Archive for November, 2011

Amabel

Great Holiday Gift Idea – Family Heritage Photo Collage

The holidays are all about connecting with family. These special times of the year are where we make new memories and share old ones. A beautiful gift idea for the holidays is a family heritage photo collage. This idea was inspired by a PosterMyWall customer who created a genealogy of the family name eight generations back. Old photos of his ancestors tracing as far back as 1794 down to the photo of his 8 year old grandson are displayed in this beautiful family heritage photo collage.

family heritage photo collage

So if you want to go for a more thoughtful present to give this year, skip the sweater or slippers. Give a gift of history that your family will treasure forever.

Getting Started

Here are some things you can do to get started with your photo collage right away!

  • Take a tour of PosterMyWall to learn more about our collage maker and review the list of print sizes we have to offer.
  • Browse backgrounds for your poster collage. We have a ton of elegant family themed backgrounds.
  • Stay on top of the latest deals, contests, and promotions by visiting our Facebook page. You could win a free print of your collage!
Amabel

Let’s talk Turkey! Tips for taking Holiday Photos this Thanksgiving for your Holiday Cards

The Thanksgiving menu is already set and hopefully you are crossing things off your “To Do” list. Don’t forget that Thanksgiving is the perfect time when the family gathers to take those holiday pictures and turn them into holiday photo cards. If you can’t decide on that one picture, then make a collage of favorite photos into a holiday card. There is an assortment of festive holiday cards templates to choose from. All you need to do to get started is to select photos that have been uploaded onto Facebook. PosterMyWall.com’s card maker will help you do the rest.

holiday card ideas

 

Here are a few tips to help with your holiday pictures.

1. Gather the troops

The first step is gathering everyone together. Go for somewhere with a background that won’t be distracting. Watch out for backgrounds that are too colorful, as they can end up distracting from your subjects and clashing with their coloring.

2. Should subjects coordinate outfits?

Wearing clothes of a similar color and style (for example, different shades of blue) will look much more relaxed. On the other hand, if your group happens to love dressing up, it might be fun to do a session in costumes!

3. Relaxed people make great pictures

Gone are the days of stiff, posed studio portraits. Today, most people prefer a group photo that shows them as they really are: smiling and happy, without looking forced. Strive to capture the group in ways that appear spontaneous and candid.

4. Assume the position

If possible, shoot from eye level or slightly above your subjects. This will emphasize their eyes and reduce the pesky double chins and undereye circles you sometimes get if your subjects are looking down.

However, there are some general guidelines to help you get the best pictures possible.

  • Make sure your subjects are touching each other. This might require some convincing, especially for kids at various stages but it will really bring home the fact that this is a group of people who care deeply for each other. It doesn’t have to be more than a hand on a shoulder here, an arm around a waist there, or someone leaning against someone else, but try to get some physical contact going.
  • Arrange your subjects by height, with the tallest in the center. You can also put taller people behind shorter ones, but be sure that their heads and faces aren’t being blocked; give them something to stand on, if necessary.
  • Get older family members to hold younger ones, if appropriate. Try having an older sibling give a younger one a piggyback ride or sitting a child up on a parent’s shoulders.
  • Huddle up! Have everyone lean in toward each other. Not only does this let you get a closer photo, but it also helps give the impression of closeness. You can even try a literal huddle, like a football team on the field. Position yourself on the ground in front of and underneath them, shooting up, for an unusual photo.
  • Especially if you’re working with a very large group, try organizing them in smaller clusters, then arranging the clusters together. Group smaller family units together at a family reunion, for example, rather than having everyone stand in a big, messy bunch.
  • Get some action shots. Have the family play a game or run a short race, and snap candid shots of the action. It’s sometimes a bit tricky to catch everyone looking good, but if you luck out, these can be some of the most memorable portraits.

Tips taken from http://www.tecca.com/columns/how-to-take-family-portraits-digital-photography-101/

 

Sally

Personalized Photo Greeting Cards from your Facebook photos

Bored of the usual greeting card designs? Have a bunch of photos on Facebook? Create a personalized photo greeting card with a beautiful collage of your Facebook photos! Our photo greeting card tool integrates with your Facebook account and is smart enough to recommend your best Facebook photos in recent time. You also have the freedom of handpicking photos from your (or your friends’) Facebook albums.

sample photo greeting cards

 

Photo greeting cards are printed on 5×7″ high quality photo paper. You can order in bundles of 25. Each card comes with an envelope for easy mailing.

Tips for making your Photo Greeting Card

Here are some things to keep in mind when selecting photos for the collage on your photo greeting card:

  • Pick photos with closeups because each photo will be tiny on the printed card.
  • Pick at least 15 photos for the collage, so that each photo isn’t stretched. This results in crisper prints.
  • Add all photos in an album by simply clicking the Select all photos button.
  • Be sure to try all card backgrounds, there are many to choose from!
  • Play with the different fonts available for the card title and signature. The signature is optional.
Getting Started

Here are some things you can do to get started with your photo greeting card right away!

  • Browse our greeting card templates to pick one you like and customize with your Facebook photos.
  • Take a tour of PosterMyWall to learn more about our tools.
  • Stay on top of the latest deals, contests, and promotions by visiting our Facebook page. You could win a free print of your flyer!
Veronica

Holiday Photo Cards from Facebook photos!

The holidays season is almost here and creating holiday cards can be a time consuming project. If you’ve got a bunch of family photos lying around, use our holiday photo card maker and create personalized holiday photo cards from your Facebook albums in minutes! Our tool integrates with your Facebook account and is smart enough to recommend your best Facebook photos of 2011. You also have the freedom of handpicking photos from your (or your friends’) Facebook albums.

sample holiday photo cards

 

Holiday photo cards are printed on 5×7″ high quality photo paper. You can order in bundles of 25. Each card comes with an envelope for easy mailing.

Tips for making your Holiday Photo Card

Here are some things to keep in mind when selecting photos for the collage on your holiday photo card:

  • Pick photos with closeups because each photo will be tiny on the printed card.
  • Pick at least 15 photos for the collage, so that each photo isn’t stretched. This results in crisper prints.
  • Add all photos in an album by simply clicking the Select all photos button.
  • Be sure to try all card backgrounds, there are many to choose from!
  • Play with the different fonts available for the card title and signature. The signature is optional.
Getting Started

Here are some things you can do to get started with your holiday photo card right away!

  • Browse our holiday card templates to pick one you like and customize with your Facebook photos.
  • Take a tour of PosterMyWall to learn more about our tools.
  • Stay on top of the latest deals, contests, and promotions by visiting our Facebook page. You could win a free print of your flyer!
Veronica

Create a Wall Calendar with Photos from Facebook

Have a ton of photos on Facebook that you love? Put them to good use by creating a beautiful wall calendar from them. Using our calendar maker, you can create a calendar in just a few clicks. You can pick individual photos from Facebook albums or pick a Facebook friend and our tool automatically recommends photos for them.

wall calendar with photos sample

Apart from using a collage of Facebook photos, you can also convert one of your existing custom posters (or create a new one) into a wall calendar. Our custom poster maker allows you to add photos from your computer, add your own text, and apply a plethora of effects. A custom poster on a wall calendar is a great way to commemorate someone or something special, e.g.

  • A wall calendar highlighting a child’s sports achievements
  • A calendar with baby photos
  • A calendar remembering school memories of a graduate
  • A calendar listing achievements of a team in the previous year

These are just a few exciting ways in which you can create a fantastic looking wall calendar with photos. We’re sure you’ll have a ton of better ideas.

Getting Started

Here are some things you can do to get started with your wall calendar right away!

  • Browse the calendar templates gallery to view calendars that you can customize with your photos.
  • Take a tour of PosterMyWall to learn more about our tools.
  • Stay on top of the latest deals, contests, and promotions by visiting our Facebook page. We’ll be running great deals on calendars till December!
Sally

Make a Custom Calendar from your photos on Facebook

Have a ton of photos on Facebook that you love? Put them to good use by creating a stunning custom calendar from them. Using our calendar maker, you can create a calendar in just a few clicks. You can pick individual photos from albums or pick a Facebook friend and our tool automatically recommends photos for them.

custom calendar sample

Apart from using a collage of Facebook photos, you can also convert one of your existing custom posters (or create a new one) into a custom calendar. Our custom poster maker allows you to add photos from your computer, add your own text, and apply a plethora of effects. A custom poster on a photo calendar is a great way to commemorate someone or something special, e.g.

  • A custom calendar highlighting a child’s sports achievements
  • A calendar with baby photos
  • A calendar remembering school memories of a graduate
  • A calendar listing achievements of a team in the previous year

These are just a few exciting ways in which you can create a fantastic looking customized calendar. We’re sure you’ll have a ton of better ideas.

Getting Started

Here are some things you can do to get started with your custom calendar right away!

  • Browse the calendar templates gallery to view calendars that you can customize with your photos.
  • Take a tour of PosterMyWall to learn more about our tools.
  • Stay on top of the latest deals, contests, and promotions by visiting our Facebook page. We’ll be running great deals on calendars till December!
Sally

Make Christmas Holiday Cards from Facebook photos in a jiffy!

Christmas is almost here and creating holiday cards can be a time consuming project. If you’ve got a bunch of family photos lying around, use our holiday card maker and create personalized Christmas holiday cards from your Facebook albums in minutes! Our tool integrates with your Facebook account and is smart enough to recommend your best Facebook photos of 2011. You also have the freedom of handpicking photos from your (or your friends’) Facebook albums.

sample christmas holiday cards

 

Holiday cards are printed on 5×7″ high quality photo paper. You can order in bundles of 25. Each card comes with an envelope for easy mailing.

Tips for making your Christmas Holiday Card

Here are some things to keep in mind when selecting photos for the collage on your holiday card:

  • Pick photos with closeups because each photo will be tiny on the printed card.
  • Pick at least 15 photos for the collage, so that each photo isn’t stretched. This results in crisper prints.
  • Add all photos in an album by simply clicking the Select all photos button.
  • Be sure to try all card backgrounds, there are many to choose from!
  • Play with the different fonts available for the card title and signature. The signature is optional.
Getting Started

Here are some things you can do to get started with your Christmas holiday card right away!

  • Browse our holiday card templates to pick one you like and customize with your Facebook photos.
  • Take a tour of PosterMyWall to learn more about our tools.
  • Stay on top of the latest deals, contests, and promotions by visiting our Facebook page. You could win a free print of your flyer!
Sally

Create stunning Photo Calendars from your Facebook photos!

Have a ton of photos on Facebook that you love? Put them to good use by creating a stunning photo calendar from them. Using our calendar maker, you can create a calendar in just a few clicks. You can pick individual photos from albums or pick a Facebook friend and our tool automatically recommends photos for them.

photo calendar sample

Apart from using a collage of Facebook photos, you can also convert one of your existing custom posters (or create a new one) into a photo calendar. Our custom poster maker allows you to add photos from your computer, add your own text, and apply a plethora of effects. A custom poster on a photo calendar is a great way to commemorate someone or something special, e.g.

  • A photo calendar highlighting a child’s sports achievements
  • A calendar with baby photos
  • A calendar remembering school memories of a graduate
  • A calendar listing achievements of a team in the previous year

These are just a few exciting ways in which you can create a fantastic looking photo calendar. We’re sure you’ll have a ton of better ideas.

Getting Started

Here are some things you can do to get started with your photo calendar right away!

  • Browse the calendar templates gallery to view calendars that you can customize with your photos.
  • Take a tour of PosterMyWall to learn more about our tools.
  • Stay on top of the latest deals, contests, and promotions by visiting our Facebook page. We’ll be running great deals on calendars till December!
Veronica

Make a Gift Calendar from Facebook photos

The new year is almost here. If you’re short on gift ideas, surprise family and friends by giving them a beautiful, customized gift calendar of their Facebook photos. Using our calendar maker, you can create a calendar in just a few clicks. It even recommends photos for each of your Facebook friends, so you just pick a friend, flip through some calendar backgrounds, and you’re done!

gift calendar sample

Apart from using Facebook photos, you can also convert one of your existing custom posters (or create a new one) into a gift calendar. Our custom poster maker allows you to add photos from your computer, add your own text, and apply a plethora of effects. A custom poster on a gift calendar is a great way to commemorate someone or something special, e.g.

  • A gift calendar highlighting a child’s sports achievements
  • A calendar with baby photos
  • A gift remembering school memories of a graduate
  • A calendar listing achievements of a team in the previous year

These are just a few exciting ways in which you can create a fantastic gift using our calendar maker. We’re sure you’ll have a ton of better ideas.

Getting Started

Here are some things you can do to get started with your gift calendar right away!

  • Browse the calendar templates gallery to view calendars that you can customize with your photos.
  • Take a tour of PosterMyWall to learn more about our tools.
  • Stay on top of the latest deals, contests, and promotions by visiting our Facebook page. We’ll be running great deals on calendars till December!
Amabel

Spectular Colors of Autumns For Your Posters

The spectacular colors of Fall are here. The leaves have turned, with trees taking on golden, amber and scarlet hues. The fallen bright yellow leaves that herald autumn mix serves as a memory of summer gone by.
If you are fortunate enough to experience these transitional colors of the season, a remarkable opportunity awaits you to photograph these marks of nature that maybe steps away from your front door.

Sample Autumn Colors Flyer

Sample Autumn Colors Poster

You can turn these richly colored photos of the fall into a poster using a photo as a background for a harvest festival flyer. You can collage several of your favorite photographs to keep memories of the season as you head into the cold winter days ahead.
Here are some tips to get the perfect shot of autumn foliage to showcase on your poster.

 

  1. Photograph around sunrise and sunset for the best light and color. The first and last hours of sun during the day (the times right around both sunrise and sunset) have a brilliant quality to the light that can yield great photos, which brings out the reds and golds in your photos)
  2. Photograph outdoors when your shadow is longer than you are, usually in the late afternoon.
  3. Don’t overlook overcast days. They can often be wonderful to shoot on because the sun isn’t drowning out the colors and the shadows are softer.
  4. Use a tripod. Especially when shooting with dusk encroaching, tripods really help. (Don’t have one? Make one with a soda bottle, Turn off your flash, set your ISO to 100 to minimize noise (sharper detail!) and start shooting.
  5. Underexpose your shots slightly to deepen the saturation in your colors, and then use your computer’s photo software (iPhoto, Picasa, or Photoshop) to increase the contrast and play with the color saturation to warm things up slightly.
  6. Experiment with your white balance settings. Don’t be afraid to take your camera off Auto mode and play with those settings. Increase the little numbers manually, or select a white balance setting like “cloudy”.
  7. Get up close for detailed leaf shots, or take a step back and take in a technicolor landscape. There’s so much change come Fall that the only thing you need do is look around you (or look up!).
  8. Make-Your-Own Leaf Studio – Too windy to get those up-close macro shots of leaves to work? Try bringing some leaves home. With some good ol’ Scotch tape, stick the stem to a large open window that has some natural light coming through it, so that the leaf lies flat against the window. Now set up your camera and start snapping. Voila, brilliant leaf close-ups!
  9. Take leafy portraits. While you’re busy raking those leaves up in the backyard, don’t forget the leaf fights, leaf forts, leaf heaps… they’re fun and the spontaneity will give you opportunity for dynamic portraits.
  10. Leaves and trees aren’t the only thing to photograph in the Fall. Visit a farmer’s market and snap some of the beautiful colors and shapes of Fall fruits and veggies. Go apple-picking or stop by the pumpkin patch.

Get started with your Autumn flyer/poster now!

Tips were taken from http://content.photojojo.com/photojojo-original/fall-photo-tips/.