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Aug 2014 05

In the last chapter of our 5 Common Photography Mistakes series, we take a look at a major pitfall, imitating others. Finding your path and vision in photography takes time. For many just starting out, it’s easier just to take a look at other’s websites and start to imitate what has already been done. This is the hardest lesson to learn.  What you need to remember is that you have your own unique ideas and vision and finding it will take some time.

Inspiration can be found in anything from movies to paintings to nature. It’s all around you.

For example, I have always loved the painting of Ophelia by John Everett Millais. It has inspired many artists and photographers. I wanted to do my own spin on it with my daughter.

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Courtney Slazinik of Click it Up a Notch, talks to us about imitation versus inspiration and how to break through to find your own vision.

 

Aug 2014 04

You have just received hundreds, maybe thousands of images from your wedding. So other than printing a fabulous traditional photo book through Adoramapix, what other things can you do to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces?

Let’s create!

1. Make a Collage with your Monogram

This was so easy to do and I love the way it turned out. Using our collages, you can upload your favorite images from your wedding.  With one of your pictures, you’ll upload an image with your monogram on it. Any type of software editing program will allow you do this. Simply use your image as your background, pick your letter and a color that will match your wedding colors. Upload as if it’s an actual picture and place where you think it will look best. It’s beautiful and personal.

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2. Include your Vows onto a Print

For this to work, you’ll need some negative space on your print. Depending on how long your vows were, you can either include them all or take certain snippets from them for a more powerful look. Again, any type of software editing program will allow you to add text over a photo.  The main thing to do before ordering is to check, and then double check your spelling before printing. You should also make sure the font is legible and large enough to read. This would look marvelous as a canvas for a softer look. Side note, you could also post your first dance lyrics if you did not write your own vows.

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3. Instagram Photo Book

This takes a little preplanning before your day, but when done correctly it will give you a whole new stream of wedding photos. First, make it known that you would like to set up a hashtag for you wedding. For example, #TaylorWedding and let your guests know you will be making items from these photographs. This will give you a specific photo stream for your wedding day, instead of having yourself tagged and your images showing up in everyone else’s feed. Next, you can print from the stream.  Typically, smart phone images were meant to be smaller in size so I would suggest not pushing the images past an 8×8 size. All phones are different, but most will look good 8×8 and under. So with this, pick an 8×8 photo book and you can either build one yourself or we have a template just for this occasion called Camera Phone White and Camera Phone Black. This way you have a separate photo book for your professional photographs and your instagram photos from your friends and family.

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4. Instagram Heart

This plays on number three, once you have your hashtag set up. You can still print out all the fun phots and arrange  them on your wall as you would like, we print 4×4 on our Kodak  Lustre which is the perfect fit for this type of project. If you don’t have enough photos from your wedding day, simply fill in the heart with other images you like or find will fit the look you are trying to achieve.

 

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5. Calendar

Why not enjoy your wedding all year? It’s easy to make a calendar with our online software and you can choose from 12 or 18 months. Plus you can choose from 6×6, 8×8 or 10×10. We have prebuilt templates or you can build your own. The most important thing about our calendars is that they are printed on beautiful, professional lustre paper. So when you are done with the calendar, you can actually tear off the images and frame them.

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Jul 2014 31

‘Tis the season to hit the open road. When the skies turn blue and the days seem to last forever, now is the time when we feel the urge to travel. It’s important to document your travels in a photo book as they reflect your special memories and adventures with friends and family.

There are a number of ways you can document your road trip.

1. Journal

For those that love the written word as much as the photograph, we have the perfect template for you: The Journal. This template lends itself well to combining these two aspects. We have a number of fonts that look like hand writing to compliment your images. You can also pick your font color and size to match the image. Here I chose a font that looked like my handwriting and the I pulled the color from the rocks.

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2. Day by Day

This is an account of your day to day travels. Arrange all of your photos in chronological order. You can then load them to our PixPublisher.  The template world traveler lends itself well for the day to day type of archiving of your travel memories.

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3. Just for the Little Ones

A great idea is make a smaller photo book for your children. Load it with pictures and fun, colorful backgrounds and chat bubbles.  Include pictures of the family and solo shots of the children. They will love to have their own photo travel photo book. It will work well as a memento – a glimpse at their life at a specific age.  The 6×12 photo book size is a fun and perfect size for this type of travel photo book.

 

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We have a handful of other travel themed templates that are fun and easy to use. Feel free to be adventurous and take a look around our other themes like panoramic and photography. These templates often showcase designs with little to no embellishments when you are looking to keep things simple.

We hope a few of these ideas will spark your imagination to get your images off your cards, computers and phones and make a travel photo book that will last for generations.

 

Jul 2014 16

We have such amazing members who are creative and inspiring. This week we want to turn our spotlight on member Terry Cloud. Terry works for a professional hockey team and turns all of the team’s broken hockey sticks into frames to showcase his Adoramapix prints.

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Terry was kind enough to show us this DIY along with the steps on how to achieve this look.

Start off with a hockey stick.

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I use a low profile back loading frame to build frame around and then to put into hockey stick frame at end.  You also need 4 corner brackets, a frame hanger and some athletic tape.

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 Measure the outside of the picture frame and mark the measurements onto hockey stick to cut.

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Using a circular saw set at 45degrees, cut all the pieces and sand edges if needed.

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Assemble frame loosely and place corner brackets in place.  Drill starter holes and then screw them into place.

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Once all four corners are secure, I use athletic tape to cover the seams on the edges.  Plus, it’s a hockey stick, and they have this tape on them when in use, so it makes sense.

Measure on top of frame to find center and screw your frame hanger in place.

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Once frame is assembled and tape is on, I place the other frame inside of it.  It fits securely but I still use four screws to hold it in place inside the hockey stick frame.

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Thank you Terry for this fantastic DIY. We can see this as the perfect way to showcase your Adoramapix photos of your favorite hockey players.

Jul 2014 15

This is the fourth installment of our 5 Common Photography Mistakes series.  Today, we look at not fully understanding the rule of thirds in photography.

According to Wikipedia ” The rule of thirds is a “rule of thumb” or guideline which applies to the process of composing visual images such as designsfilmspaintings, and photographs.[1] The guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.[2]Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would.”

As seen in the image  below, by Courtney Slazinik of Click it up a Notch, where your subject is placed in the fame makes all the difference in the world. ruleofthirdsBelow, Courtney give us some easy to understand methods on how to make sure your images have impact using the rule of thirds.

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