How to get the perfect photos before summer is over


Save the squinting

By having your subject face away from the sun, you can help avoid having those squinty eyes in photographs. To make sure that there are no shadows from this, use fill flash to keep your photo bright.

Change your perspective

Experiment and take photos from different angles. Try something lower to the ground to get a new point of view or if you’re photographing a child, shoot from their vantage point – it makes a difference in the final photo!

Play around with the light

Experimenting with the light in the summer is a lot of fun when it comes to photography. Incorporate a natural sunburst strategically into your photo for something a little different.

Go for the action shots

If you’re at a soccer game or if your kids are just playing in the yard, make sure to get some action shots. A lot of cameras have a setting for these and it’s great to have photos of them in the moment – whether it’s on a swing, or on the field.

Keep your camera protected

Your camera isn’t a fan of sand or water (unless you have a fancy waterproof camera, then go for it!) so remember to keep it protected from the elements. Camera cases are your friend! Sand, sadly, is not.

What’s your best summer shot so far? Share it in the comments, we’d love to see it!

When your summer photo collection is complete, don’t forget to make your own photo book to hold on to your memories!

Capture Your Summer Vacation in a Photo Book

Whether you and your family are taking a road trip or a Caribbean cruise this summer, a photo book is an excellent way to capture your vacation adventures. With a personalized photo book, you can showcase your memories in ways that are unique and professional looking without losing any of the intimacy. Here are 3 tips to help you create the perfect summer vacation photo book…

Focus on a Theme

Obviously your photo book will have a theme – your summer vacation. But why not make it more specific? Choose a theme that centers around what you want your photo book to mean such as “A Day at the Beach” or “Camping in the Wilderness.” For a traveling abroad theme, try to include shots from the airport as well as the names of the places & cities you visited.

Add in the Extras

Your photobook doesn’t have to be just about photos! In fact, you could scan your ticket stubs, brochures, receipts or restaurant bills! Include those as part of your photo book so that you will always have a copy of the special “throwaway” items from your trip that often end up in the garbage. This is especially a good idea if you plan to make your summer vacation photo book have a timeline. Use plane tickets and photos of the airport at the beginning and then add items as you complete your book. This adds realism and ensures that those items that can be misplaced or lost will be remembered for years to come.

Have Fun

Some people get too caught up in the technicalities instead of simply using the photo book to remember what a great time you had. Take your time instead of hurrying things along just to get it done. The more time you take to gather all photos and items to include in your book, the more you’ll be happy with the final result. Also, before wrapping it up ask your family members if there is anything they’d like to add to the book. They can always come up with cool ideas you didn’t think about!

Elephoto can help you create the perfect photobook for your summer vacation. Learn more about our books here:

Photo Books for the Holidays… Meaningful Gifts!

The holidays are almost here and we all started thinking about the perfect gift for our loved ones. Manytimes, we end up at the malls last minute, picking up general gifts…

The holidays are almost here and we all started thinking about the perfect gift for our loved ones. Manytimes, we end up at the malls last minute, picking up general gifts that not quite represent our true feelings for gifting. Sometimes, due to lack of time, or too much commercialism, our best judgment when it comes to meaningful gifting gets a bit clouded; the result, we end up with a gift that doesn’t represent our true feelings, and we are not too happy about it. Then, as the person is unwrapping his/her gift, we say to ourselves anxiously: “This is not what I had in mind; I could have done so much better than that!”

The perfect present has to be meaningful to the person receiving the gift. It has nothing to do with amount of money or brand – the perfect gift evokes a sentiment to the receiver. Personalized Photo Books are perfect in that regard. Not only are they personalized, but also they show that you put thought and effort in a gift. Custom photo books from Elephoto allow you to design the cover with photos, clip art, and text – you can make your gift as special and personal as you want. There are different sizes to choose from and the covers could be photo, die-cut, or plain. In addition, the linen covers are available in eight different fresh and contemporary colors, or you can choose a leather cover in brown or black. Sizes for photo books are 8×8, 11 x 8.5, 8.5 x 11, and 12 x 12 (inches). All materials are certified environmentally friendly, and they used first quality printing techniques. The binding is sewn for durability and long lasting bind.

Imagine the faces of your loved ones when they open what they think is a regular book, to find out that it is the most precious book there is – a book of their own, full of happy and warm memories to keep forever in their hearts and now, in their hands.