Enhance your photo albums with a slideshow QR code

If you're creating printed albums for your clients, here's a little tip that can add a some spice to them. Design in a QR code that, when scanned with a smart phone, will open up and play a video slide show of your images – or a video of you dancing with a towel on. Try this example:

Animoto is a perfect service to create the videos, we use it for all our client sessions and it only takes a few minutes to make a slick video with music. Once you complete the video, copy the link to it or upload it to a video hosting service, the follow these simple instructions. 

  1. visit the video on youtube or wherever you want to keep it
  2. copy the URL from the share link of the video
  3. Go to goqr.me and create a free URL link QR code using your video link. 
  4. Download the QR code as a graphic you can add to your album layout or cards!
at goqr.com you can create all kinds of QR codes for free.

at goqr.com you can create all kinds of QR codes for free.

You can put any link you want in your barcode, so the video doesn't necessarily have to live on YouTube. You can link directly to the video page on Animoto, or Vimeo, etc. YouTube videos will open and play automatically in the YouTube app on most phones. 

Hey! Maybe put the QR code graphic at the beginning of your album, with some text explaining what it does. Or, drop it on the last page with a screenshot of the video page. We use Asukabook, of course, as they are beautiful, high-quality, and easy to self-design. You're creative, find a way to share that video and bring your albums to life!

You need to have a QR code reader app on most phones to be able to scan these codes. For iPhones & Androids, there are free & cheap apps that will scan QR codes.  These below are a couple of my favorites: 

  • ProCamera 8 - a powerful camera replacement app that will also scan bar codes quickly!
  • Scanbot - nicely designed scanner app that can automatically upload your scans to cloud services, like Evernote, google drive, Dropbox, etc. Free in basic version!
Here's another one to try. Shameless plug ;-)

Here's another one to try. Shameless plug ;-)

Can you think of other fun ways to use the QR code for your videos? Let me know in the comments.

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Working for Kevin Kubota has its perks. I get to travel often, learn about the newest gadgets in photography, and encounter thousands of great photographers every sq

I am often asked if I know any of Kevin’s tips, or have any of my own tips for growing a professional photography business. Common questions always come up: 1) How do I get more clients? 2) How do I make more money? 3) When will the economy turn around? I don’t know what Kevin would say, but I always have the same answer. And that answer always comes in the form of a question.

Is your phone number on your website?

And more often than not, the answer is NO. “No, I use a contact form” or “no, I don’t want to put my phone number on Facebook”. Well my friends, if you want to have more customers, make more money, and at least turn your own economy around; make it as easy as possible for the customers to contact you—and hire you.

It really is simple. If you do not have your phone number and email address front and center on your Website, Facebook Page, Instagram posts, etc., go do it right now!  Put it on every page. Every page! Yes, now. Why are you still reading this? Go!

P.S Listing your city and state is pretty helpful too!

Kathryn Osborne

Kubota Photo-Design Manager