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5 Cool iPhone Camera Apps to Make Your Photos Shine

Thursday, 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. (more…)

Top 3 Mirrorless Cameras

Monday, 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. (more…)

Essential Tips for Photographing Spring Flowers and Blossoms

Wednesday, 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. (more…)

Tips to Avoid the Most Common Newbie dSLR Photographer Blunders

Monday, 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. (more…)

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

Wednesday, 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. (more…)

How to Find Duplicate Photos on Your PC or Mac

Wednesday, 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. (more…)

Going on a Winter Photography Quest: Tips and Advice

Monday, 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. (more…)

Three Tips for Better Autofocus

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

tilt shift little villageIf you’ve just got yourself a shiny new dSLR, you may have trouble getting sharp photos. You will discover that your camera’s autofocus has a mind of its own and often “misses” the things you want to photograph. In this article I’m going to share with you three tips for better autofocus and sharper photos.

1. Use the Right Focus Mode

Your dSLR (and even your compact camera) gives you a choice of several focus modes. You should choose the mode depending on what you’re taking a photo of.

If you’re shooting a still subject (landscape, portrait, still life and so on), you should enable AF-S (on a Nikon) or One-Shot autofocus on a Canon. When this mode is on, your camera will focus on a subject and it will keep the focus even if you move the camera to recompose the shot.

If you are shooting a moving subject, like a car or a person playing sports, you should select the AF-C (for Nikon where “C” stands for continuous) or Al Servo autofocus. With this mode on, your camera will track the moving subject and keep it in focus. (more…)

How to Avoid Blurry Photos

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

blurry photoSo you’ve been talking photos of something exceptionally beautiful or interesting, and then you upload them to your computer and see that they are blurry and good-for-nothing. That’s a huge disappointment that happens to even the best photographers, but most of the time this happens to beginners. In this article we’re going to tell you how to avoid blurry photos altogether.

Adjust Your Shutter Speed

The most common reason for blurry photos is too slow shutter speed. This usually happens when you are shooting in conditions where there is not enough light, so your camera adjust the shutter speed to match the low light conditions. The problem is that it’s next to impossible to hold absolutely still for even as little as 30 seconds. As a result, you get a blurry throw-away shot even if you are using a lens with an optical stabilizer.

To fix this, you have to adjust your shutter speed to avoid camera shake. It’s easy when you are using a dSLR. The right shutter speed depends on several factors, such as the size of your lens, light conditions and even the way you hold your camera. (more…)

How to Take Better Holiday Photos

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

The holiday season is almost here, so soon all of us will grab our phones and cameras to shoot some holiday photos. If you look at your photos from last year, you may find that a lot of them didn’t turn out as well as you’d have liked – some are blurry, some are too dark, some look terrible because of the flash, and some are just not what you wanted them to be. But don’t worry, this year we at DropShots are going to give you some tips that will help you take better holiday photos.

1. Avoid Using the Flash by Adjusting Your ISO

In many situations, it’s OK to use your camera’s automatic mode. But if you’re shooting indoor holiday photos, your camera will most likely start using the flash. This will result in unnatural colors and nasty shadows on people’s faces. Simply disabling the flash is not an option because your photos may become out of focus. The solution is to switch your camera to program mode and adjust the ISO settings. Setting your ISO higher will let your camera use less light and help you avoid the flash. Don’t set the ISO too high, though, because it will result in grainy images. Just make sure you practice adjusting ISO setting beforehand and you’ll have red-eye-free photos filled with warmth. (more…)