Adoramapix

Nov 2011 24
Welcome to our Weekly Member Feature — where we feature our wonderful clients.
This week we get the opportunity to visit with Kelly and Stacey Chance of  Discovery Bay Studios  in Discovery Bay, California.
I asked Stacey how they first started out in . He said, ” We have always loved doing all sorts of . A few years ago we decided to challenge ourselves with wedding . We wanted to raise the bar and provide our clients with the most comprehensive, romantic, and unique coverage. We are photographers first, but we also add splashes of cinematic video to our photofusion music videos. And there is nothing better than “s quality books to display our printed work!”

I asked Stacey if he had any advice to new photographers staring out in the business. He replied, “New photographers should be open to learning through books, magazines, internet, etc. Find images that inspire you and ask yourself, “How did they do that?” Then figure it out. Go with what looks good to you. Be yourself, that is where you will find your best strengths.”
I followed up with him asking, who inspires you? He stated, ”  We are inspired by many photographers, too many to mention. We try to appreciate the wide variety of styles we see in wedding photography, but always come back to the style that feels right in our hearts.”
Nov 2011 28
Our Member of the week is : Patrick Smith of Patrick Smith Photos.  Patrick is an amazing photojournalist from Maryland.
I noticed each of his photos tells an interesting story and his lighting is exceptional. I asked him how long he had been a photographer. He said, ” I”ve been shooting pictures since sometime in high school. I did a lotof video work in my late years of high school, which developed into a love of photojournalism in college.”
I was curious to know what his favorite subject to photograph was. He replied, ” I am a versatile photojournalist, so I shoot a range of assignments from professional sports to news events. It”s difficult to say what I like the most since I enjoy it all. I love to deliver the compelling images of newsworthy and sporting events to those around the world. I also enjoy wandering in foreign cities and countries shooting feature pictures.”
Patrick says he gets his inspiration from other photojournalists and friends — this list is long.  He would also want to thank photojournalists and editors, young and old, for continually pushing him by producing their own amazing works.
I asked him if he could give himself a piece of advice when he was first starting out – what would it be? He replied, ” That”s a difficult question. As a photojournalist, I wish I would havedone some more internships and got to meet and learn from more talented photographers. But I don”t think I would change anything. I love learning. Life is a journey.”
So we want to know Patrick — what”s in your camera bag?   He said, ” Too much to carry, that”s for sure! I”m well versed in both Canon and  Nikon systems, but grew up on Nikon. I shoot with Nikon D3S and D700 camera bodies. I also have a full gamut of lenses ranging from a 35mm f/2 to a 400mm f/2.8. I am also a huge ThinkTank Photo fan. I have a bunch of their rolling bags and accessories, including the ThinkTank  International 2.0 and their waist belt and pouches.”
Thanks Patrick for being an inspiration and sharing your work.
Dec 2011 01

You’ve asked for it and we delivered!  Our PixPublisher photo book editor now supports the uploading of PNG files with transparency. This means you can now create your own stickers with which to embellish your photo books!  This is great for anyone who wants to add their logo! It’s also great for scrapbookers. Instead of designing it in Photoshop and uploading it, now you can skip that step and upload your strickers straight to your gallery.

So how does it work? At the import step where you upload your photos, just upload your transparent PNG files as you would any other photo. Once you’re in the editor, go to the iamges tab and you’ll see a new category at the bottom called Decorations. That’s wnhere your uploaded PNG files will be.

Enjoy the new welcomed change! By the way, PNGs are intended to be used as stickers/decorations, not as an alternate format for your photos. As a result, when you add them to your book they will be treated as stickers. i.e. you can’t pan, then crop them, frame them, etc. However, you will be able to color fill them and stretch them.

Dec 2011 01

Well, after a lot of brainstorming, a lot of research, and a lot of gathering we have finally polished up our blog and I couldn’t be happier! When I started with Adoramapix, I wanted to make sure that we were more than just a photo lab, we were a place to share ideas and see each other’s work.  It’s more about being a community. Although, social media is deemed as social, sometimes you never get to meet your virtual friends face to face or see their incredible work.  Well this is a place where we showcase you! This is a place where we show your hard work and your amazing talent.

We will also have the most up to date information on the changes and updates at Adoramapix. Along with timely announcements on our incredible sales. No more searching through Facebook or Twitter!  Our search features on the blog will help you find what you are looking for in an instant.

Plus, our fancy schmancy (yes, I know that’s not a word) tile bar at the top shows off your amazing panoramics. I want to thank all that have helped me start the blog — Matthew Pugliese, Patrick Smith, Stacey and Kelly Chance, Affinity Studios, Jimmy Phillips, Pak Ki So, Loren Roberts, Beckie Bragga  and Beyti Barbaros. You’ll see their stunning work at the top and in our Members of the Week.

 

 

 

Dec 2011 09


 

‘Tis the Season of Giving. What better way to give back as a photographer, than by giving someone your time and talent? Adoramapix is proud to be involved with Help Portrait which is set for tomorrow, Saturday, December 10, 2011. Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers using their time, gear and expertise to give back to those in need.

Help Portrait was founded by Celebrity Photographer Jeremy Cowart. Tomorrow, photographers from around the world will be grabbing their cameras, finding people in need and taking their picture. When the prints are ready, the photographs get delivered.

Yes — it really is as easy as that.

 

This is about GIVING the pictures, not taking them. The portraits are not for portfolios, websites, or for sale.  This holiday season, we all  have the chance to give a family something they may have never had before—a portrait together. It’s as simple and as moving as that – a moment in time captured forever and lasting a lifetime.

Even if you are not available  tomorrow to take portraits, your donations are still needed. If you would like to donate please click Here. 

 

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