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Exclusive Christmas cards, with our charity partner, XLP

November 22, 2016
XLP are a registered charity at the cutting edge of urban youth work in London. They are an amazing organisation who work incredibly hard to create positive futures for young people. Currently, XLP has projects dealing with a wide variety of issues including gang culture, anger management and violence, poverty, prejudice, racism and image and identity. Normally run in schools, XLP also work across 22 inner London estates to help young people confront many of the issues they face in our communities today. In fact, we love what they do so much for our local community that The Smile Foundation, a cross brand Charity of Photobox, Moonpig and Sticky9 employees, is proud to support them. We just did the National 3 Peaks Challenge and raised over £30K! And continue to support them with initiatives like this year’s Christmas Card donation scheme. Make someone’s Christmas and create your very own personalised Christmas cards to send out to friends and family. You will have the freedom to select the design of your choice, add your own pictures and add your own text. They are available in packs of 10 in A5 and A6 sizes. Help us reach our £20K target this Christmas by buying your Christmas cards at Photobox. A pound from every purchase will go towards XLP. This year, send them a card that will make the mantelpiece. To learn more information on the amazing work XLP do, check out their website

Create your own crafty advent calendar

November 3, 2016
Remember how exciting advent calendars were when we were kids? A chocolate a day for 24 days… We wanted it to be Christmas forever! Well, we have new and exciting way to make advent calendars fun again. It’s time to get your creative hats on this Christmas and get started on your crafty calendar. DIY your way into their hearts and show them you care by going that extra mile by making your own, more personal advent calendar. Here is what you’ll need: Our free printable Christmas envelopes A pack of our Retro Prints with DIY Kit option (stripy string and cute pegs included) Hanger (optional) Start by folding the printed sheets as per the instructions– make sure all 24 of them are there! Then fill each envelope with a small item. We would suggest a retro print where you can write a custom message on the photograph. Alternatively, a hand written note in each envelope is a lovely way to get woken up, during those cold December mornings. However, you may also want to surprise your loved one with little gifts such as sweets, chocolate and anything else that might fit inside the envelope. Just make sure it’s not too heavy. There are several ways you can display your advent calendar. You can hang them on a hanger with string and mini pegs as shown in our version above. On the other hand, you can peg them across a piece of string like bunting to hang across a wall, mantelpiece or Christmas tree . Or if you really wanted to go down the personal route, you could hand them directly to the recipient each day leading up to Christmas Eve. Watch our video below to see exactly how it’s done. Go on, make someone’s Christmas and have a crack at this crafty advent calendar.

Happy Halloween from Photobox!

October 26, 2016
With Halloween almost upon us, we decided it was time for things to get a little scary around here…all tricks, no treats! Just like our friends do across the pond, we thought of simple ways to get you ready for the frightful occasion. First up – what better way to surprise someone than when they are just about to sit down & enjoy a nice cup of tea? Our Magic Mugs are the most spook-tacular way to do just that. These mischievous mugs look like any other plain black mug as they sit innocently in the cupboard, but as soon as hot water touches them, they begin to reveal the terrifying images below… We’ve chosen a rather scary zombie & a slightly sweeter Sugar Skull to surprise our unsuspecting family & friends. You could choose to use anything from a pumpkin to your favourite fancy dress outfit! If you’re not in the mood to terrify those around you, spell it out with our Mug Collection – like we did above. What are your favourite ways to Halloween-ify your house?  

Photobox and Breast Cancer Care #BrasOnTop

October 21, 2016
We’d love to tell you a little bit about our partnership with Breast Cancer Care & the current #BrasOnTop campaign we’ve got going on. See how Breast Cancer Care and Photobox have been working together and how you can get involved…. How our partnership began… At the beginning of 2016 we were approached by the lovely people at Breast Cancer Care, to partner with them and raise some extra money over the Mother’s Day period. Together with Breast Cancer Care, we put together the ‘Buy it With Love Range’ that, thanks to you, raised over £14,000! All of the cushions, cases and mum books that you created made huge difference to the people that the Breast Cancer Care organisation help. Our targets We’ll be going bigger and better than ever this October with more products and an even more ambitious target. We’re aiming to raise over £15,000 throughout October, along with as much awareness as we can muster. If you’d like to get involved and help us reach our goal, you can buy from our Big Pink range where £2 from every purchase will be donated to Breast Cancer Care, it really is a win-win situation! If you’re feeling extra generous then you can text PHTO50 followed by the amount you’d like to give to 70070. So to donate £2 to Breast Cancer Care, text ‘PHTO50 £2’ to 70070. Photo Challenge #BrasOnTop To raise even more awareness, we’ve launched a campaign named #BrasOnTop and if you haven’t guessed it, we want you to grab a bra (yes guys, you as well) and wear it on top of your everyday clothes. The PhotoBox team have been at it already with some fantastic results! You can get involved and see what everyone else is doing to raise awareness here…

Will Burrard Lucas: Top Wildlife Photography Tips

August 10, 2016
I’m Will Burrard-Lucas, a wildlife photographer from the UK and founder of Camtraptions. Through my website, I provide a free online wildlife photography course with lots or tips and advice to help you take better photographs of animals. In this blog post, I have included 6 of my top tips that will have an instant impact on the quality of your images… 1. Get Low The camera should almost always be on the same level as the subject or lower. This is important for two reasons: 1) It gives the subject greater presence and helps the viewer connect with the animal. 2) It increases the distance between the subject and the background, which helps throw the background out of focus and draw attention to the subject. 2. Keep your shutter speed up Most of the time wildlife is photographed with a telephoto lens. Long lenses exaggerate camera shake, because a small movement of the camera results in a large movement of the picture frame. Therefore, you need to use a faster shutter speed to get sharp shots. The longer the lens, the faster the shutter speed needs to be. A good rule of thumb is to keep your shutter speed faster than 1 over the focal length of the lens. For example, with a 400mm lens, you should keep your shutter speed faster than 1/400th second. 3. Focus on the eyes You’ve probably already heard that you should focus on the eyes. If the eyes aren’t sharp, it is very hard for the viewer to connect with the subject. Sometimes, for portraits, you may also want to try to get the tip of the nose in focus too. 4. Light is key Good light can turn an average photo into an extraordinary photo. The light is most beautiful in the ten minutes after sunrise and before sunset. There are two ways to use sunrise and sunset light. Usually, photographers will shoot with the sun behind them, so that their subject is bathed in lovely warm light. However, you can also experiment with backlighting your subjects, particularly if the light is low and strong (for example, when heavy rain has washed all of the dust out of the air). 5. Consider the background The background can often make or break a photo. First and foremost, you want to make sure it is clear of any distractions such as bright spots or messy foliage. You also should ensure your subject stands out from the background and is attractively framed if possible. 6. Spend longer with your subject I used to stay with an animal until I got a shot I was happy with and then move on to the next subject. This resulted in a number of good shots of varied subject matter. However, I’ve now found that sticking with one subject for longer has made a big difference to the quality of my images. The longer your spend with an animal, the more chance you have of witnessing (and capturing on camera)