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AJ Vickery: We’ve an exciting interview for you today. We have Wendy Rombough, who is a professional photographer. We’re going to get some great photography tips as well as printing tips as well. Thanks for coming in.
Wendy Rombough: You’re welcome. Thanks for having me.
AJ Vickery: Absolutely. So first of all, clearly you work with a lot of children’s photos and I can imagine the children are probably pretty difficult to photograph at the best of times.
Wendy Rombough: It’s a challenge sometimes but it’s worth it what you get in the end when you capture them being themselves.
AJ Vickery: Do you want to give us a couple of tips for those budding photographers out there with things that they can do to take better pictures?
Wendy Rombough: Sure, I think the main one that I would like to point out is just letting the kids be themselves, get them doing what they naturally do.
AJ Vickery: That’s one of the things that people probably first and foremost do wrong is that when they take their digital cameras, they get there where they gather and they try it again with the distance then take a picture, smile and take a picture. But in fact you’re saying that that more natural environment catches them going what they do.
Wendy Rombough: Yeah, absolutely. It’s easier. It’s more fun for everyone. Everyone enjoys the process and then you end up getting more natural shots.
AJ Vickery: These are like a certain distance away. It should be for someone who take a photo should be right up in their face or—
Wendy Rombough: Well, I think you need to know your camera first of all.
AJ Vickery: Yap.
Wendy Rombough: All right, that’s also another tip is to just know your camera inside out because there are so many things you can do that you probably don’t even realize but in each camera we’ll have focal distance like the closest you can get. I would say that you should get as close as you can get in and a little bit closer like I think you should always try and get as close as possible and get rid of as much of the background as possible ‘cause then the focus is on your subject. You can do that later though too with cropping and you know—so if your focal distance only lets you get this close then crop it out later on the outside.
AJ Vickery: Okay, very close. Right away there’s a bunch of things in front of us here. There are some exciting things that you can do with photos once you’ve got them in your camera and I think that’s a big thing that we always talk about on this show is get them off the computer and really you can do way more than just using your printer at home. You’ve got a number of different things here like 0213 calendars. Now, HP actually has a kiosk that you can take care or your photos too.
Wendy Rombough: Yap, they are called HP Photos Smart Studio and they’re in various places across Canada. You ca find out where they’re closest to you on the HP the CI website that they are basically, there are kiosk that you take care digital media card or disk and you just go to the kiosk and it’s all touch screen, you put your card or your disk in and you can lay out part of these different projects yourself, you do it yourself and then they’re situated beside the photo labs, so they actually print it out with like that you weight, go shopping whatever for now and come back and you’ve got your bound book ready to go.
AJ Vickery: And that’s really what blew me away. I mean, this isn’t take weeks to do but you can literally go down there with your camera or your CD-ROM full of photos and you can literally—and I’ll just show a couple of these pictures here but this is obviously the title page her but then you lay them out. You just put them in a bunch of different creative ways. Now, is it difficult to set this up or are there templates that you can follow?
Wendy Rombough: There are templates, there are different themes, different colors, this is a very basic template. You can change the color of the images from color to black and white or sepia, you know on antique finish. But it will do it all for you depending on how many pages you want and how many images you have.
AJ Vickery: Okay. And then you literally come back and you pick this up and it’s set to go. You did another one here, I thought this was kind of fine. And you talked about if you’re going to start to do this why not 0336 fun with it. You just do the themes. This is obvious for some way. It kind of—his drama, crazy mode, yeah. But I thought I was kind of cool like if there is this—if you have a whole bunch of photos on one of them like a birthday or whatever, you can really create a book just to that.
Wendy Rombough: Yeah, and he loved you know, I mean getting the kids involved in a process helps you get better images of them also. So you know, he got to see this book made of himself and he just thinks it’s so cool. of course now, he won’t out the markers down and hollering sample all the time but you know he get the children involved and even with the home printers doing things like you know there’s a little HP printer where they can draw with the stylus and he was drawing spider webs on here and he just thought that was the coolest thing and he is almost five. So you know, It’s amazing that how easy these things are, the technology that is just incredible.
AJ Vickery: What is—to get example, this is a printer that you might have a home specifically a photo printer that you can actually be more interactive with. Cool. And then, just one last thing I want to look at here, it’s not just photo books but there are number of things that the kiosk does. This is an example of the calendar. So pretty traditional, but the idea of personalizing your calendar and getting it all printed for you.
Wendy Rombough: The thing that’s nice about this also is that you can set the dates so you could start the calendar you know in February.
AJ Vickery: I love that!
Wendy Rombough: Yeah. So you could have a start, so you can do that anytime of the year.
AJ Vickery: Its not the worst 0445 in getting a calendar halfway through the year and you’re like wow, I just—
Wendy Rombough: Yeah, they’re wonderful. They make great gifts and there are posters also. You can do posters.
AJ Vickery: Oh, yeah, can we have that?
Wendy Rombough: We’ve got another poster there. That one, I did a theme of him apple picking. Same thing, I just stock the images in and it laid it all out for me. I could have got a little more fancy with colors and borders but—
AJ Vickery: Yeah, and you can do like huge pictures or small pictures and you do whatever you want.
Wendy Rombough: Yeah. And there’s a bigger one. There’s I think it’s 24 x 36, it goes up to.
AJ Vickery: So if people are going to want to take their cameras and they want to be more adventurous, how did they find this photo kiosks.
Wendy Rombough: hp.ca website which show you where the ones are local to your city. They’re all across Canada.
AJ Vickery: A couple of photo tips for you and hopefully we can get those pictures out of your cameras and off your computers and these are some exciting things. Thanks so much for showing us this cool stuff.