Jan 2015 12

It’s January and for a lot of photographers they are in the midst of wedding bookings and wedding shows. We recently caught up with AdoramaPix Ambassador Erin Gilmore of Erin Gilmore Photography who consistently wins awards for her wedding booth designs. This year the theme was “The Things we Love” which included photo books and images from AdoramaPix. Erin’s booth showcased black chalk walls with her artwork displayed.

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She handed out show specials which included the things she loved, you’ll see AdoramaPix located in the lower right hand corner.

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You’ll see gold and black and white as her color palette throughout the booth.

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We have never seen one of our photo books on a swing before – we love this idea!

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AdoramaPix photo books displayed perfectly on a moss covered chair.

We asked Erin where she gets her ideas from. She  said she’ll do her research to see what’s trendy, and then she’ll put her own spin on it. She feels it’s very important to inject personal tidbits so people can connect with her in a short amount of time at the show. She always incorporates AdoramaPix into her booth and always books weddings from the amazing displays, artwork and photo books she displays at the shows. Thank you for sharing your vision with us Erin.

Jan 2015 08

Your Best Shot 2014 Contest

Contest Details – Please Read Carefully!

How to enter:

  1. Every entrant must submit one image –  jpeg – along with your name and email address. Please feel free to watermark/copyright your image. Finalists will be asked to submit a high-resolution file, copyright free digital file  for print reproduction in our winning 8×8 photo books.
  2. Like Adoramapix on Facebook and load your web ready image to our timeline.  Please feel free to include your watermark/copyright on any uploaded images.( If you do not have a Facebook account, simply skip to step #3.)
  3. Image must have been captured in the year 2014. Entries are due by February 12, 2015, midnight EST (Updated to February 15, 2015)

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 The Prizes:

1.  Grand Prize (1 winner): Estimated Value: $1500.00

- Your Choice either a Canon 6d OR a Nikon D610 camera body.

2. Top 100 Picks : (100 winners)  Estimated Value: $25.00

- Each of the top 100 Picks listed on Facebook will receive an 8×10 Metal Print.

3. NEW : The three images with the most likes from the top 100: (3 winners) Estimated Value: $134.95

- The top 3 with the most Facebook “likes” from the top 100 will win a 20×30 Metal Print

4.  Top 12 Runner Ups : (12 winners) Estimated Value: $28.00

-Each of the 12 Runner Ups listed on Facebook will receive a free 8×8 – 14 page hardcover photo book with the winning entries displayed.

All winners will be notified by email.

Dates to Know:

The Deadline: February 12, 2015

A team of Adoramapix Judges will then choose the top 100 images based on technical and artistic ability and will post to Facebook.

The sponsor will break them down into categories, landscape, portrait, etc and will take the even percentages out of each category. Judges reserve the right to place the entry in the appropriate category. 

The  Vote: February 2015

The top 100 will be posted to Facebook. The three images with the most “likes” will receive a free 20×30 metal print.  This vote has no bearing on the actual Grand Prize Winner.

The top 25 images will be posted on the Adoramapix Blog as chosen by a panel of 3 judges. Adoramapix members will then pick their  favorites from the 25 images posted. The top 12 images that receive the most votes will be awarded the Best of 2014  8x8” -14 page Adoramapix Photo Book.

The Winner Announced:  March 2015

A team of Adoramapix Judges will choose the Grand Prize Winner out of the top 12 Best of 2014 winners.

The Winner will be announced via our Blog first, followed by Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and a mail out.

Official Rules: All 2015 General Adoramapix  Contest Rules Apply

*You will be disqualified if you enter more than one image. If you are not a fan of these contests, please don’t participate.  We’ll continue to try to find new contests and new prizes that will make it fun and interesting to be a part of the Adoramapix  community. Thank you for your support.

Common FAQ’s

1. Can I submit an image with my copyright on it?

Absolutely, if you make it to the top 12 we will ask you to submit a copyright image free 300 dpi image suitable for print for the winning 8×8 -12 page photo book.

2.What do you do with our images?

 This is our fourth year running the contest. We take great strides to protect the images you submit to us.  After each year, we delete all images from the mailbox. We  print the top 12 images.  However, please be aware this contest is run on social media sites as well as our blog. (See point #20 on 2015 Rules and Regulations) We suggest  to only post a low – 72 dpi watermarked image  to Facebook.

3. Why won’t you confirm entries?

We have over 3k entries each year to this contest. There are a number of reasons we can not guarantee your entry.

1. You forgot to attach an image

2. You entered more than once with different images

3. If you share a link to your image and the link does not work

4. You submitted an image that is in direct violation of  #10 of 2015 Rules and Regulations.

We do not verify for the simple reason that it would not be fair to  allow people to resubmit, if they did not follow the rules. It is unfair to those who did follow the contest rules.

4. My image was better than that squirrel image, why did you pick that one?

This contest is initially broken down into about a dozen categories to reach the top 100. For example, portraits, landscape, wildlife, etc. Certain categories have a higher percentage of people who submit. So although you may have entered a landscape picture and did not make it, but a macro of a tip of a pencil did, it’s because you were competing with everyone in the landscape category – not the macro.  After the first initial 100 are announced – then they are no longer in categories. It’s the best shot takes the prize.

5. Are panoramics, HDR  and composite shots permitted?

Yes, however, the grand prize winners from the previous years have all been from one frame.  (we verify it) We do not draw the line on how much photoshop, stacking, stitching there is in the photo.

6. I’m not on Facebook – can I still enter.



Jan 2015 06

Whether you worked on a 365 day project or your family adventures for 2014, now is the time to organize your memories from the last year. From photo books, to calendars to gallery walls we have you covered.

A. Photo Books

1. 365 / 52 Projects

Congratulations – you did it! You took a picture every day in the year 2014 with Project 365. You were determined, you were motivated, you were disciplined with your craft. Whew — you’re done. What? No! Now it’s time to preserve your memories with an AdoramaPix photo book. Yes, we do have a template that would be perfect for your project. Within our PixPublisher, you will find a lot of different themes. The best theme to suit this project is a 76 page Collage. The theme is perfect because it can host all of your images from your project. It has different sizes and orientations to suit whatever subjects you covered last year. All of that hard work and discipline can be showcased for future generations. 



2. Year in Review

Put your holiday memories or 2014 milestones into a stunning photo book you can look back on in years to come. Whether it’s your family’s high-lights or watching your little ones grow,  don’t  let those images sit on your hard drive or phone – give them a home in 2015. Creating a year in review photo book may be a bit daunting but there are some easy steps to keep focused. Start with the right photo book; make sure to pick one that will handle a year of images. Next, pick a vision or a road map  for your book. Want to do month by month or  just hi-light the seasons? Whatever road you take, make sure to keep consistent with your idea throughout the book.




B. Calendar Ideas

Back in the day, you’d be happy just receiving your free calendar from the local grocery store. My  how times have changed. Now, you can be just as crafty and passionate about the design, color and images as a photo book.

We have a few ideas to help you make the best of your 2014 memories into 2015 calendars.

1. Children Through the Seasons

Most of us have captured our children throughout the year. Now is the time to get those images off the phone and computer to put into a beautiful calendar. It’s ok, if you don’t have every season captured to match the month. It’s more about seeing their world from their eyes in 2014. In 2015, try  capturing your children in each month as a portrait.  There are some things as parents that we do, take the kids on vacation, take the kids to the  pumpkin patch etc. Why not take 5 minutes out of  each these adventures to set up a quick portrait? It doesn’t have to be perfect but it should be representative of the month. Once you make a practice of it, you’ll find it easy to make a calendar each year.

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2. Instagram

Did you know you can directly upload your images from your Instagram account? You can! What an easy way to make a calendar! Upload your Instagram images and choose your favorites to showcase throughout the year. This will keep you inspired throughout 2015 and it documents your art from 2014!



C. Gallery Walls

Take a collection of your photos and turn them into pieces of art. Throughout the year, we have shown you ideas on how to group images together for the most impact.  If you have a big space to fill, instead of doing one larger images, consider making a gallery of like photos. It can be just as effective and dramatic. Plus, if you don’t want to bother with the framing, remember our metal, acrylic and canvas prints come ready to hang.




We hope these ideas will inspire you to get serious about not letting your memories stay as jpegs. Give them a life and a home in 2015. #longliveprints


Jan 2015 06

Whether you are a professional, amateur or hobbyist photographer, one thing is for certain you’ll want to take care of your digital files and back them up. We wanted to write a blog post about 5 items you need to do to back up your images. However, there are so many different routes and not every tip will be applicable for everyone. So instead, we asked five of our members on how they archive their photos and why it works for them. All of them agree, Don’t Delay, back it up Today!

1. Roger Vaughn of Roger Vaughn Photography (online backup)

As a freelance sports photographer shooting local high school and DIII college teams, I shoot a lot of images every week.  I save my original full resolution images from the current sports season  to an on site image server that I built myself containing a total of 16TB of hard drive space. I also keep the best images from the previous years sports season on my image server as well.

All of my images back up automatically to Google Drive and Google+ Photos. All Google accounts come with 15GB of free storage and you can increase the size of your Google Drive storage in incremental amounts at affordable monthly costs. One TB of storage space is only $9.99 a month. The nice thing about Google Drive is that any image smaller than 2048 pixels on the longest side does not count toward your Google Drive storage allotment, so in theory the amount of images you can backup is limitless if the image size is kept under 2048 pixels. Google+ Photos backup app lets you set that option in the settings.

Google Drive is handy for me. Since I travel a lot I never have to worry about access to my image archive when a sports editor needs an image. My archive is available wherever I have an internet connection by just accessing my Google account.


2. Ernesto of EJ Photo (external hard drive)

Last year, out of the blue, my 2year old external drive, decided to stop working, it didn’t want to power up, nothing was moving in/out of it. After much rendering of hair and gnashing of teeth, I embarked on a new back up process; I now have 2 WD Passports, and after a major shoot/edit/film scan I back up my photo files to one and take that drive to my office and swap it for the one there. This way if something happens to my picture drive I have a back up in the office and if something happens to the one in the office, I have one at home (not as up to date but still). I also don’t delete my memory cards right away in case some of the files are corrupted in the transfer or something does happen to one of the backups. Yes, it is very redundant and a bit of a pain but I am not getting burnt again (that easily anyways). (Ernesto archives jpegs only)


 3. Saul Blumenthal of Saul Blumenthal 

The goal of my backup scheme is to have my personal photo collection stored on several hard drives, in multiple locations. It is not important that I be able to access any particular photo from anywhere.

I have a 1.5TB external drive always connected to my Mac, that serves as my “master” archive; I then have two internal 1.5TB drives and a USB enclosure. At any given moment, one of these drives is inside the enclosure and mounted on my computer and the other is in a safe deposit box at the bank. Whenever I update the master drive, I use the utility SuperDuper! to mirror the drive inside the enclosure. Every two weeks (usually a Saturday morning) — occasionally longer if life gets in the way or if I haven’t been shooting much — I go to the bank with the internal drive from the enclosure and swap it with the drive in the safe deposit box. When I get home I mount the drive in the enclosure and I sync it up with the master drive.

If either of the internal drives fails — as happened once — I can get a new drive and restore it from the master drive. If the master drive fails, I can get a new one and restore it from the internal drive. If both drives in my home fail or are destroyed, I have lost at most my photos from the past two weeks.

After 10 years and 50,000 photos, I have only half-filled the drives. When I do get close to filling the drives, I can add extra drives to the mix or start using larger drives.

Of course my ultimate backups are the many photo books I have designed and had printed over the years.


4. Eric Arnold of Eric Arnold Photography

My backup system is pretty straightforward. Using two external hard drives attached to my PC. The drives are 1TB and 3TB capacity drives by Western Digital. I complete manual backups (copy from PC to drive #1, then drive #2) of my image files about once a month. If I shoot a big event, or any paying job, I back those up right away; you can never be too careful with something you’re making money with!I archive everything; both RAW and jpegs. Even the phtoos I don’t initially edit get backed up. You never know when you might want to revisit something.

5. Ross Sieber of NRS Media Services

I’m among the part time professional crowd, and my formal education and training is in the IT field.  Since I am from the IT field, I tend to over-build and take precautions based on some of the worst cases I’ve read about and of course we all learn from our mistakes.  I’ve been building my own systems for a long time and in fact have only moved away from a self-hosted platform to Photoshelter, Zenfolio and Flickr within the last 2-3 years.  I have been through every variation of single drives, RAID, including various brands of drives and controllers.  I’ve found that things are usually stable when left alone, which of course doesn’t account for mistakes or hardware failures, and consolidation among manufacturers hasn’t always led to better products.  While I was managing my own sites and servers, I was trading off external drives for remote backups, but since everything from file sizes to memory cards and hard drives has grown this wasn’t going to cut it, not to mention the time and money to ship drives or actually drive out to the data center to make the swap.  I started using the Synology NAS for backups a few years ago, and BackBlaze for offsite backups.  RAID card problems on the most recent upgrade attempt led me to purchase the expansion chassis for the Synology NAS sp essentially I have 2 identical volumes, but primary storage and backups are in different physical devices , and I’m still utilizing BackBlaze for my offsite backups.  I also run BackBlaze on my laptop so I can at least get part of a project backed up (we won’t get into the quality of hotel Wi-Fi, even in NYC) and if I’m working an event over multiple days, especially where I know I’ll be formatting and overwriting cards each day, I’ll make sure I am backing up to one or more external drive just in case something would happen to the laptop, the I fill the laptop drive or something else goes wrong.  It sounds complicated and slightly paranoid, but accidents happen, equipment fails and you can’t afford to waste time when everyone wants instant results. ( Ross keeps everything edited and unedited, whatever the format.)


Of course, there is one sure true way to make sure your images are backed up — print them. Your photo books, poster prints, metal prints and canvases will never crash on you.

What other tips do you have to archive your photos?

Jan 2015 05

Adoramapix Rules and Regulations for 2015 Contests

1. Sponsor: Adoramapix (the “Sponsor”).

2. The entry procedures for each contest are announced on Facebook and here on our blog.

3. Adoramapix will not verify receipt of entries. Incomplete entries are void. Adoramapix is not responsible for entries that are lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, incomprehensible, illegible, undeliverable or delayed. Facebook entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the Facebook account at the time of the entry.

4. Our contests are generally open to anyone who is at least 18 years of age and who does not reside in an area where such contests are void by law.

4a. In cases where the contest or giveaway is promoted on Facebook, the following applies to each entrant:

A complete release of Facebook by each entrant or participant.
Acknowledgement that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

5. Employees (or their immediate families) of Adoramapix, or any subsidiary are not eligible to win our contests or giveaways.

6. Unless otherwise noted, the termination date for eligibility is the final day at Midnight EST.

7. All prize information including prize value is listed with each contest announcement. In each contest or giveaway, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event that the original promised prize becomes unavailable. Some prizes may be awarded via gift certificate.

8. Adoramapix Facebook, Inc., any participating sponsors, and any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, professional advisors, employees and agencies (collectively, the “Released Parties”) will not be responsible for (1) cancellations, postponements, or delays; (2) Acts of God, war, terrorism, government regulation, disaster, fire, strikes, civil disorder, or other similar causes beyond the control of Adoramapix, their affiliated, parent, and subsidiary companies, advertising and promotional agencies and their immediate assigns, making it inadvisable, illegal, impossible, or impractical to continue the Contest or to perform under these Rules. Adoramapix makes no warranty, guarantee, or representation of any kind concerning any prize. Adoramapix reserves the right to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the Contest, as appropriate, due to any other reason beyond the control of Adoramapix.

9. The prizes have no cash value. It may not be exchanged for cash. Winners have 30 days to claim prize once notified, if winners do not claim prize within 30 days the prize becomes null and void.

10. Content Restrictions: You may not submit or post anything that is offensive or violates any third party’s rights. For example, your Contest Entry must not contain or reference any of the following:
• Nudity or lewd, vulgar, indecent or obscene images (as determined by Sponsor’s sole discretion);
• Material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights; ( we have obtained permission of all artists pinned on our board, you may repin any on our boards or uplaod your own)
• Material that is copyrighted, trademarked, protected by trade secrets or otherwise subject to a third party’s proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to post the material;

• Depiction of defamatory statements (including but not limited to words or symbols that are widely considered offensive to individuals of a certain race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic group);

• Third-party trademarks, names or logos; or
• Material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any country, state or province where the Contest Entry is created.

Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, disqualify any Contest Entry that does not comply with these Content Restrictions or that Sponsor otherwise deems to be inappropriate in its sole discretion. In the event of disqualification, the Contest Entry will not be judged or considered for a prize.

11. The winner does not have to be present at the time of announcement unless otherwise noted.

12. Winners automatically grant the use of their name and likeness in the promotion of this and other Adoramapix contests.

13. Winners are responsible for applicable state or federal taxes as well as shipping and handling. If you live outside the US you are responsible for any taxes, custom duties and shipping in the event you win.

14. While the contests are generally open to residents of any country, Adoramapix is not liable for any customs duties or delays. Proof of shipment to the winner’s address shall end any obligation to deliver any prize under these rules. Residents outside of the USA can either claim prize with a U.S. mail address or can request a gift certificate 1. Sponsor: Adoramapix (the “Sponsor”).

15. Adoramapix is not responsible for issues regarding Internet access, Facebook downtime, bounced email or any other technical malfunction beyond its immediate control.

16. There may be only one prize winner per household every 60 days.

17. All Adoramapix contests and giveaways are subject to all federal, state, provincial, and local laws and void where prohibited. It is your responsibility to refrain from entry if our contests or giveaways are illegal in your jurisdiction. If you are declared a winner but contests and giveaways like these are illegal in your jurisdiction, your prize will be forfeited and given to a runner-up.

18. The photograph and or photo book, in its entirety, must be original material captured by the Contest entrant. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that the submitted image is an original work by contestant and does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photograph.

19. Copyright: By entering the Contest, Photographer will retain all rights to photograph he/she submits. By entering photography contests, photographer hereby grants Adoramapix (sponsor) (1) a nonexclusive, unconditional, unrestricted, worldwide, irrevocable ,royalty-free license to reproduce, reformat, adapt, creative derivative works, distribute, transmit, display, make available and perform the photographs photographer submits to Adoramapix (sponsor) in and/or through any and all medium or media, now known or hereinafter developed or discovered, and (2) the right to use your name, city and state in promotions and other publications. Sponsors’ use of the submissions may include without limitation, advertising, promotion and marketing for this year and subsequent years. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use. Additionally, by entering, each entrant grants to Adoramapix the unrestricted right to use all statements made in connection with the Contest, and pictures or likenesses of Contest entrants, or choose not to do so, at their sole discretion. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.


21. By entering the Contest, you acknowledge that you have read, understand and will abide by these official rules. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these official rules, or the rights and obligations of you or Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without regard to the conflict of laws principles. All dollar amounts referred to in these official rules are in U.S. dollars.

22. The personal information collected from you in the course of the Contest will be used by Sponsor for the purposes of administering the Contest, including contacting selected entrants, and in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy of equal or lesser value to the Grand Prize.

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