Take Photos with Your Smartphone Camera to Improve Your Photography Skills

Hand holding mobile smart phoneA lot of professional photographers still think that people who take photos with their smartphones are the worst type of amateurs. While everyone is entitled to having an opinion, taking photos with your smartphone can improve your photography skills. Plus the quality of the photos won’t be at all bad because these days mobile devices have fabulous cameras.

The main advantage of your smartphone’s camera is that it’s always with you, so you can start taking photos whenever you see something beautiful and interesting. You can use it as often as you like and easily experiment. Moreover, if you learn to take great photos with all the limitations of a smartphone camera, you’ll progress to taking stunning photos with a better camera. So, here are some tips that will help you improve your photography skills while on mobile. Read more

How to Take Delicious Food Photos

food photographyFood photography is fun and it looks very impressive when done the right way. But making food look delicious in a photo is not as simple as taking a photo of your plate. In this post we’re going to share with you a few tricks that will help you take appetizing photos of any food.

Avoid Using Flash

When you’re shooting food, it’s best to avoid using flash because it will make the food in the photo look flat and artificial because all the little natural shadows will be gone. Your best bet is to use natural light. Read more

Crop Photos Without Losing Any Content with This New Photoshop Feature

Straightening and cropping photos can be so frustrating! You straighten the photo just a bit and then you get those blank corners that make it very hard to crop the photo. Basically, you need to either crop a lot or use Photoshop’s Clone tool to reincarnate missing content. But not anymore because the next version of Adobe Photoshop solves that problem.

Adobe released a sneak peak video demonstrating Photoshop’s new feature called Content-aware Crop that does all the cloning and filling in automatically.

As you can see in the video, this new tools lets you safely straighten images and crop them afterwards without worrying about getting white corners. Moreover, you can magically add content to your photos just like Stephen Nielson did with the rocks.

Even though the tool sounds and looks very cool, you might get mixed results with it in real life because Adobe used images selected for this demonstration. Nevertheless, Content-aware Crop will definitely be a lot of help to all Photoshop CC users as it will help you save a lot of time when straightening and cropping your photos.

 

The Elements of a Great Photo

elements of a great photoTaking great photos is a combination of being able to see the world through a camera lens, technique, and pure luck. Every great photo is a result of several elements working together. While sometimes anyone can get lucky and take the perfect photo by chance, you should be aware of these elements and try to make them work in perfect harmony. In this article I’m going to list the most important elements of a great photo.

Subject

The subject is the most important element of any photo. If your photo lacks a subject, it doesn’t matter how technically perfect it is. Without a subject any photo is a snapshot where the viewer doesn’t really get what you wanted to say. Read more

Tips for Photographing Still Life

still life photographyHave you ever looked at fabulous still life photos thinking “How did the photographer manage it?”. Still life photography is an art and like any art, it can be mastered. Here are some useful tips to help you get started photographing still life.

Construct the Image

Unlike other photography genres where you are capturing a moment rather than an image, still like photography gives you the luxury of spending as much time as you need to construct your photograph. When shooting still life, you can compose everything – the background, the lighting, the subject or subjects, and arrange things the way you want. So take your time and construct the perfect image before you start shooting. Read more

The New DropShots iOS App Is Here

Do you use DropShots for iOS? If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, then you should because the app gives you more speed and flexibility than the mobile site.

We’ve just released a new version of the DropShots app that has the following changes:

  • fixed albums layout
  • improved video playback
  • fixed video zooming and occasional crashes reported by some users
  • improved the overall stability of the app

We encourage to download the new version right now and enjoy a better mobile DropShots experience.

3 Tips for Absolute Photography Beginners

photographerSo you’ve decided that photography is “the thing” for you, your point-and-shoot camera has too many limits, and you bought yourself a shiny new dSLR. Congratulations! But if you’ve never used a dSLR camera before, it’s easy to get confused and discouraged. These three tips will help you get started with dSLR photography.

Read Your Camera’s Manual

User manuals are not exactly a great read, but you really should read your camera’s manual. Otherwise you risk missing a lot of your camera’s features and functions (you don’t want to keep using the auto mode, right?). If you find the user manual too boring and you own a popular camera, you can find a book with usage tips and techniques on Amazon. But, I really recommend reading the manual because it’s the best there is and it’s free. Try reading it in chunks and if you’re reading about specific camera features, try to practice them right away to see how things work. Read more

A Simple Composition Trick to Enhance Your Landscapes

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Would you like to turn your snapshots into beautiful landscape photos? The difference between snapshots and photography lies in composition (most of the time, snapshots lack it). Although proper composition is not that easy to master and takes lots of practice, there’s a simple trick that will help you transform your photos and make them look a lot better. This trick works for practically any and really helps you compose your shot quickly and easily. It also works as an exercise for mastering composition.

And now the promised trick:

When you are taking landscape photos, get as close to the ground as possible and use the nearest object as a foreground. 

It’s as simple as that. It doesn’t matter if the foreground object is a stalk of dry grass, a mushroom, just sand or anything else. Just make sure you’re right behind the object and you are still picking up the background (dSLR users should use a wide angle lens). Shooting landscapes this way will create a sense of proportion, draw the viewer’s eye to your line of view and give the viewer a sense that he is entering the picture.

This trick works for all landscape subjects, so it won’t be a problem for you to find the scenes to shoot. And don’t forget to share your photos on DropShots!

 

How to Recover Your Photos from a Corrupted SD Card

sd card image recoverySo you’ve inserted your SD cart into your card reader to move new photos to your computer only to see a bunch of file errors and weird file names. The bad news is that your SD card got corrupted. But the good news is that your photos are still there and you can easily recover them without having to buy any software. Read on to find out how.

Why Did My SD Card Get Corrupted?

This is a very common questions that doesn’t have a definite answer. Very often SD cards get corrupted because people eject them from the camera before powering the camera off. Another common reason for SD card failures is poor quality of the cards, so make sure you buy a trusted brand and not the cheapest option if you don’t want to lose your photos. In any case, if the SD card still shows the signs of life, it should be possible to recover your pictures. Read more