We’re starting a print revolution and want you to be a part of it. We are kicking off a movement to get your images off your phones and into your hands.
Passion for photography is stronger than ever, however passion for the print seems to have been lost. We want to start a movement to raise awareness of the beauty, strength, and longevity of the print. First, we want to start with our amazing Instagram members. We want you to print your instagram feed! Here’s how you can enter this fantastic giveaway.
(Please note if your instagram feed is set to private, we will not be able to see your images)
She is also a much-sought-after speaker on the both the national and international stage. Through her own experiences and expertise, Jen enables her audiences to find their own voice and create their own vision. Jen’s goal, not only for her own business but for her students as well is for each photographer to find that pivotal moment that speaks to the heart and capture it.
We can not stress enough, how important it is to print your life and your memories. Imagine having your personal images being held for ransom. That’s exactly what happened to one Canadian family with a new wave of cybercriminals coming after your personal photos.
We shared a story earlier this month about the Niedermayer family who paid an $800 ransom to get precious family photos of their three young boys back from cybercriminals. You can see the original story from CBC News HERE.
*photo courtesy CBC news and the Niedermayer Family of their three boys.
When we released this information – we had no idea so many of our members had the same thing happen to them. Jason Bogacz is a photographer from central Florida. His photography passion ranges from events, to portraiture to pets and storytelling. Here is his story.
I had been looking at an entertainment website, nothing unusual for me when after I left the page I noticed some functions of Internet Explorer weren’t functioning properly. Pages wouldn’t load, that type of thing. I wasn’t concerned at first, figured there were just some issues with those pages due to heavy traffic and all would be better soon. After a couple of days this was still happening. I downloaded Chrome to see if that would handle my browsing the same and I was surprised to see that everything was fine using Chrome. I started googling the symptoms but wasn’t able to identify any specific causes. That’s when I noticed that I was also having issues opening certain files, I getting pop ups telling me the files were corrupt or weren’t able to be opened. This was Word documents, photos, music, etc… And then the final hit came when I was essentially locked out of Outlook. The file/malware had corrupted the PST file and I wasn’t able to access it at all. I once again Google the issues and that’s when I found out I had been infected with Ransomware.
2. How did you answer or handle the situation?
My initial reaction was grief, anger, depression. I was devastated at first and then once I collected myself I went online to see what I could do about it. The answers I found were basically pay to get the files back. That was never going to be an option for me. I’d never give these criminals the satisfaction of bringing me to my knees. Ultimately I had to do a complete system restore on my PC to start fresh again. Once I was able to do that it was a matter of getting all my backups restored as necessary. I’ve been told since that in most cases one can use a restore point however that was not an option for me. My restore points within Windows had been effectively eliminated. Starting in safe mode didn’t work. My system had for all intents and purposes been destroyed from this so I took appropriate action to reclaim it.
3. How do you back up/take care of your photos?
I am a little old school in that I back up manually to two separate external hard drives. I’ve had some issues in the past with automatic backups not working properly or not taking all the files so I’ve resorted it to doing it myself. It’s not a big deal to me and I know that everything is being taken care of. I’m also starting to look at cloud based solutions. I’ve dabbled here and there with it in the past but am seriously looking at this as an offsite, third party and third level backup.
One thing to note with the ransomware is that it did make it to ONE of these external drives and took out some specific folders I had. I ended up losing my Lightroom backups so I lost all of my edits but not the RAW files or images produced from them. I thought it was strange to have lost the catalog backups but not the actual CR2 files.
On the professional side, client images are backed up in the same fashion and once I upload the high res versions to my site in their respective galleries, I leave them there. Those are not deleted. I may block access to the galleries after a period of time but the images are still available if needed. This essentially provides a 4th copy of any one particular client photo.
And the other part of this is that I also enjoy prints, be it individual images or photo books. I’ve got my favorites in metal, acrylic, fine art, regular prints, books, you name it. It’s one thing to have it all available to view on a computer screen but there’s something undeniably cool about having that favorite photo up on a wall or as part of photo book. I make sure to have at least one image I love of the things that are important to me in physical form of some sort. Hack my computer, brick my hard drives, you can’t take those prints from me.
4. What can you tell others to help them protect their images?
Back up. I can’t stress that enough. Use multiple drives, they’re inexpensive enough to justify what expense there is. Look in to cloud services. I know in some cases people can get unlimited photo storage (Amazon Prime members for example), other services offer free space as well. Use third party storage (Google, iCloud, AdoramaPix, Flickr, etc…) for the most precious photos, the ones you would be devastated to lose. Have that extra layer of protection by having them off site completely. And like I mentioned, get them off your hard drive and on your walls!
Thank you Jason for sharing your story with us. To see more of Jason’s work check him out on these handles.
Facebook: jason bogacz photography
Of course being a lab, we have a number of ideas for you to keep your personal photos safe, from digi rot, ransomware, etc.
First, we want you to get serious about printing your images. We have a sale on our 4×6 Luster prints for only 16 cents each. Code: PX46S Ends: March 22 Midnight EST
As photographers, we give tangible memories to our clients for them to cherish for generations, but what if you could do more? What if we could help others less fortunate? This is exactly the thought Jamie Delaine and Randy Watson had together. Here is their story and their mission.
My name is Jamie Delaine and I’m a wedding and portrait photographer based in Vancouver, BC. I’m newly married to an amazing man named Randy Watson, a general contractor and builder by trade. Before we met, Randy and I were both passionate about giving of our finances and time to help others. When we started dating, it was incredible to see how many of our passions aligned. We knew we needed to do something together – so nine months into our marriage, we launched The School Sessions.
The School Sessions is a one-day event across the globe on Sunday, April 12th raising $200,000 to build a school in Haiti. Photographers can sign up online to shoot one (or more!) portrait sessions on April 12th (or anytime before it!) and donate 100% of session fees to The School Sessions. (Click Here to Get Involved)
E.C.C.A. School was founded in 2007 by Mr. Duckenson and Mrs. Francois Laguerre. Five years ago, a horrific earthquake completely destroyed their building (along with thousands of other schools) but the Laguerres continued to teach, allowing many kids to attend their programs for free. Laguerre remembers, “In spite of our building being destroyed, parents sent their kids to our school. We asked why they chose ECCA, they said: ‘You inspire in us faith, hope and a future for our children.’” Operational funding for ECCA is provided by a family’s ability to pay along with support from other organizations.
How did you come up with this charity idea?
I started my business at sixteen years old and quickly was working full-time shooting 20-25 weddings a summer. The business started to take its toll on me and I started to question, “Why was I even doing this?” One winter off-season I had an “a-ha!” revelation moment, I needed to make my business about more than myself. I needed to make giving/helping a core belief of my business. From that point forward, I started looking for opportunities to give!
My husband Randy traveled to Haiti six times and from his very first trip connected with the people he met there. When we got married, it was natural for that passion to overflow into our marriage. We visited Haiti and Randy was able to introduce me to Mr. and Mrs. Laguerre and ECCA School (a school he had visited a couple years before!) – we knew we needed to help raise funds to get them a building.
We are passionate about providing opportunities for business owners to give back. We all want to help – but sometimes we don’t know where to start. By creating The School Sessions it’s our hope that photographers will be excited to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
How has this work, changed your photography career?
I whole-heartedly believe life is most fulfilling when we are pouring ourselves out for others, not just chasing our own dreams and goals – although those are noble and good desires! I love that I can use what I’ve been gifted in (photography) and photograph sessions and see that money go towards a big need. I also love that I have the opportunity to connect my clients with a cause they can get excited about. And of course, as the founders, we are fulfilled when we see other photographers jumping on board, too!
How can people get involved?
Photographers worldwide are raising $200,000 to build a school in Haiti by photographing portrait sessions and donating 100% of the session fees. Sessions are taking place on or anytime before April 12th – join the 440+ photographers already involved and change the lives of these children forever. (Click Here to get Involved)
Thank you to Jaime and Randy for taking the time to talk with AdoramaPix. If you would like to get involved you can go to their website www.TheSchoolSessions.com to find out more. You can also follow them on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
In addition, The School Sessions will be taking over the AdoramaPix Instagram account for the week of March 16th. Check out Jamie and Randy’s work, their mission and their passion.
The snow is melting (we promise) and the blooms are starting to appear. Now is the time to start ramping up for portraits outdoors. Before you snap that shutter, there are a few things you should keep in mind when outside. Here are 10 tips from Award Winning, AdoramaPix Ambassador, Jen Hillenga.
1. TIME OF DAY
You don’t always get to choose what time of day you are photographing, but if you can, choosing a time of day when the sun is low in the sky is preferable. Early morning and the hour before dusk, called the Golden Hour, will result in the light being softer and more diffused and will make lighting your images a bit easier. When the sun is high in the sky, it creates harsh shadows and your subject’s eyes may not be able to handle the brightness. Photographing at optimal times of the day will eliminate those issues.
2. DIRECTION OF LIGHT
No matter what time of day you are photographing, you will need to find or create a good direction of light. When the sun is high and the light is coming from directly overhead, the light pattern is unflattering to the face, causing dark shadows especially in the eye sockets. To avoid this, you want to find or create what is called ‘Open Shade”. Open shade occurs any time there is shade overhead and light is coming into the face instead of from above it. You can find open shade by tucking your subjects under any overhang, such as a porch stoop, under a shade tree, under a bridge or awning.
3. LIGHT MODIFIERS
If you can’t find open shade, you can use light modifiers to create good light in an otherwise unflattering lighting situation. You can either use a reflector or a flash to change the direction of the main light or to fill in shadows. If you decide to use a reflector, try not to use it below your subject or your fill light may get a “ghoulish” sort of underlight. If you choose to use a flash to light your subjects, you will most often get the best results by using the flash off camera, rather than on your camera. This creates a good direction of light, giving flattering shadows that help sculpt the face rather than flat lighting your subject.
4. DEPTH OF FIELD
When shooting outside, it is often nice to let the background go out of focus by narrowing your depth of field and shooting at a larger aperture. This works great to isolate your subject and really have them stand out from the background. Make sure that if you are shooting more than one person, that you have everybody in the plane of focus so that every person in the photograph is in focus. Your depth of field is relative to your distance from your subject as well, so If you would like to shoot a shallower depth of field, but have more than one subject, try backing away from your subject which will increase your plane of focus.
5. UNCOMPLICATED BACKGROUNDS
When you photograph your subjects, it is usually is best to isolate them from the background as much as possible. To do this, try to choose backgrounds that are solid and not busy patterns or patchy lighting that will distract from viewing the main subject.
Every choice we make in composing your images makes a statement. Although centered composition can be very stable and give an impression of strength, off center composition creates fluidity and movement and can often be more appealing. Often you will hear good composition referred to as the “rule of thirds”. Imagine a tic tac toe board dividing your image into 3rds. Where these line intersect is called the “third” as if often the best place to put your point of interest with the most effective being the lower right third because we read in the z formation, meaning left to right, top to bottom. This mean that the lower right corner of the image is where our eye naturally stops, creating the best rest stop and point of interest.
7. LEADING LINES
To create interest and movement in your image, you may want to use natural or architectural leading lines that draw the viewer’s eye to the subject.
8. GET LOW…OR HIGH
Changing up your camera position can create interest in your portraits, especially when photographing children. getting down on their level can often show how the world looks to them and give you a little glimpse into their world as well as allowing them to look straight into the camera. Shooting small things from a high angle can make them looks small, creating a sense of wonder. When photographing, walk around your subjects and play with different angles to find what works with your subject and step out of your box a little.
If you can’t find shade, try a few shots with the light behind your subject, creating a beautiful glow behind them. Don’t forget to expose for your subjects face though or you may end up with dark underexposed faces. Sometimes, if you hit the right angle you may also have the light hitting the lens, causing what is called “sunflare”. Sunflare can be cool if done correctly and sparingly.
10. IF YOU CAN’T BEAT IT, USE IT!
Sometimes it’s just not possible to get the perfect lighting in certain areas…but it is usually possible to get a great image anyway. Sometimes its raining…grab and umbrella and have your subject jump in the puddles. Sometimes its too sunny…try facing your subject into the sun, or doing an image that is more of an art piece than a portrait in order to use the whole scene. Sometimes its is too windy….do a image of the hair flying wildly in their face. Be creative with your surrounding and don’t be afraid to play. You will often find that you can turn a negative into a positive and still get a great image.
For more tips and tutorials from Jen check out her website JensFabulousStuff.com