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Best Price Everyday

April 9, 2013 at 10:03 pm

You may have noticed a Best Price Everyday badge on many products and emails recently. Wondering what this means? Read on …

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The badge you keep seeing!

At ZoomIn we are committed to offering our customers the best value while setting the highest quality benchmarks in the industry.  We also realized that, as a customer, we would like to purchase a particular product without having to wait for a sale.  So the challenge we put forth to our production team was – could we offer the very best prices – each and every day – while retaining the same high quality?

Over the last few months, this team has been working hard to optimize our internal efficiency and we are now able to unveil our Best Price Everyday pricing on a series of your favorite products.   Starting today you will see these new prices on all canvas products and collage posters.

Best Price Everyday means that you have our assurance that we will never offer these products at a lower price in the future.  So now you don’t have to wait for a promotion/offer or e-mail from us to get started on that beautiful canvas or poster you’ve been thinking about!

We will be introducing this pricing to more products in the coming months – just keep an eye out for the Best Price Everyday badge.  In the mean time, start shopping today with Collage Posters and Canvas Prints.

 

What is a Canvas Print?

April 8, 2013 at 11:41 pm

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An interior designer once told me that every room in your home should have one wow factor.  It can be anything from an amazing rug picked up from your Kashmir trip to an antique piece of furniture that once belonged to your grandparents.  For me personally, I love having art on my walls.  But because the market for affordable art is filled with generic, mass produced posters/photographs/paintings, it’s a challenge to find that one piece that speaks to me.  Fortunately, that’s where the ZoomIn Canvas Print comes into play.

If you’re not sure what a Canvas Print is or how to maximize its impact, sit tight because our next set of posts will focus on just that.  Today we’ll talk about what a Canvas Print is.  In our following posts we’ll share how to maximize the wow factor of a Canvas Print and also share some real life examples. So let’s get started!

What is a Canvas Print?

A ZoomIn Canvas Print is art created by you.  Using our online product builder, you add your image and personal touches.  We print your art on canvas and deliver it right to you.  Then all you need to do is hang it on your wall.  Instant personalised art!

What type of canvas is used?

ZoomIn prints on a heavy 375 GSM, brilliant white archival canvas.  The print has a matte finish and a protective coating is also applied to protect it from aging.

What type of photographs would make great Canvas Prints?

Just about any image that has meaning to you would look fantastic.  Some of our favorites are family portraits, closeup pictures of your children, beautiful shots from a holiday or even your child’s hand drawn illustration.  If it’s for personal use you can also purchase images from a stock image site so the possibilities are endless!

What style options do I have?

We have three different canvas styles you can choose from:

Gallery wrapped: The outer edge of the image wraps around the side of the frame. Prints are stretched onto a wooden frame so they arrive ready to frame.

Mounted: A wrap with the image extending to the edge of the frame. Sides of canvas are kept white.  Mounted prints also come stretched on a frame so they are ready to hang.

Rolled canvas: Select the rolled canvas if you would like to frame or mount your canvas print on your own.

Hope that sheds some light on what a Canvas Print is.  Check out our Canvas Print page to get started and stay tuned for our next post where we share user creations!

Questions? Check out our Canvas FAQs or contact our Helpdesk for assistance.

Have you created a unique ZoomIn Canvas Print that you’d like to share with our readers?  Please send an email to community@zoomin.com with a picture of the canvas and the story behind it.

Introducing the Photodiarist!

April 5, 2013 at 12:11 am

Are you the type who thinks that a picture is actually worth a thousand words? One who believes that their camera is as good as their third eye? Do you wish to keep your camera with you at all times and never miss a moment? Well then, you, most definitely, should consider becoming a Photodiarist!

What is a ‘Photodiarist’ you ask? Well, it’s quite self explanatory really. It’s a person who likes to create a diary out of simple everyday photos that they’ve clicked. More often than not, they let their own photos do the talking. Anywhere, anytime, anything – they believe in capturing ordinary every day (and much overlooked) moments and providing their own vision and thoughts on it. They believe in capturing anything and everything from the little pleasures to the stark realities of life. They don’t need an occasion or a reason to go out capturing photos. All they need is their camera and their vision…

Here are a few pages from my photodiary – places and moments that caught my attention this week…

The Silent Street

The Silent Street – Taken at the wee hours of a weeknight, I was walking a friend of mine back home & noticed how empty the otherwise ‘no-space-to-breathe’ stretch of Lamington road was. It was screaming to be captured.

 

The Storm before the Calm

The Storm before the Calm – Best friends sit sea side and ponder about what seems to be a grave discussion.

 

3 Inspired Ways to Display Your Holi Photo Collection

March 28, 2013 at 5:51 am

We hope everyone had a fun, safe and colorful Holi!  We recently shared some Holi Photo Tips and advice on how to keep your camera safe during the festivities.  Hopefully you found the posts useful and snapped some amazing shots.  So now the question is, what to do with all the stunning images captured?

Create a portfolio with your most impressive shots 

Holi photo book

When you have an amazing collection of pictures, we love the idea of creating a portfolio just like a professional photographer might do.  A portfolio photo book is another creative use of the photo book and surprisingly for the “wow” factor created, they are a snap to make!  Especially for Holi, we’ve launched a Holi themed photobook so that you can easily turn your photo collection into a portfolio filled with your best shots from the day.  If you’re new to photo books, make sure to check out our Photo Books FAQs.

Holi Photo Collage Poster

Create a collage poster… or two

Let’s say you and your friends had a great time playing and everyone captured amazing moments that you want to display on your wall.  A collage poster is a fun, personalised and creative way to share those moments.  And if you and your friends have already uploaded the pictures to Facebook/Instagram/Picassa/Flickr, there’s no need to upload any photos.  You can directly access the photos from inside our product builder.

Select your favorite photos and try out our new Colour Burst collage poster.  We not only have matte and non tearable options, but magnetic posters as well.  Our collage posters now start at only Rs. 99 so go ahead and create more more than one!

Colored Photo Mugs

Photo mugs are always a great choice for displaying your favorite moments.  But they become even more fun color-mug (1)when a bit of colour is added.  Select your favorite Holi images and choose the photo mug colour that matches!  Coloured photo mugs are available in blue, green, red, yellow and black.

We hope these ideas have inspired you and have gotten those wheels in your mind turning!  To help you along, through the end of the month we have deals on express books, magnets and coloured mugs. Check out our ZoomIn Deals page for more details. If you have any questions on the products mentioned in the post, please do check out our Helpdesk FAQs.  Enjoy!

An Update on ZoomIn Studios

March 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm
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Three years ago we announced the launch of the ZoomIn Photo Studio – a retail photo network like no other in India.  At launch, we opened 7 Studios in 5 cities through a partnership with Crossword Bookstores.  Later, we added 11 more stores through a partnership with Croma.  We were thrilled to be able to bring our award winning online service to millions of shoppers – right in their neighborhood.

Over the last 3 years, we have served tens of thousands of customers at these retail locations, and introduced many more to our online service.   Our stated goal even at launch was that the ZoomIn Studio would be a “bridge” to zoomin.com where our offline retail customers would be introduced to our online service.

We are pleased to announce that since then our customers have uploaded over a hundred million photos and created hundreds of thousands of photo books to be shipped to every neighborhood in India.  In addition many, have used our recently introduced Cash on Delivery service to pay for their online orders.  In many ways our goals for the studio have been met.  Clearly, we are now in a position to further advance the ZoomIn service online.

With that perspective, today we are announcing the phase out of the Zoomin Retail Studio.  We have already begun shutting down many stores and have invited our regular retail customers to come online.

We do realize that this will cause some inconvenience to customers that had relied on store staff for the creation process.  We are committed to making the online creation process even simpler and have recently launched the popular Express Book format.  You can try out this process for yourself using our Express Holi photobook for example.  Do contact our Helpdesk team if you need any help in getting started online.

We’d like to thank all our retail customers and store associates who helped create something really special.  Your commitment has made our online success story truly possible!

Camera Care During Holi

March 26, 2013 at 7:38 am

Holi’s almost here and by now you would have surely seen a number of people walking with their faces covered in ‘Gulaal’ or some other holi-favored color. We want you to be ready and equipped to capture those amazing Holi moments. Last week in part 1 of a 2 part series to get you prepared for this can’t miss festival, we shared photo tips to deal with the harsh midday sun.

Precious Memories

Precious memories – Don’t want to miss them now, do we?

In this second part, we would like to concentrate more on the safety of your photo capturing gizmo, be it a camera or even a mobile phone.

Zip Lock Bag – The universal solution: 

It would work best to just have a small zip lock bag, which can store your phone/camera safely. While this would sound risky, trust us, this is the best alternative available. You can find a zip lock bag at most local shops and it won’t burn a hole in your pocket either!

If you feel this is not a viable option, you can take your phone/camera, wrap it around in a plastic bag and either stick it up with cellophane/duct tape or good old rubber bands. While this may sound crazy, if done properly (basically wrapped over 2-3 times on the device) your precious device dry will remain dry.

Housing kits – The more professional approach:

Well, of course there are professional alternatives out there! While they may set you back a few bucks, these housing kits are meant to survive underwater expeditions, so Holi as such, should be a cinch! And guess what – they’re available in two different types: one for everyday Point and Shoots and one for the bulkier DSLR’s. Plus, there’s a lot more where these came from! Click here to check out the entire range.

 

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The Dicapac WP 410 – Fits the bill for your Point & Shoot

 

And hey – you’re not paying up for nothing!  You can always reuse these kits too! Maybe the next time you go swimming. Hope these tips help you. Here’s to a happy and safe Holi – from all of us snappers at ZoomIn.

3 Must Know Tips For Taking Beautiful Holi Photos

March 18, 2013 at 11:49 am

Holi is just around the corner!  Are you ready and equipped to capture amazing Holi moments? If not, our post will get you prepared for this can’t miss festival. Today we’ll be sharing photo tips to deal with the harsh midday sun. Now let’s get started!

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Hands down, the Golden Hour (the first and last hour of sunlight in a day) is the ideal time to shoot.  But during Holi, you’ll of course want to whip out your camera at all times of the day – including midday when the sun is directly overhead and is at its strongest. During this time of day, harsh shadows and highlights will be a challenge. As a photographer, you’ll need to compensate to avoid whitewashed photos and dark shadows which take detail away from your images. But never fear! We have three quick tips to help you out.

Move in closer

The midday sun results in loss of photographic detail. This is because your camera has a difficult time interpreting highlights and shadows.  Moving physically closer to the subject removes some of these highlights and shadows, simplifies composition and as a result brings detail back into your photograph.

Take advantage of shade

Avoid direct sunlight and make use of any form of shade as much as you can.  Some examples of shade would be trees, bushes and buildings. Utilizing the shade will help minimize highlights and dark shadows.

Use fill flash

It may seem counter-intuitive, but when you’re photographing portraits, utilizing your camera’s flash will help illuminate your subject’s face and minimize the harsh shadows cast by the sun, particularly around the eyes. Most cameras will allow you to adjust the intensity of the flash. Adjust your flash’s intensity down a bit, take a test photo and then adjust as necessary.

That’s it for now on the clicking front!  We hope these tips help you capture some good Holi photos.

If you’re looking to print any of your Holi photos, now is the time to do so.  Our Buy One Get One FREE sale on Photo Prints is running from now through Monday, March 9. Best part is there’s no code required – redeem the offer directly in-app! Go on, your favorite photo moments will look better on the wall than on a disk in a drawer.

The FOCUS Treasure Hunt !

March 18, 2013 at 1:02 am

Train your lenses and your hunting skills for an adventurous treasure hunt around Mumbai’s art districts. Develop an eye for photography, zoomin on the clues and win a great prize as you tweet your way to the treasure. Organized by Global Shapers in partnership with ZoomIn, India’s leading online photo service. The treasure hunt started on Sunday March 17th and will continue till next Sunday. The treasure hunt concludes on Sunday 24th March at 4pm at Cheval where all team members need to be present and the winner will be given a HUGE, much sought-after bumper prize – the treasure!!!

Participants heavy on the trail!

Participants heavy on the trail!

Joining the fun is easy ! Head over to Cheval, the hub for the FOCUS photography festival at Kala Ghoda, near Rhythm House, from Sunday March 17th onwards. Participation is free and open to all till Wednesday March 20th 5pm. So what are you waiting for? Pick up those clue books and get going !

More information on the treasure hunt: 

1) You can choose to hunt in pairs, in packs of ten or beat the crowd just on your own – individuals and groups both are welcome.

2) We need concrete proof that you have decoded our code, peered into each photograph and smiled at the doorman – take a picture to prove that you have been to all the location clues in this book.

3) Tell the world about your conquest! Tweet with #focusonthecity, #Treasurehunt @mumbaishapers with the name of each place you uncover. Upload it on to additional social media networks for brownie points. Try to facebook and instagram us too. We will be tracking you!

4) Be the first to unlock questions about the city on twitter #focusonthecity, #Treasurehunt @mumbaishapers for additional brownie points.

Focus Festival is Mumbai’s first, free photography festival, dedicated to the work of photographers from India and abroad. Organised by a diverse team of art and photography specialists working with support from several partners, Focus has exhibitions in over 20 of the city’s most-loved venues, collaborating with Mumbai’s leading cultural institutions to celebrate the genius of a medium that has struggled to prove itself as an art form.

The FOCUS treasure hunt clue book!

The FOCUS treasure hunt clue book! Pick up your copy from Cheval near Rhythm House.

 

The Summer Adventure Storybook

March 14, 2013 at 7:37 am

 

Each day our production staff prints, assembles and ships out one fantastic creation after another. Many of which get us to scratch our heads and think, “Wow, what a great idea!”  That got us thinking… why not showcase the creativity of the ZoomIn community? So every few weeks we will share with you some of our favorite user creations (with their permission of course!). First up… a Photo Book created by Kavita!

Kavita’s Photo Book caught our eye because she created a colorful storybook about her children’s summer

Kavita's fun summer adventure with her kids!

Kavita’s fun summer adventure with her kids!

adventures. We loved her unique use of the Photo Book and had to find out more!  Here’s what she had to say…

We loved how you created a storybook featuring your daughters. Can you tell us more about the creation and what inspired you to create it?

I created a summer adventures storybook for my 6 year old so she could see what a great summer she had even though we didn’t take out of town trips like her friends.  Instead, we did a lot of fun things in the city that we live in. I basically created the Photo Book using all the mobile phone photos I had taken over the summer – visiting the zoo, park, museum and waterpark; attending the dance show; hanging out with grandparents and cousins; haircut at the salon(!); and play dates. Everything went into the Photo Book. It was a lot of fun and surprisingly quick to make!

 What did you and your daughters think when the Photo Book arrived?

Both my older daughter and I were floored.  It was gorgeous and reminded us both what a great summer we had.  Even though we didn’t take a trip to the beach or someplace nice, and we just stayed home, we did so many fun things that it was truly a grand summer. My six-year old daughter ended up taking it to school and proudly sharing the book with her teachers and classmates by reading it out loud for them. She looks through it several times a week. It worked out to be a great (and cheap!) marketing tool for what a great summer mom and dad had given her. 😉

Notice how Kavita has laid out photos differently on both sides and used different designs on each page

Do you have any tips for creating a storybook Photo Book?

I created a story around the photos that I wanted to include. On each page I added text so that it read like a storybook.  In my case, my daughters were the main characters and the story that I wrote was about the fun adventures they had over the summer. For the design, I used the pastel colored backgrounds with polka dots and stripes, which looked very sweet (Baby theme).  Next time, I might experiment and keep the background plain white, as that would resemble a typical storybook more.

Thanks so much for sharing, Kavita!  If you’re interested in creating a Photo Book just like Kavita’s, here are the steps:

1)    Click here and select Softcover Flipbook. Select 8.5×11 Flipbook.

2)    For theme, select Baby and Kids > Baby and then press Next Step button

3)    Select the photos you would like to include. Press Next Step button.

4)    To change up the backgrounds like Kavita did, click the “Customize” button and then browse our library of backgrounds.  The backgrounds Kavita used can be found in the Baby folder. To add text, click on the “Text” tab and start typing.

 

We hope you’ve been inspired by Kavita’s storybook like we have!  If you have any questions about our Photo Books, check out our Photo Book FAQs.  It covers all sorts of great info like how to make a Photo Book and helpful tips on how to create the perfect book.   Have fun!

What is a Photo Book?

February 28, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Hello fellow ZoomIners! We noticed that many of you have been wondering as to what a Photo Book exactly is. So to clear the air we had a quick chat with our beloved Photo Book! Read on for excerpts from the conversation…

ZI: ZoomIn
PB: Photo Book


ZI: Hi! Would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?

PB: Sure! I am the ZoomIn Photo Book, the new age and much improved substitute to Photo albums. Think of me as a coffee table or magazine style book which not only includes your digital photos, but also gives you a chance to personalize through various backgrounds, cliparts and text.

I have been around for a while now and have a big family too. We are quite a diverse lot and come in various sizes, finishes, prices, etc. Click here  to see our entire family tree.  What binds all of us together is the sheer joy that we get from helping you preserve your memories in your own fun and unique way!   In fact, when I was featured on the cover of Times magazine, I was called ‘The Memory Keeper’.

 

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The Flipbook – Our magazine styled Photo Book!

 

ZI: A ‘Memory Keeper’? That’s so cool! So people look at you during special occasions?

PB: To tell you the truth, ever since I made it to the cover of Times magazine, I’ve been type casted.  You don’t really need an occasion to call me. You can use me every day. However, with that said I do see a lot of people using me during special occasions such as:

  • Documenting their baby’s milestones
  • Reliving their awesome travels
  • Saying “Happy Birthday,” “I Love You,” or “Happy Anniversary”
  • Creating unique gifts for special holidays such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Rakhsha Bandhan, etc
  • Capturing engagement and wedding memories
  • Sharing a memorable year with loved ones
  • Giving old albums a second life by converting them into digital Photo Books
  • Showcasing their professional work to clients

 

Although, if you ask me, there’s plenty of other times you can call on me. Some of my recent favorites are:

  • A gardening book
  • A dedication to my favorite sports person/sports team
  • A cookbook full of recipes
  • Collection of best photos
  • A school’s cricket team
  • A Mother’s memories

 

"How I Grew Up!"

Here’s an interesting concept – This book covers a baby girl’s first 5 years, right from the time she was born.

Think about it this way – anytime you’re looking to preserve your memories in your own unique way, I’m here! I’m always bringing about a rush of mirth and happiness wherever I go.

 

ZI: That’s quite a statement to make! You’ve been told that?

PB: I know it sounds like I’m blowing my own trumpet here, but let me illustrate through a couple of recent testimonials that I received…

“My sisters and I almost burst into tears when we saw the mold on our parents’ wedding photos. We quickly scanned the remaining good photos and then thought of creating their wedding Photo Book! We chose a complete vintage look-n-feel theme and a leather cover. Kept it really simple since their beautiful black and white photos spoke volumes! My parents were so overwhelmed. I think it’s the best gift we’ve given them”

“We were expecting our first child and I was trying to figure out what I could give my wife as we were entering a new phase of our lives. During that time, I came across zoomin.com and learned about Photo Books being a way to tell your story. So I started working on a flipbook that walked us down memory lane, starting from when we met,  to our wedding and finally to our recent trip together. My wife was really surprised with my creativity and loved it! I’ll need to start making the sequels once our child arrives!”

 

ZI: Wow! They make it sound so effortless!

PB: That’s because it actually is! All I ask for is a bit of your time. How much you’d like to devote though is completely up to you! If you have a fair amount of time on your hands, you can sit down and I will offer you full freedom to create and customize me the way you want.  We can spend a few hours together and I promise you a memory that will last a lifetime.

Of course, if you don’t have the luxury of time, you can check with my niece the ‘Express Book’. She comes pre-designed and in turn, tends to be quick with her work. Various themes with readily designed photo place holders and the option to add text wherever you may please. What more could you possibly want!

 

Freedom of creativity through various customization options!

Freedom of Creativity – Add as many photos to a page as you may please, tilt, crop, add a background, a border, clipart, text, convert to black & white and various other customization options!

That’s all that we have for now! Although we’ve been promised one more interview real soon, so keep checking this space.

If you have more questions about what a Photo Book is, click here.