CamLynx Dynamic ID cards

I have been hearing more and more requests to print ID cards onsight and have it automatically change backrounds or information automatically based off of grade or data in CamLynx as your photographing… Well CamLynx can do it and here is how: Dynamic ID Cards in CamLynx

If you have questions or need help with the process call us or email us 760-765-1199 support@photolynx.com and we can help with the process 🙂

Tawnya

Are you ready?

With the North American school photography season fast approaching you may find yourself needing some answers after the PhotoLynx technical support hours. Some excellent places to find some answers are the support forums and the how-to’s and manuals section of our website.

Support Forums:

http://photolynxsoftware.com/support/

How-To’s And Manuals:

http://photolynx.com/index.php?option=com_phocadownload&view=section&id=2:how-to-s-and-manuals&Itemid=33

These guides are excellent refreshers and often a solution will present itself.

Robert

Bokeh Photography

Hello Day Campers!

This week, I am going to be discussing bokeh.  The term comes from the Japanese word boke, which means “blur” or “haze”.  In photography, it refers to the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur.  Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as reflections and light sources.  However, bokeh is not limited to highlights, because blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.

One way to achieve this effect is by opening your camera’s aperture to the widest setting, a low f-stop.  Lenses with low f-stops, 2.8, 2.0, 1.8, 1.4 and lower, are best.  This will make a very small depth of field, and thus blurring the back ground.  A second way would be to use PhotoShop and apply a blur the background. 

Now, when using bokeh on lights, the lights blur in a circular shape.  This is caused by the shape of the aperture.  A very cool DIY project would be to create your own shapes.  What you would do is to create a fake lens hood out of paper.  (there is a link to this tutorial at the end of the blog)  Make the diameter a size that will tightly fit around the lens.  Now, in the middle of this hood, is where you will cut your shape.  The size oh the hole will depend on the size of your lens.   This can be easily checked by looking through the viewfinder. If you cut out a heart shape, the out of focus lights will appear as hearts, and so on with other shapes.  If you are not into DIY projects, you can also buy packs here –  Bokeh Masters Kit.

That’s all for this week.  Hope you all found this useful!  I’m planning on making a few of my own shapes to try out.

-Crystal

Breaking into the school market

 I have a lot of people that I have been talking to that are familiar with studio work flow and have decided to dive into the school market.  They are looking to us to help with more than their software needs, we have all the resources so I have put together an email that I have used for some of my prospects to give them a little bit of information to help them feel more comfortable with their new endeavor, and hopefully their new software partner.

Thank you for talking with me today!  I know it can be a bit overwhelming when you are first starting out but we are here to help in any way we can.

Here is a link to our blog, there are some very interesting bits of information in here:
PhotoLynx Blog

Here are a few links to some entries I thought you might find helpful.
Getting started with school photography
Getting started with school photography part 2
Why to purchase school pictures
School Calculator
Keep up with school accounts
template for a school contract
Photography resources

The name and contact info for the hard card printer information:
Lawrence Grafstein
Mobile: 310-531-8515
Advantidge, Inc.
310-531-8505
lg@advantidge.com

Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions that I can answer for you.

The Videos Have Arrived!

We understand that not everyone learns best by reading an instruction manual.  Tutorial videos are a great way to walk our customers through the “How To’s” of the programs.  The first few videos are available for downloading on the website, or by clicking here:

Camlynx Videos

Please feel free to download and distribute these tutorials to your staff and/or customers for training.

Also, I am eager to know what YOU, the customer, would like to see in upcoming videos that will help you the most in your staff training.  Please email your suggestions to me at kat@photolynx.com.

Kat

Have You Checked Your Equipment Lately?

Have You Checked Your Equipment Lately?

“Six to eight weeks….and you are going to have to be diligent about wearing it ALL the time, except for when sleeping.”  The orthopedic surgeon’s words sounded like they were coming from out of a long tunnel as I stood there thinking about all the things that were going to change in my life for the next month or two.

Almost two weeks prior, an accident that lasted only a few seconds changed so much instantly.  I was camping with my family and we had taken our horses with us.  My ten year old son was dying for me to take him on his first trail ride.  I saddled up his horse and mine and off we went.  Both animals were behaving beautifully.  Then my son asked if we could run the horses.  “Sure, honey…lets get up here a bit first.”  We started to lope and my horse began to buck.  I was doing well…..until the equipment failure.  The strap that holds the saddle to the horse, snapped into three pieces and I went flying through the air, flipped over and landed on my upper back.  I could only watch as my son’s horse charged after my hose as they ran back to camp and out of sight.  Fortunately, my son bailed off to come back to me and ended up with nothing more than a slight scrape to his knee.  It was different for me, however.
Fast forward to the surgeon’s office where I was being told how I was going to care for the 15% compression fracture of my T12 vertebrae.  No riding, no running, no lifting, no yard work – nothing fun as far as I was concerned!  The worst part is that in just 6 weeks, I was supposed to be married….on horseback!!!   The brace I was being sentenced to would hold my back straight all day so that the fracture could heal on its own – in about 6 to 8 weeks.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I may as well be put in a jail cell as be told I can’t be my active self who “does it all.”

I am slowly adjusting to my limitations and will most likely be able to go through the wedding without the brace.  Why do I retell my story here?  Well, it reminds me of how we need to always check our equipment and make sure it is in excellent condition, working properly and will be reliable when we need it to be most.  The leather on my billet strap was old and brittle.  Sometimes our hard drives, flash-drives, network cables, printer parts, cameras, etc, all wear out or break when we need them most.  The best way to prevent this is to take the time to do a once over on your equipment.  Do your virus scans, update the firmware and software for your operating systems and programs.  Check your cables to make sure they aren’t crimped, or splitting.  Use dusting sprays on your machines to keep them clean.  Call in a technician to do a once over on your equipment, if you don’t have it reguarly cared for.

My point here is that most of us are in a lull right now and this is the perfect time to make sure our equipment is going to be there for us when we most need it and not have a failure that will cost us weeks of productivity, like what happened to me.

Kat