Adoramapix

Feb 2014 20

The guests are gone, the dancing is over and the flowers have been dried . Your wedding was beautiful and amazing but you still have one job left, that’s preserving your wedding day images. So what do you do now with all those photos? For some of our DIY brides, they may have hundred of beautiful images sitting on a media storage device such as a cd, usb stick or even on a website.   When making a wedding photo book with hundreds sometimes thousands of photos to choose from, it may be a daunting task to make a photo book.

Thanks to our fabulous DIY bride and groom, Adam and Lindsay, and their amazing photographer, Wendy McElmon of Wendy McElmon Photography, they have made a wedding photo book that can be cherished for generations.

Lindsay was kind enough to give us a sneak peek into the making of her photo book.

1. Name and Date of Marriage
Adam and Lindsay Bird; We got married on Friday, August 9th, 2013
2. Photographer
Wendy McElmon of Wendy McElmon Photography
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3. How many images did you end up with?
Around 800-900
 4.. How did you organize your images?
I organized them into categories according to what layouts I wanted to do – getting ready, ceremony, posed shots, golf shots (husband LOVES golf), family, dinner, dance, silly booth, etc.
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5. Tell us a little about your experience building your photo book
I made 3 books for our parents and one book for ourselves.  The parent books are 10×10 and 26 pages.  Our book is 12×12 and 50 pages.
It was a wonderful experience!  The program itself online was very easy to use once I played around with it a little bit.  I had built yearbooks in the past for my schools (I’m a teacher) using programs with similar tools so I was familiar with the basics of using a program like this I guess.  I loved having the option of using a pre made template or making my own.  I had the freedom to make it exactly how I wanted.  Some other features I liked were the “use last style” for borders, unlimited undo, fill or fit to spread, and the fact that you could rearrange the pages by dragging and dropping.  I liked the reminders and explanations about the edge of the pages too.  That way, I kept making sure nothing too important was too close to the egde!  Another great thing about Adoramapix is the amazing customer service.  I had one tiny issue one afternoon and I couldn’t save what I had just done, so I emailed them and also wrote a little message on instagram.  Both my email and my instagram message were responded to within a few hours with apologies and an explanation that there was a server issue and all should be good to go now.  I appreciated the quick response and I also was glad that they had already found and dealt with the issue! When I ordered the first three books on a Saturday evening, it had given me a delivery date that was maybe 3 weeks away(I live in Eastern Canada).  To my surprise, all three books arrived within 5 days!  I was so happy to see them!  The quality is amazing – just what I wanted.  They look very professional! The packaging was also impressive – bubble wrapped, cardboard wrapped, and packed neatly in a nice big box.  Great experience!
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(Note: We do not include Cats with our Photo Books…… at this time ) 
6. What made you choose Adoramapix to make your photo books?
I am someone who likes to do a bit of research before doing most things, so of course I read a lot of reviews of different online DIY photo book programs.  I loved the fact that you guys had lay flat pages that looked nice and sturdy.  All of the reviews that I read had great things to say about Adoramapix!
7. Any advice for other DIY  brides?
Definitely sit down and organize your photos before diving in – know which ones you want to use.  Try not to choose too too many photos because I find the less crowded the better it looks.  Try and look online at many sample spreads and layouts for each category to see how you want to set your own up (if you’re starting from scratch).  Once you start having dreams about the layouts and spreads, it’s probably time to finish up and order the damned thing! haha And most impoartant – Enjoy the process!  Design therapy for sure :)  Thanks Adoramapix!
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And they lived happily ever after. Thanks to Lindsay and Adam for sharing their experience with us and their beautiful  wedding photo book.

 

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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