Monthly Archives: October 2011

Photography Tips for Beginners, Part One – Start Experimenting!

There’s plenty to learn when you’re a beginning photographer. But the good news is that digital cameras make learning fun. Discover some of the tricks of the trade in our first post about beginner photography and check out additional posts in the series to come.

Woman Taking A Photo

First, learn about your camera. Many come with a multitude of features, settings and options that you can play with. For example, how do you focus? What can you adjust? Many cameras come complete with auto-correct for lighting, motion and contrast, but it’s in your best interest to learn how you can correct these things manually. The more you build your skills, the better.

Second, know your subject. Think about the object, setting, person, or place that you’re photographing. If you’re taking pictures of an event, make sure to check out the background, lighting and any restrictions that you need to be aware of. The more you can prepare your shot ahead of time the more freedom you will have to explore the composition and the more natural your pictures will look and feel.

Speaking of composition, have you heard of the rule of thirds? It comes in very handy in photography. Think of your picture as a rectangle that is divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically; then visualize the nine smaller rectangles and intersecting lines created. When you compose your picture – or arrange your subject –position it with these intersecting lines in mind. You want your subject or the most interesting element of your subject to be in the left or right third of the photo and centered in the lower or upper third horizontally. Your photograph is going to be more interesting if you align your subject so that the main point of interest is in one of the intersecting points of the grid. This principle done right helps to draw your audience into the picture. Once you’re aware of the rule, it’s easy to see it in professional photo prints.

There’s much more to consider about photography and many more tips to share, so stop back for the next post. In the meantime, start taking photographs and experimenting. As in anything, the more you try the more you learn. So, practice, practice, practice.

Share your favorite tips for fellow beginners!

What is your best tip for composition when shooting a group of people?

Make A Photo Calendar

Need to stay organized, but tired of the same-old planner? Get creative with a photo calendar on and relive your special memories all year long.

Available in both 12- and 18-month options and in three sizes – 8 ½ x 11, 11.5 x 14 and 12 x 12 – you can choose from desktop, designer and planning calendars or get a collage calendar that holds up to 15 images. Best of all, your calendar can start at any point in the year and you can pick it up the same day you create it. So, whether you’re customizing a calendar for yourself or giving a gift, you’ll find everything that you need to make organization fun.

What kind of calendar will you create? Here are some popular ideas:

Walgreens Photo Calendars

Birthday Calendar
Why just remember birthdays when you can create a custom photo calendar that displays pictures of your loved ones on their special day? Forget having to write every birthday down, now pictures can take the place of words, for a friendlier reminder.

Baby’s First Year
Can you believe twelve months have passed since your baby was born? Don’t let the memories fade. Get creative with your photos and make a calendar for the grandparents, Godparents and everyone in between.

Wedded Bliss
Where did the year go? Show your spouse that you loved every minute of being a newlywed with a custom photo calendar that highlights moments from your “Big Day” to every day.

Life Through The Looking Glass

I grew up with a camera in my hands. True story. Maybe that’s why I’ve always been such a photo enthusiast. Now, as director of Social Media at Walgreens, it serves me well.

For me, the love of photography is an ingrained family trait. In fact, my dad was a photographer who worked at Fuji for more than 2 decades. I have fond memories of him turning our bathroom into a darkroom at one point, much to my mom’s chagrin. We always had cameras around the house and now we still do. Except today mine is a Nikon D700 that’s usually aimed at my two children, John and Cora.

Though sharing photos of my kids through email, Facebook and my website is simple and fun, there’s just something about seeing your photos printed. Over the years I’ve had my memories turned into slides, prints, photo books, canvas pieces and more. Look, when you had kids, you just want to show them off, you know? Plus, I take comfort in knowing that when my photos are printed they won’t end up in someone’s spam or lost in a computer file. Instead they’ll be in a frame or a scrapbook. I don’t know, for me it just gives the memory more meaning and makes it feel lasting.

Walgreens Glass Prints

One of my favorite ways to display photos is through Glass Prints. What are Glass Prints, you may ask? They are unique glass frames that allow your photo to be suspended and almost look like it floats in air. They provide a clean, easy way to showcase photos and they make colors pop when sunlight shines through. The glass comes in a variety of sizes and finishes including curved, beveled and clean cut. I love them, but I also love to give them as gifts. People never expect the level of sophistication they posses until they see them first-hand.

I hope you enjoy our new photo blog Snaps and come back often to see what topics, tips and tricks of the trade we cover. They’ll always be something new to explore and a conversation to be had.

Thanks for visiting,

Adam Kmiec