March 2017

The pursuit of happiness

The pursuit of happiness

International Day of Happiness is celebrated throughout the world on the 20th of March. The pledge is to create more happiness around the world and share the happiness with the world through social media.

 

Did you know that the original idea came from the Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayan region of Asia? There, the population is thought by many to be among the happiest in the world due to the holistic approach to life and the amount of importance which is placed on the well being of people and communities.

 

In our every day life there are many ways to make someone happy such as giving them emotional support, showing random acts of kindness and even providing a meaningful gift that will be part of someone’s memories for years to come.

 

 

So why not make your clients, employees and even loved ones happy by booking a wedding photo booth, professional photo booth or even a party photo booth for your next event! We provide a happy professional photographer who will attend your event with professionalism, experience and most importantly a smile. Our digital photo booths are easy to use, all you need to do is pose and the photographer and printer does all the hard work for you. Hire a photo booth today and see the outstanding results that we offer. You will never be disappointed and the free print that is provided to your guests will certainly make them HAPPY!

 

The Photo Team love exhibiting the happiness we create by using Instagram and Facebook as a source of sharing the great photos we have taken. You can be part of The Photo Team’s story and experience our fun and laughter at your event.

 

 

Contact us for your nearest Open Photo Booth Kent and Open Photo Booth London…

…And remember the 7 steps of happiness:

Think Less, feel more
Frown less, smile more
Talk less, listen more
Judge less, accept more
Watch less, do more
Complain less, appreciate more and;
Fear less, love more

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Love, The Photo Team

 

Behind the lens

Behind the lens

Photography is probably one of the most rewarding and popular hobbies in the world. If you are thinking about making that decision to invest time and money into this creative art then you need to remember not only do you need to bring your body and mind to the activity but to also understand how to use your camera lens too and the type of lens to shoot from.

 

Some people would say that the camera lens is more important then the camera itself. A good lens means everything in getting the right shot. It’s not just the amount of zoom you have or how wide it can get, but the quality of the glass, the maximum size of the aperture, and other characteristics.

 

Here are some of the lenses that would make your photography images from average to top quality. Spend time with each of them and see which best suits your needs.

 

 

High Quality Fixed Prime Lens

Is suited for all conditions and is basically seen as an “all-rounder” to suit every photographer’s needs. Distortation will be less noticeable, sharpness visibly clear and most importantly they are lighter in weight. The only disadvantage is that this lens makes you work harder as you are in control rather than using an automatic zoom lens.

 

Portrait Lens

The focal length is the most important when looking at portraits. If you’re using a DSLR like a Canon EOS 6D or Nikon D750, an 85mm is perfect as it enables half-length portraits to be taken from a good distance.

 

Ultra-Wide/Wide-Angle Lens

These lenses are perfect for fun events and concerts to get that wider shot. However it has to be noted that the wider you zoom the more distorted your photo will be which can add better effects to your image depending on what you are trying to achieve.

 

Zoom Lens

These are undeniably great when it comes to convenience and versatility, delivering a wide range of focal lengths at the flick of a wrist. They’re useful for people who are constantly on the go and in different situations where it’s not exactly advantageous to carry around two or three different lenses at a time.

 

So why not practice with the lens depending on your needs and type of photography you are into and in time you could be a master of all lens trades!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Love, The Photo Team

The Generation Game

The Generation Game

Currently we have five generations which make up our society. Each of those five generations has an active role in the world.

Here are the birth years for each generation:

Traditionalists or Silent Generation: Born 1945 and befor​e
Baby Boomers: Born 1946 to 1964
Generation X: Born 1965 to 1976
Millennials or Gen Y: Born 1977 to 1995
iGen, Gen Z or Centennials: Born 1996 and later

 

​For each of these generations, photography at its time had a different meaning and existence.

 

​​​Traditionalists or Silent Generation:​

​Some 55 million strong, as of the 2010s, are in their seventies or older and most have retired from the workforce.​ Don’t expect the Silent Generations to be a whizz at operating their smartphones and even knowing how to take a photo. They are less technologically adaptable than the younger generations. Traditionalists may struggle to learn new technology as it evolves. Traditionalists are happy to be watching the younger generation taking photos from their phones, cameras and then uploading memories to social media.
Interesting fact: In 1936 they started the development of Kodachrome, the first colour multi-layered colour film and they also commenced the development of Exakta, (SLR) camera. Polaroid also started selling instant black and white film by the late 40s.

 

Baby Boomers: Born 1946 to 1964

Just because the boomers are now retiring from the workplace doesn’t mean they are easing into a rocking-chair life. In fact, when it comes to technology they are surprising all of us with their knowledge of how to use their phones and taking selfies (with a little help from the younger generation – of course!). They are aware of what a selfie is and what poses to even strike. The baby boomers are the generation who owned cameras in their days and appreciated capturing nature and their surroundings. Those who could afford it invested in a decent camera so it could be used for years to come or even handed down to a loved one. They have grown up in the era of the Kodak Brownie and many technological innovations and have seen the evolution of photography by more than anyone.
Interesting fact: By 1964, the first colour instant film was developed by Polaroid!

 

 

Generation X: Born 1965 to 1976

This generation are found to be technically competent and adaptable. Therefore throw any digital tool or technology their way and they would be keen to learn and find out more. Facebook has an almost equal percentage of Generation X users as it does Millennials. 88% of Millennials own a Facebook account, compared to 81% of Gen Xers. It is seen as the platform for friends and families to mainly share photos in an instant. Did you know that Gen X’s lead the way in having digital cameras in their households?

Interesting facts: In 1972 the 110-format cameras was introduced by Kodak with a 13x17mm frame and subsequently the C-41 colour negative process was introduced, replacing C-22.

 

 

Millennials or Gen Y: Born 1977 to 1995

Gen Y are very tech savvy. Like Gen X they owned digital cameras however slowly moved from neglecting it to using mobile phones. Generation Y were born into an emerging world of technology and have grown up surrounded by smart phones, laptops, tablets and other gadgets. These gadgets have become an essential aspect of this generation’s life.

Interesting facts: In 1985, Minolta marketed the world’s first autofocus SLR system (called “Maxxum” in the US). In 1990, Adobe Photoshop was released. In 1991, Kodak DCS-100 was created, the first digital SLR and the modified Nikon F3.

 

 

iGen, Gen Z or Centennials: Born 1996 and later

Or we could call this the “Selfie generation”. They are not aware of doing anything without technology. Owning a digital camera for this generation is unheard of as the capabilities of the new mobile phones do all the hard work. Generation Y were born into an emerging world of technology and have grown up surrounded by smart phones, laptops, tablets and other gadgets. Did you know that on average, Gen Zers uses their smartphones 15.4 hours per week—more than any other type of device and its essentially used for sharing and taking photos?

Interesting fact: In 2000, The first Camera phone was introduced in Japan.

 

 

Technology has evolved over time and so has the needs of the new generations. Everyday we are surrounded or working with different generations who have different technological capabilities. Taking photos is an essential part of all our lives as it captures a memory for us to look back on for years to come but methods on how to capture this is evidently different from one age group to another.

 

Lets see how capturing photos will change for the “Alpha Generation”!

 

Thanks for reading,
Love, The Photo Team