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Inspiration for Taking Best Friend Photos

Take a moment and think about your best friend. Who is she? What does she mean to you? What would you do without her?

Or maybe your best friend is a he, and hes always been the rock youve leaned on when times are tough, or the one you’ve danced with, when everything is fine and dandy.

 

Having a best friend is one of the great gifts of life; you can do without a great many things, but you cant do without a person, and that person should be celebrated. Quite often we think to make time for photos with our families or our significant other, but we dont think to do the same for our bestie.

 

A picture tells a thousand words, and the story of a best friend is easily worth ten of those. Why not tell that story loud and proud with some best friend photos that reflect who you both are, and also where youve been and what you’ve shared?

 

Here’s some fabulous inspiration for taking photos with your BFF to capture the beauty of (and the reason for) your friendship:

 

Where did you meet?

 

All good friendships start somewhere, and what better way to remember that, than by recreating the memories of where it all began?

 

Take a stroll down memory lane, and think of where you were, when you knew that she was the one.

 

Did it start on a hot summers day, where the water was the only place to sit and chat and tell all your secrets?

 

Or on a shopping trip that you  will both always remember.

girls shopping in black and white

Image via: the berry

 

 Was the beginning the same as so many others? Just hanging out laughing, and showing each other who you are; discovering that you were kind of the same.

 

girls lying on bed, best friends

Image via: Buzz Feed

Maybe she has always been there, for as long as you can remember, and its time to recreate your childhood.

 

girls freckle tongues, black and white

Image via: indulgy

 

However it began, recreating the beginning is a great way to remember why you became friends in the first place.

girls motocross and heels

image via: Pinterest

How does she make you feel?

 

Best friends are best friends for a hundred different reasons. Stop and take a moment to think how your best friend makes you feel. What can you do with her, that you couldnt without her?

 

She makes me feel like I can touch the sky.

 

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Image via: Buzz Feed

She is there to pick me up when I fall.

 

 

She listens to me.

Best friends whispering secrets

Image via: Pinterest

 

She just gets me

Friends hanging out best friend photo

Image via: polyvore

She makes me smile

 

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Image via: Lauren Fliddell

Where are you now?

Life changes, and friendship does too, hopefully growing stronger. Its fun to look at where youve come from, and its just as fun to celebrate where you are now.

 

Celebrating new relationships.

best friend wedding photos

Image via: Pinterest

 

 Best friends awaiting expectant arrivals.

Enjoying the novelty of a rare night out (perhaps get the photo at the beginning not the end of the night ;-) ).

 

 

Having fun with the things that arent fun at all.

 

laundromat BFF photo

Image via: Mailewilson

Wherever it started, whatever she means, wherever you are now, a best friend is a special gift worth celebrating. Why not capture that BFF love with photos. 

And don’t forget to print your photos with your Pringo smartphone photo printer so you can share your photos instantly with your BFF. 

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Taking more photos: Guest Post Essentially Jess

When I first got a camera phone, all those years ago, I took a bunch of photos. I think everybody did- I mean how great was the novelty of a camera on a phone? Sadly those photos are lost now; buried in the graveyard where photos that get lost on technology go to rest.

That particular phone; a funky purple flip phone that I loved dearly was replaced by my very first iPhone, at about the time when Apple was starting to take over the world. The camera on that iPhone 4 was so much better than my previous one and I made use of it, taking photo after photo and video after video. This time, thankfully, I learned my lesson and managed to transfer them safely to my iTunes library, where they have sat, metaphorically gathering dust for the last three or so years.

That was until the other week.

Having upgraded that old iPhone 4, it now lives on as a iPod type device that the kids have requisitioned for Minecraft use, but the other day my little mate was checking out the photos. I thought I had removed all images from the devices, and it turns out I had, but the kids have added extra, and the old videos were still there. Among them the first steps of my youngest little girl, and a very cute discussion with my boy. The video in question is taken in a park in Darwin, where an army of cicadas is providing background music. Bailey, back then a chubby barely-three year old, dressed in a Buzz-Light year singlet and matching helmet, stops riding his Buzz-Light year bike (clearly there was a theme going there), climbs off and begins to look around the park suspiciously.

‘I can hear a snake,’ his little voice tells me.

‘I think it’s a cicada,’ I reply.

‘No mum. No,’ he tells me determinedly, wandering off the path and towards a tree. ‘I think it’s a snake. I think it’s a king brown snake.’ (At which point I seize the moment to launch into a discussion on snake safety, because with three year old boys, you just never know.)

‘A cow will kill it,’ he tells me matter of factly when I’m done.

‘Yes a cow might,’ I concede happily, if it means he won’t touch the snake.

‘But what if the king brown snake eats our cow?’ he asks.

‘Well that would not be cool,’ I say somewhat confused as to when we got a cow, and also what it’s doing declaring war on snakes. The video ends with us on the way home; he still quite certain the cicadas are snakes, and me not able to convince him otherwise for all the cows in Northern Australia.

Now to clarify, we don’t now, nor have we ever, owned a cow, but it is still quite possibly the cutest video clip ever. Not just to look at his chubby little legs push that tiny bike, but to hear the inflections in his voice; the way he said cow, and brown. The ways he has changed, and the way he hasn’t. And it got me thinking; we need to take more videos of this stuff. Of little people telling stories and walking through the park, and saying ‘our brown cow,’because those memories are the stuff you forget-  but more importantly, the stuff life is made of.

But it’s not just videos. I attended a funeral recently, and there was a beautiful video montage at the end. In a week full of bad news, and too many losses, looking at those images of a life that ended earlier than it should of, it made me realise that I  just don’t take enough photos.

Somewhere along the line I stopped taking pictures of the kids, or of me. I used to take photos and videos of everything, back when a camera on a phone was a novelty, but these days, I just don’t – not unless it’s really significant, or I need a picture for my blog.

It’s like I stopped seeing the importance of the story in photos, and as a result, stopped seeing the importance of the story of our lives. A conversation about a cow eating a snake is not going to change the world, but it’s got so much meaning to our family now, even if just for the cute factor.

It made me think that it’s the little moments that have significance; the things you would miss if they ended, and make you wish you had a thousand photos just to remember their importance. The moments that make you smile when you look back and remember;  the ones that would complete a video montage, at the end of a life lived well.

And so I have resolved to take more photos.boy with snake

Of everything.bridie in tree

Of places we visit that are boring and fun.kids party

Of the kids on their own, of us all together.

Photos of silly things and fun things. Photos of important moments, and unimportant ones. Photos of all the things that make us who we are.

Just a whole bunch of photos of everything. Because it’s all important, and it’s all part of our story.

It deserves being remembered.

About the author

jess and boatman

Jess is a mother of four gorgeous kids and is married to a bloke she refers to as The Boatman. Jess is the creative brains behind the blog Essentially Jess where she shares her world as a Stay at Home Mum muddling her way through life doing her best to remain authentic, hopeful and not too crazy. Jess is also a Grey’s Anatomy tragic and a frequent victim of autocorrect. Visit Jess over at Essentially Jess to say hi.essentially jess

 

7 ways taking photos

7 ways taking photos has changed and why it’s better now.

7 ways taking photos

Do you remember, back when you were a kid, and someone took your photo? It was a lesson in patience; both the process of the photo taking and the wait to get it developed.

These days, we see something worth photographing, and we just take a pic, in fact we take a dozen, we select our favourite, make it pretty and then share the photo with everyone we know.

 

Actually here’s seven ways that taking photos has changed since you were a kid, why it’s better now:

 

  1. You had to do it properly.

 

Now I’m not familiar with the process of sitting for an oil painting, (not having lived in that era thankfully), but getting your picture taken when I was a kid, was, I assume, quite similar. It involved sitting still, posing perfectly, and not squinting at the wrong moment. You had to do it right, for no other fact than there were only 24 opportunities for photos on that roll of film (36 if you were super lucky), and the thought of ruining one was considered truly wasteful. There was no possibility for silly photos with fake smiles or an over abundance of teeth; taking photos was serious business.

These days, our camera rolls are filled with pics of kids hanging upside down, or smiling in their own, very unique way, and it’s perfect. It’s natural, there’s no staging, and because we don’t have to limit the number of images, everyone can just be themselves and we can delete the ones we don’t like.

 

2.   If you took a bad photo, you were stuck with it.

 

The light might have been in your eyes, or someone made you laugh, or maybe your dad just hit the button before you were ready, but the camera did not care. You could pretty much guarantee, that on photo printing day, there would be at least one (if not a good third of the pics) with someone either talking, chewing, revealing something they shouldn’t be revealing, or their eyes half closed. And that bad photo was kept forever- hung proudly on the hallway wall, or put in some photo album that was pulled out at every family reunion, because photos were expensive, and you would never just throw one out.

Once that photo was printed, it was the end, and you were doomed for all of eternity.

 

These days, we take a thousand and one pictures until we find one that is perfect. Which is probably a good thing, otherwise Facebook would be a much scarier place.

 

3. Printing was an event.

 

Now it might have been different in your home, but in ours, printing was an event. We didn’t just finish a roll of film and take it in to be developed; no we waited. Months sometimes, until there were enough rolls filled up to justify the whole thing.

It wasn’t just the expense (although that did factor into it), but also the waiting. You took your rolls in one day, and then picked them up the next. As I got older, that changed, and the waiting was quicker, but it was still waiting. Sure you could walk around and do your shopping in that hour, but it dragged when you were getting photos developed because you couldn’t leave until they were done. Add to that the whole excitement of wondering what would be on them (because it was so long ago you had forgotten), and then the dismay that someone had put their finger over the lens, and it was a whole roller coaster of expectation and emotion.

 

Printing is still an event, but thanks to Pringo mini wifi photo printers, you don’t have to wait at all, and everything is there at literally the touch of a button.

 

4. The pressure of removing the roll.

 

Ok so between the necessity of sitting still, the terror of being branded with a terrible shot, and the frustration of the wait, the actual process of getting photos printed was full of pressure. I have very vivid memories of being told quite sternly to ‘never open the back of the camera,’as if the very universe might implode if I did.

Of course I was a kid so opening did happen. Once out of curiosity (what does this button do- whoops!) and a few times accidentally, and the resulting furore was memorable. Not that I actually recall an entire roll every succumbing to that fate. Mostly one picture had a bit of a blob on it, and that was it. (Of course it was usually the best photo of the bunch, but you get that.)

 

That pressure is now gone. No more film rolls means no more responsibility for being the one person who ruined all the memories.

 

5. Filters were for the professionals.

 

One year I did a photography course on a school holiday program, and we got to learn the actual process of photo development in the dark room. It was all trays of chemicals and special paper, and hanging up photos after watching the images come to life. I remember two things vividly from that experience. One, you could alter the look of the picture depending on how long and what chemicals you shook it in. And two, if you made a mistake you could somehow flip the images in your photo. It was exactly like Pic Monkey but different.

Of course getting things printed at the photo shop was a different matter, and you didn’t get a huge amount of choice in how you wanted your film developed, but you could express your artistic flair afterwards. Similar to what’s available on photo Apps today, you could add thoughts and words all with the help of a very convenient, stick-on speech bubble.

 

As charming as those stickers were, today’s photo editing is coming up trumps. We can take the worst pic and turn it into something worth putting on a wall size canvas, with an inspirational quote printed on it to boot. Just a little more impressive than speech bubbles.

 

6. Sharing photos was done in person. With tea.

 

Sharing of photos used to be like this all the time. After a wedding you would catch up and pour over the album with a cup of tea, being careful to ‘not touch the edges’in fear you would ruin the memories. (There’s that pressure again.) Every now and then someone will come over and the kids pull out their baby albums, sit on their laps, and then subject our visitors to a long and detailed explanation of our family history, full of interesting facts like a child’s favourite blanket, or ‘the time I bumped my head.’ Which is wonderful if you’re a close friend, but a little awkward if you’ve just come to drop over the mail you received by accident.

 

Mostly these days, sharing is done online with a link or an app, or on social media. Now instead of having someone sitting on you while you try not to spill your tea, you can look at pics in real time (or as soon as they are uploaded), when it’s convenient for you.

 

7. You had to pack a camera.

 

It was one of the special items in all kinds of bags; the camera. You might forget any other thing when going on holiday, or having a baby, but the camera could not be forgotten. Of course you also had to make sure you had plenty of film for it, and that your batteries were charged, or else it was all for naught.

 

While you can still pack the ‘good’camera for those really important moments, smart phones do such a good job that half the time you don’t have to worry about it. You can get the pictures you need, plus the ones you want, and a couple of random selfies thrown into boot. And if that’s not a positive thing, I don’t know what is.

So there you have it. Seven ways the world of image capturing has changed – and improved -since we were all little.

Can you think of anything we’ve missed?

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6 ways of sharing photos online

Stop and think to yourself: what did you do with the last photo you took? Chances are, you shared it somewhere. Gone are the days of keeping our precious memories locked up in albums that are pulled out once a year; photo sharing has become so common, its almost second nature.

Of course how you share your photos is another matter all together, and differs depending on resources and know-how.

Well to help you share your beautiful photographs with as many people as you want seeing them, we’ll show you six different ways for sharing photos online.

 

Facebook

 This one is a bit of a no brainer. Almost everyones on Facebook, including some confused individuals from the upper verges of life, who only want to see the latest photos of the grandkids. Facebook is probably the quickest, most effective way of sharing your photos, organising them into groups, and specifically targeting the people you want to see them. You can of course control the privacy settings of your images as well, allowing the public, your friends list, or just a specific group of people to see them.

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Share photos publicly or with just friends and family or another select group of people with Facebook.

 

Instagram

Similar to Facebook, Instagram allows you to follow people you know, people you want to know and brand pages. You can choose to make your images as private or as public as you like. You can even share short (15 second) videos across the platform. 

Instagram is great if youre interested in photography, and serious photographers use it just as much as the amateurs, and you can glean tips whilst you browse. Another advantage of Instagram is that you can share from there to other platforms including Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Flickr. Instagram is also the best way to showcase what you ate, what you wore, and how you arranged the cushions on your couch on any given day. Best of all, you can add filters to make your pics look even more stunning before you share them.

instagram photo

Share crazy pics of you, your friends, family or your dinner via Instagram. Image via: Dans Papers

Flickr

 

If your wanting to store larger images in all their photographic glory, Flickr is a great resource. Once again, you can make your photos available to just friends or family, or the general public, but unlike them, with a pro account, you can also store your original images on the server, meaning your image quality is preserved and protected.

If you own or run a website, and you want to include your larger files on, Flickr is a great way of sharing. Rather than upload the images to your own server and chew through your memory, you upload them to Flickr and utilise the embed code.  You can also share galleries in this way.

Flickr has the added bonus of allowing you to manage your settings so that others can print, download or share your images. A great resource if you have family who want to be able to decorate their walls.

 

Dropbox

 

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If you haven’t got a dropbox account already, stop right there and go get yourself one! Dropbox has long been known as a safety net for backups. If your computer, hard drive, or any other of the multitude of items you have stored your files onto dies, then dropbox is your hero.

Provided you have uploaded your stuff on to it.

Dropbox stores your documents/photos/important stuff, somewhere in the ether, and if you can remember your password, you can access it from any computer or device, which is what makes it secure. It also works great as a photo sharing device. Not only is it keeping your photos safe, but you can share them with anyone who has a link to a specific folder.

Dropbox is simple to use, and you can easily safe your images or files straight to it. Its also accessible via app as well, so you can be on the go, and still enjoy its benefits.

 

Tumblr

 

Tumblr is microblogging platform that enables people to share thoughts, videos and photos easily and quickly. Its not all pics, unlike Flickr or Instagram, but if youre the sort of person who wants to add a verse of poetry, or an inspiring line to your images, its a great form of sharing.

By default Tumblr is a public sharing platform, but you can change your settings once your account is set up, if you dont want to share with the world.

 

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SnapChat

 

If youve got a teen in the home, youve probably heard of this one. Or maybe not, because they are a teen. The idea of SnapChat is to communicate through photos, which can be a lot of fun when you simply must send a picture of something hilarious you saw to your husband while he is at work. SnapChat works really well, for quick, fun messages, but its designed to save the memory on your phone, so it auto deletes up to ten seconds after the photo is viewed.

SnapChat is a different type of photo sharing. Its not what youre going to use to share pictures of our kids with your mum who will want to keep them, but it will work for sending things to friends without using up all their phone space.

 

Snapchat by Deviant Art

Snap Chat pic by Deviant Art

Of course you can always share your photos in the flesh by printing them with Pringo mini wifi photo printers, and stave off the need for links, backups and even an internet connection.

Pringo Mobile Printer, mini photo printer

Photo sharing, has never been easier. 

How do you share your photos?

Ideas for DIY Wedding Photography

The moment you start planning your wedding, you’ll feel your wallet start to lighten because we all know how expensive weddings can be. And if you’re trying to work out where to spend your money and where to save it, I’d say, if you can, don’t skimp on getting a decent photographer.  You’re going to be looking at those photos for a lifetime (hopefully) so you’ll want to have some good ones – not just photos of Aunty Mary’s left thumb in every shot.

Wedding photographers have a critical job to do on the big day and that’s to capture the special moments surrounding the happy couple, their families and any other people they’ve been instructed to capture. The thing is, they can’t be everywhere at once. That means while they’re busy capturing  traditional pics of the groom, his mother, his estranged father 2 sisters, his little brother and his 2 year old nephew, no one is capturing everything else behind the scenes. And sometimes, they’re the most fun photos. So don’t forget the DIY wedding photos taken by your wedding guests. Whilst some couples aren’t overly enthused with having their guests take photos on the day, if you don’t mind so much, you’ve got a great chance of getting some fantastic character shots if you make your wedding guest earn their keep by playing photographer for you. And there’s lots of ways you can get them to help you

Here’s some ideas you can use to let your guests contribute to your DIY wedding photography:

Disposable cameras

Whilst it’s a little old school, leaving a disposable camera on each guest table has some great positives – it’s cost effective, you’ll get lots and lots of extra photos and the photos at the end are a complete surprise (in more ways than one in a lot of cases). Also because you know exactly how many you’ve distributed, you can factor in your photo processing costs into your wedding budget.

Set up a drop folder

Before the big day, set up a wedding drop folder (there’s plenty of secure drop folders including DropBox, One Drive, iCloud etc.) and ask everyone to take lots of photos and then upload photos taken on their iPhones and DLSRs of the big day as soon as they can after the event. You’ll be guaranteed to have some great photos in there, some you’d never expected.

 

Wedding hashtag

If you’re happy for people to share your wedding day memories across social media, make sure you set up a hashtag before the day so you can save photos from Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and perhaps even print up a photobook or collage out of them. Make the hashtag unique to make sure those posts don’t get mixed up with other posts.

Setup a DIY Photobooth

DIY outdoor photo Booths are a super-cool and fun way of capturing photos of each of your wedding guests on the day. If you’ve got your Pringo photo printer there, photos taken on Smartphones can be printed on the day and taken away as personalised wedding favours.

Print photos on the day

Set up a couple of Pringo mini wifi photo printers with instructions on how to hook your guests’ smartphones to the device so they can print photos there and then either hang them on display throughout the night or take them home to keep. Guests could get selfies with each of the Bride and Groom.

photo wedding display

Image via: Paperblog

So whilst your fabulous wedding photographer is happy snapping away traditional photos of the newly married couple and their families, don’t forget to take the opportunity to use your wedding guests and their many iPhones to capture all those moments that your photographer has missed.

Young Child and Dog Playing in Muddy River

5 simple tips for photographing your kids

Until you have children, you don’t actually realise the infinite number of photographs possible. And there’s no such thing as having too many photos of your kids growing up (unless of course there’s a lot of ‘number one’ child and not so many of child number three – oops). But whilst clicking photos of your little cherubs to your hearts content is great, here’s some ideas for getting those to-die-for photographs of your kids – especially if they’re going to be the photos you print and frame.

 

1.Let them relax and just be kids

Clicking photos might be enjoyable for us but if kids know you’re taking photos of them chances are they’re either going to act ‘cray cray’ or run for the hills.  If your kids are a little on the crazy side, then just let them be them. You’re more likely to capture their real personality if you let them go (as long as they’re not killing each other). On the other hand, if your child is a little camera-shy (or smartphone shy) then just let them hang-out and play as they would normally. Again, you’re better off capturing them with their head in a book or drawing if that’s part of their character.

2. Have fun with them

Us grown ups tend to take ourselves way too seriously, especially when we’ve set ourselves on a task (like getting a great photo of the kids). But don’t forget to enjoy yourself with them when you’re doing it. This can all come from the set-up. Whether you set up a game or a special location that they love (like the park, a beach or even the backyard), make sure it’s fun – because whilst grumpy kid photos are funny from time to time, you don’t want all your photos with them cracking a temper tantrum do you?? Think tactile stuff too – water, sand, mud, leaves and having kids play in and with other earthy stuff (and animals too) always helps grab a nice pic.

Young Child and Dog Playing in Muddy River

This photo has all the elements – mud, water, a dog and a dirty, content child. Just perfect!

3. Get down to their level

 As with all photography, it’s important to think in perspective. And kids have a very different perspective to grown ups so be sure to capture that. Get down to their level, actually see what they see and capture those moments.

Cute little girl walking in the woods

Getting down to their level – this has captured so much more by looking through the eyes of a child.

4. Ask Them Questions

 If you’re photographing a shy child or even a friend’s child then take a moment to ask them questions to engage them and grab different expressions. Ask them about things they don’t like, things they love, what they want to be when they grow up. Answering each of these questions will elicit different emotions and facial expressions from the child which are key to great character photos.

5. Whisper Their Name

Little children can sometimes be difficult to photograph especially when they know you’ve got a camera. It can really throw them off their game. To capture a really lovely photo, leave your little one play a while then once they’re engrossed in their game, gently whisper their name, loud enough to head but quiet enough so as not to startle them. When they raise or turn their head be ready to photograph them. If you catch it just right, the photo will be priceless.

Photographing your kids is super-simple because let’s face it, if you’re a parent, we do it every day so we’re pretty well-practiced. However these simple tips will help you grab better quality and more natural photographs of the kids that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Have fun!

 

 

 

Print anywhere on the go, directly from your smartphone with the Pringo mini smartphone printer. High quality photos that are fingerprint proof, fade proof and water proof.

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5 tips for organising and managing digital photos

Since there are countless options to click photos nowadays, quite often we end up with a bunch of disorganised photographs in random folders on our computer. If this is the case, chances are your computer will be flooded with a gazillion folders most of which you can’t quite recall what’s in them and when the photos were even taken. Most likely you have photos in folders that don’t even make sense (although they probably made sense at the time you filed them there!).

Seeing it’s the beginning of a New Year and that normally means organisation, it’s time to sort your digital photos and organise them into some order that makes sense (to more people than just you).

Here’s 5 handy tips that will have you organising and managing digital photos like an expert.

  1. Get your folders sorted

Digital photo folders

Image via: hermamas

A really easy way of setting up photo folders on your computer is by year and date. Everything is in chronological order and is easy to find.

How To organise OLD photos

If you have old photos in your computer then you will need to check each of their dates to transfer them to specified folders. You can easily check the dates by going on each photo’s property and check the date the photo was created on then it’s just a matter of drag and drop.

How To organise NEW photos

First thing you are going to want to do is, set your camera’s date and time correctly so your future photos will have the date and time on them. This is too easy if most of your photos are taken on an iPhone or other smartphone. Accordingly put them in the designated folder.

How To Create Folders

  • Create a master folder and name it “Photos/Pictures (it’s possible you already have one on your computer or laptop).
  • Create sub-folders and rename them to years.
  • Inside each YEAR create ‘categories’ or ‘months’ folder. This is only necessary if you have a lot of photos, else you can put the photos directly in the ‘year’ folder.

 

  1. Software

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Instead of doing everything manually, why not get help from photo management software. This type of software allows you to import photos in bulk, lets you tag them and makes it super easy for you to find photos in the future.

For example, you can use tags like ‘picnic’, ‘kids’ or ‘birthdays’ and anytime you would like to search for images of kids or picnic, just type the word in and the software will extract all the tagged images for you. Lots of photo software programs also have face recognition meaning that it will automatically recognise people in photos and once you’ve initially set up who is who, the program will be able to grab every photo of one specific person. It’s not foolproof but it takes a lot of work out of having to categorise people.  There are plenty of software programs available online like Picasa, SmugMug, Lightroom and Photobucket many of which are free and super easy to navigate.

  1. Storage

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If you have a tonne of digital photos, it’s not a bad idea store them in an external hard drive instead of directly on your computer. This way it is easier to manage photos and they won’t take up storage on your computer and slow things down. Although whatever you do, be sure to make at least one set of backups of your photos just in case (preferably two).

  1. Backup

We can’t stress enough that making a backup of all of your photos is really important. Super important. All those memories captured over the years stored in only one place is a recipe for disaster. Whilst we don’t necessarily expect bad things to happen it is wise to be prepared. Create a backup of all your photos by storing them in at least two safe locations. You can save photos on an external hard drive or store them on an online portal such as SmugMug, Shutterfly, Flickr, Microsoft OneDrive etc. These are all reputed and reliable online photo storage sites. But here’s a piece of advice, no matter what site you choose, be sure to do your part of research to make sure your data is safe on the website.

  1. Print an Annual Photo Book, Scrapbook, Smashbook or Photo Album
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Whilst it’s great being able to snap endless photos on your iPhone, there’s nothing quite like having a printed version of your photos so you can touch and turn them and pop them on display.  Once a year pick your most favourite photos and print them on your Pringo mini wifi photo printer and turn them into a scrapbook, smashbook,  a wall decoration or simply pop into an album ready to be shared with friends and family.

 

Organising your digital photos takes a little bit of time in the first instance, but once you have your folders and systems set up, keeping them organised will be a cinch. Happy snapping.

 

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The Pringo smartphone photo printer lets you print directly from your iphone or other smartphone, iOS or Android device. Instant photo, instant fun.

 

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8 tips for taking selfies on your iPhone

Nowadays most of us have grown accustomed to the idea of taking selfies with our smartphones. It’s common and regular practice and quite frankly it’s a great way of checking your make-up *ahem*. Selfies are so much ingrained into our lifestyle that word has even made it to the oxford dictionary . Oxford even made selfie the “word of the year” in 2013! Crazy right! As simple as it may seem, taking a half decent selfie is a bit of an artform. So to help you capture a crackin’ selfie on your iPhone we’ve thrown together 8 tips (and most will apply to other smartphones too). Feel free to add your tips for taking awesome selfies in the comments.

 

  1. Use Your Ear buds 

 

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There’s this genius feature that only a few of the growing iPhone community are aware of. You can use your iPhone’s ear buds to click photos. Focus and press the volume+ button to capture the image. No more outstretched arms trying to work out how to get everyone in frame.

  1. Use Selfie Apps

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There are plenty of apps specifically designed for people who love taking selfies. You can try free apps like Close-up, daily selfies, Selfie Cam App and Picr.

  1. Make Use of the Front Camera

You may be in love with the picture quality of your phone’s primary camera but when it comes to taking selfies it’s front camera all the way.  You can see exactly what you’re shooting, plus, it is less likely to catch your arms in the photo if you use the front camera.

 

  1. A Close Selfie

 

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Taking selfies from a closer distance gives you a different point of focus (as long as you don’t hate your own nose close up).  Not only does a closer focus bring more of you into the shot but it also removes any chance of your extended arm being in the shot. Tres important!!

 

  1. Play with Your Expressions

 

selfie expressions

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Nobody wants to see boring selfies so don’t be afraid to experiment with your expressions. The pout, the scowl, the cheeky grin. You never know what might look cute on you until you try, try, try again and again.

 

  1. Don’t forget lighting

 

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We’ve talked about the importance of lighting when taking photos with your smartphone and taking selfies is no exception. iPhone is known for its excellent picture quality but if you don’t use lighting to your advantage, your photo quality will decline.  Avoid using your iPhone’s flash especially if you’re outdoors. Beware of using light that’s too harsh or too dark. Use natural light wherever possible and if indoors, check the room’s lighting and pose facing the light rather than the other way around.

  1. Download a Self Timer App

 

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Try taking a selfie the old fashioned way by using self-timer technique. You can download external self-timer apps to take great selfies. Popular self-timer apps include TimerCam, GorillaCam and Camera Timer!. Place your phone on a table supported by a book or anything solid. Go to the focused spot and pose while the app does its job.

 

  1. Print and share

When it’s all said and done and you’ve captured that perfect selfie moment, don’t forget to print and share it with your friends. Pringo mini wifi portable photo printer lets you print straight from your iphone or Android device. You can even add stamps, borders, texts or adjust your pics before you hit print. Snap, print and share. You’re welcome!

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Do you have any other tips for taking cracking selfies on your iPhone?

 

 

 

 

8 Ideas for Creating Fabulous Family Photographs

Family photos are a great way of capturing moments in time. Of growing families. Of kids growing up. Historically family photos were a time of everyone having to be well groomed, wearing the same outfit, sitting a certain way whilst holding a frozen smile for endless moments while a photographer captured a stark and sterile photo.

Thankfully we’ve evolved from the days of boring, posed photos in studios and nowadays family photos range have become more creative and in a lot of cases a lot more relaxed. Whilst we’d never diminish the fabulousness of professionally taken photographs with advancements in smartphones and the quality of smartphone cameras, capturing a family photograph can be done almost anywhere, anytime, providing you’re all together. Thinking outside the square, putting people in different positions, locations, backgrounds and changing points of focus can all make a simple family photograph into something wonderful and one to be cherished for years to come.

Here’s a few creative ideas for capturing fabulous family photographs:

Use water:

Good shoes, similar coloured pants or jeans and shirts and a bridge over water creates a really nice effect for a family photo.

Say it in words:

Literally capture the ‘love’ in your family photos with this simple, fun and creative idea. Just make sure you have a consistent background and nothing distracting in the foreground so your message isn’t lost.

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Four generations in one:

We think this four generation photo is particularly creative – it takes an interesting background, a photo frame,  four beautiful generations of family and a little snappy photo editing. Moose Photography has put together a tutorial for you to create this effect.

Father and son:

This is a cute way of capturing a father son duo. All you need is a super-cute outfit for little man, a Dad in a pair of jeans and a textured background. Very cool.

 

Mother and daughter:

Again such a simple but relaxed photo, this time taken from a height to capture a different angle. Note mum and daughter are wearing denim and white but the colour is broken just slightly with mum’s checked scarf.

mother and daughter photo

image via: CS Studio Blog

 

Chalkboard sign:

This is a classic and all you need is a small chalkboard and a grassy paddock (oh and the kids and a sunny day helps too). Focus on the wording in the chalkboard and the kids blurred in the background is a lovely effect. You can story board these photos by changing your focus to the kids in the background in the next shot then perhaps get the parents to bend their heads into the third photo for a bit of fun. Mix it up a bit.

Just get the legs:

These family photos from Kristen Duke Photography are very cool. These are taken from a low angle with the focus on the legs. Something a little quirky for a family photo shoot.

 

 

Or silhouette it:

Use sunset to create a very cool silhouette effect for a family photo with a difference..

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via Kristen Duke Photography

 

Family photos don’t have to be stagnant and boring. Grab a camera (or your smart phone) head outside, pick an interesting spot and snap away from different angles. Don’t be afraid to get creative.

What’s your favourite way of capturing family photos?

 

Print your photos straight from your smartphone with your Pringo mini wifi photo printer. Free postage and free 30 pack of media with every Pringo purchased this month. 

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4 DIY photo collage wall display ideas

There’s nothing quite as captivating as walking into a home filled with printed photographs. Endless memories plastered across walls and fridges whispering stories of love and friendships, good times and precious moments. For the conventional, photographs are placed in carefully selected frames then nailed to the wall or held to the fridge by magnets. Job done, photographs displayed. But why not think outside the square a little and get a little creative when sharing our beloved pics (not that there’s anything wrong with conventionalism)? Here’s some simple, yet very creative and beautiful ideas for turning your memories into a creative photo collage to proudly display on your wall. 

1. A Heart Photo Collage

Forget about going to a photo studio to get a photo collage made, you’ll be surprised to know how simple this really is.

Heart photo collage wall art

Inspiration from: http://fromswithlove.com

Here’s How You Can Make It: Print your favorite photos that you would like to be displayed. Get a cardboard or a foam core board and cut it in a big heart shape making sure that there’s

enough space to fit in all your favorite pictures. With the help of adhesive, place photos one by one over the heart shaped board and let it dry for a couple hours. You can use a lamination sheet  to protect the photos or simply apply a coat of mod podge directly over the photos. Mod podge will give your collage a finished look. 

2. A Photo Family Tree

 Take your family tree to a new level with this photo family tree.

family tree photo art

Inspiration from: fabartdiy.com

Here’s How You Can Make It: You don’t have to be perfect with the size and design of the photos and frames. In fact, different size and shapes will create more diversity on the wall. If you’re particularly creative you can paint your tree directly on the wall. If you’re not so courageous and Picasso-like then you can just purchase a wall decal sticker set and stick that to your wall. Hang your pics spaced evenly around then branches. 

3. Wall Full of Photos

 There’s nothing quite as mesmerizing as lots of small photos all in one spot. Photos are bound with old memories and no matter how many times you flip through the pages of your album, they’ll always make you look back and smile. But wouldn’t it be better if all the special photos from your childhood, your trip to Italy, or your graduation day were displayed on the wall?

collage wall of photographs

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Here’s What You Can Do: So the idea is to create a huge collage that can cover most of your targeted wall. Measure the wall and accordingly get a foam core board/core flute. If you’re looking for straight lines rather than a mixed collage effect, grab a ruler and rule parallel lines across your core board to line your printed photographs up on.  Print your favorite photos and simply paste them one by one on the board using adhesive. Once this step is complete, apply one coat of mod podge and let the collage dry overnight. Give it 24 hours to dry then hang in a prime viewing position. 

4. Vintage Handbag Photo Decoration

 If you can get your hands on vintage handbags, this is a very chic idea for photographic home deco work.  

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Inspiration from: sassytrash

How You Can Make It: Get a basic photo frame and remove the back cover of the frame. Place the photo in the photo frame as usual and apply adhesive on all four sides of the frame. Carefully place the frame on the handbag and let it dry overnight. Place other ornaments or artificial flowers in the handbag and hang it on the wall. So very cool!!

So it’s okay and just a little bit cool to think outside the square when it comes to hanging photographs in your house. Whilst throwing them up in frame is perfectly lovely, adding a little contemporary artsy inspiration is absolutely delightful.

How do you display your photographs in your home or office?