Stand-up Photo-cutouts are Back!

Cutouts are baaaack!


We’re reintroducing our wildly popular photo-cutouts. 

They’re ridiculously fun, and can work as place-settings at parties, decorations in the young sports hero’s room, or whatever you may want to use them for.  They really are superb, funky, impeccably crafted things.

A photo-cutout is mounted on an acrylic background, cut out by hand (the art of the thing is getting it just exactly right, and machines simply don’t cut the mustard!) and mounted on a base that will stand vertically. Photo cutouts make excellent gifts.  

There’s an instruction box in our ordering system to specify exactly what you want (e.g., “Just give me the boy and his ball!”).

For a FAQ on ordering photo cutouts, please go here.

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16MB Uploads for Club Members

dotPhoto has just increased the single image upload from 12 MB to 16 MB for Club Members.

How big is that? The highest resolution for most printers is 300 dots per inch, so, if every single pixel were different, you could print a perfect 300 by 300 pixel-per-inch photo at 11 inches by 16 inches. This would be about 15.8 million pixels.

However, all pixels are NOT different: there are whole regions of sky and skin that have the same attributes, so most JPG files shrink significantly. In addition, large format printing devices (24″ to 60″) usually print at 72 to 100 dpi, so your 16MB upload can print the largest posters offered by dotPhoto.

One rule of thumb is that a each MegaPixel (MP) translates into roughly a half a MegaByte (MB), so a 32 megapixel camera will create roughly a 16 MB JPG file.

The Time to Upload Problem

Of course, very large images take longer to upload, so you might want to consider if you’re ever going to print more than a 4″ x 6″ print. Here are optimal image sizes in pixels for guidance in choosing image or print sizes:

Print in Inches Pixels
 Wallet Less than 480 x 640
4 x 6 (Minimum) 480 x 640
4 x 6 (Best) 768 x 1024
5 x 7 864 x 1152
8 x 10 1200 x 1600
11 x 14 1600 x 2000
16 x 20 1600 x 2000
20 x 30 1600 x 2000
24  x 36 1600 x 2400
30 x 40 2000 x 3000

New Download for Club Members

We’ve made it easier than ever for dotPhoto Club Members to download all the photos in an album.

Here’s a visual and a complete step-by-step procedure in our Help system:

Downloading images from an album

Expedited Album Downloading is another special Club Feature.

To become a dotPhoto Club Member, click here. Get downloading, free merchandise shipping, phone support and more.

dotPhoto Card Sale – as low as 25 cents plus free shipping for Club Members

As low as 25 cents each Cards-Home2Gorgeous Holiday Cards at Prices You Won’t Find Anywhere

Our exclusive 2014 designs start at just 25¢ a card.

Each and every gorgeous 4×8 holiday card includes a mailing envelope and costs as little as 25¢; 5×7 folding cards with envelopes are as low as 99¢. Forget Black Friday discounts — compare dotPhoto to Shutterfly, Snapfish, and others, and you’ll find our price and quality can’t be beat — any day of the year.

Pick yours out today —

CLUB MEMBERS: your shipping is free on all card orders!

dotPhoto Partners with Buffet Restaurants for Seasonal Sweepstakes

Exciting things are happening at dotPhoto! We’re proud to announce our latest partnership with Ovation Brands, the parent company of national steak-buffet restaurants Ryan’s®, HomeTown® Buffet, Old Country Buffet®, Country Buffet® and Fire Mountain®.

Our partnership, an online photo contest called Your Favorite Buffets Seasonal Family Sweepstakes, runs now through January 15. Guests are encouraged to upload their family photos this holiday season to dotPhoto’s dedicated Buffets platform for a chance to win free food for a full year and a dotPhoto photo book.

The dates of the promotions are:

  • Thanksgiving: November 7 – December 2
  • December Holidays: December 3 – December 27
  • New Year’s: December 28 – January 15

Visit your local buffet today to see our in-store promotion and join the fun.

Get a coupon for your favorite Buffet here.

Find a restaurant in your area. Click here.

Best Photo Calendars in the World

dotPhoto now provides a world-class Photo Calendar Solution that

  • has hundreds of options
  • enables total customization
  • enables you to save a calendar project for up to six months
  • can be started in any month of the year
  • includes free shipping for dotPhoto Club Members

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a photo calendar: How to make a calendar

Make a calendar now

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We’ll design your photo book for you — no extra charge is now

And now we’ll design the book for you. Save time and hassle:

1. Choose the book you want
2. Upload your photos
3. Approve the design.

Try it here…

You can also download new software to design books on your desktop computer or iPad.

Great Short Photography Quotes

“Never forget that all the great photographs in history were made with more primitive camera equipment than you currently own.” Brooks Jensen

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” Ansel Adams

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Photography helps people to see.” Berenice Abbott

“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” Ansel Adams

“Good photos are like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it isn’t that good.” Anonymous

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” Dorothea Lange

“The negative is the score; the print is the performance.” Ansel Adams

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” Imogen Cunningham

“When people ask what equipment I use, I tell them my eyes.” Anonymous

“The most important part of a camera is the twelve inches behind the viewfinder.” Ansel Adams

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” Alfred Stieglitz

“Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about money, masters worry about light. I just take pictures.” Vernon Trent

“There are no rules for good photographs; there are only good photographs.” Ansel Adams

“Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar” Helmut Newton

“If it makes you laugh, if it makes you cry, if it rips out your heart, that’s a good picture.” Eddie Adams

“There are two people in every photograph: the photographer and the viewer” Ansel Adams

20 Free Photo Packages for Favorite Fall Photos

Upload your favorite fall photos here:   The 20 most entertaining entries will receive a free Photo Package that includes four 5x7s, two 8x10s and a set of four 4-pack wallets.  Your photos may even be featured on dotPhoto’s home page.

Upload here to win
Upload here to win

Halloween Invitations and Celebration Cards

The biggest photo upload day of the year in social media is the day after Halloween. You can also kick off the season with dotPhoto Halloween cards like this…

Halloween 4x8 Custom Card
Halloween 4×8 Custom Card

Each card includes a free envelope, and economy shipping is free for Club Members.

Click here to see how to order.

Free merchandise shipping for Club Members

We’ve beefed up our Club Plan to include free shipping on all photo merchandise with no minimums.

This means that Members don’t have to wait until they accumulate $30 of orders to get free shipping. Order a 16×20 Matte Poster for just $9.99 and the shipping is included. We’ve also reduced prices for 2-day and Overnight shipping.

All paid dotPhoto Plans also get free merchandise shipping.

We’ve reduced item prices, too, so our Club Members are saving money AND getting free shipping.

Take a look at these savings:


Other Leading


3×5 Refrigerator



$1.11 / 14%

White Mug



$5.98 / 38%

16×20 Matte



$12.99 / 57%

**All prices include economy shipping; dotPhoto Club members receive free economy shipping with no minimum quantity.

Why would we include free shipping? Frankly, we were inspired by Amazon’s Prime model, which gives members free shipping on many products. Most online photo sites charge exorbitant shipping fees even if you get a decent price. We think that a good price AND free shipping is what our members would prefer. So far, they seem to love it.

We’re adding lots of new features to dotPhoto Plans. To start saving, join here!

From phone to dotPhoto to Facebook

I just sent photos from my phone to dotPhoto where I can print and organize my photos — and then shared a photo on Facebook.  Here’s how:




Clicking on the photo will share your dotPhoto album.


Steps to share on Facebook:

Free Photo Editing and Conversion Software

Many people ask us how to convert their large RAW files to JPG files for uploading to dotPhoto. Others want to know about free photo editing tools.

Here is a collection of really excellent free editing and conversion software.

Converts many photo file types plus audio and video.

This sophisticated editing program also offers a powerful bulk conversion routine.

Open-source vector graphics editor that will output to SVG files

Open-source image retouching tool