. 

  This is a problem we will solve.

  A picture is worth a thousand words. A collection of pictures is worth billions. Most people don’t understand just how much rich information there is in a set of photos. For example, simply using image analysis to detect the difference between duplicates and similar photos, suggesting ratings automatically for easy filtering, knowing when you go on a vacation and automatically suggesting albums, suggesting to share 4 really great pictures of your kids to your parents.

  We want to answer the question, “Wouldn’t it be great if..?” with a feature that makes it happen.

  As I’m writing this, I am syncing my latest 64,306th picture. Now that Picturelife supports video, my entire photo library is completely on Picturelife. I can access any pictures on my iPhone, on my iPad or on any computer, and it feels great.

  What also feels great, is making Picturelife better every day.

  If you feel as strongly about your photos as we do, I would love to hear from you. We want to make Picturelife the best photo service in the world. If you feel so strongly that you want to make an impact on Picturelife, we would love to work with you.

  -Charles

Why we make Picturelife…

A message from Charles Forman, CEO of Picturelife

Picturelife on the iPad.

Like most anyone else, I love my photos. They are incredibly valuable to me. Almost every other week, I hear horrible stories about people have lost their phones. The phone can be replaced but, the photos on it can never be. It’s gut wrenching. Even worse, people’s entire library of photos have been lost because their hard drive crashed. This should never happen to anyone.

Nothing puts life into greater perspective than looking at old photos. By looking at an old photo, suddenly, you remember exactly what you were thinking, who you were with, who you haven’t thought about in a while, what was important in your life then, and what’s important in your life now. It makes you a better person and allows you to appreciate life more.

My only regret in life is that I didn’t take more pictures.

In 1994, I had an Apple QuickTake 100, one of the first digital cameras. It was able to take up to 8 photos! You could hook it up to you computer and downloading them only took about 25 minutes. I must have taken hundreds of photos with that camera. The problem is, I have no idea where any of those photos are today.

I always stored all my photos on the hard drives of my personal computers for the past 20 years. Every time I would get a new computer, I would copy all of my files from the old computer to the new, hoping I got everything. Unfortunately, I must have missed a bunch of files, because my oldest digital photo I have today is only 10 years old.

I would give anything to get those old photos back.

In the past 10 years, a few interesting technologies revolutionized photos. The first is photo library organization software like Picasa and iPhoto. This was really great to have quick access and an easy way to organize all your photos. The downside is that all your photos are on one computer. Posting photos publicly was revolutionized by Flickr and made truly excellent by Facebook. However, the idea that I will upload every photo I’ve ever taken to Facebook is unrealistic. Most of my photos are extremely valuable to me, and to no one else. I would never want anyone else to ever see them, but I would never want to lose them.

Simply, I want a service that stores all my digital photos and provides me ways to view and organize them that is just as good as software like iPhoto. Why doesn’t this exist? The world needs this.

So we decided to take the great responsibility of building Picturelife. I guess the only way to predict the future is to build it.

The service would have to back up and store all of a person’s digital photos and video, and provide a beautiful way to view, organize and rediscover those photos wherever they are.

Honestly, that is just the trivial baseline of what Picturelife needs to do.

Outside of technically being able to support any source, any format, any view, any adjustment, or any output, there are some very difficult problems around photos that have not been solved, and many others that have not been attempted.

The most major problem is managing photos in families. It used to be that photos were taken on film. They would be printed at the drugstore. If you wanted to share your photos with family members, you could print copies. Photos were stored in physical albums, and could be viewed by anyone that was around the book. Now, mothers and fathers take pictures of their kids on their mobile phones. What if they want to see each others photos? What do they do? How do they send them to the grandparents? Who has access to them? I’ve heard a hundreds of ways families have hacked together solutions that range from plain not working to extremely frustrating.

This is a problem we will solve.

A picture is worth a thousand words. A collection of pictures is worth billions. Most people don’t understand just how much rich information there is in a set of photos. For example, simply using image analysis to detect the difference between duplicates and similar photos, suggesting ratings automatically for easy filtering, knowing when you go on a vacation and automatically suggesting albums, suggesting to share 4 really great pictures of your kids to your parents.

We want to answer the question, “Wouldn’t it be great if..?” with a feature that makes it happen.

As I’m writing this, I am syncing my latest 64,306th picture. Now that Picturelife supports video, my entire photo library is completely on Picturelife. I can access any pictures on my iPhone, on my iPad or on any computer, and it feels great.

What also feels great, is making Picturelife better every day.

If you feel as strongly about your photos as we do, I would love to hear from you. We want to make Picturelife the best photo service in the world. If you feel so strongly that you want to make an impact on Picturelife, we would love to work with you.

-Charles



  Picturelife now supports Video
  Videos are just as important as pictures at Picturelife!
  



  
    
      
    
  


  The memories of your life are recorded not just by the pictures you take, but also videos. Storing all your personal digital media, keeping it private and safe is our mission, so supporting video has always been at the top of our list.
  

  Getting your video into Picturelife is easy

  Picturelife will store your original videos, no matter the length or size, from 10 second video on your iPhone to a 30 minute 1080p video on a digital SLR. You can easily upload your videos to Picturelife on Picturelife for Mac and by drag and dropping video files to Picturelife on the Web. We will be adding support for Windows, iOS, and linked accounts soon.

  Watching videos on Picturelife

  Videos appear in the web app just as regular pictures do. You can tell its a video by the video icon in the upper right hand corner of the thumbnail. Just double click it, and start watching.

  Sharing a video privately with a friend

  Sometimes you might want to share a video with just a few friends privately. This is super easy to do. Just click on the video or videos, and click send. Then type in the email of your friends and click send. They will be sent a private link to view the video that only they can see.

  Making a video public

  If you want to share the video on Twitter or Facebook, just click the video, click info, and press the Facebook or Twitter button. You can also click the link button to create a link to send to your friends.

  Pro tip

  If you want to see all your videos on Picturelife, just click here, or go to the app, click on search, and type: “media_type:Video” and it will show you all of them.

Picturelife now supports Video

Videos are just as important as pictures at Picturelife!

The memories of your life are recorded not just by the pictures you take, but also videos. Storing all your personal digital media, keeping it private and safe is our mission, so supporting video has always been at the top of our list.

Getting your video into Picturelife is easy

Picturelife will store your original videos, no matter the length or size, from 10 second video on your iPhone to a 30 minute 1080p video on a digital SLR. You can easily upload your videos to Picturelife on Picturelife for Mac and by drag and dropping video files to Picturelife on the Web. We will be adding support for Windows, iOS, and linked accounts soon.

Watching videos on Picturelife

Videos appear in the web app just as regular pictures do. You can tell its a video by the video icon in the upper right hand corner of the thumbnail. Just double click it, and start watching.

Sharing a video privately with a friend

Sometimes you might want to share a video with just a few friends privately. This is super easy to do. Just click on the video or videos, and click send. Then type in the email of your friends and click send. They will be sent a private link to view the video that only they can see.

Making a video public

If you want to share the video on Twitter or Facebook, just click the video, click info, and press the Facebook or Twitter button. You can also click the link button to create a link to send to your friends.

Pro tip

If you want to see all your videos on Picturelife, just click here, or go to the app, click on search, and type: “media_type:Video” and it will show you all of them.



Drawing with light
In these gloomy winter months, embrace the darkness and have a little fun doing it.





Using a handheld flash and some finger flashlights, we turned the night into our canvas.




Find a space big enough to move around in, grab a camera with an adjustable exposure, and take back the night with a fun photo activity!
Setup
Setting up an area for light drawing is easy. All you need is a room big enough to move around in that can be made as dark as possible. We had some light coming in from the rear window that we decided to use as a natural frame. We used a Sony NEX-5N set up on an endtable to get these shots. As for the lights themselves, we used finger flashlights that we bought for about $5 at a local novelty store. We also had a toy camera flash lying around. It cost about 20 bucks and runs on a single AA battery. Realistically, just about any old light you have lying around can be used to varying effect.
Shooting
We first started out with basic shapes to get a hang of how much we could draw in the allotted time frame.

Then we expanded our drawings along with our exposure times. Here’s a 15-second exposure.

As we took more time to draw, we could escape the simplicity of our earlier drawings for some really broad motions. Here’s a 30-second shot:

To illuminate ourselves, we tried a few seconds of a smart phone’s light, but it wasn’t bright or focused enough.

This was when we realized we could use a flash to maximize the light on our subject without overpowering the finger flash lights, culminating in a few really dramatic shots like this one.

Are you a light drawing master? Share your best photos with us for a chance to win 10GB free Picturelife storage! Have fun!

Drawing with light

In these gloomy winter months, embrace the darkness and have a little fun doing it.

Using a handheld flash and some finger flashlights, we turned the night into our canvas.

Find a space big enough to move around in, grab a camera with an adjustable exposure, and take back the night with a fun photo activity!

Setup

Setting up an area for light drawing is easy. All you need is a room big enough to move around in that can be made as dark as possible. We had some light coming in from the rear window that we decided to use as a natural frame. We used a Sony NEX-5N set up on an endtable to get these shots. As for the lights themselves, we used finger flashlights that we bought for about $5 at a local novelty store. We also had a toy camera flash lying around. It cost about 20 bucks and runs on a single AA battery. Realistically, just about any old light you have lying around can be used to varying effect.

Shooting

We first started out with basic shapes to get a hang of how much we could draw in the allotted time frame.

Then we expanded our drawings along with our exposure times. Here’s a 15-second exposure.

As we took more time to draw, we could escape the simplicity of our earlier drawings for some really broad motions. Here’s a 30-second shot:

To illuminate ourselves, we tried a few seconds of a smart phone’s light, but it wasn’t bright or focused enough.

This was when we realized we could use a flash to maximize the light on our subject without overpowering the finger flash lights, culminating in a few really dramatic shots like this one.

Are you a light drawing master? Share your best photos with us for a chance to win 10GB free Picturelife storage! Have fun!


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