Holiday Gift Ideas!

Looking to incorporate photos into your presents? It’s a great way to give it that extra special touch!

Checkout Photojojo’s post on DIY Photo Gift Tags. They truly make your packages look unique!

How to Make Personalized Photo Gift Tags


And if you’re not the artsy type, Neil Enterprises has a cute photo tag that can be used for gift giving and then turned into a luggage tag. 2 gifts in 1! Check out the Bag Tag Here.red gifts

How to Photograph a Ghost


HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Can you believe it’s almost November?? In honor of this fun holiday check out this fun activity from on of our favorite photo blogs, Photojojo. Click here to see the original post.


How to Photograph a Ghost — A Spooky Photographic Trick (That’s Quite a Treat)!

This tutorial is not for the faint of heart.

We’re about to tell you how to photograph a ghost and it’s going to be terrifying(ly simple).

In just three little steps you can have a photo of a real live ghost that looks a lot like one of your real live friends.

A photo so spooky it’ll send you running for mommy (to get her to pose for more ghosty photos).

But wait, sneak over to our archives for more ghastly photo misadventures like our Halloween Photo Tips, How to Carve Photo Pumpkins AAAAND through Oct 31st, Free Secret Squirt gun Cameras w/ every PJ Store order!

Photograph Ghosts in 3 Steps
(This idea came from reader Julliette)

p.s. Thx again to ScanCafe for sponsoring Photojojo this week. Thought about having your old prints digitized? They’ll do 20 scans, free.

Step One: Take your best shot (and then take it again)!

This is the big secret right here.

Don’t tell anyone, but you’re going to need to take two photos of almost the exact same thing.

You need one photo of your friend (soon to be ghost) and a photo of the exact same thing, minus the friend.

The easiest way to achieve this is to put your camera on some kind of tripod, or set it on a table, or on the ground. Anywhere stable really (i.e. not your hot little hands).

Now that your camera is stable, take a photo. Done.

Make sure everything in the shot stays consistent. No cars driving by in the background, no wind blowing the trees every which way, no gophers poking’ their darling little heads up out of the ground…

Now, put your buddy in front of the lens and take a second shot.

Step Two: Layering (easy as cake)

So, once you’ve got the two photos into your compy, it’s time to layer away.

You want to get the photo with your friend layered on top of the photo that is friend-free.

You can use Photoshop or Gimp or any program that lets you work with layers.

The process is pretty simple: Open photo number one (no friend). Open photo two (hello friend!). Select-all of photo two and copy. Now click back on over to photo one and paste.

Shazam. Magic. A new layer is born.

Step Three: Hold on to your hat

It’s about to get spooky. Just adjust the opacity of the top layer to somewhere around the 50% mark.

In Photoshop and Gimp, the opacity slider is right on the layers palette. (You can see it up there in the photo for step two).

Everything that is in both layers will look just the same. Your friend will fade… What you’re left with is one friendly ghost!

Click over to Photojojo’s blog post for a bonus on how to make your friends appear headless in photos!

Pretty Little Packaging

Are you bored with your packaging? Think it may be a little stale and time to try something new?

We’re big fans of Laura Winslow Photography. Her whimsical and super colorful branding always put us in a happy mood! She often blogs about new packaging ideas.

Click here to view some of her awesome packaging ideas, perfect to incorporate into your holiday sessions! Or view her Pinterest Board here.


Just scream “cheese”

This post was originally featured on PMA Newsline on July 12, 2012 By . Click here to see the original post.

On July 15, photographer Billy Hunt will appear on NBC’s “The Today Show” to showcase his Screamotron 3000 photo booth, a portrait system rigged to capture an image only when the subject screams loud enough.

A Wired Magazine writer featured the Screamotron 3000 in Wired’s Blog Raw File. Since the June 12 post, the story has been picked up by dozens of online blogs from all over the world. As a result, “The Today Show “ is flying Billy and the Screamotron 3000 to New York, so the news anchors can scream for portraits live on the Plaza.

In addition to the Scream Portrait series, Billy Hunt considers himself to be one of the top 5 fake women’s arm wrestling documentarians in the history of humankind and is working on a documentary film about ladies arm wrestling. He writes:

“The Screamotron 3000 is a converted boom box that takes a photo when you scream. Think Rube Goldberg meets the Wizard of Oz. By using a machine, I hope to offer a window through the inherently artificial process of portraiture into real human emotion. To this end, I was partially successful. People can be just as awkward and self-conscious while screaming. Better images often came from me staying in the room, stoking the flame of emotion, and guiding them through the process. The photographer matters. Who knew?

One thing I did not anticipate was the project’s mass appeal. A line of people from all walks of life showed up. They brought dogs and costumes. They cursed and spit at me, called me names and made their babies cry for the camera.

What created the demand? Are people clamoring for authenticity in their media, a release of emotion? Maybe it is simple. Just that there are a lot of people who have something to scream about.”

Magnet Madness

Create Instagram photo magnets with ease! Neil Enterprises has a 1″ x 1″ self-adhesive magnet which is perfect for showing off your instagram photos. All you need to do is print off your photo at home, online, or one of those photo kiosks found everywhere.

Then just follow these steps:

Instagram Magnets

Make your photo magnet in minutes!


See, SUPER easy! These photo magnets come in SEVEN different sizes, ranging from 1″ x 1″ to 5″ x 7″.

You can buy them on www.neilenterprises.com by clicking here.

Stay Cool!

Today is the kicks off the first of FOUR complete weekends in July. The official start of summer was a couple weeks ago but if you live in the Chicago area like we do, it’s been pretty warm for months. Staying hydrated is important for EVERYONE! From photographers to embroiderers, from moms to teens. We’ve got a huge selection of great photo gifts for summer.

Be sure to beat the heat with these…

From left to right: #574 Sports Bottle, href=”http://www.neilenterprises.com/stainlesssteelcancooler.aspx” target=”_blank”>#564 Photo Can Cooler, #512 Photo Ice Bucket, #578 Stainless Steel Water Bottle, #575 Photo Travel Tumbler




Neil Enterprises was recently featured on Rock the Shot, one of our favorite photo blogs/forums. It’s a great resource for professional photographers. See the post below or see the original right here: http://www.rocktheshotforum.com This was originally posted on May 16th, 2012. The special deal and giveaway mentioned are no longer valid.


Featured Vendor + Giveaway: Neil Enterprises

We are so excited to welcome Neil Enterprises to the Rock the Shot Blog today!  Take a moment to learn more about all of the AMAZING products they offer for photographers.  Also… be sure to enter the GIVEAWAY for a chance to win a $100 Gift Certificate to Neil Enterprises.

About Neil Enterprises
Neil Enterprises, Inc. is the largest provider of innovative photo novelty items in the United States!  From self-stick albums and CD/DVD folios to photo snow globes and key chains, Neil Enterprises offers quality and affordability. Our easy to assemble products are perfect for the do-it-yourself photographer.

For the photographer looking to stand out from the pack, using our photo novelty items can help you brand yourself. Using products like photo keychains and photo drinkware you can display both a photo and your company logo. Your customers will be showing these personalized items off to their friends which can lead to refferals!

Neil Enterprises also has a line of elegant self-stick albums and CD holders. Favored by wedding and boudoir photographers these are a fantastic solutions for photographers on a budget. The CD holders can hold anywhere from one to four discs plus showcase a photo and the albums come in a variety of styles ranging in size from wallet to 10” x 10”.

All of the products are sold by the case at wholesale prices. You won’t find a better deal anywhere else!

About Allison Fine: Allison is the Marketing Manager of Neil Enterprises. She is part of the third generation of the Fine Family in the business. The company was started by her grandfather, Jerry Fine in 1961. Having grown up around photo products her entire life, she has become an expert in turning blank products into works of art using digital scrapbooking, photos, and even craft materials.

Visit Neil Enterprises at their WEBSITE and FACEBOOK pages today!!

For a limited time only, all Rock the Shot Fans can receive 10% off their order. Use code ROCK at checkout (Exclusions apply. Expires 5/25/2012)


Here’s How Enter the Giveaway for a chance to win a $100 Gift Certificate to Neil Enterprises.  (Can be used on any of our products! *Not valid on button machines or Sony products. Entire gift card value must be used at once. Valid for 1 year from date of receipt.) 

Please leave ONE comment for each item you complete. You have up to SEVEN chances to win:

1. Follow Rock the Shot on Facebook.

Extra Entries (Optional): Please leave additional comments on the blog for each of the following items you complete.

2. Follow Neil Enterprises on Facebook and if you like, let them know Rock the Shot sent you.
3. Become a member of Rock the Shot Photography Forum
4. Sign up for our Newsletter!
5. Follow Rock The Shot on Twitter
6. Follow Rock the Shot on Pinterest
7. Share about this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter. Type the following: “Go check out @rocktheshot at www.rocktheshotforum.com & enter to win a $100 Gift Certificate to Neil Enterprises”.

There you have it! 7 chances to win this FABULOUS Giveaway from Rock the Shot and Neil Enterprises!

Hurry! Giveaway ends Tuesday, May 22nd at 11:59pm CST. Winner will be announced on Friday, May 25th, 2012.

LEGAL STUFF: This promotion is in NO WAY sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You will NOT be notified publicly via Facebook if you are a winner. You MUST be 18 to participate. By entering this giveaway, you are providing information to Rock the Shot and NOT to Facebook. Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items.

Congratulations to Lauren Nassetta on winning a $100 Gift Certificate to Neil Enterprises.  Lauren, please email me at karlen@rocktheshotforum.com in the next 48 hours to claim your prize. Thank you all for participating and have a wonderful holiday weekend!


Neil Enterprises goes green!

Neil Enterprises has been making a conscious effort to help the environment. We recycle over 100,000 pounds of paper and cardboard annually. We recently installed new plumbing that uses 43% less water than before and energy saving light fixtures that will reduce our utility bill 60%. Lastly, we have reformed our manufacturing processes and now are using 179% less supplies than in previous years.


Not only are these cost saving measures but it leads to less waste and a smaller carbon footprint. Are you doing anything to help your business go green? Got any suggestions for us to further our efforts? Let us know!


Here’s a few articles for some easy things you can do to make your business greener:

How to Make Your Business Greener (and Save Money) – By Jim Witkin
10 Easy Ways Your Business Can Go Green – By Susan Ward

Happy 2012!

So I know I’ve been REALLY slacking with posts. But one of my 2012 goals is to post more! So be on the lookout for fun projects, cool new photo products, and some features from other photo blogs.

Professional Photographer’s Guide to Selling Neil Water Bottles and Photo Inserts

Note: This blog entry is courtesy of the H&H Color Blog, you can view the original posting by clicking here

Plan Number 1: Sell After Sports Picture Day

Use as a Commission Replacement or Fund Raiser.  On picture day shoot 100% of the youth athletes.  At a game or speciawater bottles for professional photographersl sporting event, sell the water bottle.  Have custom photo inserts made up of the team and individual for each child and place in the water bottle.  At the event sell the water bottle, cash and carry.  At the end, the water bottles not used can be saved for another day. You’re only out the $1.77 for the insert.  You can also price the insert to sell by its self. The commission or fund raiser from this plan is to tell the league or school that you only want maybe $6, $7 or $8 and the balance from the $13, $14, or $15 dollar price would be theirs.  The revenues to them from this idea have great possibilities to be much more than the usual set $1 or $2 per package.

Plan Number 2: Take the Water Bottles to Your Next Sports Photo Shoot

On the H&H website click on the Neil’s link and order a supply of water bottles – available in blue, black and pink. Take the water bottles to your next little league photo shoot.  The combination of the Neil’s Water Bottle and the H&H water bottle insert is on your pre-pay order form.  The price you set is based on your area. The delivery of the water bottle was the number one concern, expressed by our customers.  Therefore we recommended, sell the water bottle and insert at your shoot, they take the water bottle home and tell your customer the insert will be in their picture package.

Plan Number 3: Different Water Bottle Inserts for Different Seasons

The customer still has a water bottle from baseball but now they are playing football.   Besides having the water bottle and the insert priced together, also sell the insert as a separate photo product.  They can replace the baseball insert with the football insert, in their present water bottle and a new season begins.

To purchase the photo sport bottles click here. Also, be on the lookout for the photo tumbler with straw coming in Fall 2011!

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