It’s never too early to place your holiday card order. We have hundreds of designs to choose. Either from your own image or one taken here in our photo studio.
It’s never too early to place your holiday card order. We have hundreds of designs to choose. Either from your own image or one taken here in our photo studio.
Bergen County, NJ- Valentine’s Day is fast upon us. Whether you celebrate on the 14th or this coming weekend, we have just the thing for you! Give your sweetie something far better than flowers or chocolates this year! Touch her heart with a personalized photo gift or framed photograph. We have a variety of unique choices for you to consider and most gifts take a very short time to create, so pick a favorite photo of your family, pet, a vacation or some other special event and bring it in to the shop or upload it to our online store. You’ll have a one-of-a-kind gift your Valentine is sure to adore.
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The holidays will kick into high gear with Thanksgiving serving as the beginning of what is sure to be a busy and festive season. When family gathers together to celebrate, we want to make sure we’ve taken plenty of fantastic photos to remember the occasion. Here are some of our favorite tips for making sure the snaps you shoot are cause for celebration:
Get Your Gear Ready A few days before family arrives, spend a few minutes getting your gear in order. If you have images on your memory card, transfer them to your primary computer, verify they transferred without incident and reformat the camera card. Charge your camera’s battery and, if you have an external flash, make sure it’s charged with new batteries and is in working order. Also, double-check that your lens cleaning cloth is in your bag. One rogue fingerprint can kill an entire series of shots. Check out most popular cleaning supplies here.
Also, remember to revisit how to use the timer function on your camera. After all, you don’t want to just take the photos–you’ll want to be in them as well!
Understand Your Lighting Situation: If the Thanksgiving feast is being held at your home or at a nearby relative’s abode, scout the most likely areas to shoot family photos. What lighting options are available? Are there large windows nearby to lend available light? Does the room have a low ceiling and few light sources?
Surveying the possible posing locations and studying lighting can greatly improve your success rate when it comes to shooting quality holiday photos. You’ll have a sense of where the best lighting is located and can bring additional lighting if needed. You’re also much more likely to get cooperation from pint-sized subjects if you have all the tough stuff figured out in advance. All you’ll need to do is pose and shoot!
Showcase Your Storytelling Skills: Do you have an idea of what you’d like to capture this holiday season? For example, maybe the all-day cooking marathon in the kitchen always brings a smile to your face. Thanksgiving photos aren’t solely for the dinner table presentation, although that particular shot is certain to be a favorite. Document the interactions between loved ones–the offhanded laughs, the shared smiles and the candid conversations exchanged throughout the day. The outdoor football game, the long walk after an amazing meal and the kids playing in the yard are all great opportunities to create Thanksgiving memories.
Make Posing Painless: Getting everyone to cooperate is particularly important when large groups and small children are involved so your careful planning is about to pay off! When your family members know that you’ve put a bit of thought into the process, they’re more likely to realize it should be a quick and painless event!
For posed group portraits, you’re more likely to get cooperation from family earlier in the day. For elderly family members, make sure posing includes a comfortable chair for them to sit and place others around them according to height. Younger kids can sit cross-legged on the floor in front. Getting engaged smiles is an easier task if you stay connected to them. Try a remote shutter release –it’s one of the most helpful accessories you can keep in your camera bag for shooting family portraits.
Don’t Forget to Share! With so many choices online, sharing your family photos has never been easier. Just make sure to get copies to all the family members involved. For example, some grandparents have a Facebook account while others prefer to have hardcopies, so take care to send a set of printed photos if they aren’t comfortable viewing images online. Upload your photos to our web sharing site.
While this idea might conjure up the image of a primate sitting under a tree with a camera around its neck, it actually points to something less unique. In fact, it’s a common practice among beginning photographers. The term “chimping” refers to the habit of looking at the back of an LCD screen after each shot. It’s the constant ‘shoot and check’ that so many amateur photographers engage in. Professional shooters tend to shy away from this practice, as they strive to stay connected in the moment of what they’re photographing, knowing there’s time to review once the session or event is over. Also, most professional shooters have an outcome in mind before they begin shooting. Knowing how you want your photos to look beforehand saves time and let’s you focus on your subject.
If you find yourself constantly checking the back of your camera, try to shoot without checking your images until your session is over. You may find this approach can help you stay better connected to your subject and you might pick up moments you might otherwise miss.
Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a two-week trek across the pond, packing right—and light—is critical to making your trek a success. After all, who wants to lug a bunch of superfluous gear around? Here are a few tips to ensure your gear bag is light, well-equipped and ready to travel:
Think it Through: Imagine your trip for a moment. Think about where you’ll be traveling. Do you need to take your DSLR with you or will your compact camera suffice? Do you really need that extra lens or can you do without it? Making a mental checklist of your itinerary can help you decide which items you need and which can be left at home.
Remember the Essentials: Make sure to pack a lens cleaning kit, extra batteries, your charger and extra storage media. These items alone will help you combat the majority of issues that might occur while you’re on holiday.
Choose the Right Bag: Traveling light means choosing the right bag for the situation. Would a backpack style help you get through the airports more easily, or is something with wheels that can also accommodate your other items be more appropriate? We’ve got designs that fit every need and budget here:
Offloading for Longer Trips: If you’re traveling with your laptop, consider offloading your digital pictures on a regular basis. This technique can serve as protection in case your media card is somehow damaged or fails during your trip. Here’s another great solution—take your card to the local photo retailer and print a set or two before your return trip home. You’ll have one less item on your to-do list and your family will enjoy looking at the photos and reminiscing on the return trip. You can even use the pictures as a mini-scrapbooking project to keep the kids entertained while you travel.
Keep Everything Charged: Dead batteries mean an instant end to picture-taking fun and a battery that dies while you’re shooting might even corrupt your digital camera card. Fortunately, we’ve got a great solution! The PROMASTER GO! Charger is a compact multi-function charger that can charge your DSLR batteries and also serve as a charger or power source for your cell phone or music player.
This was the very first piece of photographic advice that I was ever given as a child entrusted with the family’s camera for a school excursion.
The intention behind it was good and in many photographic situations over the years it has actually served me well.
However…. sometimes in photography it can be easy to get trapped in a mindset that actually limits the potential of your shots.
My suspicion is that many people are being limited by the above piece of advice – lighting your subject from the front and avoiding back lighting at all costs.
The problem with ignoring back lighting images is that:
I’m not arguing that backlit subjects are the way you should approach every shot – but ignoring it as an option ca leave you potentially missing out on a very powerful technique.
Check out some of the following images that show the beauty of power of ignoring the age old advice of always lighting a subject from the front.
PS: just because your subject is backlit doesn’t mean you need to forget about how they are lit from the front. Using a Fill Flash and/or some sort of reflector is often a great way to get the balance right for a well exposed shot.
“It’s Fall here and the colors in the leaves in our town are wonderful. How can I capture their vibrancy? Every time I shoot them I end up with muddy and dull images!” – question by Grant
I love Autumn photography – you’re right the golden and red leaves on a background of lush green grass and beautiful blue skies is a wonderful thing. So how do you capture it? Here’s a few starting points to boost the colors in your Autumn photography (in fact they’re appropriate for boosting the colors in your Spring shots too):
1. Use a Polarising Filter
The saturation of colours that you get with one of these is fantastic. It is particularly useful in getting lovely blue skies but you’ll find that it decreases some of the haze that you often get at this time of year also.
2. Shoot in the Golden Hours
While you can get great results at any time of the day – I love shooting Autumn colors at the end of the day just before sunset when the light is golden. This accentuates the reds and golds even more than normal.
3. Don’t ignore the Overcast Days
Some people keep their cameras in their bags on days where the sun isn’t shining – but they can actually be the best days. I like overcast days because they help create a mood that you can’t get on a sunny day – plus the images are nice generally nice and rich.
4. Look for Contrasts
One way to accentuate the colors in your shots is to think about framing your shots in such a way that the different colors contrast with one another. Golden leaves on a blue sky – a red leaf on a lush green grass etc.
5. Avoid Shooting Into the Sun
Shooting into the sun will result in shadows, lower saturation of colors and lens flare (which further reduces the impact of colors. On Sunny days – keep the sun at your back. If you do have to shoot into the sun use a lens hood or shield your lens with something to avoid lens flare.
6. Play with White Balance Settings
Sometimes Auto mode with White Balance won’t give you the most vibrant results. Warm up your colors by increasing the color temperature a touch (not too much). You can do this by increasing the kelvin numbers or by selecting a setting like ‘cloudy’ if your camera has semi-auto settings.
7. Warm Up Filters
I don’t use these anymore (I tend to make changes in Photoshop) but in my Film Camera days I did use a warm up filter on occasion to give my shots a slightly warmer glow.
8. Underexpose Your Shots (slightly)
Pull back the exposure on your shots a touch and you’ll find that it gives your colors a slightly deeper saturation. Again – much of this can be done in photoshop – particularly if you’re shooting in RAW.
Of course keep in mind that once you’ve taken your digital shots that you can always boost your shots on your computer afterward. This isn’t the place to go through it (as I mainly focus upon in camera techniques here) but if you shoot in RAW you’ll be in a good position to do some post production on your shots after.
Wholesale Photo Academy presents a new video series, filled with helpful tips & tricks to improve your photography. To watch an episode now, click one of the frames below:
It’s probably the most common question asked when dealing with photography. Go ahead, say it with me…. “What camera do you use?”. The second someone sees an amazing picture, they don’t ask about your photography background, how many hours you’ve spent studying, shooting, reading, editing. No, none of the credit goes to you. It all goes to the camera. And maybe a little to the lens. So how important is the camera? Well, it’s pretty important, but not all that it’s cracked up to be. So for those of you who need a little guidance in which camera you should buy, I’m going to tell you.
When it comes to buying a camera, there are two companies – Nikon and Canon – that are dominating the industry. What’s the difference? In my experience with using both of them, I have found that Nikon gives a sharper, more concentrated look, and Canon gives a softer, more delicate look. Keep that in mind – but also the lens possibilities before you decide which way you will swing. Once you have decided that, here are our suggestions for cameras:
For the beginners who want to graduate from the point and shoot to DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex), but don’t want to spend a fortune. The people who will never change the dial off Auto. You just want better pictures w/o the extra work. You’re a casual photographer who never plans on going pro. You want to keep it well under $1,000. Simple. Affordable. Nice pictures. Here’s your camera:
Now we take a step up to those who are taking photography to the next level. Not just casual, but a serious hobby and maybe hoping to go pro one day. Still don’t want to spend 3 months rent for your camera, but are willing to make a little more of a sacrifice to reap the benefits of the outcome of picture quality. Your ranged of budget is somewhere between $1,000-$2,000. Committed. Determined. Passionate. Here’s your camera:
And now for the bigwigs. I probably don’t even have to recommend anything, because if you are serious enough to drop this much money on camera equipment, then you probably already know what you are doing and have done the research yourself. But just for kicks, I’ll add my two cents. We’re talking full frame, complete and total camera package. Budget: $2,000+. Professional. Serious. Moneymaker.
There you have it folks. Now get shopping.
Well we’ve finally done it. We have created a FAN page for Wholesale Photo & Digital Cafe on Facebook. Now in addition to our awesome blog & newsletter, you guys have another way to find out all the great things that are going on at Wholesale Photo. We will be updating the Facebook page with loads of great info, including special FAN rewards (similar to our newsletter only specials) so be sure to go and become a FAN today. You wouldn’t want to miss out on all the great things happening here. Also, as a Thank you to all of you, our great customers, we are giving away a FREE 8×10 print to anyone who becomes a FAN. Use it either online or in our store on one of our great kiosks.
Speaking of our great Kiosks, we’ve just upgraded them all to the NEW Version 7.0 software. It’s a great new look and feel with the same ease of use (some might say even easier). TONS of new products like great gifting options, loads of new templates for cards, calendars & books as well as the all new Quick photo books which allow you to create an entire photobook without having make sure pictures are cropped properly or edited, it’s all done for you, automatically! Come on in and check them out today!
Summer heat & humidity can be very hard on Video tapes & Movie films. It can cause irreversable damage & decay while fading away those precious memories. Video Transfer is the solution.
Going on right now through the end of August we are having a Video Transfer special. On any video or film transfer order you place you will receive a FREE Duplicate copy*
With all those old boxes of movie film & tapes collecting dust in the closet, now is the time to bring them in.
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