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Gingerbread as Christmas Decorations

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Photo by shalamov

Gingerbread Christmas decorations are fun to make, beautiful to look at, and a joy to eat! Today I’m having my friends over, we’re going to make a gingerbread house and some hearts to hang in the windows. It’s a bit early, but I want to have some decoration ready since it’s the first sunday of advent tomorrow. In Norway the first sunday of advent marks the beginning of “Christmas preparation time”, what’s the tradition in your country, or in your family?

Linda :)

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Photo by Ruth Black

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Apps, apps, and more apps!

At YAY we subscribe on a numer of magazine, one of them is Entrepreneur Magazine. This issue they focused on apps for mobile phones: What apps should you have, and what apps should you develop for your business? We are working on a couple of small apps here at YAY for our photographers and customers, and we’ve been trying to figure out what would be a great app for stock photo buyers. It’s a challenging process, as you have to make something good enough to get noticed by the masses. But I’m sure we’ll get there –  there’s a lot of creative thinking at YAY, and we have many creative people around us as well!

Entrepreneur gave a list of great apps for your smart phone. For personal use, my favorite apps are:

Spotify – let you stream music, legal and almost free! Not available in the U.S.
Shazam – I love music, and with Shazam I know what music is playing.
Pzizz – when working long hours power napping and a good night sleep is important. Pzizz is great for calming down a busy mind!
Shopper – a simple solution to a simple problem: organizing the shopping.

Also, I love the map with GPS – I used to get lost all the time, now I don’t :)

It’s always fun with new apps, so if you have any recommendations I’d love to hear them!

Linda :)

share-smart-phone-appsPhoto by leaf.

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Blog recommendation: Abstract City

I simply love the Abstract City blog from artist Christoffer Niemann! In the latest post he gives us some amusing illustrations of everyday events and everyday science – read the post here. You should also take a look at the older posts!

Linda :)

Woman reading a blog. Illustration by cienpies

Illustration by cienpies

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Get a Free Stock Photo Screensaver w/ Season Images

We at stock photo agency YayMicro would like all of you to enjoy our breathtaking images! Therefore we are giving away a free screensaver, with 100 images!

With our screensaver you’ll get new season images automatically! We’ll update the images after the season, so you’ll get Christmas images for Christmas, spring images when it’s spring, summer images when it’s summer, and fall images at autumn! Mostly you’ll get beautiful nature images.

Click here to get a Free Stock Photo Screensaver for Mac and PC!

Get a Free Stock Photo Screensaver for PC and Mac - Season Nature Images

Get a Free Stock Photo Screensaver for PC and Mac - Season Nature Images

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You Gotta Roll with It!

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We’ve finally added a blogroll to YAYblog! We know that many of our photographers, visitors and customers got their own blogs, and we’d love to be updated on what you’re writing about.

So if you think your blog could be of interest for us at YAY, please send us an e-mail. We’ll take a look, and if it’s a good match we’ll add it to our blogroll! Interesting themes would be anything related to photography, illustrations, design, photoshop, web design, media in general, microstock and the stock photo industry, etc.

You can e-mail us at: post@yaymicro.com

Linda, Jan & Bjorn
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TED talk: Photos That Changed the World

Jonathan Klein from Getty Images gives a great presentation about the potential impact and power of photography in this newly released TED talk.

Linda :)

From ted.com: “Photographs do more than document history — they make it. At TED University, Jonathan Klein of Getty Images shows some of the most iconic, and talks about what happens when a generation sees an image so powerful it can’t look away — or back.”

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