Aug 2014 19

Ever hear the old saying, “You can fix it later in post” ?  Well that is true on a lot of photography issues, however, trying to get sharp images after the picture has already been taken through post processing doesn’t always work.  Instead, try these few tips to get images sharp right off the bat.

1. Set your AF Point

One of the most important things you can do is to use your navigation keys to choose your AutoFocus point selection within your image.  Typically, when photographing people and or animals set the point on the eye that is closest to the camera. Now, if you can’t get the AF point exactly where you need it, then you can always focus and recompose.  This is used best in low light situations or when your subject is in the corner of the the frame. In order to do this, you select the central AutoFocus point and move the camera on the subject. Then half press the shutter to focus the lens and recompose the shot. You will still have the shutter release button half released when recomposing the shot. Then press the shutter when the image is where it’s at in your viewfinder.


2. Use a Tripod 

Tripods are often awkward to bring along or you may think they just too heavy. However, using a tripod stabilizes the camera and reduces movement. Even when you use a higher shutter speed or brace yourself before pressing the shutter, there is still room for error or in this case blur.


3. Back Focus

Did you know there is a button on the back of your camera that can help you get  a sharper image? It’s the back focus button. Many pros often use this to get tack sharp images, however it does take some time to master. The button is located in different areas on different models of cameras. You’ll want to pull out your camera manual to find out the best way to use this button. I found a great tutorial on why this button is important and how to set up in your camera. Click HERE to read more.


4. Good Lens

There’s no getting around this one. Want a sharp image? Get a sharp lens. The best investment I have made in my photography journey has always been a sharp lens. The kit lens that comes with some cameras will not necessarily net you a sharp image. Instead, do some research and find out what lens is in your budget and will give you the sharpest image.  Whether you choose a prime or zoom lens, you should be able to rent them and test them out before making your final purchase. Prime lenses work best for low light. Zoom lenses work best for more action shots. Depending on what you are photographing, this will also help in your decision on which lens is best for you.


5.  Press Shutter Lightly

A softer touch will always net a sharper image when it comes to the shutter. When clicking the shutter, do it as lightly as you can. Your finger should be actually on the button and then gently press it. Also make sure your finger is in contact with the button to begin with instead of hovering over it.  Remember, more movement means more chance for blur. 


We know there are a lot more ways to get sharper images and we’d love to hear from you. Let us know what you do to master sharpness.

-written by Libby for Adoramapix

-images by Libby and Shutterstock for editorial purposes

Aug 2014 14

Every week we like to give updates or inspiration to making photo books through our PixPublisher software. This week though, I received a number of inquiries on how to edit a photo book that was already made through Pix Publisher.

Through three simple steps, I can show you how to make the edit.

First, choose the book that you have already completed or ordered. Go to : My Books –> See All —> Choose the book that you want to edit. If you look under the green bar, it will say view, copy or share/embed. Click on “copy”edit1

The copy will automatically  move to the top of your list of photo books.  It will look familiar to your completed photo book, only it will have a yellow bar now that says “complete book.” Under the bar, select edit.


Your photo book will open and you will then  be able to edit/adjust whatever you need to from the original.



If you have any other questions on our PixPublisher – feel free to email me at I would be more than happy to help you finish a beautiful photo book that will last for generations.



Aug 2014 14

Mixing the past with the present is one of my favorite ways to show off my prints with Adoramapix. I constantly change out my small photographs and have found ways to go outside of the box and find new ways to showcase them.

My latest find all came together for under $15. This included the print and the supplies.  Here is a look at my latest endeavor. I found an old silver tray for $8 at a local thrift store. It was a bit tarnished but that was the look I loved. I also bought some fun magnets, string and of course my prints.


I simply found a few magnets that were fun and placed them on the top of the image that I wanted to hang. You can find magnets at any dollar or craft store.


I had string around the house, but decided to find something with a  little more flair. I tied triple knots on each of the serving handles so that when it hangs, the string is about 2-3 inches above the platter. LIB_2948


I started with a bunch of smaller prints, but in the end decided I liked the one big 8×10 print better.LIB_2952

And then I put a simple finishing nail up and it was ready to hang. LIB_2963 LIB_2964

All together the project cost me $15 but that included everything. I did have string and magnets already but decided I wanted something a little more fun. The time to put everything together? It took  me about 10 minutes.  I can see this perfect for a nursery or even have three of these serving platters together and put family photos on them.  Since the platter was silver, I found cooler tone photos looked the best – those with grey, whites. Black and whites would also look amazing on the platter.

If you have any great ideas on how to display prints – email We are always looking for new and innovative ways to display our prints.

-Written and Photographed by Libby for Adoramapix


Aug 2014 12

There is an  excitement building as kids across the country start to gear up for going back to school. It’s a fun and exhilarating time in your child’s life. Before the memories of these days pass away, why not take a little time and get creative with capturing this important stage in your child’s life? Here are five ideas to get you started.

1. The Iconic School Bus

There is something about seeing the iconic yellow bus pull up to the school to deliver the kids. Before your little one gets on the bus, take a moment to snap a picture of him/her in front of the door. They won’t always ride the bus, before you know it they’ll be driving their own cars so getting this iconic image is important in keeping the memories.


2. Back to Friends

Now that school is back in session, they’ll be spending a lot more time with their friends. Friendships change throughout the years for your child. So getting a quick snap of your child with his/her best friends at this moment in time is precious. Have all of  them pose with their new planners or backpacks. You could also take them to the play equipment in the school yard for a quick picture.



3.  Set the Scene

If you have some time before school starts, why not get a little creative with some back to school props? Chalkboards, books and school supplies are all perfect to set up the scene. Then have a little fun with the props and your child.  You can spell out your child’s age or grade on the chalkboard. You could have them with their books and or their back packs ready to go. The ideas are infinite. Here is a quick glimpse at  a stylized shoot I did for this occasion.







4.  The Stuff

Sometimes the stuff is just as important as the day. Try to get some close ups of the back to school supplies that are sharpened and new. It won’t last long,  so try getting a quick picture of them before they are put to good use.  Also, snap an image of their back to school outfit. I remember as a kid how important is was to have everything just perfect including the new shoes. These are all very important to the child on the first day of school.



 5. The Classroom

When they first start school, often their feet barely hit the floor when they sit at their desk. As they grow older, they can barely fit into their school desks. It’s this passage of time which is so endearing. Why not see if you can sneak into the classroom early and snap an image of your child in their desk?  Another great idea, is to get an image of him/her meeting their teacher for the first time.



What are some of your favorite ways to photograph your children going back to school?

-Written by Libby for Adoramapix

-Images from Shutterstock for editorial purposes and Studio 32 Photography



Aug 2014 07

Summer is drawing to a close and school is just starting to rev up for your children. Before the warm summer sun fades, why not make a summer memory photo book? Your photo books do not have to be about lavish summer vacations with your children, instead they can be about the simplicity about being a kid and enjoying the summer months.

This time in your child’s life is fleeting, make sure to capture all of those moments that make a kid grateful to be a kid. I chose the template Summer Nights”  to come up with a few suggestions. This template is bright and fun and there is a lot you can do with it.

When you think about your child’s summer, think about  the little things like jumping rope. It’s simple but a big accomplishment when they learn how to do it.


This is one of my favorites and may be hard to photograph. However, I have been catching lightning bugs with my kids for years. It never gets old and the delight never fades.summer2

There are many firsts during the summers. Has your child made a lemonade stand? Document this milestone with them posing by the stand. Don’t forget to get close ups of everything involved from the lemons to the signs to the pitcher. It all makes for great memories.summer3

Finally, what is summer without playdates? Your child and their childhood friends are at a great bonding stage in their lives. Most of us still have childhood friends that hold a special place in our hearts. Capture them at this stage and the fun they have together.summer4

These are just a few ideas on how to capture and keep summer memories for your children. If you have any ideas please comment below, we’d love to hear them.

-Written by Libby for Adoramapix

-Images courtesy of Shutterstock for editorial purposes



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