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Nov 2014 09

You’re going to want to share, tweet, double tap and +1 this exciting news! We are thrilled to  announce FREE Shipping to our U.S. members!  You asked for free shipping and we listened.  You may have noticed this year we have introduced a lot of new exciting products, acrylic prints, flush mount albums, linen, pebble, metallic and deep matte papers. Well now we are rolling out FREE shipping to our US customers – just in time for the holidays! Here is what you can expect as of November 10th with AdoramaPix.

Free Economy Shipping on Orders Shipped Within the Continental US
For all of our customers :

FREE Economy Shipping (4-7 days) on orders $39 and more

For Pro Members:

Free Standard Shipping (2-4 days) on orders $29 and more

(Standard shipping still applies for international orders. International orders are $29.95 and Canada is $12.00.)

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This is just one small change we are implementing. Within the next year alone, we will be taking great strides in offering even more to our members.  We can’t think of a better gift to give our members this holiday season than free shipping. Thank you for your business!

Oct 2014 28

It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to doing dramatic images.  There’s a lot of different ways you can add drama to your images from lights, to post production, to fog machines. That’s right.. we said fog machines. Fog gives your images a  theatrical appearance.  So we asked an expert about the dramatic look of fog and how to add it to portraiture. Here’s Jessica Kaminski of Jessica Kaminski Photography and The Refinery with her best and most wicked advice.

1. Show it Who Is Boss

In order to get good contrast in your images, be sure not to let the fog get between you and your subject. The fog can dull your colors, so try to control it and keep it to the back and to the sides.

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2. Strength in Numbers

Consider having someone act as a “Fog Wrangler” . Use something like a piece of foam core or a bounce board to gently fan the fog away from your lens, or back into your scene, as desired.

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3. When in Doubt

Read the directions that come with your Fog Machine! Check whether or not you need to be mindful of fire alarms. Also, give it a test run. Some fog machines can fill a place up quickly, others take some time. So feel free to play with the settings and the space.

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4. Control the Elements

Fog Machines don’t work well outside: if it’s windy or in a wide open area, leave your Fog Machine at home!

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5. Get it on a Budget

Consider shopping for a Fog Machine right after Halloween when everything is on sale! If you are still not sold on the idea, try renting one first.

Thanks to Jessica Kaminski. Jessica has worked with the Milwaukee Ballet, she teaches photography boot camp courses and has won numerous awards. She is best known for her stunning and unique portraits.

All images for this article are Copyright Jessica Kaminski of Jessica Kaminski Photography.

Oct 2014 23

If you have little ones and observe Halloween, then you know all of the preparations that go into finding just the right costume.  As my children grow older, I realize how fun it was to go back and archive these moments and put them into an Adoramapix photo book keepsake.

In this week’s photo book design corner, we take a look at the options to build a spooky Halloween photo book.

We offer a few fun templates for Halloween. If you go to our inspirational gallery, you’ll see them under Holiday.

First is “Fright Nights”. This template offers fun clip art and is graphic heavy.

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Our second template is “Happy Halloween“.  This template has more subdued graphics and is photo heavy.

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If you prefer to go rogue, then we have all the elements you’ll need from pumpkins to spiders to build your photo book. Under the stickers section, simply search for Halloween and hundreds of stickers will avail themselves.

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If you go to backgrounds, you can also search for Halloween or you can get even more specific and search for certain elements like spiders. Yes, we even have backgrounds with spiders in them.

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We have several fonts as well, I find that Simpson and Freedom9 lend themselves well to more of a Halloween feel.

Whatever route you take, it’s important make these memories a keepsake with an Adoramapix photo book. Afterall, before you know it your Mr. T and Tinkerbell will grow up before your eyes and will no longer go door to door Tricking and Treating. So give yourself a treat this year and archive those precious memories into an Adoramapix photo book.

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Oct 2014 07

 

We are once again proud to be a part of Photo Plus Expo in New York City. It runs from October 29th through November first and it is the largest photography and imaging show in North America.

We will be an exhibitor at the show and we hope you will make the plans to stop by our booth #929 October 30th and 31st. We will be showcasing our fabulous products and you’ll have a chance to see our new flush mount albums and papers for these photo books. If you are not able to visit us, follow our social media feeds for all of the expo action.

Plus, if you come down you can spin our Wheel of Prizes where everyone is a winner!

 

Oct 2014 07

The moon will pass through Earth’s shadow early Wednesday morning and lots of eager skywatchers will be set and posed ready to not only watch the lunar eclipse but hopefully catch a few snaps of it. It’s called the “blood moon”  because it will take on a coppery red look. It will look this way because of all the sunsets and sunrises from Earth reflect upon the moon.  However, if you’ve ever tried to photograph the moon, you know it’s not the easiest task to accomplish.  Here is a look at some of the best tips from around the web and from our own members on capturing the Blood Moon.

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1. Go Big or Go Home

Start with the right lens. Anything under 200mm will make your moon look like a speck in the sky – the longer the lens the better. In otherwords, you want to close the distance between you and the moon.

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2. Stable

The tripod is your best friend. Just like shooting fireworks, you’ll need to stabilize your camera. When you are using heavier lenses, you’ll need the tripod to not only keep take the weight off your hands but to ensure a clear, crisp sharp photo. Any type of movement can result in a blurry or soft picture.

3. Trigger

Just like the tripod will help ensure a sharper image, so will a remote or camera trigger. If you push the shutter, you can easily bump or move the camera causing a blur effect. If you are looking for the optimal sharp image, a tripod and camera trigger will are your best bet.

4. Placement and Timing

Make sure you find a clear view of the moon. Light pollution or the wrong timing can mess up your shot or not give enough time to adjust, and remember this is the last time this year you’ll get this phenomenal chance to catch it.  The next one is in April 2015.  According to Sky and Telescope, here are the times you can view the lunar eclipse in your time zone.

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5. Settings

Start on Manual mode and bracket your exposure. Typically, if you are just photographing the moon with no foreground, then you’ll need to expose for the moon. If you want  to be more advanced and get some foreground in the shot as well, I found this great tutorial on Digital Photo Secrets on how to merge the foreground and the moon.  Next, set your ISO to the lowest you can whether it’s 100 or 200. The lower the ISO the more crisp your photo will turn out. According to the photography life website, you should set your aperture to f/11 and your shutter speed to 1/125 on cameras with base ISO 100, and to 1/250 on others with a base ISO of 200. This will net you the best results. That’s not to say you shouldn’t experiment this is just a good base to start from.

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We hope these tips will help you with the lunar eclipse of the Blood Moon. What tips do you have?


-Written by Libby for Adoramapix from members and from the websites attributed in this article

-images from Shutterstock for editorial purposes

 

 

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