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Technology should not transform ministry, but rather do the things that people don’t have to do so they can do what they do best.

Church Website Photos—Stock or Original?

By Hannah Osborne | Nov 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM

One of my favorite things on the Internet is horrible stock photos (seriously, just Google “weirdest stock photos.”). Why would anyone ever need a picture of someone wearing space glasses holding an ear of corn? The Internet is a strange and mysterious place.

When you’re picking pictures for your church website, you can either use royalty-free stock photos or images that are of your congregation. There are benefits to both options, so it’s important to weigh your options and choose an option that fits your church website’s needs.

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7 Apps for Mobile Photo Editing

By Amanda Lansche | Jul 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The Instagram app (sometimes fondly known as Insta) was originally designed with simple editing features. You selected a photo, applied one of a few nonadjustable filters, and posted. Done!

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How to Take Quality Photos for Your Church Directory

By Amanda Lansche | Jul 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Okay, I’ll be honest. Taking high-quality photos for a church directory is not as easy as pie. Nevertheless, it is possible, even for a nonprofessional. It just takes a little extra patience, planning, and know-how.

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4 Things to Consider When Using Photographs of Children & Youth

By Jenn Eickman | May 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In a previous post, I touched on some helpful sites to find stock photos. I believe there are many great opportunities to use stock photos; however, one place where I’d rather see candid pictures is a church’s social media stream and website.

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6 Free or Cheap Stock Photo Websites for Churches

By Jenn Eickman | May 5, 2016 11:00:00 AM

It can be a challenge to find quality stock photos and graphics for free or on a budget. Today, I’m going to share some of my favorite places to search for artwork to use in ministry.

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Merry Christmas from Concordia Technology Solutions

By Amanda Lansche | Dec 24, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Merry Christmas from all of us at Concordia Technology Solutions! Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas.

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11 Photos You Really Need to Take This Christmas

By Amanda Lansche | Dec 17, 2015 10:30:00 AM

When I start working on my Christmas cards every year, I find myself wishing for a really awesome photo.

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The Complete Guide to Advent Photo-a-Day Challenges

By Seth Hinz | Nov 25, 2015 4:00:00 PM

’Tis the season to bring a little Advent/Christmas spirit to social media!

Imagine a month where you didn’t need to think about what you were going to post on social media. Pretty great, huh? Better yet, imagine a month where members of your church are creatively generating images that you collect and share throughout the Advent season. Sound too good to be true?

Enter the Advent Photo-a-Day Challenge.

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7 Ways to Get Great Photos at Church Events

By Hannah Osborne | Nov 19, 2015 10:00:00 AM

When it comes to taking photos at events, it’s hard to capture a moment that actually looks good! All too often, event pictures turn out blurry, dark, or out of focus, or they manage to catch someone right as he puts a huge bite of cake into his mouth.

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10 FREE Social Graphics (and How to Make Them!)

By Amanda Lansche | Nov 12, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Social graphics are one of the biggest trends in social media right now. By social graphics, I mean an image with text, patterns, design, etc. on it. These little works of art communicate an idea with just one glance when plain ol’ text might get lost.

Plus, including an image can really help your posts get noticed and shared. Did you know that on Twitter, tweets with a image get 89% more favorites and 150% more retweets than those without one? That’s crazy!

So, you know that saying about teaching a man to fish? Well, I’m going to give you a fish, a pole, and a quick fishing lesson!

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