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Get creative with the Collage Photobook

March 21, 2014
One of our best photo books for displaying holidays and trips away, is the one-of-a-kind  A4 Classic Collage Photobook. Offering nine small cut out windows on the front cover, this unique format is perfect for highlighting nine of the standout photographs that feature inside your book. You can also play around with our image library to experiment when designing your front cover. Here are some fun ideas of things you can do with your photo book: Get creative with the nine windows, by adding a mixture of letters and photographs to make a collage. Why not add in different chapters to your photo book to help guide the reader through the content? Each chapter could include a summary of the activities that you experienced on each day of your trip in chronological order, or you could group photographs together to create themes– such as architecture, local life or cultural cuisines. Adding an introduction at the beginning of your book – including the key points from your trip, like the date and year you travelled, also makes a nice touch – so you never forget the memories that you made. How do you organise the layout of your photo books? Share your creative layout ideas with us in the comments to win 1 of 2 A4 Classic Collage Photobooks (26 pages). Contest will run from 21st March – 21st April. Good luck!  

Photographing your pets

March 17, 2014
Today media photographer and PhotoBox guest-blogger Maria Slough is here to share some valuable tips on how to take great photos of your beloved pets. So if you’re finding this a difficult task, keep reading. Over to you Maria… Pets can be regal, mischievous, playful and inquisitive – with each one having a totally unique identity. They shower us with loyalty and unconditional love, and their trust in our care makes capturing their character and individual idiosyncrasies both a challenge and an honour. As you embark upon the journey of immortalising your pet in a photograph, be prepared to spend a lot of time on the ground making ridiculous noises and arm yourself with some of their favourite treats and toys. Portraits Animals are instinctively curious. Always let them “meet” your camera and spend some time using up their excess energy before you start. Keep the composition simple, with the main part of their face in focus – particularly the eyes. Look out for quirky expressions such as a raised eyebrow, or the white of their eye, which shows off their true character. To include more of their face in focus you’ll need to close down the aperture. On a compact camera use the “portrait” mode, which will create a shallow depth of field and a tighter focus point – or move further away to widen the focus area. Remember that while dogs can be very responsive, when photographing cats, rabbits or guinea pigs, you may have to wait patiently for them to offer up that great shot. Perspective Experiment with perspective to achieve alternative portraits. Try capturing profile shots of your pet while they are unaware – this is easiest when they rest or when they’re asleep. You can do this of your dog, by laying on the floor and shooting up towards the sky. Keeping just one of your pet’s eyes in focus or raising your camera slightly above ground level also creates an interesting context. To create fun wall decor or cards, photograph your pet close up, encouraging them to come towards the lens. This angle makes their nearest feature appear oversized and comical. Action Shots Action shots can be achieved with a little help from a friend or family member and a fast shutter speed. On a compact camera, experiment with the sports and burst modes to help freeze the action as your pet runs, jumps or plays. Candid Camera These are the moments when your pet thinks you are looking the other way. This is why it always pays to have your smartphone at the ready to capture your pets “secret life”. Members of the family If you are having official photos taken, ask the photographer to make allowances for your pets to be included. A family photo should feature the whole family. Using colour and texture To make your pet stand out, choose a background that is in contrast to their coat colour, while also complimenting it. The daisies below create a natural frame

Let the music play

March 12, 2014
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Fantastic family portrait ideas

March 12, 2014
Getting together as a family and preparing to take photographs can be a challenging task. Whether it’s a struggle to get everyone together at the same time, or getting your little ones to smile, we’ve come up with some inspiring ideas to help make family portraits an enjoyable experience and most importantly, a successful one. Make it fun Things that are kept simple and fun normally offer the best results. Natural light will always work better for these types of shots, but the background doesn’t need to be spectacular – as you can see from the image below. As long as everyone has a smile on their face, then this will be the main focus of the image and the backdrop will be forgotten. © Via Heather Millenaar Photography Be creative Be creative with your body shapes, and have a think about different positions you can try when creating your family portrait. The below image is perfect if you have a little one on the way, because the whole family can get involved and it is a picture to treasure for years to come. A plain background works best for this kind of photograph – but whether you decide to take it indoors or outdoors, the choice is yours. Introduce props Props can add the finishing touch to a photograph and really add to the fun factor. Whether it’s a photo frame like below or something more inventive, the options really are endless. Bring in your pets Well, they are part of the family after all! Be wary that pets won’t always do what they’re told, and will rarely sit still, however capturing these ‘real life’ scenarios can make a really effective photograph. One thing you should remember is that it isn’t completely vital that you look at the camera, action shots like this can work just as well. Stand out Be cool and be different! The shot below completely stands out, as it’s completely different to any other family portraits that we have come across. This shot obviously involved some editing after the photograph was taken, but if you have the skills, it’s definitely worth using them to create something artistic and unique. © Rolland András Flinta Do you have any family portraits that you’ve taken and are proud of? We’d love to see them! Family portraits stand out even more when they’re brought to life and displayed for all to see and admire. Why not check out our wall décor range for some inspiring ideas?