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Baby Crazy – ideas from PhotoBox

July 16, 2013
With the birth of the Royal Baby imminent and people waiting on the edge of their seats for the big announcement – we round up the best PhotoBox baby gifts that will have everyone ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’. To celebrate Baby’s First Year Nothing helps show off everything that happened in your new baby’s first year like a Photobook – a beautiful keepsake that captures all your best moments and can be treasured for years to come. They’re even something to revisit when your babies grow into toddlers, then into adolescents and adults and these Photobooks can be passed down through the generations. Never be apart Sometimes you have to be away from your new baby, whether it be work or something similar. So we have the solution that means you’ll never be apart again – our smartphone cases. Whether you have a Samsung or an iPhone, you can create your very own case to your personal taste. Create a collage, add a colour background, or experiment with loads of different fonts – the result: a completely personal and unique case. Something nice and cuddly No baby’s bedroom would be the same without a beautiful, soft teddy for them to grow up with – but how about a Photo Teddy? Add whatever photograph you fancy onto teddies t-shirt, to make something totally personalisable and unique. Something for the family If you’ve got a lot of family members and friends whom you want to share the birth with, then why not create some Photo Keyrings. Quick, easy and effective – give them a keepsake that will help them cherish that beautiful memory whenever they reach for their keys. For the nursery Finally, why not brighten the walls of your new baby’s nursery with something a little different – like a Canvas Print? We offer three different types: Lite, Classic and Premium. They also come in many different shapes and sizes, so there is a perfect fit for every room. Did you create anything similar for your child’s birth? Do you have any different suggestions?

Bring your desk to life!

July 5, 2013
Is your desk at work or home looking dull, and desperately needs bringing to life? Our vast range of Desk Décor products are perfect for brightening up your desk in a quick, user-friendly way, to provide greater depth and intensity to your most precious memories. Whether your preference is for something classic or modern, formal or playful, rectangular or square, there is something for everyone! Family Photos Give the family picture that sits pride of place on the mantelpiece some additional zing with the Aluminium Photo Panel. Black and white images also work well, bringing an excellent sharpness to your favourite family photographs. Instagram Photos Our Photo Block is a great option for those cherished Instagram snaps. It is a very simple but effective way of showing your photos off in all their glory, with the choice of either a black or white back. They also come in a whole range of different sizes… Editor’s tip: the 5×5 size is perfect for Instagram shots. What kind of photos do you use to decorate your desk? What’s your favourite product from our Desk Décor range? Let us know.

More Home Decor Tips from PhotoBox!

July 4, 2013
For a cool crafty look, create a simple yet effective gallery on your wall for next to nothing and in the blink of an eye. Using PhotoBox 6” x 4.5” prints, some coloured tape, string, micro-pegs and a bit of imagination. In just a few minutes and some creativity, you can construct a fun and eye catching hanging wall! Select which part of the room you wish to create your mini gallery, and measure the wall space accurately Cut a piece of sting a few inches longer than the space itself, to allow the string to droop slightly, in a nice curve Pick 4 or 5 pictures and space them equidistantly on a table, along the piece of string Clip each photo to the string using the micro-pegs Using the coloured tape, glue each end to the wall Stand back and admire 🙂 !      

5 tips to take great photos with your Smartphone

July 3, 2013
Smartphones have become more and more convenient when we want to take instant pictures. Handier than your standard compact camera, mobile phones really are our ‘go to’ when it comes to capturing images. Avoid the zoom The digital zooms on our smartphones really are not the best. So you can forget the zoom if you want faultless photos. If you want to take ‘macro’ photos, it is best to forget the zoom and crop down your photograph afterwards. Use editor tool apps There are many apps that you can use to improve the quality of your photographs. So you should definitely make the most of them to help reveal the true beauty of your snap. Some apps that are worth checking out are: Aviary, Picsart and Snapseed. You can also download ‘camera’ apps that obtain many more options than the already built-in app, such as Camera MX or Camera+. Beware of luminosity Light is such an important element of your photograph and with smartphones it can be tricky to take a good picture if you are unaware of the importance of light. To take the perfect snap, it is much better to take your pictures in a natural light, or put as much light on the subject if the picture is taken inside. Clean the lens This may seem a bit silly, but because our smartphones are used a lot and put on several different surfaces, they become dirty! So make sure you clean that lens before you get snapping, to prevent any unwanted blurry pics. Avoid the flash The flash on smartphones really is basic and they won’t make your photographs look any better. The rendering is often blurred and the flash makes your photos seem yellow. Have you got any advice you could offer? Share it with us by leaving a comment below. Check out our wide range of personalised smartphone cases here.

How PhotoBox’s first international TV ad became a reality

June 29, 2013
The following is an interview with Lee Farrer, head of acquisition at PhotoBox. She produced the recent PhotoBox TV ad, which hit the airwaves in both the U.K and France on 26th May. Check out her experience of the process, and what happened ‘behind the scenes’ here: Q: This is the first time that PhotoBox has done an international TV ad, how did you collaborate with the team in France? We had a consistent ad between countries, and had a very close liaison between the U.K and France. It was important to understand each country’s specific requirements. It was challenging and fun negotiating between both sides of the channel and coming to a compromise. This involved a lot of skype conference calls. To Wales, to France, and at unsocial hours such as at 11pm, and even on labour day in France (which was the day just before the shoot) when most of the French office was empty!   Q: What was your main inspiration for the TV ad? We wanted to bring some Father’s Day products directly to our customers. We also wanted to raise awareness about the PhotoBox – that we bring great value and joy to our customers in various countries. Q: In addition to the TV ad, you also embarked on a tube ad campaign. Were you quite surprised by the number of times people told you they saw the ad on the London Underground? Creating the tube ad was really exciting from an internal company perspective, although I’ve done this before… it’s the first time I’m doing this here. It was also great to hear of friends mentioning it to me. From a marketing perspective, its great to have cross-channel advertising: on Facebook, on TV, and on the Underground. Q: Do you have any plans for the next ad? All I will say is… watch this space! Q: What are you getting your dad for Father’s Day? I got my dad a card from PhotoBox. It was composed of pictures of my nephew. I also complemented this by getting a mug and a pack of walnut whips, I’m sure my dad will be happy! Links to our TV ad on PhotoBox YouTube: http://youtu.be/AHG8u51iQGc – version 1 http://youtu.be/roJTreWNqnY – version 2