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Tips to Help You Take Meaningful Photos

Wednesday, 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. (more…)

Why You Should Consider Disabling Your Camera’s Auto-Review Feature

Friday, 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? (more…)

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…)