Sally Wiener Grotta
Sally Wiener Grotta is the president and lead analyst of DigitalBenchmarks test lab (www.DigitalBenchmarks.com). The scripts she created for various tech publications for testing and evaluating digital cameras, image quality, software and related technologies have become industry standards. Among her numerous books is the first major volume on image processing “Digital Imaging for Visual Artists” (McGraw-Hill), co-authored with Daniel Grotta. Her hundreds of reviews, stories and columns have appeared in scores of magazines, journals and online publications.
When you want to cover an entire room but don't want to spend a lot of money buying several security cameras, the Ezviz ez360 Pano and its 360-degree lens provide an affordable alternative.
Making a photo book doesn't have to be a chore. Here are simple, step-by-step instructions for using our top service, Mixbook.
Apple Photo combines a great price with one of the highest-quality printed calendars available, but it offers little in the way of customization.
Apple's photo book service produced a great book at a very competitive price, but your creative options are limited.
The quality of Nations Photo Lab's physical book was poor, photo reproduction was uneven and the software is limited.
GotPrint's software isn't as intuitive or as fun to use as Mixbook's. But it produced a high-quality postcard, and the price can't be beat.
Picaboo's postcard-project software is a close rival to Mixbook's in terms of flexibility, creativity and intelligence. If only Picaboo's print and photo quality were better.
Creating a postcard with Amazon Prints is a frustrating process, with very limited software and unsatisfactory print quality.
Apple Photo delivers a quality postcard, but its software, which is simple and easy to use, restricts creative freedom.
Costco's online printing service offers the barest minimum of choices and delivers a ho-hum printed postcard.
The Logitech Circle 2 has innovative, easy-to-use software and great person-detection. However, the camera's image quality is disappointing and its functionality is limited.
Honeywell’s Lyric C1 security camera is inexpensive, but its image and video quality are merely adequate, and the audio is poor, even for this price.
Get the Arlo Go if you want or need to take your security camera with you when you travel, even into the woods.
The small, inconspicuous D-Link DCS-2530L produces excellent daylight video and one-way audio, but its night vision is merely adequate.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 remains a solid option for consumers, especially novices, who want an easy-to-use image-editing product that can grow with you as you learn.
Although its learning curve is too steep for novices, GIMP is free and has a nice set of photo editing tools.
Google Photos is great at organizing and consolidating all your photos from your various devices.
Apple Photos is a free, fun and very-easy-to-use app for accessing, organizing and sharing your photos and videos.