Easy Ways To Become A Better Photographer

You want to be able to provide other people with some straight facts about photography and some easy ways that they can improve their picture taking in general. This article is perfect for your intentions because it will provide clear and well written tips that will be easy to apply to anyone.

In this day and age, you need to know digital photography basics to digitally improve your photos. This means learning the basics of programs like Photoshop. While you should not totally rely on these programs, you can definitely perfect the shots you actually take. After all, you can only control so much when shooting.

Take your camera with you as often as you can. You never know when a great opportunity for a photo will present itself. Keep your camera out and ready if you expect to use it – by the time you get your camera out of the bag, get the lens cap off, and adjust your settings, your shot is gone. Hang the camera around your neck. Of course, if you’re in a high-crime area, or if you don’t want it to be obvious that you are a tourist, you may need to be a bit more discreet.

Meeting up and joining with fellow photographers is a great way to hone your craft. Think about it: Everyone meets up in a vocation like this, from cyclists to soccer players. It’s only natural that photographers group together. Holding friendly little competitions and exploring the world together can improve your skills.

An important tip to consider with photography is that photography is one case where you might be at the mercy of the tools you use. This is important to consider because there is only so much you can do with a non dSLR camera due to processor and lens limitations.

When working around subjects that are moving a lot or are totally in action, you need to focus on capturing the moments by keeping your trigger down. These kinds of moments can not be recreated and there are no do-overs. Keep your eye on the areas at all times and keep shooting.

Shoot and aim quickly. If you are taking a picture of an object that is moving, or could move suddenly (such as a perched bird) take the first photo as quickly as possible. This ensures you have at least one photo of your subject, even if it is not perfect. Once you grab the initial shot, if the subject allows for it, you can take a second, more carefully aimed picture. It is better to have several images to choose from than to spend precious seconds framing the first shot only to have your subject fly off.

In conclusion, you want to be able to instruct others on how to properly use their camera and would like some quick and easy tips to help them out. Hopefully, you found exactly what you were looking for with the list that you have been provided with, in this article.

Back Up Photos

Yes we all know we should back up photos

We talk about it and warn our friends about it. But what about our own photos? Well I was working on a project for photo gift ideas and pulling photos from my computer files. I was making a photo slideshow as a gift for my friend’s 40th birthday, when POW!

All my programmes disappeared, all my documents, files and folders and YES! all my precious photos too.

I had not taken my own advice which I had given to friends, back

Back up photos now!

Back up photos today!

up photos online and they will be safe if your computer crashes. Despair!

Where can you back up photos online?

Fortunately I had done something good and that is to back up photos and all the rest on my computer on to an external hard drive which is designed for the job, the one I use is Simple Save, very good. All my stuff I realised would be on there and I was able to clean off my computer from the spyware using MalWareBites and do a restore.

What a relief, there were all my photos, files and all. Please don’t let it happen to you. Especially please back up photos and your special documents. I use Tiny Uploads to store my photos now, it is easy and free.

Back up photos for peace of mind

Back up photos and smile!

Sleep tight but back up photos today!


What Would You Grab If There Was A Fire?

Have you ever thought about that frantic moment when fire breaks out in your home, you have only seconds to grab your most precious possessions and run.

We won’t count people or pets of course, but aside from that, what’s yours?

Well a survey done recently asked a slightly different question, what are the top 100 things people just love to do?
The answers were wierd and wonderful in places, but guess what came in at No. 22? Yes, it was Looking at old photos!

Imagine, why would we want to look at these, we have so many other calls for our attention but nothing pulls us like opening a photo album and reliving past times, fun, people and places.

So I decided to ask around about the fire question and do you know, apart from jewellery, the one that came up time after time was My Photos. Wow! But have a think about it for a moment, have you ever come across a heap of photos and began to glance through them? I have and if you are anything like me and like most people, once started you just can’t stop.

All those holidays, memories you had mislaid for a while, all back in glorious colour. Are yours tidily in albums though or are they rather scattered about the house in drawers and boxes?

Might I suggest something you may not have thought of? What about storing your photos online? You will need to scan them but this will be so worth it as they will be safe from that fire and you can look and share them whenever you like.

Of course I would also suggest a Photos to Movie slideshow to add pleasure in spades to the experience. You can see our FAQs here or jump right to the Orders and Pricing page to begin.
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Pet Memorials

We get so attached to them don’t we, ‘part of the family’ is no exaggeration at all, they absolutely are.

Pet memorials

Just adorable, always was and always will be.

When a beloved pet passes on, we are too sad to think of anything much and certainly not the idea of having a memory movie made of their life, but further on down the road, things may change a bit.

This is the time when you, or someone you care for, is ready to have a memorial DVD of their lost pet. Cats, dogs, horses and so many more, it makes no difference, we love them all.

May I tactfully suggest, that when the time is right, you begin to collect photographs of your pet, or the pet of someone else you love, and start a folder called something like: My beloved Jincy.

In there you can gradually collect about 20 or so photos that show your pet when he was tiny, when he was full of mischief and playing, being naughty – oh never… right up to the last photos you feel comfortable with. Don’t forget lots of you together, the relationship aspect is all important so the pet owner needs to be in there too.

When you have what you feel is enough photos, about 20 is fine, send them to us and we can create a suitable Slideshow with enhancing effects. Perhaps you would say what mood of music you want, calm maybe or slow tempo or if you prefer, something uplifting.

Dog memorial


Don’t be afraid to give us lots of titles to include, the name of your pet, special memories that you want to highlight, it all combines to make a DVD Slideshow that will inevitably make you cry but so worth it to see your pet in such glorious colour on screen.

If you know someone whose cat or dog has recently died, they will be devastated of course, but keep an eye on the situation and try to support them in the same way you would for any bereavement, pets are family too.

You can start your photo collection quietly, ask other friends what they have and just hold on until you feel the time is right for a pet memorial photos to DVD.

Will they watch it? Well, don’t let them come upon it without knowing exactly what is in there, they will watch when they are ready and be assured, they will watch again and again.

This pet memorial DVD really will help them in the process of grieving for their beloved pet, but definitely not too soon.

People at these sort of times react differently and especially people around them, some think grieving for a dog or cat is quite unneccessary, others want to replace the pet too soon, yet others don’t even mention it at all which is so hurtful.

Pet Memorial

Peace will come to you.

Peace will come and when it does you will have such a beautiful way to re live those wonderful days together.

Anniversary Gift Idea

Wedding Anniversary Gift Idea

Choosing a Wedding Anniversary present can be a minefield, especially if the couple have been married a fair number of years – won’t they already have everything already?

Normally that may well be true, but they won’t have this great anniversary gift idea and you can easily be the hero of your whole family for sorting out ‘The Gift Problem’ for them and this is literally the Gift of a Lifetime.

I am talking about the Anniversary couple’s lifetime in pictures, photographs from over the years to bring back memories and to recall moments

Anniversary Gift Idea

Great Anniversary Gift Idea!

they have forgotten.

I remember when it was my Ruby Wedding Anniversary, we had a really lovely day with people calling round, most of them with anniversary gifts for us. Wonderful but I couldn’t help wondering what we would do with some of the things we were given, we had duplicates in the house already but who could possibly mention such a thing? Not me for sure.

Still, it would be nice to give an anniversary gift that is different, a unique gift in fact and that is what I am suggesting.
You can collect photos from the family and friends and have the really interesting task of choosing the best of them for a Show.

But not just photographs, short video clips too if you like, they can all be collated into a photo montage SlideShow, a unique gift of a DVD of their life, with personal titles, music and special effects.

The photo slideshow is professionally made for you and this is undoubtedly the way to go to get the best result. Great effects make all the difference to the finished gift.

What are you options? Well you can have the Show made and uploaded for you on to You Tube inside a Private Channel. This means that you can own the link and only you can watch the video, it is not publically viewed like normal You Tube videos (although it can be if you want.)

But even better, you can share the private link with whomever you wish, family and friends; simply send it to them in an email and they can click and view as well.

Or go one step further if you decide to have a luxury gift, have the Show put on to a DVD with matching personalised case and then packed into a glossy gift box with big organza bow. It looks great!

Photos to Movie Gift Boxes

Gorgeous Gift Boxes

Your personal message goes inside and you can be credited as Producer on the back of the DVD casing. We will do the packing and posting for you or it can be sent directly to you.

Imagine the look on their faces when they watch this very personalised gift and you will be the one to have found it for them, it will be truly an unusual gift, actually a unique gift too, so how to get going?

Maybe you have some questions. Is it easy? It certainly is!

Begin collecting photographs you have of the couple, ask other relatives and friends for their best ones too and in no time you will have to choose from a surprisingly large collection. You’ll need between 20 and 30 normally.

The photos can be print ones or digital ones. It is easier with digital but some of our customers have come up with a great idea for print photos to save posting them, they use a digital camera and Photograph the Photos! See here for how (see Point No.2). cameras are so good nowadays that it is quite easy to get good results.

You will find that the most difficult part of the whole thing is keeping the secret from the couple, be sure to tell the other family members not to let the cat (or photos) out of the bag.

An Interesting Point:

A recent survey was looking for the top 100 things that make people happy and guess what number 22 was? Looking at old photos! So try not to get sidetracked and lost in times gone by, commenting on hair styles, clothes and funny fashions which have long gone.

How much time will you need to allow?

Normally a Show will take 7-14 days to create, approve, burn, gift wrap etc. so if you aim to get your photos sorted and to us about two weeks ahead of the big day, you should be in time – obviously the longer the better.

Personalised Gifts

You'll love sorting through the photos

Approve? Yes, you really should have the opportunity to approve a finished Show before you take delivery of it, no problem as it will go on to a private area for you to see the work done. A great moment, most times if your pre sorting has been done and the photos arrive in the right order, there will be no worries and you will be delighted.

What kind of Anniversaries will this suit?

Husband to Wife or the other way round is such a romantic gift idea, imagine receiving a DVD of your first year together, maybe from early days before you were even engaged and on to the Wedding Day with following photos of you both laughing, having fun with friends.

Then there are the big Anniversaries, Golden Wedding Anniversary, Silver Wedding Anniversary, Ruby Wedding and even Diamond Wedding. Do you know how many years each one is named for?

Here they are:

Silver Wedding Anniversary is 25 years
Ruby Wedding Anniversary is 40 years
Golden Wedding Anniversary is 50 years
Diamond Wedding Anniversary is an amazing 60 years.

Here is a list of some other Wedding Anniversaries:
1st – paper
2nd – cotton
3rd – leather
4th – book
5th – Wood
6th – Iron
7th – Copper, Bronze or Brass
8th – Electrical Appliances
9th – Pottery
10th- Tin, Aluminum
11th- Steel
12th- silk or linen
13th- lace
14th- Ivory
15th- Crystal
20th – China
25th – Silver
30th – pearl
35th – Coral, Jade
40th – Ruby
45th – Sapphire
50th – Gold
55th – Emerald
60th – Diamond

Another thing to think about if you live in the UK, is that for a Diamond Wedding Anniversary, the couple are entitled to receive a congratulatory card from Her Majesty the Queen. You need to be in very good time for this though and should contact the Palace several months ahead to be sure of getting this organised.

What a fabulous day they will have, the post brings a beautiful, signed card from The Queen and then from you, a mysterious box to open. Inside will be their Diamond Wedding gift from the family – a DVD to watch on their tv or computer of moments from their life together. Tears will flow but they will be good ones as they recall things that had gone from mind but are now in front of them in beautiful colours.

I would say to you that you will need to be a bit organised when you collate the file with the photos in. They should be in the right order and there is plenty of information on this website to show you how to get the job done fast and well.

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Photo Montage

You choose the best photos

It is going to be so worth it when the couple sit down with no idea of what they are going to see, your secret smile says it all, this is their life in pictures, who could resist?

So if you are looking for a truly unique gift for a very special couple or Anniversary, then this unusual gift idea will fit the bill perfectly. Maybe you have someone in mind for Christmas gift ideas or a Mother’s Day gift too.

Anniversary gifts can be difficult especially if the couple have been married a long time, so a DVD Photo Montage Slideshow is the one thing you can be sure they will truly love.

Don’t hesitate, order your Show now, full money back guarantee of satisfaction of course.

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Photo Display Ideas You’ll Love

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Is your family impossible to buy for? Go Here Now For Easy Step 1 These photo gift ideas are sure to make them laugh, cry and probably both at the same time! See more SAMPLES here

Want one? A professional photo video with music, great special effects, to watch on TV or online.
It’s easy! We do all the work for you, we make it, gift wrap it and post it!
Photo display ideas

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Where are most people’s photos? In a cardboard box maybe or still in the camera? Where are yours I wonder?Photos in a box

Do we ever get to see them and relive those special times? Enjoy yours on screen whenever you want. Do you know someone who would just love to see their story in big glorious colour?

So if you are stuck for a gift when someone in your life “has got everything?” these photo display ideas are perfect.

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We’ll make your fab Video with evocative music, great special effects, gift wrap it and post it with your personal message card included

Or simply enjoy watching online with your family and friends whenever you like.

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*** We do everything for you and make your Show from your own Photos.

*** See your Photo Montage Slideshow Movie with professional special effects and music.

*** You can watch the dvd show on your TV or on your personal computer.

*** Or choose to watch privately online we will email you the link to watch any time you like.
*** You choose who to share the link with so they can see it too any time they like as well.

See some photo display ideas in our SAMPLES now.

Any of our photo display ideas will allow you to share your memory movie with friends and family or it makes a perfect photo gift idea, just think what your Mum would feel watching you and the grandkids romping around.
There may be a few tears when you relive great moments, but lots of smiles and laughter too. Who could forget the times when things went pear shaped, how good you looked on that very special day or sharing all this with family and friends.

Photos to Movie will create a slideshow movie for you with music and titles, professionally done with special effects to enhance it all.  Either onto a dvd to watch on tv or simply view your video on your own private channel we set up ready for you and email you the link, only those you invite can see it or we can upload it for you to YouTube or Facebook.

You can choose from our beautiful gift packaging and/or have the personalised dvd sent to you or directly to your special person.
Simply fill out the form and send us your images right now, the FAQ page will make it super easy for you and then we will make the Show from them, complete with evocative music and titles of your choice.

Photos to Movie makes just about the most perfect and unusual gift imaginable for Anniversaries, what about Ruby Wedding anniversary gifts, birthday parties or holiday memories? A child growing up, a family bbq for folks who maybe live far away, as a gift for grandparents this is about perfect, they just adore these photo display ideas.

After your Wedding Day how thrilling would it be for all your guests to see your wedding pics in a Show! Just send them the link.

But they are also sensitively done for memories of a loved one, lots of tears here but bittersweet too. We never, never forget, but when ready, commissioning a photo montage movie full of memories can be a huge comfort and joy.
Memory movie

Consider pets too, we have such memories of them in their puppy or kitten time, the games we played and how great they looked or look now, how proud can an owner be?

I’m certain that you have lots of photo display ideas of your own too!

So take a look through the FAQs for Photos to Movie and

Get started now on a some photo display ideas of your own.