Happy Holidays from the Caribbean!

13 Dec

Hi Everyone!

I’m John, the new Techspert aboard the beautiful ms Eurodam, and it’s a real pleasure to be here. It’s only been a couple weeks, but I already feel at home, thanks to my friendly crewmates as well as the terrific guests that have joined us.

We’ve been having a lot of fun in the Digital Workshop, learning about all the great things that can be done Windows Live Essentials software. And it’s hard to believe that it’s all free!

One of the most impressive features is Photo Gallery’s Photo Fuse which allows you to combine the best elements of a group of similar shots into one perfect photo. This will come in especially handy with the holidays coming up, where you’ll be taking group pictures of family and friends. Sometimes, it’s not easy to get everyone looking at the camera or not blinking or all smiling, so all you need to remember is to take several shots of the group. Take the first one and then ask them to hold the pose while you take another and then another. You can take up to 10 of these shots and then, with Photo Fuse, select the best elements of each one to combine into one perfect portrait of your family and friends.

It’s really easy. Go ahead and try it!

– Import the sequence of photos from your camera’s memory card into Windows Live Photo Gallery.

– Select them all and then switch to the “Create” ribbon up at the top of your screen. From the Create ribbon, simply choose “Photo Fuse.”

– Windows Live Photo Gallery will then present you with a screen where you can draw a box around a person in the group.

– Once you draw that box, you can choose from a list the one pose of that person you like best.

– After you are satisfied with the way everyone looks, click on the “Save” icon at the top of your screen, give it a name, and you’re done. It’s just that simple!

Now, every holiday group shot will be a perfect one.

Warmest holiday wishes to you all!


5 Responses to “Happy Holidays from the Caribbean!”

  1. Tom December 14, 2010 at 10:39 am #

    Thank you John for sharing your expertise. You make it sound so easy and friendly. Holland America is certainly fortunate to have people like yourself as crew. Keep up the good work!

  2. Christianne Papazian December 14, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    We will be cruising on the MS Eurodam on Dec. 26, 2010.
    I am aware of the workshops. However, I would like to know if there is email available to guests on the ship.Is there a computer for guests to use, and is there internet aboard ship for guests to use?

    • mseurodam December 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

      Hello Christianne – There is, indeed, an Internet café on the Eurodam where you can use the computers there or use your own. The café manager can set you up with an Internet account to use at the café or via WiFi from anywhere on the ship. Easy!

      See you later this month!


  3. marge March 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    John – I took your class last week and one of the questions I asked was how to put text on the pictures you showed me how to do this using the paint tool but I can’t find it I have downloaded the program twice … can you tell me where it is. Your classes were awsome and I encourage everyone to take them


    • mseurodam April 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

      Hi Marge –

      Right click on the photo and select “Open with” and then choose “Paint.” Then use the text tool in Paint (the big A) to place the text on the picture.

      I hope this helps.


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