Adoramapix

Feb 2014 19

We are so excited to announce the release of our collage prints, metals and canvases.  You no longer have to play favorites with your images, you can  display them all by using one of our templates. We love the creativity this extends to the photographer and we will be adding even more templates shortly.

Let’s get started.

Step 1.

Select Collages from our drop down products menu.

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Step 2.

Pick your template and import your images.

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Step 3.

Choose whether you would like your collage to be a print, canvas or metal. You’ll then choose the size and finish.collages5

 

Step 4. Order 

Add to cart, order and wait for the delivery of your unique piece of art. This is perfect for professionals and for the consumer and it’s easy to create. We  hope this new addition will lend itself to some beautiful home and studio displays.collages4 collages3

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 2014 18

As the snow falls and blankets the outside, it creates a beautiful clean landscape. It’s the perfect backdrop for wildlife. It will isolate your subject and at the same time provide wonderful reflective white snow to brighten the animals faces. However, before you start there are a few things you show consider before pressing the shutter.

1. Go Big or Go Home

The animals are wild and most have amazing hearing capabilities. You are not going to go up to a snow owl with your 24 mm and get your shot. Instead, choose your longer lens. Typically, I wouldn’t start at anything under 105. Not only will you not invade their space but you’ll probably go unnoticed. Plus keep in mind, the smaller you go on your aperture the wider the lens is opened, giving you beautiful bokeh. This will soften the background while keeping your subject tack sharp. Plus, you’ll get a great catchlight in the eyes.

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2. Warm the Charge

The mechanics of cameras are typically ok outside for a bit. However, your battery will wear out quickly in the cold. According to About.com:  ” The electric current generated by a battery is produced when a connection is made between its positive and negative terminals. When the terminals are connected, a chemical reaction is initiated that generates electrons to supply the current of the battery. Lowering the temperature causes chemical reactions to proceed more slowly, so if a battery is used at a low temperature then less current is produced than at a higher temperature.”  The solution? Bring a second warm battery with you to replace the first one. You can keep it in a mitten,wrap it in a scarf just try to keep it warm and dry.

 

3. Exposed

You’ll need to be more in tune with your exposure since the bright, white snow will can often trick your camera. Snow should be white, not grey you will need to do the thinking for your camera. Digital cameras typically underexpose snow scenes so move to manual metering and add some  stops.  I found this great article on How to Properly Meter Exposure in Snow from the SLR Lounge.  The article goes into depth about exposure and snow.

Plus, your exposure will completely change from wide angle to close up. So remember to change it and  shoot in RAW as dealing with highlights can be tricky and you want as much information as possible to your image.

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4.  Keep the Digits Warm

Typically, the toes and the fingers are the first to get cold when outside. They are also the first to get frost bite. So make sure you have double the warmth in these areas. Also, handwarmers are inexpensive and can slip into your socks and gloves.  Your gloves will need to be both warm and functional. When the moment strikes and the owl looks right at you, you don’t want to be fumbling with your gloves.

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5.  Don’t Trash It

Never delete your images in the field. It’s hard to see on a small screen whether an image has worked out or not. You can read the histogram sure, but it’s a totally different ball game going from a small 3″ screen outside to a 23″ screen.  Plus, you’ll be viewing under different lighting conditions.

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Like anything else in photography, a lot of it is trial and error. I hope some of these starter tips will help you on your way to capturing the photograph you envision.

 

Written by Libby for Adoramapix

Images : Shutterstock

Feb 2014 13

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This is the time of year when typically there are a lot of marriage proposals. With the excitement of being engaged, comes many milestones in your relationship. Today’s post focuses on some clever ideas on making an engagement photo book with our PixPublisher.

Instead of just putting together a guest book of your engagement pictures, why not think outside the box a bit. For instance, I’m sure you have a story as to how you and your fiance’ first met.  In most cases, the stories are quite different between the two perspectives. So why not put a page in your photo book that includes the story of how you met? It will be great to get both sides of the story and your guests will love to read it.

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Along these same lines, you can also include:

* Your Proposal Story

*Your First Trip Together

*Your First Date

When I photograph couples, I often ask them to take me somewhere that is special to them a cafe’ , a park, a movie theater. Anything that will reflect this great period in your life.

Not only are the words images important to your engagement book, but so are the outfits you have chosen. With our PixPublisher,  it’s easy to customize the photo book to your colors. I took our guest book template and changed it from a black bar to a brown bar. If you take a look at the red arrow, you’ll see where I did a color pick from her boot. I picked the darkest color to anchor the photo book and have it coordinate.

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These are just a few ideas to jazz up your engagement photo book. I hope these small tips will help you on your way to making a photo book that is a true reflection of your engagement.

- Written by Libby for Adoramapix

Feb 2014 12

The Wedding and Portrait Photography International Conference (AKA WPPI) is just a few weeks away.  We will be exhibiting at the show and featuring our amazing lay-flat photo books, metal and canvas prints . We are looking forward to meeting you and we will have a lot of swag to Spin and Win.

We are also honored to have with us Erin Gilmore of Erin Gilmore Photography . She hails from British Columbia and was voted one of the most inspiring wedding photographers in Canada. She will be at our booth spending one on one time with our members . She has an impressive resume’ and will answer all of your questions from marketing to shooting to post production. You have 15 minutes to get the direct answers you need from an award winning wedding photographer. If you want her to review your portfolio, no problem bring it along.  So reserve your spot today by emailing libby@adoramapix.com: see dates and times below. We look forward to seeing you in Vegas.

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Feb 2014 11

It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s winter and you’ve just lost all your ambition to photograph. It’s ok, don’t force yourself. Often the winter months are a time for photographers to relax and rejuvenate. However, it doesn’t mean just because Mother Nature is against you that you just stop photographing all together. Instead, see it as a challenge and reignite your creativity. Here are 5 tips on how to warm up your creativity during the cold months.

1. Experiment 

You don’t need to go out and buy the latest gear to make a great image.  Use what you have, but maybe use it in a different way. Challenge yourself to think outside the box.  The best person to demonstrate this point is Alexey Kijatov from Moscow. He made some incredibly powerful images of snowflakes using his Canon Powershot A650 along with a  Helios 44M-5. Photography is a hobby for him that he started about 10-12 years ago.

Through a lot of experimentation he was able to create something incredible and beautiful using only what he had, but in a different light. You can view his behind the scenes set up HERE. You can also view more of his astonishing work HERE. 

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[Images from Alexey Kljatov]

2. Same Thing Different Day

I started noticing on my daily walk that there was a certain tree that although completely bare, changed from day to day by its inhabitants. So every day, I challenged myself to photograph it. I used different lenses different angles and different post processing. There were some I wasn’t quite happy with but overall I enjoyed the challenge of shooting the same thing every day but showing the daily changes.

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[Images from Libby from Adoramapix]

 

3. Inside/Outside

Shoot the outside from the inside or the inside from the outside. Windows  lend themselves as great natural filters. It’s fun knowing the rain or snow on the window is temporary and this filter has a short life span.

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[Image from Saul Blumenthal saul@saulb.com www.saulb.com]

4.  Post Production Push

So you have your look down and you are known for it. So, let’s take some time out and do the exact opposite. If you are known for your crisp color images, try some different black and white techniques. If you are known for your dark, dramatic images try incorporating lighter elements.

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5. Bring a +1

Head outdoors and bring a photographer friend. Photograph the same scene or object then compare. It’s fun to see through another person’s view finder. I have my preferred method of shooting leaving a lot of negative space so for me I like to go with people who fill the frame. You are never too old to learn or to appreciate another angle.

This post is not necessarily for business use, it’s merely for personal reflection and inspiration. The winter months can be a tough time to find your creativity you  have to work at it, to keep yourself inspired. I hope some of these tips will help you get up and get creative.

Written by Libby for Adoramapix

 

 

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