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10 Unique Photobook Ideas

Stuck for photobook inspiration? Try one of these creative, themed books.

A photobook is the perfect way to print and display your memories, so you and your family can look back on them (without having to huddle around a computer). They also make for special gifts! But, you don’t just want to slap all your pics together in one book. Instead, make themed photobooks you can collect over time.

We’ve compiled a list of unique photobook ideas that will inspire your next photobook project – whether you’re creating a wedding album, holiday album, or summer album!

Seasonal Books Create a photobook after each season with all the pics from the last three months. Summer, autumn, winter and spring books will give them a clear theme – and help ensure a colour pallet throughout the pics.


The Fur Family Photobooks aren’t just for people! Create a book that’s all about your pets, or make a book for a friend that features their furry buddy.



Romance Books A great Valentine's or anniversary gift wou…

How to Take Amazing Instagram Travel Pics

Here’s how to take the very best photos on your travels, so they stand out on Instagram.
If you’re anything like us, when it’s time to plan a holiday, you spend hours cruising Instagram, drooling over other people’s travel photos. From sunsets with perfect silhouettes, to panoramic mountain views and epic shots of landmarks, some Insta-photos look like they were taken by professional travel photographers. But, a lot of them weren’t. Even the best photos on Instagram were taken by ordinary folk like us. 
So, what’s the trick to taking the perfect travel shot on Instagram that will earn you thousands of likes and leave you with something great to print? Read on for our top tips:
Clean the Lens!It seems obvious, but have you cleaned your phone’s lens? Many people forget to – and the images end up blurry and out of focus. Use a dust cloth (or the cleaning cloth you get with sunglasses) and wipe your lens before every shot. 
Turn your Phone to the SideWe’re used to using our phones upright, ta…

Spring Shoppers Win Big at RapidStudio

The Spring Treasure Hunt promotion on RapidStudio’s website has been a resounding success. Our curious customers hunted down secret deals and went home with a barrowful of savings. We had so much positive feedback that we’ll be sure to organise another treasure hunt in the future.

If you’re a small business owner, why not try an innovative promotion like ours? It’s a win-win scenario and tonnes of fun. Our customers saved hundreds of Rands on their orders and found more than a bargain when they went exploring through our website.
They discovered new products and services on offer and we had a huge increase in web traffic. All pages had more keen eyes scouring our content with a low bounce rate and a high click rate. Positive page exposure is great for business and customer satisfaction was through the roof after interacting with our content.

A big THANKS to everyone who participated in the blossom hunting! We are over the moon that you scored the trove of discounts and deals.

If you j…

Ooh La La! Fresh French Photobook Wins Hearts.

Here at RapidStudio we love photography. We’re the first choice for professional printing and we offer a kaleidoscope of creative products to showcase your vibrant images. We pride ourselves on innovative design and we’re constantly striving to create new ways to frame your art for the world to
see.


That’s why we support the The GAPP Awards. These are the pinnacle of excellence in the South African printing industry and are sponsored by the leader in knowledge development, The GAPP Magazine. ‘GAPP’ stands for Graphics, Advertising, Print and Packaging.



A stunning example of our innovative endeavours is the Ultimate French Door Photobook. A panel of judges gave it their resounding praise when our fresh design won Gold at the GAPP awards in 2016. We were so proud of our creation when it scored goals for print quality, design and finishing craftsmanship. Not only is this photobook a novel idea, it’s the ultimate in style and functionality.



Showcase your photography with an award winning …

Secret Treasure & Spring Blossoms

Spring is the season to celebrate new beginnings and opportunity.
It’s a time of year where Mother Nature puts on a show of vibrant colours and the gifts of life dawn around us.


Here at RapidStudio we’ve created a surprise for all our customers to celebrate. Bring out your inner child this year with a super-duper fun-fantastic Treasure Hunt.
We’ve got loads of prizes and secret deals hidden all over our website. You’ll discover savings on wall art, our amazing photobooks, exclusive d├ęcor and much more.  They’ll be sure to give you a spring in your step.

It’s so easy to play and so much fun to win. Just find the spring blossoms flowering on our website and click to reveal a secret treasure.
Everyone’s a winner with 13 unique prizes to find. Find them all if you can, but don’t hesitate! Get in fast before they disappear. We’ll be gardening all month and the blooms will pop up on different pages to keep things fresh as a spring breeze.
So what are you waiting for? Check out our Spring Surpri…

#YourSmilesMakeTheirs - RapidStudio Walks for Smile Foundation

RapidStudio is always proud to support good causes and one of our favourite traditions is to Walk the Talk. This year our charity walk was to raise funds and awareness for the Smile Foundation, an amazing non-profit healthcare organisation that helps hundreds of children every year who suffer from facial conditions, such as cleft palates.



Our day began with a delicious breakfast (It was so good, we had more at lunch!). RapidStudio hit the streets full of cheer and made three teams with special songs and selfie boards written with #YourSmilesMakeTheirs. We also had two bright yellow morphs bopping around too, which attracted lots of smiles and laughter.



Joining us were some amazing singers and dancers from Anstey's. Wow!
Those kids have infinite energy! Together, our unstoppable enthusiasm was greeted by great interest for the work of the Smile Foundation.



Walk the Talk made us so proud to claim the city streets with many worthwhile charities, each brimming with good vibes.
What di…

Earth Day - Supporting Our Future

This year’s Earth Day is all about Environmental and Climate Literacy. As custodians of this amazing planet we all need to learn how our actions can help or hinder the environment. Here’s a few of the things we do to reduce our footprint…You can too!


Recycle RapidStudio sorts waste before collection. We learned it improves recycling so made a special sorting area in 2014. We can all learn and improve to help the environment.

Rainwater Using rainwater tanks not only saves money, it saves the environment too! We collect water from a quarter of our roof and will collect even more next year. Small steps make a big impact. We can’t wait to see how much we’ve saved!

Energy RapidStudio generates 1/3 of our power through renewable energy. We’ve made enough to power 10 small homes for 4 years! That’s the same as running the ICE-3 high speed train for 3200km. Impressive! You can also save money and power by switching to low energy lighting. We made the switch in Jan 2015 and went an extra step t…

Mobile Photography Tips From the Pros - Part 1

Love The One You're With
This two part series is packed with pro tips from South Africa’s talented professionals and outstanding instagrammers who use mobile cameras in a pinch with outstanding results.

A famous saying among photographers is that the best camera is the one you have with you. That mobile phone you have in your hand is a powerful tool for capturing and sharing magic moments. You don’t need a pro camera to capture brilliant shots. A mobile may land you those quick creative shots you’d miss if you went running for another camera.  We’ve got proof!



Alexander Smith GRACE & PEACE
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Hidden Light Revealed

I noticed the steam from my shower revealing the morning shafts of light through the blinds. A fleeting moment captured with the camera closest to me... my iPhone.

Pro Tip: I used Instagram to add a filter and share it. Tools: iPhone and Instagram


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