Saturday, December 29, 2012

An Eye for Photography

I'm just in pure admiration to my eldest brother for he's really an artist in his own right. He is talented and people keep saying and it's true that our family is into arts and crafts for almost all of us know how to draw, design and creative. My bro is a visual artist and uses canvas as his medium using his favorite oil paint to draw his masterpieces. He already have joined national competitions and have won various awards. Not only in painting does he excel but also in the world of photography.

Let me boast a little bit if you may for he also got some awards on his photography works. His subject and lighting are superb and he doesn't uses any software to correct the colors of his images like many photographers are using. I can say that he has an eye for photography for he can turn a simple subject like a chair, door, fruits or maybe an auto lift into a beautiful work of art with meaning and dimension.

I just hope that he'll continue to create more paintings and photography and win on many contests for he has a passion for those.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Free Christmas Photobook Templates

Here are some of the Christmas Photobook Templates that I made and  you can use them  for FREE at ARTSCOW.

If you're a member at Artscow, all you have to do is pick a template of your choice 20 pages, 30- 36 pages and then upload your photos at your gallery and  then just DRAG and DROP your photos to the template. You can re-arrange all the picture frames if you want bec. the template is customizable as well.


Collecting as a Hobby

Aside from photography and canvass painting my eldest brother is also into collecting of vintage stuff and memorabilia. He has this small gallery in their house where he showcases all of his paintings and his collections. He collects old LP records, old photographs of celebrities, magazines, vintage bottles, coins, cameras and whole lot more. He also wanted to find a military coin to add to his collection as what I have from him.

He actually enjoys what he is doing and even though we teased him at times that he is only collecting junk, for him he is collecting art and memories and having said that we can't argue anymore.

FREE! 10pcs 20 Paged 8"x8" & 9"x7" Photo Books from Artscow

Here's another freebie from : FREE! 10 pcs 20 Paged 8"x8" & 9"x7" Photo Books. All you need to pay is the shipping. Yey. I need to start making layouts of my photobooks once again to avail of this promo. My Project 366 for this year was put aside when I became too busy blogging and I hope I can finish that early of 2013.

If you're not a member yet sign up at at ARTSCOW

Expiry date to validate at your account: Dec. 17, 2012

After validating at your account you have 30 days to use the code. So if you validate the code to your account today Dec. 11, 2012, you can use the code up until Jan. 11, 2012 (HK time).

Friday, December 7, 2012

Trends in Commercial Printing

With the age of the Internet, so many commercial printing companies have come up short. We are watching magazines and newspapers fold and turning to digital means to keep up. However, there are some trends in commercial printing that are actually helping this industry not only stay afloat, but also to succeed and see more opportunities.

Digital Printing
One of the latest trends is digital printing. This is what the future holds and companies that have made the transition are flourishing. One major perk to this type of printing is that it is far less costly. So, with lowered overhead costs, you can lower your prices and attract even more customers.

This type of printing is also very fast so you can get jobs done far faster than you could with commercial printing. The color durability is also high, so finished products will stand up very well to light and other sources of degradation.

Offering Service Combinations
Some customers will still want traditional commercial printing so this should still be an available option. You can still offer this as a stand-alone service, or offer it along with digital printing. You can put together a variety of different combination packages so that customers have plenty to choose from. You can also allow customers to create their own package. For example, a customer may still want to use traditional printing methods for their brochures, but want to use digital printing for another aspect.

Graphic Design
To take your business to the next level, you may want to follow the trend of incorporating graphic design into your printing business. You can find many phenomenal graphic designers out there that can help you build upon the services that you offer. Those with these skills can help to create websites and digital content and these can be added to your printing services. For example, if you create brochures and business cards for a company, having a graphic designer will also allow you to help them create their website. This will increase your revenue and help your customers only need one company to get all of their advertising needs done.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wedding Photography and more

I always love taking pictures. I believe that every moment and every scene deserve to be preserved through photos as that moment might not or will not come back again. During the early 80’s I always borrow camera from my generous cousin if there is an occasion because we still don’t have a camera that time. Those photos that are in my possession right now are cherished memories of the past and it’s always fun to see them from time to time for it brings a lot of good memories.

I’ve been hooked to photography when I bought my DSLR in 2009 and even made a simple photobook of the photographs that I have taken. How’d I wish I have taken a step further with my photography other than being a hobby. It would be nice if I end up a professional photographer just like some of my friends who made it as a business now. But just the same, I enjoyed taking photos all the time.. as in all the time because I have my Project 365 or known as the Photo-a-Day challenge this year. I guess I’d still continue that next year for it can still hone my photography skills even though I rarely use my DLSR anymore.

Speaking of being a professional photographer and having a business of their own, I always admire all the photographers who are working very hard to master their craft. Taking photos on different events is no joke as it requires a lot of skill, patience and creativity to bring out the beauty of the event. I reckon, just one of the challenging event to photograph is wedding for there are many details that you need to capture. There’s so much action and emotion during the ceremony that any photographer should be attentive to.
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