Thursday, December 31, 2009

December's Photo Winners

Thanks to all that entered our December Photo Contest. The winners are listed below. The winners can pick up their prizes at Pro Digital Photos.

Keep taking pictures for next month!

1st Place (Erin Summerill)
$20 Gift Certificate to Olive Garden

2nd Place (Lizzy Pinckney)
$10 Gift Certificate to Pro Digital Photos

3rd Place/Viewers Choice Award (Erin Johnson)
$10 Gift Certificate to Pro Digital Photos

Saturday, December 26, 2009

December Photo Contest Entries - SHAPES

Below are the photo entries for December, with the theme of SHAPES.

Viewers are allowed to leave their comment for a one time vote to determine the "Viewers Choice Award/3rd place winner". To vote, enter your favorite photo number in the comment section. Send your friends and family to help vote too. You can not vote as anonymous. Our panel of judges determine the 1st and 2nd place winners. The top 3 winners will be posted on December 31st. Good Luck!








Sunday, December 20, 2009

Memory Cloud Trailer

This is a video of a display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. I think it very fun and unique. It reminds me of how many memories can be forgotten unless you capture it by a picture. I love to be reminded of the past by looking at all my albums of pictures, in this case, 35mm slides. Enjoy!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Calendars for the New Year

The new year is just around the corner. Have you thought about making a custom calendar for 2010?

Start one now!

Create your own personal calendar with our free software. Many templates and clipart to choose from. Add special dates and birthdays with a photo. Everyone needs a calendar and these make the perfect gift. You can also start the calendar on any month, so you can order one anytime.

Two calendar sizes to choose from. Standard calendars are on thick cardstock and spiral bound. These are very nice calendars. We also have economy calendars which are on lighter paper and are folded and stapled upon request.
1 2+ 5+ 10+
11x17 center fold & spiral bound $19.99 $17.49 $14.99 $12.99
11x17 center fold & stapled $18.99 $16.99 $14.99 $9.99
11x17 top spiral bound $23.99 $19.99 $18.99 $15.99
8.5x11 top spiral bound $14.99 $12.99 $10.99 $8.99

Start one now!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Photographing Holiday Lights

Is your neighborhood glowing with holiday lights? Mine is! I love this time of year... everything is lit up with holiday cheer, which creates some fantastic photo opportunities. Here are some tips for taking pictures of holiday lights, both outdoors and indoors. Enjoy!

The most important tip for getting a great shot of an outdoor holiday light display is to shoot at dusk. And by "dusk," I mean the time just before the sky becomes pitch black, when there is just barely any natural light left, and the sky is a deep dark purple. This allows you to capture the house or building you are shooting, as well as the lights. Put your camera in manual mode, and lower your ISO to around 200. Use a tripod and a 5 second exposure. Turn off the flash, and turn off autofocus if you can (manually focus if you are able to). Then, take a few shots and see how they are turning out. If they are lighter than you'd like, use a shorter exposure. If they are dark, try a longer exposure.

As an alternative, you can try to use the night or low light setting on your camera and see if that works well for this shot. I still recommend keeping the camera on a tripod to avoid blur.

Indoor displays or pictures of the tree can be tricky. Use a tripod and a slow shutter speed to capture some ambient glow from the tree or display, and don't use the flash unless there are people in your shot. Once you get the shot you are after, have fun with angles and close ups of the details of the indoor display or tree. Use the same suggestions and make minor adjustments if needed. Have fun!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Meet the Staff

We decided to join the fun and get a picture taken with Santa when he came to our store to visit all the kids. Everybody had a great time. Thanks Santa!

Cory, Veronica, Erin, and Amber

Santa was so personal with all the kids.
Jasmine read to him for 10 minutes!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Photo Contest Reminder

December's photo contest theme is SHAPES.
Get creative and start taking pictures!

Don't forget that the deadline for all entries is on the 25th, (Christmas). Plan ahead and send your images in early!

Anyone can enter this contest. There are no rules regulating design to your photo by using programs such as Photoshop.

All photo entries must be emailed as a digital file to by the 25th of each month.

Only 1 entry per person/per month.

The 1st and 2nd place winners will be chosen by our panel of judges. The 3rd place winner is our "Viewers Choice Award."

We will post all entries to our blog each month on the 26th for our viewers to help vote for the Viewers Choice Award!

The winners will be announced on our blog the last day of each month. The 1st place winner will receive $20 in a restaurant gift certificate. The 2nd and 3rd place winner's will each receive a $10 gift certificate to Pro Digital Photos.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Gift Ideas on Good Things Utah