This tells a story in itself. Little feet. Wet weather. Fun. Happiness. Yep, it's all there.

5 Tips for capturing special moments on a smartphone

Whilst we live in a digital world with the power of a high quality camera at our fingertips, it’s often that we forget to capture everyday moments because we’re so caught up in them. Here’s 6 tips for effectively (and effortlessly) capturing those special moments on your smartphone so we you can enjoy them again and again for years to come.

1. Keep your smartphone on you

The best type of camera is the one you’re carrying with you. It’s not always convenient to carry your bulky DSLR camera with you all the time but chances are, your iphone or other smartphone is with you when you’re out and about. And nowadays most smartphones have better cameras in them than most digital cameras.  However it’s one thing having your smartphone with you, it’s another knowing how to quickly activate your smartphone camera when you need it. Many smartphones including the iPhone will allow you to use the camera app without having to unlock the phone first which makes it even quicker to capture the moment on your phone as it happens.

2. Live in the moment

Often we allow life to ‘live us’ instead of the other way around. We’re too busy getting somewhere to enjoy the journey getting there. Don’t forget to take a moment to live in the moment. To be mindful of what’s happening around you. To actually see what’s happening in the right here and now instead of thinking about what’s next.

 

Don’t wait for the perfect pose

While you’re waiting for that perfect pose, the perfect family photo, that perfect smile, you’ve possibly missed the most perfect moments of craziness, silliness, fun or even tantrums. Capturing the moment is exactly that – capturing that exact moment, no posing required.

 

No stagnant sitting and smiling shots here, just real life.

No stagnant sitting and smiling shots here, just real life.

3. Think beyond the big picture

When we’re capturing our moments quite often we try to capture everything. From the background to the foreground and everything in between. But often it’s the tiniest things that tell you the most about that point in time. Find a focus point and run with it. Take a little girl splashing in puddles for example. Sure a whole-of-scene photo is on the cards but then think close ups, of facial expressions, of boots, of reflections in the puddles, oh the list goes on. It pays to think outside the square and beyond the big picture to really tell the story.

This tells a story in itself. Little feet. Wet weather. Fun. Happiness. Yep, it's all there.

This tells a story in itself. Little feet. Wet weather. Fun. Happiness. Yep, it’s all there.

4. The set up

If you’re in anticipation of capturing great moments, take a moment for yourself to think about the background and where you’re likely to get the best shot from without disturbing the action. Sometimes just moving yourself to a different position (think high and low positions as well) is enough to take a photographic moment from ‘meh’ to ‘boom’! Take the photo below. The photo is taken from a low position so no background buildings or distractions affect the focal point of the shot and there is a strategic line of wheat captured in foreground to frame the shot. If this photographer stood up to take the same photo it’s possible the moment would be lost in a busy background.

Woman in wheat field

5. Print your memories and share them

It’s one thing to take the perfect photo but it’s another thing to actually print and share your pics. Pick your favourites, edit them using the Pringo App (or any other photo app you like) then print instantly from your mobile with your Pringo smartphone printer. Presto, moment captured, moment saved, moment shared. Yeah!

Pringo wifi mini printer

scrapbooking layout

Ready, set, scrapbook! Simple Scrapbooking Advice.

Scrapbooking is such a wonderful way to creatively capture a moment, tell a story or preserve part of your personal history. Not-to-mention it’s a lovely way of sharing your most favourite printed photographs all in one spot. Having said that, it can be difficult to know exactly where and how to start your scrapbook project if you’re a bit of a newbie in the scrapbooking space so we’ve put together a few ideas to get you started.

 

1. Select your story

christmas scrapbook layout

Telling the story of Christmas. Image via: scrapbook.com

 

If you’re scrapbooking part of your life it can be difficult to limit what you want to share and say within your scrapbook. However taking a moment to select which story you plan to scrapbook will help you focus and maintain a theme throughout your book. And try not to let yourself get overwhelmed by the nee to scrapbook absolutely everything. Just pick one story to start with, be it a holiday, special moment, a friendship or whatever takes your fancy and run with it. You can start the scrapbook of next story as soon as you’ve finished this one :-).

2. Select your photos

Whilst it might seem like the easiest part of scrapbooking, selecting your photos can often be the most difficult. Actually ‘deselecting’ photos should be more to the point. Because it’s so easy to take hundreds *ahem* or if you’re like me, thousands of photos on your smartphone or camera, it can be difficult to whittle down to the very few that you need. Just remind yourself that sometimes less is more. Sometimes one photo is better than 6 photos on a page to give a focal point.

3. Cull and cull and cull some more

Once you’ve selected the photos you’re planning to use in your scrapbook, it’s then time to cull them. And by culling I mean, reduce the numbers from 1536 photos (because probably a little difficult to squeeze all of them into a 12 page scrapbook) down to about 20 photos. Good luck with that step!!

scrapbooking layout

This is a nice effect with the spotted paper framing the ledger paper. Image via: Octoberafternoon

4. Select your theme

The paper you use within your scrapbook becomes part of the theme of your story. You can choose textured or patterned paper or you might choose a more subtle single neutral-coloured paper. Each page doesn’t have to have the same paper as long as the theme is followed through in some way shape or form. If you choose a patterned cardstock for one page, you might select a plain coloured card for the rest of the pages with strips of the patterned cardstock glued to each page. The ideas are limitless. Whatever theme you use, make sure it doesn’t clash with the colours in your photos or detract from the stories your photos tell.

5. Mix up your fonts

Whilst this point is debatable, mixing up your fonts creates another level of interest and creativity in your scrapbooking project. Select one font for your page title and another one or two fonts for other accents in your page.

6. Select your accessories and page accents

Page accents add that touch of flare and extra bling to scrapbooking projects. Things such as ribbons, buttons, bottle tops and shapes cut out of cardstock all help to enhance your story and make your scrapbook really standout. Think layers, textures and dimensions.

Pringo app photo

Use the Pringo app to apply text and borders to your photos before you print them.

7. Your photos don’t have to be square and centred

When placing photos in your project, it’s time to think beyond square and centred. Slightly tilted photos can bring energy to a page and photos just off centre cam funnily enough add balance to your page. Mix it up and don’t be afraid to try different ways of placing your pics.

8. Don’t just write on the pages

When it comes to the written word in scrapbooking projects, it pays to think outside the square a little. Sure you can write words, sentences or paragraphs straight on the page, but it might also be nice to use journaling cards or tags and tuck them behind your photos to add a different dimension to your page. Also, if you’re printing photos from your Pringo portable printer, add text to photos using the Pringo App before printing for another nice effect.

9. Tell your story

This is your project and your story, so don’t forget to tell it. Before you start sticking photos and accents to pages, it’s worth taking the time to set out your scrapbook story so you’re clear on what you want to express and where in your project you want it. That moment of planning will ensure you don’t forget anything important in your story.

 

 

pringo mini wifi photo printer

The Pringo Printer comes in pink or pearl white

Print on your Pringo portable smartphone printer.

A Pringo mini portable smartphone photo printer is perfect for all your scrapbooking projects. The device prints direct from your iphone, iOS or Android device. The printed photos are high quality and better still, they’re fingerprint proof and waterproof! We deliver express post Australia wide so get your order in now before Christmas.

 

Buy one now.

 

 

selfie expressions

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 

 

iphone earbuds

Image via: lifeinlofi

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

selfie app

Image via:bestappsite.com

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

 

close selfie

Image via:bobritzema

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

Image via: clickypix

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

 

selfie lighting

Image via:pathwrangler

 

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

 

selfie self timer app

Image via: ios-hacks

 

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!

pringo wifi photo printer

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

 

 

 

 

DIY Business Cards and DIY Greeting Cards with Pringo

The Pringo mini wifi photo printer is such a versatile smartphone printer! It doesn’t just print regular ol’ photos, it can turn your photos into beautiful business cards, personalised Christmas cards or other greeting cards.

Imagine being able to print up a different business card for every different occasion or for every mood. photo business card personalised business card printer

 

 

 

 

 

 

What about being able to print a greeting card for every different occasion instantly using photos from your iphone. Creating personalised greeting cards is an extra special touch when you’re trying to impress someone extra special in your life.

Thank-you photo card

All you need is your Pringo photo printer, the free pringo app (download from iTunes or Google Play), some photos on your iPhone, iOS or Android smartphone and a little creativity and you’re well on your way to creating beautiful business cards and greeting cards. Just in time for Christmas.

Because there’s a few steps involved, our techie Angus has put together an easy-to-follow guide for creating your own photo business cards or greeting cards. Thanks Angus, you’re a genius! Click on the photo below to read the guide.

Click on the photo to see the full guide

Click on the photo to see the full guide

 

Have you ever made your own greeting cards or business cards?

 

 

Get your Pringo mini printer just in time for Christmas:

Pringo Mobile Printer Pink

My Printer door does not close properly

 My printer door is not closing properly.

If you find your printer door is not closing properly this may be the problem:

  • Open up the door and on top of the door are some small holds  that hold the door to the printer head.
  • You may find that one of the holders has unclipped.
  • This may be due to the door being opened too wide and causing the door to unclip itself from the printer head.

All you need to do is pull the door slowly back untill you have enough room for the printer head to slot back into place again.

(see pictures below)

 

door not closed    not connected properly      Door connected

Last Chance to Win a Pringo Mini Photo Printer for Father’s Day!!

Daddy love

So we’re officially looking down the barrel of Father’s Day in Australia. Dads nation-wide are preparing to receive their jocks and socks and ties and BBQ tools. And let’s face it, the blokes in our lives tend to like that kind of stuff don’t they?

But why not think outside the square a little this year. Think about something a little different, a little creative, something VERY cool that Dad will love to use. Of course I’m talking about getting him a Pringo Mini wifi photo printer. Dads can print and share photos of the kids, the wife, the dog, his mates, his last fishing trip, his footy team, his latest meat-laden culinary success or he can even take it to work and use it on the job or in the office for worky-blokey-type stuff.

With his Pringo mini photo printer, Dads can print photos directly from his iOS or Android device  while he’s out and about and the best part – he can connect his photo to this tiny printer over the wifi network, no annoying cords to plug in.

But most importantly, if the Dad in your life had a Pringo mini photo printer, you’d be able to use it too :-).

So, here’s your last chance to win a Pringo mini wifi photo printer for Father’s Day (valued at $149). You’ve only got a few days to get your entries in (and you can enter once a day every day).

Oh and if you share this promotion, be sure to add the hashtag #PringoDads so we can hunt you down and thank you!!

win a pringo for Father's day

(If you’re on a mobile device, click the photo above to enter)

Promotion closes 9pm AEST Tuesday 2nd September 2014

This promotion has now ended

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Picking a winner for this comp was really hard there were some lovely answers!! But…. there can only be one winner.

And the winner is…..

Gail Greenwood

with the following answer:

Hubby and son enjoy volunteering, to be photographers at the weekly Park Run, and the runners love seeing their photos, on Facebook after they’re done. An online pic though is just not the same, as having an actual photo in your hand, the joy of printed photos has been lost, in the age of everything on demand. A Pringo printer would be awesome,  to share their achievement there and then, an instant gratification for the torture endured, and motivation to get back out there again! 

So true Gail, thanks for your entry and congratulations!!

You still have time to buy Dad a Pringo from our website for $149

Pringo Mobile Printer, mini photo printer

 

Changing Settings On Your Printer

 

Printer Switches Off

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To Change The Setting In Your Printer From Keep Switching Off

Make Sure You Are Connected To The Printer

Go  To The Settings Icon

Auto Power Off Settings Change Power Setting

 

 

 

How Much Battery Power Do I Have Left?

Make Sure The Printer Is Turned On

Go To The Settings Icon Printer Settings

It Will Tell You What Percentage You Have Left

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Is Cloud Album?

This Is Where ALL Your Pictures That You Have Taken Are Stored.

So If You Want to Later On Come And Reprint A Picture With All The Extras That You Put On.

You Just Choose Your Picture Again and Reprint.