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5 Tips for Awesome Close-Up Photography Using a Compact Camera

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
Up In the Sky

by Eliza Donovan, taken with a compact camera

There are so many articles and tutorials for shooting macro with a dSLR and a macro lens, but next to none for those trying to take close-up photos with their point-and-shoot cameras that have a Macro mode. We’ve decided to put things right and post some tips that will help you take great close-up photos with your compact camera.

1. Use your camera’s Macro mode

Sounds obvious to you? Well, you’ll be surprised how many people forget their camera has a special mode to take close-ups (I can’t call it proper macro because macro means 1:1 ration life-size or bigger subjects). Try to shoot a close-up photo in automatic mode and the results will most likely be ridiculous. So, before you start blaming your camera for everything, check out its Macro mode and see if that makes a difference. It should. (more…)

The Dos and Don’ts of Family Portraits

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
family portrait

photo by Ben Earwicker

Family photos, especially family portraits, are among the most popular images on DropShots. As someone who has a lot of relatives, I know how difficult it is to snap a great-looking family portrait. That’s why I’ve decided to post some DOs and DON’Ts of photographing your family. Hopefully, these simple tips will help you create stunning photos.

Family Portrait DOs

1. Make everyone stand/sit closer to each other

We all try to make our family portraits look as real-life as possible. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t “edit” real-life situations. Under normal circumstances, your family members won’t be sitting or standing as close to each other as you’d like for a photo. So don’t be shy to ask your family members to move closer together. This will not only make them fit nicely, but will also fill the portrait with that special family warmth. (more…)

How to Shoot Great Photos with Your Pocket Camera

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Waiting fishing boats

by Eliza Donovan, taken with Samsung ST88

Sooner or later all amateur photographers start thinking about getting a dSLR because they think that it’s impossible to shoot great pictures with their pocket or mobile cameras. Yes, dSLRs are great. But this doesn’t mean that you have to go and get one (and spend hundreds on dollars on it). You can take amazing photos with a cheap camera, especially if you follow these simple tips.

1. Use the Built-in Scene Modes

Most point-and-shoot cameras and even mobile cameras have scene modes for shooting landscapes, portraits, sports events (read fast moving subjects) close-up shots, sunsets and so on. My suggestion is that you take advantage of all these modes and don’t always stick to Auto. True, Auto usually produces very decent results, but often it makes a total mess of your photos. That’s because unlike you, your camera doesn’t know that you are trying to photograph a beautiful flower with a bee in it or a racing motorbike. Your camera only sees bits of light and it’s trying to make the best guess. The scene modes actually tell your camera what sort of exposure, shutter speed and aperture you are most likely to need. The scene modes make your camera a bit more clever and help it choose the right settings. And that can make a real difference. (more…)

5 Most Popular dSLR Cameras

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Nokon D3300There are so many dSLR cameras available today that it can be difficult to choose the one that’s right for you. It’s true that being a photographer is not all about having a dSLR camera. But let’s face it, there will come a time when your mobile phone or point-and-shoot camera will meet its limits and you’ll need a professional or semi-professional camera. And that’s when you may become totally confused by everything that’s on offer. To help you make your choice, we’ve decided to list five most popular dSLR cameras and give you a brief description of each of them.

1.Nikon D3300

If you’re looking to buy your first dSLR, then Nikon D3300 is the perfect camera for you. It’s a 24.2 MP camera that shoots great photos and stunning full HD videos, is very easy to use, comes with a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II kit zoom lens. It’s great for shooting panoramas too and has a special guide mode to help you learn all the camera’s features and options. (more…)

5 Tips for Shooting Great Portraits

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

What sort of photos do you post on DropShots? Landscapes, photos from your travels, flowers and macro, or people? My guess is that you have lots of photos with people in them. It’s not a secret that it’s really hard to take beautiful photos of people, especially if you are not a professional photographer. That’s why we thought we’d post five tips for shooting great portraits and share them with all DropShots users.

1. Make everything simple

The first rule for taking great and realistic portraits is to not overcomplicate everything. Don’t try to be clever and let the subjects work for you in the most natural surrounding. Try to take photos of people with using natural light, level backgrounds and avoid things like horizon lines running through people’s heads. Remember that the people you are taking the photo of are the subject and not the details that surround them. (more…)