February 11th, 2015
I’m sure you’ve noticed that we’ve been changing some things on DropShots and introducing new design and navigation elements. While we got lots of positive feedback, there were people who had problems with the new interface because they couldn’t find some things. In this post I’ll show you what’s new so that you can navigate around your DropShots account without any problems.
By default, you photos are sorted by the date when they were taken. This is convenient if all your camera settings are correct, but it can makes things difficult to find if you are uploading scanned photos. Now you can sort photos either by the date they were taken or by upload date. To change how you want DropShots to sort your photos, go to Settings. Read the rest of this entry »
February 4th, 2015
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. Read the rest of this entry »
January 27th, 2015
In one of our posts we’ve shown you how to order prints of select photos with either Walgreens or Kodak. In this post we’re going to cover a new DropShots feature that allows you to quickly select multiple photos or whole albums and order prints. Like with individual prints, you will be able to print your photos with Kodak or Walgreens and pick them up at your nearest Target, Walgreens and other locations. So, let’s get started!
First of all, log into your DropShots account an go to the album or gallery you want to print photos from. If you want to select all photos in the album/gallery, click on “All” under “Select”. DropShots will select all the photos in the album and a green Order button will be activated. Read the rest of this entry »
January 12th, 2015
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. Read the rest of this entry »
December 24th, 2014
Christmas is nearly here and the year 2014 is coming to an end. We want to wish all those who celebrate Christmas a very merry one, and those who celebrate other holidays lots of light and joy during this festive season!
This year has been full of changes here on DropShots – we’ve redesigned the whole site and added lots of new features. It’s become easier to upload, share, comment on photos, as well as protect private albums and find friends on DropShots. We’ve also made the site responsive, so that you can visit it from any mobile device and get an awesome experience.
We’ve also partnered with Walgreens and made it possible for you to order professional photo prints and pick them up at your nearest Walgreens store. We are now working on adding more pickup locations. And now we’re working on a new feature that will let you create and order photobooks, large prints, and more. Read the rest of this entry »
December 2nd, 2014
Today we’ve got some really exciting news to all our users – you can now print out your photos using Walgreens and Kodak. This means that you can order high-quality affordable prints and pick them up at your nearest Walgreens or Target store, sometimes even the same day. In this post we’re going to show you how to order your Walgreens or Kodak prints.
How to Order Walgreens Prints
Ordering prints is really easy. First of all, you’ll need to open the photo you want to print. Then click on the hamburger menu in the top right corner and click on the printer icon:
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November 19th, 2014
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. Read the rest of this entry »
November 12th, 2014
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
October 29th, 2014
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. Read the rest of this entry »