From: Craig Phillips [] on behalf of Craig Phillips []

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Subject: Cocktail Talk - Christmas Shots


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Cocktail Talk


December 2011

Cocktail Talk


Welcome to CN Consulting's "Cocktail Talk".


Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world. Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.


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Cocktail TalkSo he's looking at the website and says to me; "How old is this picture?", which caused me to think, which can be troublesome.


That picture was six months old. I did it myself. Camera on the bookshelf, 10 second delay, me in a suit and tie, snazzy background, the whole shmear. Oh yeah, and don't forget, gotta transfer it from the camera to the PC, crop, resize, stick it in the website, push it up to the internet, the whole magilla. How often am I supposed to do that?


But six months is not that long. How much could I have changed? Maybe it was a nice way to say it was a bad picture. No, he would have said that. He would have said; "You look much better in real life.". Maybe I just looked like crap that day. Maybe I just look like crap, period. I don't know.


So now what? I look like crap and am scaring people away from the website. Some people use caricatures, watercolors, even cartoons of themselves instead of real pictures. Authors do it, alot. Why not? Maybe some artsy-fartsy pseudo Craig that's ageless and better looking than the original.


Finally, after much googling and trials, popped up on the radar. I took my home-made picture and uploaded it, is web-based so it's hassle-free, and it became a cartoon. Good enough, but wait, it does glamour shots too? OK!


Not just red-eye reduction either. Wrinkle removal, skin makeup, eye makeup, teeth whitening, and shine removal too. 

 Cocktail Talk

 From left to right; a picture, a picture cartooned, and the same picture glamourized.


Now I really look like crap compared to the ( picture. Oh well. Christmas is in the air, and it's time to focus on giving. is my early Christmas gift to you.


I'm not the first to struggle with the dreaded "Family Christmas Picture". Maybe you're in the same boat. Cut & Paste that special someone who doesn't like the way they look in the picture that everyone else likes. Lighten the face under the baseball cap. Crop the background. You know. There just isn't enough Jack Daniels to make that a good time

. won't make up for all your shortcomings as a photographer but it can help. Start with a usable picture. Not something you've cut from a giant panorama that looks like building blocks instead of pixels. Get right up close and use the camera to crop the picture instead of wasting all those pixels on the cutting room floor. Nancy (not her real name) and I will be looking very glamorous this year.


You too can be glamorous, you can start drinking, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk. 



Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.


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