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Sep 2014 09

As the air turns cooler and the days get shorter, it’s the perfect time to hit the streets for a photo walk. However, before you hit the streets, there are a few things to keep in mind to have a fun and successful walk. Here are our 5 tips to keep in mind when going on a photo walk.

1. It’s all about Comfort

It’s a photo walk which means you’ll be putting a lot of mileage on your kicks. So wear a comfortable pair of shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. You’ll also want to wear something with lots of pockets. Try to keep your hands free of stuff as much as possible except for your camera of course. Keep your camera load light and bring along a bottle of water and maybe a snack . Keeping hydrated is essential since most photo walks do not take breaks although you are free to leave at any point.

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2. Challenge Yourself

The point of a photo walk is to challenge yourself. Yes, you may have macro, fixed and zoom lenses but bringing all that gear will only wear you down. Bring one body, lots of batteries and memory cards and try choosing just one lens. You’ll have no choice but to see things differently without relying on so many lenses. It’s a good practice for discipline. If you bring a fixed lens you’ll be forced to move your feet if you want to get closer to your subject.

Another great challenge, take 15 steps and take a photo right where you landed. Force yourself to find the best photographic opportunity. Then take another 15 steps and repeat. Try this a handful of times. You are challenging yourself to find the best angle/picture you can from where you stand.

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3. Get Social

A lot of photographers work from home or in a studio. It can be a pretty isolated life. The whole point of a photo walk is to engage with each other and get inspired. It’s fun to ask other photographers about their gear and work flow. Most photographers are pretty open about their techniques on photo walks because it’s a much more laid back atmosphere. If you are a shy person, this can be daunting. Introduce yourself to the leader of the photo walk and then typically they’ll help you feel more comfortable. Bring your business cards and exchange social media handles with other photographers. It’s great to keep in touch via social media with the friends you just made at the walk. You already have a common interest, a love of photography.

 

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(Photo Courtesy of +Tom Tran and +Trisha Montgomery)

 

4. Know Your Rights and Know Other’s Boundaries

Photo walks can take you on an adventure. Rules and rights differ from country to country but brushing up a bit on what’s legal and what is not is always a good idea. For example, in August of this year a memo went out to the New York Police Departments stating “Members of the public are legally allowed to record police interactions. Intentional interference such as blocking or obstructing cameras or ordering the person to cease constitutes censorship and also violates the First Amendment.” 

The American Civil Liberties Union has put together this article to educate photographers on their rights. Click HERE.

On the flip side, if there are private property and  no tresspassing signs, be respectful and stay away. There are plenty of other photo opportunities, you don’t need to break the law to get an image.

5. Get it Printed

There’s no point on going on a photo walk only to have those images sit on a card or on a hard drive to be forgotten. Prints last for generations. Make a collage of your favorites or pick only one that speaks to you. Print it 24×36 or make a 4×6. Whatever you prefer and space allows for, get it printed and display it with pride. By the way, we know a great place where you can get your images printed beautifully on paper, metal, canvas and acrylic. Don’t forget if you have a lot of images you want printed, you can always make a great AdoramaPix photo book.

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-Written by Libby for Adoramapix

-Photos by Shutterstock for Editorial Purposes and +Tom Tran

Sep 2014 04

Great news everyone! You can now convert your hardcover photo books into flush mount albums easily.

First, go to your photo books that you have created. Under the orange button “complete book” or if it’s been ordered already under the green button “reorder book”. You’ll find Convert into flush mount. Click on this link.

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A pop up guide will then appear. It will prompt you to select a cover and paper.  It will also ask if you would like rounded corners and gilding. Hit convert and your photo book  has been converted into a flush mount album.

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We also wanted to make sure you knew you can add metallic paper to your flush mount albums. This is currently not available for hardcover.

Sep 2014 04

We love to get feedback on our products. It’s especially helpful to get feedback from people just starting out with our company and making photo books.  We recently met a mom of 6 children who made a photo book. That’s right we said a mom of 6. Meet Joy everyone.

I’m Joy and I live in Coquitlam.I am married and have 6 kids under the age of 10. Been married for 10 years to my hubby Peter who I met in highschool, but we were not highschool sweethearts, just friends. We ended up dating a few years after HS and the rest is history. I love taking pictures, it’s a hobby of mine! I would love to be a photographer but time and money keep me from it So I just do it for fun at the moment and learn along the way.

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I love capturing moments of the kids lives, they grow up so fast and just saving all their sweet and crazy moments in pictures is a treasure. They love looking at old pictures of themselves, and that’s why is started doing photo books. I started doing old school scrapbooking, but that took forever and ended costing more too. So I started doing photos books.

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So this photo book I made of our trip to Mexico. It was our 10 year anniversary trip and a friends wedding. It was at the same resort that we happen to get married in too so we thought that was pretty cool.  I chose all the photos from my picture file and dropped it into the Adoramapix site. There was a  learning curve but it was intuitive. I chose templates but also moved things around a bit. I loved the final product!! The quality of the book is amazing and nothing like any other book I’ve made from other sites. The thickness of the pages and the finish of the paper is great!! Love it!!

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Thank you Joy.  If a mom of 6 kids under the age of 10 has time to make a photo book, then so do you! We’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line at libby@adoramapix.com and we’ll feature your photo book story.

 

Sep 2014 03

What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies. ~Rudy Giuliani

Grandparents Day is just around the corner. No matter how you say it, Na Na, Pa Pa, Nonna, Nonno, Lola, Lolo, Savta, Saba, it all means unconditional love.

If you are wondering what to get the grandparents to show them your gratitude, you can bet some prints of their grandchildren ranks as number one. Of course they would love images of their grandchildren smiling and laughing. However, it’s just as important to document the grandchildren with the grandparents.

There are lots of ways you can photograph grandchildren and grandparents together.

1. Posed

Have everyone face the camera. Grandchildren and Grandparents should get comfortable with each other and have it less posed. Grandchildren hanging on their grandparents or sitting on their laps is the perfect way to capture everyone’s smiles and laughter.

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2. Activities

I played a lot of  Wahoo with my grandma back in the day. I wish someone would have snapped a picture of me playing this game with her. Lots of conversations were had over this game and I learned a lot about my grandmother. Take pictures of  your children doing those favorite activities with their grandparents.You may want to switch to a telephoto lens for this and give them space to play.  This type of photograph is sure to bring back nostalgic memories for both grandparents and grandchildren.

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3. Artistic and Close Up

Not all of the images need to be of faces. One of my favorite images to see is the hand of a child in that of an elder. It shows the contrast between the young and the experienced.

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 4. Individual Shots

If there is more than one grandchild, make sure to get individual shots of each grandchild with each grandparent. This way, each grandchild will have at least one photograph of their special bond with their grandparent.

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5. Frequently Photograph

Children change daily, it’s important to capture them with their grandparents as much as possible. As children change, so does their relationship with their grandparents. It’s important to document these important stages in everyone’s life.

Of course none of this make a difference, if you don’t have the images printed. Take the time to print them out or put them in an Adoramapix photo book. We have plenty of themes to choose from.  To get inspired, feel free to look through our template gallery. You can find it HERE. 

-Written by Libby for Adoramapix

-Images via Shutterstock for editorial purposes

Sep 2014 02

This week marks fashion week in New York City. Have you ever wondered what it takes to get some of those amazing shots of models strutting down the cat walk? After talking to some  of our members who do this regularly, here are 5 tips on how not to commit a faux pas during fashion week.

1. Location, Location, Location

Get there early and get your position. There are lots of photographers who are vying for the same shot as you will be so it’s best to get everything in order and arrive early. Make sure you have cleared all the hurdles and have gained permission from the organizers.

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2. White Balance

You’ll be dealing with a lot of different lighting situations. White balance is crucial when you are photographing fashion shows. You want to make sure you get the colors correct. Do some tests before hand and make sure to check your histogram. Try pre-setting your white balance for the most accurate color. Not sure how to set your white balance? Check out THIS ARTICLE we did a few months ago on getting the best white balance for your image.

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3. Portrait vs. Landscape

It’s about the fashion. Let’s not forget that. Shoot a majority of your images vertical and allow for plenty of space above the model’s head and below the model’s feet. When you do shoot horizontal or square, make sure it’s appropriate. For example, when all of the  models come out at the end showcasing the entire fashion line, that is a perfect time to capture them horizontally or square. Another great time to photograph landscape, is when the designer has their name displayed on the back wall.  It’s important for designers to have their name linked to their fashion. Make sure to snap a few with the models to the side of the name. Make sure you can read the whole name.

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4. Don’t Forget the Back

Designers put a lot of work into their designs. It’s important to not only get the front, but the back as well. Designers like to see how a creation will flow both from the front and back. Don’t hinder yourself by only photographing the front.

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5. Fast Lens

Since you have no control over the light level you may want to consider using a fast lens. A fast lens with a wide aperture, F2.8 or lower, would be the best way to capture the action of the models walking down the runway. Also, remember when shooting at this low of an aperture you can keep the model in sharp focus while softening the background.

-Written by Libby for Adoramapix with the help of members

-Photographs are by Shutterstock and are used for editorial purposes

 

 

 

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