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Apr 2014 03

Across America one can hear the crack of the bat and the words “Play Ball!” being shouted out across baseball stadiums in every state. It’s April and baseball season swings into action. It’s no surprise that a lot of people grow up playing baseball and soon turn that love into following their favorite team. This week we wanted to share some ideas with you on including America’s favorite pass time into your photo book designs.

I was recently inspired by members Kelly and Stacey Chance of Discover Bay Studios with their baseball engagement themed photo book. They took their couple to a baseball field and brought a long some props to fit the theme. They included bats, gloves and jerseys.

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Obviously, they are die hard fans and both share this common love for baseball. It’s a fun way to showcase a couple’s pass time as well as how much fun they have together. If you would like to see this photo book in its entirety for more ideas and inspiration click on the image below.

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We also have assets you can add to your baseball photo book. When your wee one is in little league, it’s important to capture these moments as well. We have some stickers you can add for extra decoration. You can also take pictures of their gloves or helmets to add interest. Also don’t forget, you can change the color of the pages and cover to match your child’s baseball team colors by picking the color picker.bb2

With baseball season starting, we hope these few simple ideas will get you on your way to creating a one-of-a-kind memorable baseball photo book.

Apr 2014 24

I recently had the task of clearing out my parent’s home after 45 years. It was wonderful to live through some of the memories with my siblings as we packed away photos, quilts and so much more.  However, there was something that caught my eye and instantly had me reminiscing about days in the kitchen. It was my mother’s well used recipes. This week’s photo book design corner focuses on a perfect mother’s day gift : Your Family’s Favorite Recipes.

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Before Pinterest and online recipe photo books, there were recipe boxes.  They were typically made of wood or tin with a lid and housed the family’s favorite recipes. When I was glancing through my mom’s recipes, I was delighted to find her cherry chip bars recipe. Clearly, we made these a lot as the card shows.

The beautiful thing about coming from a small town is that everyone was my babysitter at one time or another. Another delight I found, was my babysitter’s recipe for her cookies. The moms in my community would always give credit on the recipe cards to whomever gave them the recipe.

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Although the cards are very stained and tattered, I wanted to remember the recipes. I loved looking at my mom’s hand writing, so what I started to do was to write out the recipes but take a few pictures of the actual cards to incorporate into my photo book. I will also put photos of the finished products and images of my mom cooking. It’s a work in progress but it’s a work of love.

One of the best examples of this inspiration comes from member Becky Kobish. I found her photo book in our public gallery and loved the way she incorporate family history with recipes. She included old photos, the actual recipes and the amount the recipe serves.

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I hope these weekly photo book design ideas inspire you to take care of your family’s history. We don’t want to be the generation where our children clean out our homes and there are no photos or recipes to cherish or archive.

-written by Libby for Adoramapix

May 2014 08

As the weather warms up, many of us will lace up our shoes and hit the streets to run and race. Many races and marathons signify something greater than just a race. They raise funds for worthy causes and are a special bonding experience for many runners and their supporters. This year all eyes were on the Boston Marathon. As you may recall, in 2013 two bombs went off at the finish line killing three people and injuring more than 250. This year Boston and its marathon runners came out in strength to show their love and support for the city.

Adoramapix member and amazing photographer, Adam Pelletier  of Adam Pelletier.com was at this year’s marathon and not only covered it but also put together an amazing photo book showcasing the strength of a city and its runners. Here is a short interview with Adam. Please click on images to see the photo book.

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APix: What was your objective in covering this race?

Adam: There is something special about Marathon Monday in Boston. The Boston marathon combined with the potential of Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics games generates a level of enthusiasm and pride that is truly Boston. In light of the tragic events from last year, I knew that this year’s race would be even more special. This year my friend Jenna was fortunate enough to get a number to run her first marathon. For those reasons, I did not wan’t to miss out on the chance to capture some photos of this unique day. My initial objectives were to capture some shots of Jenna and get a few nice pictures that I could hang up in my home. After shooting, I thought a photo book would make a really cool keepsake for Jenna.

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APix: What made you focus on some runners?

Adam: Initially, I started snapping pictures of random runners just to test my camera settings so I would be prepared to get a shot of my friend when the time came. But, I couldn’t help but notice the emotion on some runners faces. From that point, I started scanning my surroundings for runners and fans with that emotion.

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APix: Where were you positioned?

Adam: My friends and I rode our bikes a few miles to the starting line for the beginning of the race, then drove into Cambridge and walked into downtown Boston, about a quarter mile from the finish line. The amount of security and spectators made it a challenge to get a decent shot without extending my arm and holding the camera over my head. After a while we were able to get a good spot against a guardrail with an unobstructed view of the runners.

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APix: You said you used 3 prime lenses, when did you know to change them out? or which lens do use during certain parts of the race?

Adam: I had a 14mm, 30mm, and 135mm prime lenses with me. I made sure to get some shots with each lens everywhere we went. I used the 14mm lens first to capture wide angle shots of the crowd and establish the setting. The 30mm lens provided the ideal focal length for pictures of runners, especially from against the guardrail near the finish line. The 135mm lens was great for closeups and allowed me to get some great shots when I couldn’t get close. I’m not sure I could have pulled this off without having two cameras with me. That allowed me to quickly switch between lenses without changing them out as much.

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Adam: My advice is to find your subject in each photo, take a lot of pictures, and explore with color correction software. I found myself thinking “What is this picture about?” , “Who is my subject?”, and “Why is it interesting?”. Telling the story of the day through a variety of perspectives was interesting to me. I made sure to get shots of not only the runners, but also spectators, police, and marathon staff. I was never sure when the next cool moment would present itself, so I took a lot of pictures. One technical tip that I find helpful for photographers is to change the shutter mode from single to high speed continuous mode if possible. This allowed me to snap off a half dozen pictures within a few seconds to ensure I didn’t miss the moment. If you are covering a race or another sport this year, I would suggest shooting most of your shots with a fast shutter speed (200 and up) to minimize the blur from the runners. Also try lowering your aperture (around the f8-f16 range) to increase the depth of field, maximizing the chance that your subject will be in focus. Fortunately, shooting outdoors during the day provides ample light for these camera settings. Lastly, I would encourage photographers to explore options with photo processing software. I made sure to take pictures in camera RAW mode in addition to jpeg. This allowed for some very advanced, specific, and non-destructive color correction and cropping. When putting together the book, I found some great inspiration from looking at other books on the Adorama website. The Adoramapix  photo book designer software was very intuitive and provided all the options I wanted. I can’t wait to make my next photo book.

Thank you Adam for sharing this amazing photo book with us. We hope these tips will help you put together an amazing keepsake photo book with this year’s races.

Jun 2014 19

Little learners are big on art work! As a parent, I love the end of the school year and seeing all the homework, projects and art that my child has done over the course of his school year. What is not so lovely is trying to figure out how to keep it or archive it.  We have a few solutions for you.

In this week’s Photo Book Design Corner, we are going to go out of the norm and give you a few ideas on how you can cleverly display their art work in a photo book. One of the easiest ways I have found to archive the mini-Picasso’s work is to take pictures of the art. Then upload them and make a photo book out of them. It’s quite simple using our PixPublisher online software. I found “Portfolio  in White” to be my favorite lay-out for this type of photo book.  It’s clean and let’s the images take up most of the  real estate on the page. Since the artwork is so colorful, less is more when it comes to page backgrounds.kidsartphotobook

I also like to include self portraits of the kids. I’ll have them draw pictures of themselves to add to their photo books. It’s fun to see how they see themselves over the years.

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Finally, I always have the kids say what they wan to be when they grow up. I’ll include some text but only in the front and the back of the Adoramapix photo book. I’ll also do an introduction that lays out their age and their favorite things. In short, it’s more than just an art book, it’s how they view the world and thes at this specific time in their lives. kidsartphotobook3

 

Jul 2014 03

Each Thursday, we carve out a little niche in the internet world on our blog to talk about all things photo book related. This week we have something special with a change in our Pix Publisher software.

GLOBAL CHANGES

Hold on to your hats, we’ve added a long awaited change to our pixpublisher editor – the ability to make changes to your entire photo book at once. In other words, if you wanted to make a change such as replacing all text in your photo book from Arial in black to Times New Roman in red, you can now do so with a single mouseclick.

Why is this a big deal? Well, let’s say you’re making a wedding album and you like one of the wedding templates we offer, but the colors used in the template don’t match your wedding colors. Using the old method, you had to go through the whole book clicking on every piece of text, every background, every sticker, changing them appropriately. Now you can change the whole book in moments. Here’s how it works.

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The first way to do it is using the new Apply to All option. This works like a copy/paste to your entire book. In other words, change your object to the settings you like, then click Apply to All and every other object of the same type in your book will be changed to the same settings.

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

Be aware, this will change all instances of that type of object to the exact same settings, which can sometimes have unexpected results. For example, say you had a black and white themed wedding template and you select some black Arial 22pt text and change the font to Carla Thin and click Apply to All. You may be surprised by the following results:

1.       Even though you only changed the font, all the settings were copied. Thus, if your photo book has some black pages with white text on them, the white text will also get changed to black, making it essentially invisible against the black background.

2.       If some of the text in your book is a different size – such as a larger point size on the cover title, and smaller point sizes along the spine and in paragraphs of text, all of those will get changed to 22 point as well

So, be careful when using the Apply to All because it does in fact copy all the settings from the selected object and applies them indiscriminately to all the similar objects in your book.

So what happens if you want to change a font without changing the colors or size throughout your book? That’s where the global settings menu comes in.

Along the left edge of your screen you’ll see a vertical row of tabs. Click the bottom one marked Settings. On the panel that opens you’ll see three categories:

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a)      Text

b)      Photos

c)       Stickers

These options will allow you to make changes to those types of elements throughout your photo book.

For example, if you would like to change just the font throughout your photo book without changing any of the other settings, you can do so here.

When you apply a change in the global settings menu, only the specific setting you change is applied.

We hope you enjoy this latest change. It should save you a lot of time when making sweeping changes to your Adoramapix  photo books and it certainly makes it a lot quicker to modify our templates to match your personal vision.

 

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