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Archive for January, 2011

Taking Great Pictures in the Snow

With winter in full blast, you might be thinking about creating a scrapbook based on the gorgeous snow and scenery around you.  Taking pictures in the snow can be fun and rewarding, but it can also be difficult due to the brightness.  Here at Store Photos, we want you to have the best pictures you possibly can.  That’s why we have a few tips to help you take beautiful pictures in the cold and snow.

Take great pictures in the snow!

Take great pictures in the snow!

  • The cold weather can make your camera shutter a bit sluggish.  In between pictures, keep your camera under your jacket so the shutter and batteries stay warm. This will make taking pictures easier.
  • Adjust your camera settings to compensate for the bright snow. You’ll need to compensate by over-exposing the shot by letting more light into your camera.  The sun reflects off of the snow, so you have to make sure to minimize that effect in your pictures.
  • Find a good focal point.  You want to focus on something more than just the snow.  Look for a tree, fence post, or bush to highlight the snow around it.  This will make your photos more interesting.
  • Sled tracks, footprints, and snow drifts make interesting focal points, too.
  • Look for bright colors to include in the photo.  A red cardinal, a person in a brightly colored scarf, or an interesting piece of architecture can add some contrast to the photo.

Have fun getting out there and snapping some photos in the snow!  When you have all the photos you want, look to Store Photos for the right photo album.

Photo Shoots for Couples

Valentine’s Day is on its way, and you might want to show that special someone how much you care by presenting them with a photo album.  Getting a picture taken with your special someone is a great way to celebrate how much you love one another.  There are a few things to consider as you plan the perfect couple’s photo shoot.  Think about settings, apparel, lighting, and other variables.

Get great photos together!

Get great photos together!

A good photo can be a keepsake that you, as a couple, will cherish forever.  Whether it’s an engagement picture or a retirement picture, we all know that a great photo is something you’ll treasure.  That’s why it’s important to get it right.

You can start by looking through catalogs at a local photography studio to get some ideas.  You can talk with other couples and find out what their favorite photo opportunities are.  Talk to your partner—make a list of ideas and types of pictures you want.  Do you want affectionate shots?  Playful photos?  Close-ups?  Silhouettes?  Take the time to plan it out!

Think about what you’re wearing, too.  Choose clothing that is flattering and makes you feel comfortable.  Stick with solid colors, and keep jewelry simple so as not to distract from the photo.

When you’re looking for a background for your photo, think about places that hold positive memories for you as a couple.  Outdoor shots are always fun!  (Be careful, it’s cold out!)  Try your favorite restaurant, a playground, or a kitchen.  The options are endless.

Have fun!

Memory Quotes for Scrapbooks

When you’re putting a scrapbook together, it’s always nice to have a few quotes to go along with the pictures and embellishments.  Here at Store Photos, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite quotes about memories.  We’re sure you’ll find some inspiration in these little gems.  Hope you enjoy!

Look back on where you've been

Look back on where you've been

“A life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood.” – Charlotte Davis Kasl

“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.” – Honore de Balzac

“A whole stack of memories never equal one little hope.” – Charles M. Schulz

“Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.” – Saul Bellow

“I acknowledge the privilege of being alive in a human body at this moment, endowed with senses, memories, emotions, thoughts, and the space of mind in its wisdom aspect.” – Alex Grey

“I have a lot of great memories, but I can’t imagine anything more exciting than the life I have now.” – Rob Lowe

“I have lots of favourite memories but I can’t say that I have a favourite film.” – John Hurt

We hope you enjoyed this little walk down memory lane.  If you’re inspired, grab some photo supplies and begin putting your memories together!

Archival Safe… Always

Many important documents and photos need to be preserved for an extended period of time.  Conventional paper products will begin to slowly degrade—and that’s due to the high level of acid that generally exists in paper.  Archival, or acid-free, paper is made slightly alkaline (or with a neutral pH) so that it will not yellow and turn brittle with age.  Here at Store Photos, our products are archive safe—so you can rest assured that your precious memories are safe and secure.

Would you leave a memory like this to chance?

Would you leave a memory like this to chance?

Why does regular paper degenerate?

There are two reasons why conventional paper will degenerate over time.  The first is something called lignin, which is a component of the cell walls in plants.  Lignin turns yellow as it is exposed to heat, and that’s one of the reasons that your paper changes color.  Acid makes the paper more fragile, thin, and brittle.  You want something that’s the exact opposite of archival paper?  Check out a newspaper.  Notice how quickly it will turn yellow?

Keep your memories in archival safe pioneer photo albums to ensure their longevity.  After all, you can only make memories once.