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.

pringo mini wifi photo printer

 

photo_book

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

photo bucket

Image via: Photobucket

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

hard drive

 

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
photo_book

Image via:Wit and Whistle

 

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.

 

Pringo wifi mini printer

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

 

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?

 

 

 

 

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.

family photo love

image source

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..

family-silhouette-picture1

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. 

Pringo Mobile Printer, mini photo printer

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

Image from fabartdiy.com

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.  

vintage handbag photos, photo wall art

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? 

 

5 Reasons to print your photographs

In todays digital world, taking photographs is just a click away. It’s quick, easy and indeed almost effortless. With cameras, iPads, mobile phones and Instagram, taking photos has become more fun than truly making memories. Sure, keeping an enormous collection of pictures in your smartphone, hard drive or computer is easy but it’s to a point where we’re taking more and more photographs but printing less and less of them. We’ve all but forgotten the simple pleasure of having a printed photograph at our fingertips. Here’s a thought! How about we revive your memory and inspire you with some practical points that will give you inspiration to print not ALL of your photographs but at least a couple of the really special ones.

1. Print Photographs Can Be Exhibited
How often do we see digital photos on display at home or work? Print photographs give you the option to display your favorite photos. You can use them as decorative items at work or home. It not only brightens up the place but also works as a great means of quality conversation with people.
Sure you can scroll through the thousands of photos on your phone or computer but that’s a great way of losing the interest of whomever you’re sharing them with *yawn*. There’s nothing quite like displaying favourite memories on the wall, fridge or desks to be shared at will with any passerby who may perchance to stop.

pringo wifi printer photographs, print photographs

2. You Can Add Notes to Photographs
Imagine, you see an old photo and you can’t remember where or when the photo was shot but when you turn the photo you see a note written by you. The note gives you the opportunity to relive and recall the exact moment when the photo was taken. Plus, your kids and grand kids would thank you later for adding those notes. The thousands of photographs stored on your computer lack that kind of personal touch.

3. Technology Evolves
Once upon a time, there existed Compact Cassettes. Sound familiar? Todays generation is probably oblivious of such technology. Technology is dynamic and constantly changing and chances are, those digitally stored cherished photographs may not be able to be extracted in future years. With a bit of care, printed photographs will last forever.

4. Print photographs Are More Valuable
Imagine, someone going through your stuff in the future and all they can find is, a dozen hard drives,  memory cards and USB sticks. Would they go through the hassle to load them in the computer? More than likely not. But it would be a priceless feeling to find a box full of valuable pictures that they can go through and admire.

5. Printed Photos Talk to Us
Lets face it! A few simple prints are simply more beautiful and fun to watch. Maybe its the unique texture and feel of printed photos that everyone loves. Many people like to hold pictures in their hand rather than scrolling through various photos on iPad or a laptop.

Capturing memories through photography is only one part of the process. Being able to look back on that moment and cherish it through a printed photograph is a way of ensuring that memory stays with you generations into the future.

 

When was the last time you printed some of your photographs? What did you do with the prints?

 

Pringo wifi mini printer print photographsThe Pringo mini wifi photo printer allows you to print and share your photographs on the go. Print credit card sized photographs straight from your iPhone, Smartphone, iOS or Android device. With our free Pringo App you can add stickers, text and borders to really personalise the moment.