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5 Tips for Beginners in Photography

“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”
― Eudora Welty

There is so much to know about cameras and photography. It will forever be a work in progress and there is always something new to learn. We have got some basics that will help you get your feet off the ground.

Get to know your camera.

Your camera has a lot of functions available so it’s best to read the manual and play around with the settings to get familiar with them. After you have the basics down then move on to the more complex functions.  Every camera have different functionality and its best to refer to the user manuals or user forums to maximize the use of your camera.

Take a lot of photos.

The only way to learn is obviously to keep on experimenting with your new camera.  Be not afraid to snap continuously on every subject you like as there may be different preferences for different people.  Once you’ve done taking the photos, transfer them to the computer to get a better visual of the photographs you have taken and the settings you’ve used to take those pictures.  Compare notes so that you learn from the photos you’ve taken.

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Often photography can be an overwhelming and technical task.  Trusting your gut can be a beginner’s best option. Photography is art and also an emotionally personal experience.  If it feels right, it probably is.

The rule of thirds.

This rule is probably the most basic rule that any photographer should know.  The premise of the rule of thirds is that you divide your camera’s frame into 9 equal parts; three row across, and three rows down.  The theory is that the focal point of the photograph should fall along one of the lines or at an intersection.  This rule is to help with basic composition and will also help the viewer’s eye travel around your photograph instead of being planted on one particular area.

Rule of Thirds

Learn from Photography Resources

The best way to learn is to reference with the professionals, and there are many freely available resource available on the internet.  For a start, you can check out Phototuts+ which is a great resource for photography beginners.  They provide basic tutorials on white balance, aperture, shutter speed, lighting and other more complex topics which are highly suitable for photography enthusiast.

Happy learning!


Creating A Baby’s Journal

Parents-to-be have a lot on their plate as they prepare for their little bundle of joy. We understand the anxiety of waiting for arrival of the baby, and thus we have created a whole lot of collection of Babies & Kids Readybooks for the proud parents-to-be to document these very special moments.

For the first time parent, we would like to suggest that you create a Baby Journal to keep all those special moments, images and notes in one neat photobook. We have the perfect Readybook called A Baby’s Journal , and we’ve taken a snapshot of the Readybook below. We’ve carefully created a whole story line for the Photobook so that you can easily put in the images and little snippets of story in the Photobook.


We hope you will find the above Readybook a good start for your little bundle of joy. As your child grows up, always remember to take snapshots of every milestone of his/her life and document them into a photobook. Photobooks are ideal keepsake items and we are very sure that you would want to show your child his growing up years when he/she is much older.

Happy Bookmaking.

Photobook Planner

5 Tips to Create A Customized Photobook Planner

Start the new year with your very own personalized Photobook Planner. And while you are at it, how about creating these personalized planners as gifts for your loved ones too? We will be sharing with you some tips on how to make your own photobook planner using our Photobook Designer (when you go to our website, please be sure to select your country of residence before downloading the Photobook Designer).

Now, before you start gather your best photos you’d like to include in the Photobook Planner – it can be your vacation photos, your pet’s photos, your family photos or even food photography! It would also be ideal to gather some words of wisdom or quotes to be inserted in your Photobook Planner. Once you have all these, its time to start!

Tip 1 : Choosing A Photobook Planner Size

We recommend choosing the 6” x 8”Small Landscape or 8 “ x 8” Small Square Imagewrap Hardcover or Softcover photo books. These book styles and sizes are very durable and are handy to carry around.

Tip 2 : Plan Your Photobook Planner

In most cases, you’ll want a planner that divides the year by each month. Make one spread (2 pages) for one month – so you’ll instantly have 24 pages for each month of the year.

Tip 3 : Introduction Pages

On your first page, give your planner a name. For example “Julia’s Fabulous Year: 2013”. You can include write-ups and your favourite images in the first few pages of the Photobook.

Tip 4 : Creating the months & days format

With double facing pages, on the left include a favourite photo as a full spread and on the right create small shaped boxes and line them seven per row (seven days per week). Insert a text box within each box shape and insert the number for the day. Include a title for the page such as the name of the month. Quick tip: save your spread as a page layout to use on your pages to come!

Tip 5 : Alternate the months pages with “Highlights”

Between the months, you can add in “Highlights” such as Notes, Photo Feature and Quotes.

We hope that you enjoy the tips we have shared with you. These customized Year Planner are great as personal gifts and corporate gifts – and we are sure that the recipient of these customized Year Planner will be more than delighted to receive them! If you are out to impress someone with your gift, consider the customized Year Planner.

Happy Book Planning!

P/S: Since we last wrote this post, we have created a Year Planner Readybook that you can use to make the Photobook Planner. With this Readybook you can still customize it by adding your own text, images and content – however you can now make one with very must less effort!

New year

Happy 2013!

Happy New Year from all of us at Photobook Worldwide!

Ushering the new year, we wanted to give all of you a very special and warm thanks for another wonderful year! We really enjoy being able to be apart of your happiest and most memorable moments. It meant the world to us that you have chosen us to make your special moments eternal by making them into Photobooks.

The end of the year also marks the time to reflect on the past year’s memories and special moments. We have put together a few cool ideas you could use to turn these memories into lifetime keepsakes, and you can browse them through our Readybooks below :-

  • The 365 Photobook : Make the year eternal – put those great moments into a Photobook. Do one every year and you’ll soon have a collection that will make a great family heirloom collection!
  • Photo Journal : Put together family and friend’s photo and make it into a great New Year gift!
  • Family Calendar Book : Categorize the events by month and put those featured photos plus comments and notes on the photobook itself.

Again, from all of us at Photobook Worldwide, we want to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year! All the best in 2013 and beyond!