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Top 3 Mirrorless Cameras

April 13th, 2015

mirorrless cameraMirrorless cameras are a serious competition to dSLRs, as they offer great image quality without the bulky size of a dSLR of the same capability. This makes mirrorless cameras your perfect travel companion.

Mirrorless cameras are also a great upgrade for your point-and-shoot camera. Even if you have a decent one or use a bridge camera, a mirrorless camera will give you all the quality of a dSLR without the size. Read the rest of this entry »

What Formats Does DropShots Support?

April 7th, 2015

“What formats does DropShots support?” is a question we get very often. So we thought we’d list all supported image and video formats in a blog post for your reference.

Image Formats

You can upload images in the following formats:

.JPG, .JPEG, .PNG, .GIF, .BMP and .TIF

Both the website and all DropShots apps support these.

Video Formats

In addition to all the popular image formats, DropShots supports a bunch of popular video formats. There are slight differences between the formats supported by the website and the app, though.

If you want to upload your videos using the DropShots website, you can upload:

.MP4, .AVI, .MKV, .MOV, .FLV, .MPG, .WMV, .WEBM, .OGV, .M2V, .M4V, .3GP

And if you’re uploading videos through DropShots apps, then you can upload in the following formats:

.MP4, .AVI, .MKV, .MOV, .FLV, .MPG, .WMV, .OGV, .M2V, .M4V, .3GP, .3G2, .ASF, .VOB

Have fun uploading and sharing!

Essential Tips for Photographing Spring Flowers and Blossoms

March 18th, 2015

Spring blossomSpring is the best time of year for those who love taking photos of flowers. When the world is waking up after winter and every twig is blossoming, you get tons of great opportunities for amazing photos.

Most flower and blossom photos require skill and often need you to have the right equipment. No matter whether you shoot with a compact camera or with a dSLR, these tips will help you take the best possible photos.

Use a Macro Mode or a Macro Lens

When you think of blossom photos, close-up shots are the first thing that comes to mind. Nothing looks as delicate and beautiful than a close-up of a cherry blossom branch or a beautiful daffodil. The only problem is that most beginners end up having these photos out of focus where the subject is blurred instead of the background. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips to Avoid the Most Common Newbie dSLR Photographer Blunders

March 9th, 2015

photography mistakesA dSLR is a complicated piece of technology and it can be overwhelming when you try to take photos using manual or program settings (not just shooting in Auto mode). As a result, a lot of newbie dSLR photographers make a lot of mistakes. And that’s perfectly OK because mistakes help you learn. Nevertheless, it’s better to avoid some common mistakes that everybody makes. Here are some tips that will help you.

Mistake #1: No Subject

OK, this may sound a bit mean, but a lot of people think that getting a dSLR will make their photos beautiful. But the truth is that you can’t make bleak and uninteresting photos beautiful. A photo must have a subject and a mood. If it doesn’t, there’s nothing you can do to make it interesting. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Upload and Manage Photos with DropShots iOS App

February 27th, 2015

Are you an iPhone user? If yes, then we recommend you to download the official DropShots app for iOS. With this app you can upload photos to your DropShots account on the go. In this post we’re going to show you how to use the app.

How to Upload Photos

First you’ll need to log into your DropShots account from the app. You will then be able to upload your content. To upload photos using the app, click on the Uploads icon in the dock at the bottom of the screen and then click on the “+” sign to start adding photos or videos. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Tips That Will Help You Take Better Photos on Your Next Trip

February 18th, 2015

Everybody loves traveling and discovering new places. The only difference is the extent of our travels – some go to exotic places far away from home whereas others prefer a quiet drive to a nice place that’s not too far away from home. No matter what type of traveler you are, I’m sure we all have one thing in common. We love taking travel photos. Now, it doesn’t really matter whether you use your iPhone camera or carry a dSLR with you. In this article I’ll give you three simple tips that will help you turn snapshots into beautiful photos that deserve to be printed. Read the rest of this entry »

Essential Navigation Tips for Your DropShots Account

February 11th, 2015

dropshots settingsI’m sure you’ve noticed that we’ve been changing some things on DropShots and introducing new design and navigation elements. While we got lots of positive feedback, there were people who had problems with the new interface because they couldn’t find some things. In this post I’ll show you what’s new so that you can navigate around your DropShots account without any problems.

Sorting Order

By default, you photos are sorted by the date when they were taken. This is convenient if all your camera settings are correct, but it can makes things difficult to find if you are uploading scanned photos. Now you can sort photos either by the date they were taken or by upload date. To change how you want DropShots to sort your photos, go to Settings. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Find Duplicate Photos on Your PC or Mac

February 4th, 2015

duplicate photosIn the age of smartphones, digital cameras, services like Instagram and DropShots we all take lots and lots of photos. Most of the time we take several shots of the same subject to make sure at least one of them turns out perfect and that’s how we end up with dozens of duplicates or very similar pictures. As these duplicates accumulate, your photo library becomes bloated and hard to manage. Here is a list of some very good duplicate photo finders for both Windows and Mac operating systems.

1. Duplicate Photo Cleaner

This program is my absolute favorite because it’s very accurate and easy to use at the same time. You can use it to find and delete duplicate photos and also to manage similar images like photos taken with different settings, resized and edited images, and so on. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Print Multiple Photos from DropShots

January 27th, 2015

Order multiple printsIn one of our posts we’ve shown you how to order prints of select photos with either Walgreens or Kodak. In this post we’re going to cover a new DropShots feature that allows you to quickly select multiple photos or whole albums and order prints. Like with individual prints, you will be able to print your photos with Kodak or Walgreens and pick them up at your nearest Target, Walgreens and other locations. So, let’s get started!

First of all, log into your DropShots account an go to the album or gallery you want to print photos from. If you want to select all photos in the album/gallery, click on “All” under “Select”. DropShots will select all the photos in the album and a green Order button will be activated. Read the rest of this entry »

Going on a Winter Photography Quest: Tips and Advice

January 12th, 2015

winter treesThis winter is proving to be quite a cold and snowy one in many parts of the US and the World. While the cold weather can be annoying, all that snow and frost provides lots of great photography opportunities. Just grab your camera, switch on your imagination and create your personal winter wonderland. And to make sure you succeed, here are some tips from DropShots.

1. Plan Your Route

When you go on a photography excursion during the summer months, you have the luxury of warm weather and long hours of daylight. Winter doesn’t give you all that, so you’ll need to plan your route in advance. Try to find places that look good in snow. This could be a park with its benches and lampposts, or something more rural where you can spot a snow-covered barn. It’s up to you to choose, but you need to plan your trip to catch the maximum amount of daylight. Read the rest of this entry »