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…)
Archive for the ‘Photography Tips’ Category
In 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…)
This 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…)
If 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…)
So 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…)
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…)
Many people say that they are into street photography. To tell you the truth, most of them just have dozens of photos of people walking down the street. Sometimes these people even look slightly interesting. But capturing people walking is not enough for quality street photography. In this post I’m going to share with you some essential tips that will help you take meaningful and interesting street photos.
Capture a Story
What makes street photography interesting and captivating? A pretty face? A nice background? Not really. It’s the story that you capture. Look at people walking and try to see beyond their clothes and hairstyle. Try to see an emotion, an idea – something that tells a story and makes the viewer look at the photo and think about the people in it. What’s just happened to them? What’s going to happen next? Your photo has to speak to the viewer. (more…)
Just like most things in life, photography is a skill that can be improved. Newbies often make subtle mistakes that spoil their photos and have no idea how to fix them. In this post we are going to go through five common mistakes beginner photographers make.
1. The Horizon Line Is Not Straight
This is the most common mistake I’ve seen in many photos, including my own. True, you can fix this later on using software, but that will crop your image. As a result, you may lose something you intended to be in your shot or will have to stick to the original one with the tilted horizon. To fix this problem, always make sure your camera is not tilted. You can use references in your composition, like a wall or a tree, to make your images look straight. (more…)
What’s the most time-consuming and frustrating part of photography? If you ask me, it’s sorting through your shots trying to choose your best photos. All those unedited photos look so similar and there is so much junk that it’s easy to get annoyed and leave your images as an unsorted digital pile. Worse still, you spend hours looking at your photos, agonizing which ones to keep and which to delete. If this sounds familiar, read on and hopefully these tips will help!
1. Don’t Let Unsorted Photos Accumulate
The worst mistake photographers make is when they let shots from different sessions accumulate in one bloated “Unsorted” folder. Make it a habit to sort through your photos as soon as you come back from a session, so that unsorted photos don’t accumulate.
Another thing to remember is to avoid taking too many shots in the first place. If you still remember the days of film cameras, imagine that you don’t have the luxury of unlimited storage space and compose your photos well before you release the shutter. (more…)
Do you browse Pinterest and repin all those breathtaking landscape photos thinking that you’ll never be able to create anything like that? Actually, shooting great landscapes is not that hard. Here are four tips that will help you get started.
1. Find a Location
Location is key to great landscape photography. To be fair, if you live somewhere where there are no photographic opportunities for landscapes, you can’t expect to shoot anything spectacular. So you may need to research interesting and beautiful locations near where you live and plan a trip. Google will help you plan your trip – search for the place where you live and check out the image search to get inspiration. (more…)