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Aug 2013 19

We would like to take a moment to clear up any confusion regarding prepaids that were purchased prior to December 31, 2012.

We discontinued selling prepaid packs  in December of 2012. Those prepaids that were purchased prior to this date will now have an expiration date of December 31, 2015. We originally sent out an incorrect mail-out detailing the expiration date of December 31, 2013.  We apologize for any confusion that may have occurred.  We appreciate your business and your feedback.

We brought back the prepaid option with our paid pro memberships in May of 2013.  Pro members will be able to keep their prepaids as long as they keep their account active. A pro membership is valued at $69 a year. You can enjoy many benefits under this membership, such as unlimited long-term image storage,  unbranded links to photo books, and free shipping on most orders $35 and over. Please note though, free shipping does not apply to prepaid items.

As a sincere apology and thank you, we would like to offer a free one year pro membership to those who now have their prepaids ending December 31, 2015. We value your business and we hope you will continue to trust us with your art work and memories.

Free Pro Membership Code:  PXf2dkUuPw
Ends: August 31, 2013.

Jul 2013 31

We are excited to announce our first Adoramapix Instagram Video Contest!

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Through the month of August, we want to see you post an Instagram video of what it’s like to open an order from Adoramapix. Show us your photo books, your prints, your canvas, your metal and your excitement! Making videos on Instagram is easy! We’ll have 6 winners.  The most creative winner chosen by Adoramapix judges will receive a $250 Adorama gift card. Five entries with the most “likes” will win a free 16×16 metal print.

Contest Details: 

Follow @Adoramapix

Tag your videos #adoramapix

Contest runs from August 1 – August 31- 2013

(This contest is 0pen to US residents only, Adoramapix 2013 Contest Rules and Regulations apply)

 

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Jul 2013 29

Your passion is photography. Our passion is preserving it. However, we need your help once it leaves our doors.

If you’ve made an Adoramapix Photo Book of a big event in your life, I’m sure you put a lot of work and energy into its creation. In order to save your precious memories for future generations, you’ll need to do a little more work  to take care of those photo books. Here are some great tips and reminders to keep your treasured memories safe and sound.

1. Handle your Photo Books Carefully 

We pride ourselves on using true archival photo paper. Photo paper must be handled carefully. You basically have a large print in your hand that is heat pressed into a photo book. So with any photo paper that is not protected by glass or a frame, handle it carefully. Although our books are very durable, human hands contain oils and salt which over time can take its toll on a print. We suggest to turn the pages with your fingertips and make sure you, or anyone else looking at your photo books has clean hands before sitting down and admiring the memories. Also, if you notice a fingerprint on your photo paper, take a soft, dry cloth to buff it out lightly.

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2. Humidity and Sunlight

Humidity and sunlight can have damaging affects on your photo books. Try to store your photo books at room temperature. Humidity can cause moisture to get locked between your photo pages and cause the photo pages to “stick” together. Once they stick together, unsticking them may mean the paper will rip. Direct sunlight will fade the colors of your photo book. This also means, not storing it in a basement where mold and mildew may accumulate or worse flooding. Also, same goes for your attic. Heat rises, it gets very hot in the attic and fluctuating humidity can permanently destroy your photo books. You want to be able to control the natural elements in order to preserve your photo book for future generations.

 

3. High Traffic Areas

I recently was contacted by photo book member Allison of Everyday Adventures. She loved her Adoramapix Photo Book of her wedding, so much so, she had it displayed lovingly on her coffee table for all to see. She was kind enough to send me pictures  of the aftermath. Unfortunately, a number of combinations may  have led to its damage. One being humidity (see tip #2). Secondly, it was in a high traffic area.  A sneeze, a spilled drink, water from someone’s overcoat all could have contributed to her pages sticking together.  The pages in your photo books have a surface coating (an emulsion) which, upon getting wet and then drying, will more than likely adhere  itself to the print next to it. Which in this case, was the next page. You want to be able to control the human elements in order to preserve our photo book. This means, keeping it out of high traffic areas, instead store it and bring it out on special occasions for viewing.

 

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4. Lay Flat

Your Adoramapix Photo Book should be stored flat. In other words, do not rest it vertically on a book shelf. Instead it should lay flat or horizontally. This helps minimize any warping to the pages. Photos standing by themselves upright will warp over time.

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5. Archival Boxes

These are your photo book’s best friends. The archival boxes we sell are the best guarantee for long lasting beautiful photo books to stand the test of time. By using the archival photo book boxes, you can create a smaller, controlled environment that offers protection from dust, UV light and  the human factor.

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Jul 2013 23

We are pleased to announce the release of The Great American Photo Book. The photo book showcases every state in the union and the District of  Columbia.  The 50 page, commemorative  photo book takes you on a journey through the United States spanning the  mountains, the prairies and the oceans.  We want to thank the photographers who submitted their breath taking  images for this beautiful photo book. If you would like to order your copy, click on the “Buy Now” button.  Proceeds from the sale will go to The American Red Cross.

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Jul 2013 22

Summer is upon us and that means it is a great time to capture lasting memories.  Whether you are traveling far for your summer vacation or planning a ‘staycation’ with activities near home there are lots of ways to capture the moment.  You don’t need to have an expensive DSLR camera to take great vacation photos.  Nowadays your smart phone or point-and-shoot camera can take stunning high-resolution photos.

Far too often we take multiple photos but never print them.  This year make it a point to learn how to take great vacation photos.  All it takes is a little bit of planning with a purpose to consciously frame the image before you shoot.  Before you know it you will have many wonderful moments captured in photos to create your own coffee table vacation album.

  • Minimum camera requirements: While you don’t need an expensive camera, be sure you have the following minimum features:
  1. The ability to focus and snap pictures quickly for that split-second amazing image.  Many point-and-shoot cameras have a sport setting, which enables you to capture split second shots.
  2. A minimum camera resolution of 1024×768.
  3. Battery life that can last for hundreds of photos or at least 8-10 hours.
  4. Ways to charge the camera or carry a battery back up when you’re out all day.
  5. Extra memory cards or a way to download your images daily to leave room for the next day’s photos.
  • Set your camera to a high resolution: If you are using your smartphone or point-and-shoot, be sure it is set to the highest resolution.  That way the images will look clear and sharp for prints larger than 8×10 inches.  For DSLR users, medium to high-resolution is usually enough for a nice size, 12×12 or greater album.

Tell a story: When you start your day plan it as if you are telling a story.   From the moment you wake up and get your first cup of coffee at the corner café to the moment your head hits the pillow, take shots of the sights around you to remember those fleeting memories.

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Don’t forget the details:  You may not think details matter but when you recall your vacation it is often the little details that trigger the best memories.  What you ate, what the people around you wore, street signs, food, menus, maps, store signs, hotel room numbers, the view from your hotel, all of these seemingly small details complete your vacation story.

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Zoom in:  One of the most common mistakes people make when taking photos is having too much background and not enough focus on the people.  Experiment and try zooming in more than you have in the past to see their facial expression or capture what the person is doing with their hands.  If you stumble upon someone making a craft, wrapping up a purchase, or handing you your coffee, snap that photo and capture a memory.

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Landscapes:  In order to capture the beauty and spirit of your location, this is when you take landscape photos.  Of course, people can be in the image but this is when the focus is on the place. When you try to capture the people and the landscape at the same time you may miss getting a good photo of either.  For great landscape images be sure to set your aperture between f/8 to f/16.  For your smartphone or point-and-shoot choose the landscape setting for the best clarity to capture the horizon, mountains, and foreground.

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Turn the flash off:  People are often surprised that turning their flash off results in better images than when it is on.  This isn’t always the case but these days so many smartphones and point-and-shoot cameras have such high ISOs that even in a dimly lit area the photos capture the mood and lighting better than when a flash is used.  Take some test shots with and without the flash.   Then determine which photo you prefer.  And remember, when taking photos at sunset it is best to turn off the flash.

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Iconic shots with a twist:  When traveling to places where there are famous landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House or the Golden Gate Bridge try taking it from another perspective.  Using the Golden Gate Bridge as an example a hummingbird came into view which became the focus of the photo and the bridge was blurred. When viewed from a different perspective you capture details that show you were standing right next to a landmark and not from a guided bus tour.

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Get In the Picture: Too often we forget to get in the photo ourselves.  Be sure to get in a few photos even if it means using the self-timer or holding your camera at arms length.   When you include even a tiny piece of the location you will be able to prove you were there.

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Use a photo editor: Even the best photographers use editing tools.  There are several free tools that help brighten, straighten, crop and adjust the colors in your photos.  Popular apps such as Instagram also include a variety of filters that create different moods to your photos.  Don’t be afraid to check them out.  What might have been an otherwise ordinary image can be altered with a photo-editing tool.  Free editing tools including Aviary, Picasa, and Microsoft Photo Gallery.

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With just a little bit of practice you will be taking stunning photos that capture once-in-a-lifetime memories.

Be sure to check out Adoramapix and create a wonderful keepsake photo book of your summer vacation.  The pages are printed on beautiful photographic silver-halide paper with a lustre finish.  All Adorampix photo books use real archival quality photo paper for vivid fade-resistant colors and brilliant whites.

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Tina Case  an Adoramapix Ambassador and is a writer and photographer out of the San Francisco Bay area.  She writes co-writes for the photography blog Moms Who Click where she shares photographer tips, tricks and interviews.  Tina shares her parenting stories and more on Yahoo! where she is a featured “Parenting Guru.” Check more of her photos at Tina Case Photography, on Facebook and Instagram

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