Winner of Japan Giveaway 2015 Announced

Congratulations to Jolvin for being selected as the winner for our Japan Giveaway! We are truly humbled by the overwhelming response. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

We look forward to a whole lot of fun exploring picturesque Japan and creating some beautiful images!

Stay tuned and we will be in touch with all participants shortly :)

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Photographers’ dream: Better workflow and incredible time savings with Pixellu Smart Albums

This is a true story and a honest review.

I first got to know Smart Albums from another wedding photographer friend, and it was literally like a dream come true. As a professional wedding photographer, this was exactly what I had secretly been dreaming and hoping for, an album design software which focuses on providing the best user experience, instead of on the design technicalities and complexities. As a photographer, I just want to get work done and out of the way as soon as I can. I cannot afford to use a software no matter how powerful and dynamic it is, if the learning curve is too steep.

 

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To be frank, I have been putting off designing albums or offering them to clients as far as possible simply due to the fact that i DREAD designing them. Can you imagine designing each individual page’s layout, planning how many photos go on each page, and arranging every photo’s placement painstakingly?

Recently, a client strongly requested for an album to be designed. I could no longer put it off, and due to some technical reasons, I used Lightroom’s Print module for the job. People who use Lightroom would know that sounds crazy. It was. It could easily take me one full day to get everything perfect and in order.

 

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Furthermore, it’s not uncommon for work to double when clients suddenly have a change of heart and request for a different album size from the one that you have already designed and showed them. As a matter of fact, that actually happened which meant that I was back to square one… As you can imagine, when that happens, all the hard work spent working on the previous album goes out the window.

So as I listened to my photographer friend describe the ease and speed at which she designs her albums, my eyes went bigger and rounder. I was overjoyed. I downloaded the trial and it was love at first sight. A task that needed 8-10 man-hours was accomplished in 30 minutes max.


In short, the interface was incredibly intuitive. Sleek and beautiful is how I would describe it. That was Smart Albums version 1.

Version 1 was close to perfection but lacked some customisation such as full background images and being able to fine-tune the sizes and placement of individual images. Specifically, I was looking to add spacing for the gutter as I had received requests for book bound albums instead of the more common flush mount albums. All these additional functions I had hoped for came in Smart Albums 2.0 which was newly released just the day before.

 

Enter custom spread design by double-clicking photo

To sum up, even if you only design a couple of albums a year, it is totally worth it to let Smart Albums do the job. Thats precisely what I did. In fact, now that I have such an amazing piece of software, I have no qualms about offering more album options to my clients. Give it a try or you won’t know how much you’re missing out.

Thank you Smart Albums. You just made my workflow much more efficient.

 

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Japan Giveaway! 2015

 
WIN a FREE Japan Photoshoot!

Dreaming of an Overseas Photoshoot in Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun? Make that dream a reality now!

We are giving away a FREE overseas photo shoot to one very lucky couple in a joint celebration of our anniversary and SG50! What’s more, we are offering upcoming shoots in Japan to all participants at a truly UNBELIEVABLE price. You definitely wouldn’t want to miss this!

 
*** 4 Simple Steps to Win ***
1) “LIKE” the Truphotos fanpage (www.facebook.com/truphotos)
2) “SHARE” the giveaway promotion on your wall
3) E-MAIL a creative/memorable selfie photo of your partner and yourself to info@truphotos.com by 07 May 2015.
4) Entries will be uploaded to the album “Japan Giveaway 2015” for open voting. “TAG” yourselves and invite friends to vote for you. The photo with the highest number of “Likes” wins.

** Only votes on the Truphotos Facebook page are valid. Votes on shared posts will not be counted.

 
Voting period: 08 May 2015 to 16 May 2015
Results: 17 May 2015. The winner will be notified via email. All participants will also receive details on the special promotion.

 
*** The Grand Prize ***
-One day of photography in either Kyoto, Osaka or Nara prefecture in Japan
-High resolution images returned on DVD

 
*** Things to Note ***
1) This giveaway is open to everyone regardless of nationality.
2) Shoot dates are from 10-30 July 2015.
3) Winner’s accommodation and transport are not included.
4) Prize is not transferrable nor exchangeable for cash.
5) In the event the winner is unable to redeem the prize for any reason, it will be awarded to the photo with the next highest votes.
6) Truphotos reserves the right to use and distribute the submitted data in connection with this promotion.
7) Truphotos reserves the right to amend the Terms and Conditions at any time without prior notice or explanation.

 

Celebrating Kenneth and Sakura

Had the opportunity to join in the recent union and celebration of Kenneth and Sakura. Thank you for having me share in all the joy and laughter! It made me all warm and fuzzy inside, especially the speeches which moved me to tears behind the camera :)

ケネスとさくらさん。ご家族、そしてたくさんの知り合いと友人に見守られた温かみに溢れた1日でした!

Photography by Weizhong
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