I first heard about a A Photo A Day from our friend Marie of Etincelle Creative Studio and I found it very interesting. I joined a few times but I wasn’t able to finish an entire month so I’m committed to finishing the December prompts even if we’re going on vacation in a few weeks.
Day 1: Red chair on the train on the way to the airport
Day 2: Where I stood with my hubby on the way to the airport
Day 3: Silver details on a Christmas present for someone special
Day 4: Tiny pot of yellow lilies made from clay. Bought it in Hong Kong during our honeymoon.
Day 5: In the cupboard. No food just stationery supplies.
Day 6: Shadow of a gorgeous ceramic lamp.
Day 7: 6 o’clock. Sharing my favorite mushroom soup with my hubby.
A Photo A Day was started by popular blogger Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim on January 2012. She shares a daily theme for the photo of the day. The list of prompts are released monthly batches through her blog and social media accounts. You don’t have to worry if you miss a day since you can skip it if you want to and there is a very vibrant community in Facebook where you can interact with other participants. I love doing something creative everyday and a Photo A Day is a perfect artistic outlet for me.
We’ve gotten orders for wax seal for personal branding from two photographers. I think it’s a lovely touch to receive your photos packaged in something so traditional and surprising. Amy Lynn is an amateur photographer from Indiana. You can visit her blog and Facebook page to see more of her work. The seal with triangles and circles is a personal seal for Stephen and third seal is for Spyke who is a photographer from Singapore.
We posted about Instagram magnets for Instagram photos and now we discovered you can make coasters as well. This product is the brainchild of the folks from Coastermatic.
A set fo 4 coasters costs $25 plus shipping. The image will be digitally printed onto stone and they ship internationally. This would make such a lovely gift for those Instagram lovers out there.
Having great photos is key in online selling. Most sellers will use natural light with a white background or a light box then process the photos in a photo editing software. I discovered FotoFuze when I was browsing through the Etsy Apps section and decided to give it a try. I have some photos I used with my homemade lightbox that I wanted to try editing them with this software.
Edited Photo: Even better with FotoFuze
You can sign up with FotoFuze using your Etsy account or through your email. A video will pop-up and I suggest you watch it so you can see the tips on how to use the system.
I tried FotoFuze with one of my processed photo to see how it performed. I must say I was pretty amazed at how easy FotoFuze was to use and I liked the results. You just need to use this highlighting tool and highlight the main object as well as the shadow then you can click on the Finish button and you’re done.
Highlight the Main Object and the Shadow
You need to upload the photos into the site. You don’t have to wait too long however if you want to upload really fast you can resize the photo to a smaller resolution before uploading them.
Unedited Photo: Brighter White Background
Unedited Photo: Looks Professionally Edited
Overall, I would say that FotoFuze is a great and easy to use tool. It’s easy to sign up and it’s free. You can donate to the developers through the site via Jungl. Half of your donation goes to the charity of your choice. I highly recommend FotoFuze.
I saw this great service which converts your Instagram photos into magnets. StickyGram makes a set of 9 magnets for only USD 14.99 plus free shipping. Had I known about this service before Christmas I would have ordered some magnets as gifts. Anyway, Valentine’s day is coming up. This would be a great gift for your special someone.
We came across old negatives of the photo shoot we did at the downtown area of Cebu City a few years ago. We went to the Sto. Niño Church and Magellan’s cross, which is just a few meters from the church. We got the negatives scanned to a CD from the local photo shop.
The Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño is one of the oldest churches in the country. Most people come here to pray and pledge. The original structure rarely holds mass since it’s too small to accommodate all the church goers. An outdoor structure was built adjacent to the church where mas is now held.
Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
The Sto. Niño Church is one of those solemn places where you can see parishioners praying fervently. Most folks who come here are devotees to the Sto. Niño and this place is packed every Sunday and on the feast day of the Sto. Niño which is every second Sunday of January. The Sinulog Festival is a huge celebration where there is a grand parade, a lot of church related activities and family gatherings.
Praying to the Saints
There's is usually a child selling candles
You can get your photo taken and claim it from the photographer a few days later
Toys for the well behaved kids after mass
The Magellan’s cross is housed in a chapel next to the Sto. Niño. The original cross is enclosed within another cross to protect it from people trying to chip off a piece to get a souvenir.
Cross within a cross
I’m loving Instagram. It’s an iPhone app that’s let you edit and post to your social media accounts. Unfortunately they don’t have an export feature to WordPress. Hope they are working on it. Try it out. I highly recommend it.
Erwin and Cristina
Our friend Tonette recommended their wedding photographer, Rock Paper Scissors Photography for our upcoming wedding.
We met with Jeffroger and Jon at Ayala and found out that this young group is composed of close friends who go way back. The fact that they were friendly and easy going definitely made signing up on the spot easy.
We instantly fell in love with their style since it fit with our “fun, vintage yet romantic” theme. Their rates are competitive considering their impressive portfolio. Their style is fresh, trendy and most definitely not dated. It is perfect for those couples looking to inject a fun yet chic element into their wedding.
Although I detest being photographed, I look forward to our engagement photo shoot and seeing our wedding day photos.
You can view their portfolio at:
Here are some of my favorite photos:
Mendel and Shirly
Arthur and Sheilan
Moon and Nana