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How to Transform Your Photos in One Click with DropShots

August 25th, 2015
Penarth piers

Unedited original photo taken with HTC Desire S

Did you ever wish your DropShots photos looked just perfect? I’m sure some of you use some sort of image editing software to make photos look better. But you don’t have to use any third-party software to make your DropShots pictures shine – all you need to do is upload them and use the DropShots Editor to enhance them in one click. In this article I’m going to show you how to quickly touch up your photos and make them shine. I’m going to use a very ordinary shot of Penarth piers taken with an old HTC phone camera as an example.

Getting Started

So I’ve uploaded the photo to my DropShots account. Now I’m going to open it with the Editor from the photo’s page by clicking on the paint brush icon next to the photo: Read the rest of this entry »

How to Use Color to Enhance Composition

August 13th, 2015

blue doorThere’s no art without composition and in visual arts color can help you enhance it. While an artist can decide which colors to use, a photographer needs to locate them there and then, an use the available colors to the maximum. Here are some tips that will help you enhance your composition with the use of color.

Silhouette Photography

Creating silhouettes against a glowing sunset sky is probably the most commonly used trick. If you do things right, the effect can be stunning. This technique is ideal for times when your subject can’t be properly exposed or when you want to concentrate on background colors. Read the rest of this entry »

Essential Tips for Photographing Children

July 17th, 2015

How to photograph childrenVery few things are more rewarding than a successful children’s photo session. Children’s expressions are so open and emotions so genuine, that the photos can become true masterpieces. Or not. Because it’s not very easy to photograph children, especially if you’re a beginner. Here are some tips that will help you take great photos of kids.

Prepare Everything You Need in Advance

This tip applies to all photography sessions, but is especially important for children’s photography. Remember that children get tired faster and have a shorter attention span, so you’d want to be as efficient as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Independence Day from the DropShots Team

July 2nd, 2015

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Dear DropShots user and visitors!

We wanted to wish all our American customers a happy and fun Independence Day, and a great summer day to all our international customers! We hope you’ll have a great time and take lots of pictures to upload them to DropShots. Don’t forget our cool printing options with local pickup at Walgreens and Kodak.

Tips to Help You Take Meaningful Photos

June 24th, 2015

 

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Old Paris by Eliza Donovan

Digital cameras are a luxury. Seriously, when we used film cameras, we couldn’t allow ourselves to take hundreds of shots of literally everything. We used to be choosy and saved those precious films for meaningful photos. Don’t get me wrong, I love the freedom digital cameras give us, but don’t you feel that we lost something? We take so many photos of everything that the truly meaningful shots get lost in the clutter. Here are some tips that will help you fix that.

Tell Stories

A picture is worth a thousand words, but only when it tells a story. It’s up to you how you find your stories and how you choose to tell them. But you should always try to make things interesting for those who’re viewing your photos. Make sure you maintain the fine balance between creating and observing, and adjust your shooting techniques to your storytelling. Read the rest of this entry »

Why You Should Consider Disabling Your Camera’s Auto-Review Feature

May 29th, 2015

disable camera auto-reviewNo matter whether you’re using your phone to take photos or have a standalone camera, most likely you have a feature called Auto-Review enabled by default. If you look at your LCD screen after taking each photo and see how it turned out, then you definitely do. While this is handy for making sure the picture you’ve just taken looks good, there are several reasons why you should consider disabling auto-review.

1. It Makes Your Lose Time

So you take a picture and then you immediately look at the display to see how it turned out. And then you wait for the review image to disappear, so that you can take your next picture. Did you ever stop to think how much time you lose because of that? Read the rest of this entry »

5 Cool iPhone Camera Apps to Make Your Photos Shine

May 14th, 2015

iphone camera appsSo you’re not a professional photographer and you don’t have any fancy photography equipment. But you still like taking photos. Moreover, you take good photos when it comes to composition, focus, and finding great subjects. And you do that with nothing more than your iPhone. These 5 iPhone camera apps will help you get more out of your phone and go from good shots to great shots.

1. Manual ($1.99)

iPhotographers welcomed iOS 8 because finally Apple made it possible to manually adjust your exposure settings. Unfortunately, the default camera app doesn’t let you do much more than that. You can’t control ISO and shutter speed. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »