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3 Tips for Better Landscape Photos

September 22nd, 2015
by Eliza Donovan

by Eliza Donovan

There is no end to nature’s beauty and perhaps that’s why landscape photography is so popular. But in the end, very few people shoot truly amazing landscapes. Why? Because landscape photography is not that easy to master, as it requires lots of time, skill and traveling flexibility. Anyway, that’s the general belief. But you can still take great landscape photos with your phone, point-and-shoot or dSLR if you follow these simple tips.

1. Use Correct White Balance Settings

It’s so easy to take photos using auto white balance settings, but the result is often dull. That’s because the automatic settings try to smooth out any differences and make a photo look balanced (and bland). It’s true that auto white balance works well a lot of the time, but if you want to shoot stunning landscapes during the golden hour or the blue hour, it’s best to set your white balance manually. If you don’t know how to do that, try using the “Daylight” white balance preset during the golden hour for warmer tones and a more realistic look. Read the rest of this entry »

Take and Print Instant Photos Ink-Free with Polaroid Snap Camera

September 14th, 2015
polaroid snap

image via Polaroid

Do you remember the days when you could grab a Polaroid camera and have printed photos in a matter of minutes? Don’t know about you, but I missed Polaroid. After all, a printed picture is not the same as a JPEG shared over Bluetooth or on Facebook. Well, Polaroid fans, now your favorite camera is back and it can print photos without ink. That camera is Polaroid Snap.

Well, not exactly without ink. The trick is special paper from ZINK that uses a new technology called Zero Ink. This paper already contains cyan, yellow and magenta, so all it needs is a Polaroid Snap camera that has a ZINK printer inside. Read the rest of this entry »

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


how to take meaningful photos

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 »