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Geekanoids and Albelli ‘water’ photo book

Several weeks ago I announced that we were excited to be sponsoring the Geekanoids Photo Critique. We are now into the 3rd month of the critique, with the January theme being Street Photography – you can see the details here. It’s a great project and if you are a budding photographer, I’d encourage you to check out the current entries and enter here. I wanted to share with you the online widget of the photo book I’ve made of the entries from the Novemeber critique – with the theme ‘water’. Some great images and the book looks beautiful on my desk!

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Geekanoids and Albelli ‘water’ photo book

Several weeks ago I announced that we were excited to be sponsoring the Geekanoids Photo Critique. We are now into the 3rd month of the critique, with the January theme being Street Photography – you can see the details here. It’s a great project and if you are a budding photographer, I’d encourage you to check out the current entries and enter here. I wanted to share with you the online widget of the photo book I’ve made of the entries from the Novemeber critique – with the theme ‘water’. Some great images and the book looks beautiful on my desk!

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New clip art for your photo book

We are forever coming up with fun new ways you can make your photo book truly special. The latest selection of clip art in the gallery (available in our free download editor) is called “Pinboard” and features funky ways to add style to your photo book.

I’ve had some fun using the new clip art in a baby book, see below.

To access the clip art in the download editor, simply click on “Insert” then “Clip art” then select the “Download more” button in the pop-up to download the new clip art (and any you haven’t previously downloaded), then select from the range (see below).


Note: To insert text, simply insert a text box on top of the clip art and edit as normal.

If you are ever wondering what other fun assets are available in our editor, don’t forget to check our Layout extras pages for great ideas and tips on how to make the best of your Albelli photo creation.

What’s your favourite clip art features and how do you use it? We’d love to hear!

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Photography tips for capturing the Christmas spirit

A couple of the creative people at Albelli have been playing with how to take the best photo of your Christmas tree (can also be used for decorations). Here’s some fun tips for really capturing the Christmas spirit. These are just taken in the office, so imagine what you can do in the ambience of your home!

What do you need?
• A camera that lets you choose the shutter speed and aperture can be set (no need for it to be an SLR).
• A stable surface (preferably a tripod). Hot tip: If you don’t have a tripod, try resting your camera on a bag of dry raw beans, this should help steady your camera and allow you to tilt and position.
1. Christmas lights: The trick is an open aperture setting and not sharp. This ensures that the image will be slightly blurred, creating the perfect backdrop. Take your time, it might take a while to acheive the setting you want!

For this picture we used:
• Mode: Av (Canon). (If you have a Nikon, try using Mode A)
• Aperture: F2.8 (or at least minimize)
• Shutter: 1/8th sec
• ISO: 100 Lens
• Focus: set it to manual focus and set it deliberately blurred

2. A Christmas tree ‘tunnel effect':
The trick here is to zoom in while taking the picture. Step 1: Zoom all the way out and keep your hand on the zoom ring on your camera. Step 2: Press the shutter button and zoom now (during recording) in. This will create the funky tunnel effect you can see.

For this picture we used:
• Mode: TV (Canon) (If you have a Nikon, try using Mode S)
• Aperture: F6.3
• Shutter speed: 2 sec.
• ISO speed: 100 or 200
3. Christmas tree movement: To create this effect, get rid of the tripod and use the below settings. Be creative and try all kinds of patterns. Again the trick is to be as patient as possible – it might take a while to get the effect you are after! The good news is you don’t need a steady hand, so that glass of wine in one hand may help!

For this picture we used:
• Mode: TV (Canon) (If you have a Nikon, try using Mode S)
• Aperture: F9
• Shutter speed: 2 sec.
• ISO: 200

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Albelli’s 5 top last minute Christmas gift ideas

With just one day to go before our Christmas cut off date, we thought we’d help out with a list of our Top 5 Christmas gift ideas from Albelli – perfect for last minute shopping. And the best thing about these ideas? You don’t even need to leave the comfort of your home and battle the crowds; base yourself at home by a roaring fire and we’ll deliver to your door!

1. Your favourite shared holiday memory in a modern Acrylic Print – acrylic is great for showcasing vivid colours and sharp contrasts. The colours of India, the magnificent blue of the Mediterranean; find your most brilliant holiday snap and enjoy it all year round.

Liset one of our online marketers has made this acrylic print for her sister of their trip in Thailand earlier this year.

2. The family portrait on Canvas –  think about selecting a candid shot when everyone is natural and smiling, rather than a serious portrait shot. It will bring warmth to any room.

3. A Photo Calendar – every household needs one, making it the perfect gift for all. Make it special with fun memories to make you smile all year round. With our new calendar creator, it’s super quick and easy, plus you create one calendar and order copies for all those last minute gifts in your life!


Tamara from our team with her “Asia” themed landscape calendar, a gift for her parents.

4. A Speedy Book – just 24 photos required and with a simple one photo per page layout, you can create a truly personal gift in less than 10mins – go on, try it!

5. Quickest & easiest of all… an Albelli E-Gift Voucher. Choose your price (£15, £25 or £50), order in moments and because it’s an e-voucher you can order right up until the moment you need it!

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Calling all Christmas decorations – a photo competition

It’s about that time of the year when we are all pulling out our favourite Christmas decorations and decking the halls!

What kind of Christmas decorator are you? The kind that makes everything match and changes colour schemes every year? The kind that still has the Childrens homemade Christmas tree decorations many years on? Or somewhere in between?

We’d love to see your favourite decorations and of course hear why they are so important to you. Post them on our Facebook page or @Albelli_UK on Twitter and on Wednesday 14th December, we’ll choose our favourite to win an extra large acrylic print worth £174.95 – in time for Christmas gifting.

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Albelli personalised photo canvas – for those in need of nothing

I’m sure we all have a “there’s nothing I need” type on our Christmas gift list. By that I mean, their response to birthday, Christmas, or any other celebratory occasion is always; “there’s nothing I need“.  Now this might be nice for the greater good and they may be sincere about their lack of requirements. However, even though they may not need anything, chances are, you need to get them something!

So, what to get those in need of nothing? Something personal, thoughtful and unique …an Albelli photo product perhaps? This afternoon, I’ve created a personalised photo canvas for one of the “there’s nothing I need” types in my life. Because it’s so quick and easy and because I’m thrilled with the result, I thought I’d share it with you and perhaps solve the “nothing I need” dilemma for you too.

Step 1: Find your way to our Canvas product page and decide on the size and shape you wish to create.

Step 2: Find a photo you know they’ll love to relive all year round and upload it to our online editor.  Select from our choice of colour, black and white or sepia. Zoom and position your photo to exactly where you want it. Make sure that the quality is sufficient for the size you wish to print. Note the photo of the lounge on the right which shows how big your canvas is in a typical room setting.

Step 3: Order your product and complete payment information in our secure system. Albelli will then will deliver it to your door. Talk about easy!

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4 years ago 0 Comments Short URL

For the love of photography

Here at Albelli, we love all things photography! So when Dave from Geekanoids approached us about putting forward a prize each month for his new Geekanoids photography competition the “Photo Critique”  we were very keen to get involved!

Dave (normally the YouTube Geekanoids guy)  is as passionate about photography as we are. So much so, in fact that he was determined to get his viewers involved in a photo critique group; “I want to encourage people to get out and about with their cameras. Whether they have a cheaper compact camera, an advanced DSLR or even a smartphone camera, everyone can capture that intriguing moment and share it with others”.

The Critique concept is simple, every month Geekanoids will run a themed photography competition on their Flickr page and the winner will receive an Albelli gift voucher.

The inaugural November competition theme is “Water” and with just two days to go, the quality of the entries is brilliant. I’ve shown a couple below that really grabbed my attention!

‘Im Thirsty’ by Michael Roberts – taken on a Canon 600D with an 18-55m F/3.5-5.6 EF-S lens

‘Deep Sea Treasure’ by Adrian – taken on a Panasonic DMC-G10

If you are a photography enthusiast who’d like to enter the competition, instructions can be found here… good luck, the competition is stiff!

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4 years ago 1 Comment Short URL

5 photo books she’d love to receive this Christmas

Personal – tick, thoughtful – tick, unique – tick, doesn’t break the bank – tick! A photo book ticks all the boxes as the perfect gift for her this Christmas and with our 5 great suggestions below, you just need to get creating. (Oh, and did we mention the creating part is fun?!)

1. The golden days: We’ve all got piles of old photos where we sport less wrinkles, greys and a great hair do! Pull together the pick of the bunch, get yourself to the scanner and load them in – this one is guaranteed entertainment on Christmas morning too!

2. An ode to her: A little flattery goes a long way… pull together your favourite photos of her and the two of you together into a beautiful ‘I Love You’ photo book. So personal, so touching and really shows you care. Just be sure to only include the pretty photos – we warn you, the others aren’t funny!! View our example

3. The artist: Collect new or long forgotten artwork from the children, scan it in and create a fun book filled with those charming finger paintings and crayon drawings. They’ll be remembered long after they come down from the fridge. View our example

4. A day in the life book: Surprise her with a special book filled with all those little things – a cup of tea in bed, your ironed shirts, freshly bathed children – whatever it is she does that makes your life that much more enjoyable. Don’t forget to add comments about just how special these things are and how they make you feel. A real tearjerker of a book and a great way to show just how much you appreciate her.

5.Those adorable little rascals: Your children, grandchildren, nieces & nephews all make the perfect content for a beautiful keepsake photo book. Get the family to send you in their favourite photos and combine them all into one beautiful edition to treasure.

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Yay! Albelli voted best photo books by The Gadget Show

Last nights announcement that Albelli photo books had taken the number one spot on the group test of The Gadget Show has provided a lot of excitment in the office today! There’s nothing nicer than being recognised for all your hard work.

About two months ago we were contacted by The Gadget Show, asking if we would like to put our photo books to the test alongside our competitors! “OF COURSE WE DO” was our answer. We really believe in the quality of our photo books, and we know you do too. Even so, it’s always a little nerve racking when you are being tested in this environment… What if they don’t like our software? What if something goes wrong at some point in the process and they receive a less than perfect product? There’s always the risk that you could get a negative review on live television and ruin your hard work!

But, at the end of the day, we believe in our quality and in turn, it performed beautifully against the 14 other entries to take the number one spot! It was fantastic to hear the comments from The Gadget Show team… “I really like the Albelli one, the clarity and colour – it looks like real skin tone.

Just what we like to hear.

If you missed the show, you can catch it here, and our press release about the award here.

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