How to Take Great Concert Photos

Concert PhotosMemorial Day weekend is coming our way, and with it brings the start of concert season!


If you’re attending a concert in the coming weeks, you’ll want to capture every moment of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.


To help you take some memorable shots, we pulled together some of our best tips on how to take great concert photos.


Get your camera settings right


Depending on the lighting, you’ll need to adjust the camera’s settings accordingly. For example, If it’s an indoor or night concert, you’ll want to set your ISO high, whereas a bright, outdoor performance will require a much lower ISO.


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How the U.S. Postal Service Helps Businesses Succeed Explains why the USPS helps grow its business


What is the underlying foundation for your company’s success? Often, this is the first question asked by fellow entrepreneur’s at conferences and trade shows attended by® management. The answer is always the same and it has been since our Ecommerce photo digitization service was founded: TRUST.


A large part of building trust with customers is that they are comfortable sending their generations of nostalgic photo memories for scanning via the U.S. Postal Service®.FGC


Behind our accomplishments is the support of an organization founded in the 1700’s, when Benjamin Franklin was appointed its first Postmaster General in 1775. The U.S. Postal Service has grown, changed and reinvented itself over the decades. They are the reason for our success. Beyond products like Priority Mail® flat rate and regional boxes is the exceptional personal support. Everyone at the USPS is like family to us.  Their marketing and support team regularly helps advise to be more efficient and provide a better customer experience.

boxFree - How the U.S. Postal Service Helps Businesses Succeed pay one price fill-the-box photo scanning holds about 1800 pictures and includes free 3-way S/H for $170.


The video (above), produced by the USPS® provides a Wizard of Oz-like tour behind our curtains to see what a typical day is like at our Irvine, CA-based corporate headquarters.


Want verification how invaluable the USPS is and how it can help any size business prosper? has digitized and delivered nearly one-quarter billion pictures; representing tens of thousands of individual orders to all 50 states, from the smallest towns to the biggest cities. We benefit because the USPS is always open, for online tracking of orders.

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5 Photo Contests to Enter During #NationalPhotoMonth

#nationalphotomonthOne of our favorite months of the year is here—it’s National Photo Month!


We’ve seen some fantastic photography celebrations on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram by following the hashtags #NationalPhotoMonth and #NationalPhotographyMonth. There are a ton of cool contests and fun photos floating out there to see, but we pulled together some of the best for you to check out.




Your expert photography skills could win prizes that range from a high-end printer to a trip to Morocco. Here’s a few of the contests that are running in honor of National Photography month.


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Former Globe-trotter and Current Grandmother Shares Photos of Adventure and Loved Ones

Scanned photo of Mary Mimi Hassouna riding in Egypt by the pyramids.

Scanned photo of Mary Mimi Hassouna riding in Egypt by the pyramids.

What’s the result of years spent raising a family and traveling the world? Well, according to ScanMyPhotos customer, Mary Mimi Hassouna, the result is a lifetime of memories and nearly 6,000 printed photos!


While raising her kids, Mary spent her career doing several trips overseas as an International Development Consultant in Health and Education with her husband.


“I did short assignments in India, Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Lebanon, Iraq, and even South Africa.” And, boy does she have the photos to prove it!


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Internet Retailer Magazine | Profile

As many of our loyal readers know, regularly makes news for innovative marketing and customer narratives. Internet Retailer Magazine, the largest monthly magazine in e-retailing with 44,000 subscribers is edited to cover strategies and practices that produce success in e-retailing. They profiled the newest marketing strategy of curtailing all advertising and replacing it with surprizing photo scanning customers with flowers from 1-800-Flowers.

Internet Retailer, May 2015 profile

Excerpt: Big loyalty, small price, by Maureen Wilkey, Internet Retailer Magazine.

Sometimes, to get a referral, either through social media or through consumers telling their friends, a retailer has to be bold.  Take, a service that sends customers a prepaid shipping box that they fill with photos they want the retailer to digitize. It sends flowers to some customers to celebrate their life events with them.  The idea to send flowers is rooted in the company’s business—in many cases, customers want to use these photos for a special event such as a wedding, a memorial service or a special anniversary.  After experimenting with sending flowers to commemorate those events, ScanMyPhotos CEO Mitch Goldstone found the flowers drew in more customers. For every arrangement Goldstone’s company sends out—it orders the flower arrangements from Inc.—it gets about seven new customers, which results in roughly $1,250 of new business. That’s a big return on an average investment of $80 for flowers.  That’s why employees nominate several customers a week based on which customers’ photos tell touching stories to be sent flowers or a gift basket for their special occasions. ScanMyPhotos asks customers at checkout if someone referred them to the site, so it knows raving fans are doing their work. The initiative has been so successful, Goldstone says, that ScanMyPhotos stopped spending money on all other advertising and marketing. Press releases and paid ads weren’t generating nearly as much revenue or converting as many customers. Moreover, the unusual approach has attracted media attention from the likes of USA Today simply via word of mouth.   “Using flowers to make people smile parallels our business model of creating nostalgic photo memories,” Goldstone says. “Both equally generate warm emotions, are easy to order and immediately amplify the best kind of genuine word-of-mouth marketing.”

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