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Win a Year of Membership at SmugMug Pro and Borrowlenses

March 19, 2012 4 comments

Our buddies over at BorrowLenses.com have put together a fun contest over on their blog with some great prizes that celebrate our joint awesomeness: A year of membership at BorrowLenses.com and a year of SmugMug Pro.

Win Great Perks

In case you weren’t already familiar with their membership program, it’s more than just a login. Members automatically get a 10% discount on all lens rentals, priority rental availability and a free t-shirt. It costs $99 per year, but enter to win and you could get yours for free.

Once you’ve got one foot on the red carpet, you can easily upload, sell and share all your photos on SmugMug Pro.

Make sure to get your entries to their blog HERE (not below!) no later than Friday, March 23rd, 2012.

Good luck!

Say Cheese! A Fun Friday Giveaway from Photojojo

February 17, 2012 940 comments

Hey happy snappers! It’s Fun Photo Friday and we thought we’d do some Random Acts of Giveaways with our pals over at Photojojo.

If you aren’t already phamiliar… er, familiar with their great photo doodads and gadgets in their shop, you haven’t lived yet. Their carefully curated selection is guaranteed to make even the most serious photojournalist crack a smile.

Introducing the Ring Flash

Today they’re giving away the fashion photog’s dream toy: The Ring Flash, which turns your existing off-camera strobe into a glamorous party trick.

Hand model not included. (Sorry!)

Feast your eyes on that perfect, even lighting.

It

Here’s how to win yours

Ready to be the life of the party?

1. ‘Like’ SmugMug’s Facebook page HERE.
2. ‘Like’ Photojojo’s Facebook page HERE.
3. Comment below with a link to one of your pics that you think needs a little lighting help.

We’ll tag a random winner on Friday, February 24, 2012. They’ll get a chance to blind all their favorite pals/coworkers/neighbors with their brand new toy.

…. AND they’ll also win a free 11×14 float-mounted print 11×14 MetalPrint* from SmugMug. Because as the saying goes, keep your friends close and the embarrassing pictures of them even closer. :)

Happy flashing!

HOORAY, UPDATE: It’s time to announce the winner and from our hat we drew…. Mimi Thai! Congrats, Mimi and we hope you love your new Ring Flash! Keep your eyes peeled for a note from us breaking the good news.

* We just thought we’d up the ante to MetalPrints (value $50) cuz they’re awesome. And you guys rock.

BYOC: Lighting Tips and a Kiboko 30L Backpack Giveaway from Andy Biggs

February 12, 2012 16 comments

Streams of light illuminating motes of hoof-churned dust. Storm clouds swirling over the Serengeti. As photographers, don’t we all dream about that? Please welcome guest blogger Andy Biggs, founder of Gura Gear,  African Safari leader extraordinaire, and SmugMug Pro. Gura Gear’s Kiboko backpack was inspired by Andy schlepping his gear thousands of hard miles trekking to the ends of the Earth. In it you’ll discover oodles of thoughtfully designed, photography-smart details to carry your cargo. Check it out here, and keep reading to find out how you can win your own to keep your gear safe on your next adventure.

Making The Most Out Of The Light

By Andy Biggs

When we think of dramatic photographs we often think of brilliant sunsets, saturated colors and a sun that hugs the horizon. Emotionally speaking I think many photographers are looking for those kinds of in-your-face lighting situations. Well, I have to say that much of the time we as nature photographers have to deal with lighting situations that are less than ideal. Ok, most of the time lighting is sub-par, or at least not what we are expecting. Here are some ideas on how to think about your photography in a different way, and how to come home with photographs that still stir the soul.

Let’s be honest. How many times have you gone outside with the intention of going to your favorite location, wait for a long while for sunset and then realize that the light didn’t meet your expectations? This happens to me when I am out on safari on a daily basis. It is something that I just have to deal with. What to do? The best approach is to accentuate the good things and try to eliminate the negative things.

Skip the Sky

Case in point. When the sky is overcast, grey or just not exciting, don’t include it in your photograph. As a wildlife photographer, that means that I might point my lens down more to include more of my subject and less of the sky. I also will use a longer lens that will include less of the environment. The photograph is more about the main subject than anything else, so I will go for a tighter shot than I would normally want.

As a general note, when I compose a scene I like to think of the potential photograph as a game: I attribute a plus, neutral or minus to various elements in a scene. My goal is to eliminate the minuses and accentuate the positives. The neutrals are just there because they have to be there. I use my shooting position, focal length and shooting angle as my variables to get all of the best pluses into the scene and to leave all of the negatives out.

Shoot Portraits

Because the sky is overcast, this means that the light that is falling on my subject is soft. Think of the light as if it is coming from the largest soft box on earth. There is a rule of thumb with lighting: the larger the light source, the softer the light. Well, a cloudy day will yield a very pleasing and flattering light, which will help accentuate colors.

Exploit Texture and Motion

Another approach that I use is to blow out the sky and turn my image into a black and white photograph. When a sky is mostly grey and has no definition in the clouds, it is very easy to overexpose and blow the skies out. This doesn’t always work for color photographs, but it is a great technique for B&W images. You end up with a high-key lighting situation, and it makes it easy to draw attention to what matters most: your subject.

I find that marginal lighting allows me to get creative with shots that have a very low success rate. When the sun has gone away for the day, or when it goes behind a cloud, I seek out pockets of soft light that work for blurred panning shots. I slow my shutter speed down and experiment with about any subject that can be found.

Harsh Light

Midday light can also be challenging, because the light that is directly overhead can create harsh shadows that have a distinct clue color cast to them. Rather than compete with the light, I find that by avoiding the direct light I can get some decent images. One type of example would be a leopard who is in a tree. I can end up with soft light on my subject’s face and body, due to the shade of a tree, and still get an image that I am happy with.

In Summary:

Spend your time thinking about how you are going to use marginal light to your benefit, as opposed to letting it take control over you. Photography literally means ‘writing with light’, and you will never be able to photograph without light. Use the lighting situation to your advantage and you will find yourself coming home with images that you are happy with, even though you had not though of those types of images before.

Remember to use what you have, and use it wisely. Be flexible with how you approach your photography, and don’t go out looking for only one kind of shot, because the light may not be what you want it to be.

 

Enter to Win a Kiboko 30L Bag Loaded with Photo Goodies

 

(This giveaway is now closed. Keep reading to see which lucky folks won big.)

The Kiboko 30L is a magnificent bag, designed by photographers for photographers. It’s lightweight (only 4 lbs), durable, and features a butterfly opening, allowing for unique customizable configurations for long lenses and multiple SLR bodies. The newest incarnation features a removable waist belt and fewer zippers for snag-free travel. In fact, SmugMug’s very own In House Pro, Andy Williams, swears by it. What more could you possibly want?

Here’s how to get yours:

  • Step one. Visit our sweepstakes page on Facebook.
  • Step two. ‘Like’ the page.
  • Step three. Answer the questions on the page.

That’s it! We’ll announce the winners on April 30, so stay tuned and come back.

Here’s the juicy prize list:

  • Grand Prize: 1 Kiboko 30L backpack ($429.00 value); 2 free years of SmugMug Pro ($300 value); 1 Monocular ($349.99 value); 1 Really Right Stuff TVC-24 Versa Tripod ($910.00 value), 1 Really Right Stuff BH-55 ($375  value)
  • 1st Runner Ups: 1 free year of SmugMug Pro and $75 Gift Certificate to Gura Gear
  • 2nd Runner Up: 1 free year of SmugMug Pro and $50 Gift Certificate to Gura Gear

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UPDATE: WINNERS!

Thanks to everyone who entered our Gura Gear giveaway.  We shuffled, tossed, and mixed up all the entries and randomly picked the following winners:

Grand Prize Winner: Randy Ellen

1st Runner Up: Shawn Kinney

2nd Runner Up: Osman Ullah

Just cuz’ we love ya, we also randomly picked 20 people to win Smuggy T-shirts. The lucky folks are: Radu Margarint, Kevin Whitehead, Larry Johnston, Kristine Philipp, Lamar Smith, Ken Holmes, Chris Holtmeier, Janet Wheeland, George Rodriguuz, Christine Ruffo, Kris Dome, Kathy Brundage, Zach Blackwood, Brittany Ann Spriggs, Wendy Peterson, Jamie Raddatz, Peter Williams, Joe Sterne, Joseph Orchard, and Jim Sylvain. Congratulations everyone! We’ll get in touch with you by email this week.

If you didn’t win this time, take heart. We have many more giveaways coming up for all Smuggers.

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Have Bag, Will Travel

Does the 2012 wedding season have your stomach in knots?

February 1, 2012 2 comments

A while back SnapKnot joined our ranks on ClubSmug, letting Smuggers like you get listed on one of the web’s best wedding photographer directories.

Seriously, check it out: Their easy, intuitive website makes it so easy to get listed and help local brides-to-be find and book you.

They just made it super-easy to get started: Diamond Level members can now slurp photos from their SmugMug accounts into their SnapKnot profiles.

It’s your wedding portfolio seen by millions of eager brides. Clear your calendars!

Here’s How it Works:

Visit your SnapKnot Dashboard and click to edit your Profile. You’ll see a section for SmugMug Pro.

Click to “Link your SmugMug account with SnapKnot” and then login:

You’ll need to authorize the connection:

(Remember that you can reauthorize it at any time from your SmugMug Control Panel if you change your mind.)

Now just edit your profile page and choose which SmugMug galleries to link. They’ll pull in your photos and videos for you, making portfolio-publishing easier than ever.

Save 50% and Start Booking Brides

You can see what SnapKnot’s all about and how it works by visiting their site. And don’t forget that they’re part of our ClubSmug, meaning that SmugMuggers can enjoy an exclusive discount on their SnapKnot subscription.

Log in and look here for more details!

Capture Camera Clip System: How to Lose 20 Pounds in 3 Seconds

January 5, 2012 19 comments

Hey, Smuggers! Today’s guest post features one of our newest partners, Peak Design, the creators of a new and ingenious solution to the too-much-gear-no-hands-free problem. It’s called the Capture Camera Clip System, and you may have heard about when it raised a whopping $364,698 on crowdsourcing funding platform, Kickstarter. The Capture Clip System  is an accessory that rigidly secures your camera to the gear you already own. Heck, life is full of great moments and incredible adventures; we didn’t want to miss a moment of it pawing through our camera bags, and neither should you. Keep on reading for the story of how the Capture Camera Clip System came to life – straight from creator Peter Dering. Plus, at the end of the post, you’ll find info on how to win your own:

By Peter Dering

I’ll tell you why so many SLR cameras are sold – it’s because humans like beauty, our brains can only hold so much of it, and most of us are crappy painters.

Call me a sap, call me a romantic, but I get deeply moved when I see the rolling green landscapes of Cambodia, or gleaming snow-covered back-country bowl in Yosemite, or my 6-month old daughter drooling on our ottoman. The world abounds with unfathomable beauty, and I want to capture it, but what is the point of taking a fancy camera to the fringe of civilization if it’s squirreled away in a Pelican Case? Have you ever tried to wear a Baby Bjorn with a full-frame camera around your neck? Likewise, what’s the point of having a fancy camera swinging around your neck if it can be destroyed with one foul swing into harm’s (or drool’s) way? Like many photographers, I struggled to get off the shots I wanted because my hands and neck were always tied up.

The Idea

I got serious about photography in 2007 when I traded in my Canon Powershot G1 (3.34 megapixels) for a Nikon D80 and an 18-200 Nikkor lens.  That setup (along with a 50mm 1.8) became my beard.  Although it never once struck me as “convenient,” it was with me all the time.  It was only a matter of time before the photography bug got the best of me, and I decided I needed to do it full time.  I took a leave of absence from my job, and in June of 2008, landed in Hong Kong with a backpack, a camera, a few lenses, a laptop, and that’s about it. Through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, India, Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia, I traveled by motorcycle, scooter, and foot, with a pack on my back and a camera swinging precariously around my neck.

It seemed crazy to me that no one had invented a way of rigidly attaching a camera to a backpack strap.  Needless to say, that’s when the mental creation of Capture started taking place.

The seed of the idea crystalized in February of 2010, while I was backcountry skiing in Yosemite. The beauty of the park was stunning, yet I was completely hamstrung.  When you have to ski with 50 pounds of gear on your back and poles in your hands, you can’t have a camera swinging around your neck, and you can’t use a sling bag in conjunction with a backpack.  The only way to take pictures was to stop, plant my poles, undo my backpack straps, hoist it down, take out the camera, get my shots, and then reverse the operation.  When you have to travel 9 miles on the snow before the setting sun erases the path in front of you, this process gets burdensome fast.

How It Works

I designed, prototyped and field tested numerous creations over the next several months and yakked the ears off of countless photographers. By the Fall of 2010 I had a design I was ready to run with — a simple, metal clip that allows photographers to secure any camera to their backpack strap or belt. It was small, lightweight and strong – something I could trust to keep my SLR secure and accessible no matter what I was doing. It held my camera rigidly to prevent swinging and swaying, and it had a quick-release button so I could take the perfect shot when it presented itself, not 10 minutes later. This was the device that would help me capture all that beauty, and that’s why I called it Capture. The graphic below shows the different parts of the system:

A Dream Come True

I found Capture a manufacturer, used my retirement funds to pay for tooling, got a job as a busboy to get me through the winter, and crossed my fingers that this plan would work. I launched Capture on Kickstarter in May of 2011. To my amazement, 5,258 people across the globe put down $364,698 in 75 days towards funding the manufacturing of my system. Three weeks later, each one of those folks had a Capture Camera Clip System in their hands. The reviews came in… the thousands of folks out there who shared my problem were rejoicing in the solution.

Capture was here to stay, I was done with my old career as I knew it, and I could finally afford diapers for my newborn daughter.

Made For Photographers Like You

Today I am doing everything I can to steer Peak Design in a direction that will let photographers all over the world change the way that they interact with their camera to capture the beauty around them. The workload is staggering, but I love it. As often as I can though, I get to do something else I love. I head out on a hike with my daughter, her mother, my D90, and Capture. I am instantly reminded of why I made this product in the first place, and the three of us let out a little squeal of giddiness. And there I am, camera in hand, ready to Capture it. Happy shooting everyone.

Win Your Own Capture System

The Capture Camera Clip System wouldn’t exist today without the support of photographers like you who believed in the system and and backed it with their hard earned money.  Now, along with the folks at SmugMug, we’re giving away complete Capture Camera Clip systems to 3 lucky Smuggers. It’s our way of wishing you a lighter, hands-free start to 2012.

To enter, follow these instructions:

  1. Show us some love! Like SmugMug AND Like Peak Design on Facebook.
  2. Share some beauty that you’ve captured! On Peak Design’s Facebook page post a link to one of your own shots on SmugMug, and say a little something about it.
  3. Tweet the deets! Post the following message on Twitter: Enter to win a Capture Camera Clip System from @SmugMug: http://smu.gs/zs9Ia9 #PeakDesignGiveaway. Please RT.

Winners will be chosen based on your photo entry on the Peak Design Facebook page.

The winners will get:

  • First Place: 1 Capture Camera Clip System, plus 1 free year of SmugMug Pro
  • Second Place: 1 Capture Camera Clip System, plus Smuggy Swag
  • Third PLace: 1 Capture Camera Clip System

Winners will be announced on Friday, January 13 Good luck and enjoy!

P.S. Smuggers will get a discount on their very own Capture Camera Clip System in Club Smug, our dedicated place for deals from partners we love. Stay tuned for details next week!

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UPDATE: WINNERS!

You came, you read, you posted! Huge thanks to everyone who entered this contest for a chance to get their hands on a Capture Camera Clip System. The good folks at Peak Design have picked 3 winners below:

First Place: Bob Lionel

Sometimes even good friends get into arguments while playing a friendly game of frisbee. This is a shot of two of my dogs. I’d hoped to get an airborne shot of Rook (the border collie) as he caught the frisbee. Instead, Brodie wanted to play too. Rook didn’t agree with him and as dogs will do they had to have a quick test of wills that lasted all of 7 seconds and ended with them both still friends. It is amazing how when you freeze that moment of disagreement how savage it looks… 

Copyright Bob Lionel of OFFCAMBER Photography

Second Place: Debbie Webb Clifton

Brotherly Love – Took this silhouette last Easter of my nephew kissing his little brother :) It was number one for several days in the Daily Photo Gallery on Smugmug :)

Copyright Debbie Webb Clifton of Candidly Creative

Third Place: Jerry Barton

Getting that “moment” is tough. Changing lenses and getting the other body out of the backpack take too long. Anything to shorten that time (or eliminate it) is great. 

Copyright Jerry L. Barton

 

All winners will be notified by email. Didn’t win? No worries!  Enjoy a Smuggers-only discount on your very own Capture Camera Clip System by logging into your SmugMug account and then going here.  Congrats everyone!

Clean Well and Live Well This Halloween (Photo Contest)

October 28, 2011 2 comments

Health. Fun. Family.

Halloween is serious business at SmugMug. Every year, we dress up our families and pets and face off in an epic Halloween costume-contest. Some costumes are amazing…

…while others are downright scary…

We do it because it’s fun and because our kids love the chance to play dress up and splurge on treats. Heck, don’t we all? This year, leave the scary stuff to the costumes and haunted houses and make sure that before you dig into your sweet swag, your and your kiddos’ hands are germ-free.

Keep it Clean with CleanWell’s Halloween Contest

Like SmugMug, CleanWell is a business founded by a family. It got its start around 10 years ago when a boy, Conor, was born with an immune system disorder. His father, Sam, started investigating alternatives to disinfecting agents found in everyday cleaning products. They eventually created a patented formula that kills germs naturally.

This Halloween, we’ve partnered with CleanWell to give you some cool ways of sharing your spooky, sweet, and awesome Halloween moments and cleaning up before you and the little ones enjoy some treats. They’re taking the lead on this photo contest, so pop on over to their page to find out how you can win one of 5 prize packages of SmugMug memberships, print credit, and cool CleanWell goodies to keep those hands candy, dirt and alcohol free.

Click here to see how to enter your creative costumes, now!

A New Chapter in Photo Book Ideas: Notebooks, Planners and more

October 21, 2011 11 comments

Today we’re having our good friends at Blurb share a few of their hottest gift ideas for the coming holiday season. You know Blurb as those peeps who bring you easy, affordable, beautiful photo books. If you haven’t, check them out now! They make your SmugMug images totally shelfworthy.

Keep the Pages Turning With Useful Gifts

 Smart photographers know how to get their photos in peoples’ hands. As the gift-giving season approaches and you’re looking for that special present, know that there are lots of great, useful alternatives to the traditional photo book out there… and you can easily make them using your SmugMug photos and Blurb:

Notebook

Use Blurb BookSmart® to design a custom Notebook filled with your photos and blank, gridded, or lined paper. In addition to paper choices, you can order them in Hardcover, Softcover, or Hardcover ImageWrap to complete the look. They’re as little as $6.95 for a 20-page softcover.

Weekly Planners

Use Blurb BookSmart® and make a weekly planner using our custom planner templates for 2012. Each month gets an image, plus you can customize the front and back cover. You can even add extra pages in the back for notes or more photos. At 131 pages, they start at $23.95 for a softcover.

Small gift books

Our Small Square (7×7-inch) size is a perfectly portable size for a photo book. Compact, but still big enough to showcase your work. These start at $10.95 for a 20-page softcover.

Personalized books

The ultimate personalized gift. Since you can order just a single copy of a book with Blurb, you can add dedications and make books with specific photos for just one person. Using our online Blurb Bookify™ tool, you can easily pull in your SmugMug photos and make as many dedications as you wish.

A Holly Jolly Discount

As an added bonus, SmugMuggers can save 20% on their Blurb book orders through December 15th.* Just use the code MERRYSMUG when you check out.

You’ll find Blurb in the Buy button in any of your SmugMug galleries, under “Create a Book.” Try out these fabulous custom book ideas and keep them thinking of you (and your beautiful pics) all year long.

Cheers!
The Blurberati

* Coupon valid once per person, for purchase of books you’ve made yourself. Expires December 15th, 2011 at 11:59 PM, local time. Max coupon value $100, $120 AUD/CAD, 80 EUR, 60 GBP.

Think Tank Photo Giveaway, Plus a Special Bonus

October 11, 2011 715 comments

Think Tank Photo’s name perfectly reflects their company vision: To help photographers be ready before the moment, to travel easier, take pictures faster and be more efficient. It’s all about creating your vision.

We love the idea of clearing away annoyances and obstacles so you can focus on your photo. It’s a classic philosophy, one which prompted us to retire to our reading chairs, pour a brandy and pontificate the possibility of another giveaway.

Retropective 20. One Winner.

Think Tank will bestow this beautiful, rugged bag, the Retrospective 20, to one lucky photographer:

Think Tank and SmugMug Giveaway: Retrospective 20 camera bag

Relive the glory of photography masters like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank with this vintage-inspired camera bag. Just add your own trusty tools and you’re ready to hit the streets and do some serious shooting.

Think Tank and SmugMug giveaway: Retrospective 20 camera bag

It’s perfect for photojournalists and travel photographers.  Here’s just a few reasons why:

  • Fits 1 pro size DSLR with up to a 70-200 f2.8 lens attached and 1 – 3 additional lenses.
  • Includes a seam sealed rain cover so you can shoot in any weather.
  • Hook and loop “Sound Silencers” eliminate noise and keep you stealthy.
  • Understated colors fit any occasion.

Check out their website for full specs and ideas on how to fill it.

(You’ll receive the Pinestone color pictured here. Camera not included, sorry!)

SUPER DUPER BONUS

Just because we love hearing from ya, we are adding a bonus. Help us get up to 60k “Likes” on our Facebook Fanpage by Oct 17, and we’ll stuff the Retrospective 20 with prizes for you AND a friend. Prizes include free years of SmugMug Pro, super-awesome print credit to Bay Photo, and more treats from Think Tank Photo.

How to Win:

  1. Like SmugMug’s Facebook page here.
  2. Link Think Tank Photo’s Facebook page here.
  3. Post a link to your favorite travel photo in the comments below.
  4. Spread the word! Help SmugMug get to 60k Likes by Oct 17 to qualify for a Bonus.

Get your entries in by Sunday, October 16 and we’ll announce the (randomly picked) winner right here on October 17.

Thanks for playing and can’t wait to see your favorite travel shots.

UPDATE. WINNERS!

Holy Moly! With over 700 comments, this giveaway shattered records and made Smuggy history. We didn’t hit the Bonus Goal of 60K Likes, but heck, we love you guys and want to show ya some love. We randomly picked an awesome First Prize winner, AND two runner ups, just cuz.

HUGE Congrats to Venissa Walsh, our First Prize winner! She’s taking home the Retrospective 20. Two runner ups, Brenda De Los Santos and Jordan Hofker, will get a special Smuggy care package. We loved looking through all your photos and hope you’ll stay tuned for more awesomeness from us very soon. Congrats again everyone!!

Two Bright Lights Puts Your Photos in Magazines

August 30, 2011 35 comments

Have you ever dreamed of getting published in a magazine? There’s nothing like seeing your very own photo featured in a double spread to boost your business and keep fresh clients coming.

With SmugMug’s new partnership with Two Bright Lights, it’s easier than ever to send your photos out for consideration.

What’s Two Bright Lights?

They’re your personal publicity platform, the folks that do the hard work for you.

Think about it: When you want to submit your photos for consideration, you have to contact each publication individually, find out what they’re looking for, customize your submissions to their specs, in addition to actually submitting your work. And how do you know which magazines are worth your time, anyway?

With Two Bright Lights, all you have to do is tell them what you’re looking for, upload your images and click a button to get your photos onto the editor’s desk. Easy!

How it Works

1) Sign up for an account at Two Bright Lights. They have a free trial so it’s easy to give it a whirl.

2) Once you’re in, create an album depending on what you’re shooting. Example: If you’re submitting wedding photos, they’ll ask for details like the bride and groom’s name, venue and wedding date. For travel photos, tag the location.

Confused? No worries – Two Bright Lights guides you through every step and tells you exactly what the editors want to see.

3) Choose your SmugMug photos. You’ll see a built-in uploader that will help you slurp your pics right from your existing galleries into the album you just created.

4) Pick which publications to shoot for, fill out a few details and voilà! Your job is done.

Tip: It pays to do a little research about your target publications before you submit. Some may have specific requirements or styles that work better for you than others.

Is it just for Weddings?

No! While Two Bright Lights originally started to help wedding photographers get noticed, they’ve expanded to include many other categories like:

  • Events and Parties
  • Family/Lifestyle
  • Home and Decor
  • Food/Culinary
  • Travel
  • Styled Shoots
  • Detail Shoots (e.g. Invitations and Tabletops)
  • Fashion
  • Animals
  • Architecture
  • Nature/Landscape
  • Sports
  • Thematic/News
  • Weather

So if brides aren’t your thing, it’s still worth checking out.

Try It With 20% Off  

Ready to start? Go here to start your trial at Two Bright Lights and start getting published now. They’re offering an exclusive discount to SmugMuggers, so try this code to get 20% off your first month’s membership: SMUGMUG20

Good luck and don’t forget to tell the world where they’ll see your photos next!

Five Reasons to Make a Photo Book

August 15, 2011 5 comments

We bet that you love digital photography just as much as we do here at SmugMug. The ability to upload unlimited photos to safe, archival galleries and share them with anyone in the world is truly an amazing milestone in technology.

But sometimes it’s a good idea to take a moment and get back to your roots. This is why we want to remind you today to stop, take a deep breath of that delicious summer air and consider making your own custom photo book.

If still not sure, here’s 5 fantastic reasons to take your photos to the press.

1. Your hands (and eyes) will love it.

Nothing beats print. Even as technology eats up more and more of our time, you’ll never regret putting the beautiful colors of your life on paper and binding them in a thick, sturdy book. Pick it up, feel the heft and know that you’re looking at a format that’s stood the test of time. It’ll be with you forever. (And they make great gifts, too.)

2. There’s tons of ways to customize to your theme.

Most bookmaking sites guide you through the book building process so it’s easy to drop your photos in, give it a title and send it to print. Our partners at Blurb and MyCanvas go way beyond that and offer not just dead-simple building tools but tons of backgrounds, templates, layouts and even cover and binding options for your finished product. No matter what your book is about or who’s in it, there’s something for you.

3. It’ll make you a better photographer.

As you go through the process of building your book, you’ll get up close and personal with your photos. Think about the images you’ve taken, how you shot it and how it fits into not just your life but within the context of your book, too. All of these things can help you grow as a photographer. Learn from your experiences and make your next book even better!

4. Photo books spark conversations.

Even if your power goes out, your trusty books will be there for you, ready to be shown off, talked about and cherished. Who can ignore the big, beautiful presence of a book that tells your personal story? Your photo book is a special archive of your personal memories, artfully presented to you and your family as you pass it on. They’re always a conversation starter… even from across the room.

5. It’s a luxury you can afford.

Blurb’s books start at only $2.95 and MyCanvas begins at $29.95 . Get started from the Buy button in any of your SmugMug galleries and choose Create a Book. It may take a little time to get your book perfectly organized, captioned and polished but once you have that final work of art in your hands you won’t regret it.

What have you published lately? From family reunions to exotic getaways, we’d love to hear what’s bookworthy to you.

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