Jan 2014 16

Each week we like to focus on one small area of our PixPublisher Online Software. The tips are designed to enhance your photo books and unleash your creativity.

Today we want to show you how to change the color of your background to suit your lay out in your photo book. This short one minute YouTube gives you the step by step process to changing up the background color.



Jan 2014 14
There are some great photographers out there that I admire who have the tenacity to stick with their project 365 throughout the year. Project 365 allows you to take a photo a day throughout the year chroniciling your life and your vision. It’s not an easy task but I asked some folks on their tips to help us stick with this rewarding project.
1. Discipline
I notice photographer TJ Powell’s 365 project on Twitter and I asked him about his biggest hurdle. He said, “My biggest obstacle was remembering to take the photo.  I tried to do this in 2010 but failed because I could never remember to take the photos.  So, this time I went with using my iPhone only, and I set up a reminder to take a photo at 6 PM so that I would not forget.  I tried to get the photos posted onto Facebook every day but there were many days that I had to post them in a group but I was able to get the photo on each day.”
If you need more direction or help check out the free app Project 365.  The app arranges your photos in a meaningful way, sends daily reminders and allows you to share photos with friends and family. It’s designed to help you easily keep on track for the year.
2. Details and Light

When TJ got into a rhythm of taking a photo a day, he noticed that he became more aware of the world around him. He said, “The 365 project challenged me pay closer attention to the world around me and pay attention to the light and subject to photograph. Over the year, I began to look at light and events during the day to be photo op.  I am now looking for things to take photos of all the time.  I think it will make me a better photographer to continue this project for 2014.”

3. Make it Easy
Don’t give yourself an excuse to skip a day. Bring your camera with you everyday and everywhere. It’s understandable you probably don’t want to drag your professional DSLR around with you, thanks to the inventions of smartphones with decent cameras, you now have the opportunity to have a camera with you. TJ said, “All of my photos were taken with the iPhone, none on this project were taken with my “regular” cameras.   I found it to be much easier to do it this way as it is always with me and I was able to process and get the photos ready all in the palm of my hand and not have to get to the computer.  “
4. Experiment
Although there needs to be some rhythm and discipline to Project 365, it’s also a channel to let you allow you to break out of your comfort zone. You’ll find throughout your year, you’ll crave creativity more and will challenge yourself. Otherwise your project becomes a job and you’ll get bored with it easily and will abandon it.
(stock photography)
5. Save It Organize it Print It
Keeping a handle on 365 images can be daunting, but thanks to the popularity of the project there are now apps to help you efficiently save and organize your images. TJ said he relied on CollectPhotoApp. The basic version is free on Itunes you can also upgrade to the pro for $1.99. Another great one is called Photo 365 available on Itunes for $1.99.
Finally, don’t forget to print it! you can print out these square calendars through Adoramapix. You can print them out individually or make a great keepsake photo book. You can also do a combination maybe have a calendar on page and a few of your favorites on the next.  Let your creativity flow while archiving it for future generations.


Jan 2014 09


Each week we like to focus on one small area of our PixPublisher Online Software. The tips are designed to enhance your photo books and unleash your creativity.

Today we want to show you how to make your photos appear as a background on your photo book. This short one minute YouTube gives you the step by step process to adding your photos as background.

Jan 2014 06

So you got  new dslr for the holidays? Now what? Now, you take small steps in getting comfortable with this new piece of technology. Here are our five tips on getting started.

1. Register Your Gear

This is just a great habit to get in to with your gear. Write down your serial numbers on your camera and lens and keep it in a safe place. Also, there will be registration paper work to fill out and send back to the  manufacturer – do this. The purpose of this is in case there are any technical issues you may be covered under warranty. Also, if your equipment gets lost or stolen, you have a record of it.



2. Skim the Manual First

I am not suggesting you devour the whole camera manual, even for professional photographers it’s a lot to comprehend and absorb. Take your time and read and understand the parts that make sense to you. Once you get more comfortable with your camera, you’ll start to ask questions and will be able to refer to your manual for the answer.


3.  Explore the Limitations

How high does the iso go on your camera? Start with the lowest iso and go to the highest and view the results in camera. You can do this with the speed and the f-stop as well. Photograph at each step so you can visually see what your camera is capable of handling. Also, make sure to take a look at what happens to the histogram on the back of your camera. It’s interesting to see how light registers through these variables.

4. Get Off Auto Mode

Scary thought isn’t it? It will take a lot of years to be able to walk into a room or scene and know what iso, fstop and shutterspeed will give you the best results. In the meantime, you can  start with Aperture or Shutter priority. This let’s you control one of the variables. When comfortable with this, feel free to play with Manual Mode. When I first started in digital dslr I would often put it on aperture priority – read how the camera would see it and then plug those numbers into Manual Mode. Depending on my vision, I would then move the aperture or speed to lighten or darken the image in manual mode. Once you have a starting point, it’s easy to move around in Manual Mode.



5. Practice, Practice and then Practice Some More

You’re not going to become a pro overnight. It’s not an iphone. Plus, you wanted more than something on the back of your phone. You wanted more control. So with that said, challenge yourself. Give yourself something you can attain -maybe a monthly photo challenge to begin. Give yourself technical challenges before creative ones. Remember this is your first DSLR you need to know the rules before creatively and on purpose breaking them. If you get stuck on anything, I suggest combing through YouTube videos. There is such a plethora of valuable knowledge in this database. Plus, if you are like me, you learn better being shown what to do rather than reading a manual with no color or beautiful imagery.




Dec 2013 20

It’s the 12 Days of Holiday Giving Contest – Day 12!  Today you can win three 11×17 metal prints from Adoramapix.   You can enter up to four times a day, simply by leaving a comment below, commenting on our Facebook Fan Page, on our YOUTUBE channel and retweeting our message on Twitter. One winner is chosen per day.  Good luck everyone!


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