Winter holidays are a great time to take lots of cool pictures. And these photos don’t have to be simple family shots – there are lots of opportunities to take lovely photos of Christmas decorations, Hannukah dreidels and winter landscapes. So, let’s make sure your camera is ready for the holidays! Here’s a short checklist that will help.
Check your camera and lenses
The first thing you should do is make sure that your camera is in good working order and the lens (or the lenses for your DSLR) are clean. Use a lens cleaning kit to take care of dirty lenses.
Make sure you have a backup battery
It’s so annoying when your camera’s battery becomes flat when you are about to take a brilliant shot. To prevent that from happening, make sure your camera is fully charged and you have a backup battery.
Make room on your SD card
Do you keep all your unsorted photos on your camera’s SD or microSD card? If yes, then it’s a good idea to move them somewhere else so that you have enough room for new photos. At the very least, sort through your shots, find similar photos and delete the ones you don’t need leaving only the best picture. If you don’t feel like wasting hours on this tedious task, Duplicate Photo Cleaner will help you do the job in minutes. Just run a scan with the similarity threshold set to 80%, examine the results and bulk-delete the images you don’t need.
We wish you happy holidays and lots of beautiful and creative photos!
Today we have some really great news for our smartphone users – we’ve released the DropShots app for Android. So now all our smartphone users can take advantage of using DropShots on the go as a mobile app.
DropShots for Android has all the features our iOS app has. With its help you can:
Upload photos and videos to your DropShots account from your mobile device
Share your content with friends, family or anyone else
Organize your photos and videos into albums
Upload photos you’ve just taken or upload images from your gallery
Edit and enhance photos with the built-in photo editor
DropShots mobile apps support bulk uploading and file compression, which makes uploading photos and videos from the app easy and fun.
Have you noticed that DropShots looks different? We’re really excited to announce our latest DropShots redesign where we made it more social and user-friendly. Let me give you a quick overview of the most important changes.
Now DropShots is fully responsive. This means that you can access it from any desktop or mobile device and it will look good and feel comfortable to use.
More Sort Order Options
We’ve added an option for you to sort your photos and videos by taken date (for photos uploaded after 2012) or upload date. You can also sort photo from oldest to newest and vice versa. And you can edit the titles for your media a lot easier than before.
New Friends Page Layout and Options
We’ve done a lot of work on the Friends page and on DropShots’ social features. We’ve redesigned the Friends page, so that now it has an all-new layout (we hope you like it!) and we’ve added a new Friend Requests and Sent Request sidebar on the Friends page. We’ve also moved the timeline to a new location – now it’s on the right-hand side of every screen.
We’ve also improved how commenting works on DropShots. Profile comments now appear to the left of the screen on your Main Profile, Photos, Videos, and Favorites screens. You can now edit comments as well as delete the comments you don’t like.
In addition to all this, there are lots of under-the-hood improvements including new parallax cover photos and redesigned main and sub-nav bars that make DropShots more fun to use than ever before.
We all love those beautiful photos with a dreamy blurry background and magical spots of light. That effect is called Bokeh and it’s all about the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Actually, “bokeh” means “blur” or “haze” in Japanese. In this post I’m going to share with you some tips how to take amazing bokeh photos.
Be Close to Your Subject
Most photography blogs will tell you that you need to use the right lens to have nice bokeh. But what if you don’t have a dSLR? Well, the good news is that any lens, even your smartphone camera, can produce some kind of bokeh if you do things right. Read the rest of this entry »
There’s nothing as charming as beautiful photos of flowers. I bet you’ve often wanted to try your hand at flower photography… If only you had all that expensive equipment, right? Wrong! You can take stunning photos of flowers with nothing but your smartphone and here are five tips that will help.
1. Use Soft Light to Avoid Sharp Shadows
Flowers are delicate creations and you’d want them to look that way in your photos. In most cases, flowers look their best when they are shot in soft light, which doesn’t produce sharp shadows. The result is an evenly lit subject with every single detail clearly visible. To achieve this, avoid shooting in direct sunlight and wait for the sun to go behind a cloud. And if you’re shooting indoors, avoid using flash at all costs. Read the rest of this entry »
Composition is the key thing in visual arts. A beautifully composed image looks good even if there are minor technical mistakes, but eve the most technically perfect photo or painting looks bad if it lacks composition. While there are tons of composition techniques you can learn, there’s one really simple thing that improves your images a lot – place the subject off center.
While you can create good compositions with the subject placed in the center of the image, it’s safer for beginners to use the rule of thirds or at least try to put the subject anywhere off center. You don’t necessarily have to concentrate on finding the right third to place your subject, but rather look at the subject through a frame and check the following:
do you have enough space around your subject, so that the image doesn’t appear cluttered?
how would the viewer’s eye move through the photo and is there anything to guide the viewer’s eye to the subject?
does the photo tell a story?
Asking yourself these questions will help you decide how and where to place your subject in the photo and add meaning to your photo.
In the end, it’s all about what works for a particular shot and what doesn’t. Always take advantage of your camera being digital and take several versions of the same photo. This way you’ll be able to select the very best shot when you’re ready for post-production and delete the rest, so that they don’t clutter your computer. Premium DropShots members get a program that finds and deletes duplicate and similar photos called Duplicate Photo Cleaner for free. This program is a great time saver, so be sure you check it out and download the trial version here.
A lot of professional photographers still think that people who take photos with their smartphones are the worst type of amateurs. While everyone is entitled to having an opinion, taking photos with your smartphone can improve your photography skills. Plus the quality of the photos won’t be at all bad because these days mobile devices have fabulous cameras.
The main advantage of your smartphone’s camera is that it’s always with you, so you can start taking photos whenever you see something beautiful and interesting. You can use it as often as you like and easily experiment. Moreover, if you learn to take great photos with all the limitations of a smartphone camera, you’ll progress to taking stunning photos with a better camera. So, here are some tips that will help you improve your photography skills while on mobile. Read the rest of this entry »
Food photography is fun and it looks very impressive when done the right way. But making food look delicious in a photo is not as simple as taking a photo of your plate. In this post we’re going to share with you a few tricks that will help you take appetizing photos of any food.
Avoid Using Flash
When you’re shooting food, it’s best to avoid using flash because it will make the food in the photo look flat and artificial because all the little natural shadows will be gone. Your best bet is to use natural light. Read the rest of this entry »
Straightening and cropping photos can be so frustrating! You straighten the photo just a bit and then you get those blank corners that make it very hard to crop the photo. Basically, you need to either crop a lot or use Photoshop’s Clone tool to reincarnate missing content. But not anymore because the next version of Adobe Photoshop solves that problem.
Adobe released a sneak peak video demonstrating Photoshop’s new feature called Content-aware Crop that does all the cloning and filling in automatically.
As you can see in the video, this new tools lets you safely straighten images and crop them afterwards without worrying about getting white corners. Moreover, you can magically add content to your photos just like Stephen Nielson did with the rocks.
Even though the tool sounds and looks very cool, you might get mixed results with it in real life because Adobe used images selected for this demonstration. Nevertheless, Content-aware Crop will definitely be a lot of help to all Photoshop CC users as it will help you save a lot of time when straightening and cropping your photos.
Taking great photos is a combination of being able to see the world through a camera lens, technique, and pure luck. Every great photo is a result of several elements working together. While sometimes anyone can get lucky and take the perfect photo by chance, you should be aware of these elements and try to make them work in perfect harmony. In this article I’m going to list the most important elements of a great photo.
The subject is the most important element of any photo. If your photo lacks a subject, it doesn’t matter how technically perfect it is. Without a subject any photo is a snapshot where the viewer doesn’t really get what you wanted to say. Read the rest of this entry »