October 13th, 2015
by Eliza Donovan
Autumn is landscape photographer’s dream because that’s the season when nature gives so many opportunities for absolutely stunning shots. There are amazing colours all around us and the textures are very interesting too. But don’t be tempted to take hundreds of photos and hope that they will turn out great. You need to do some work too. Here are four tips that will help you take beautiful landscape photos.
1. Catch the Light
One of the issues you will face when taking photos in autumn is that it’s not all that easy to catch the right light. Autumn days can be really dull and even when it is sunny, the light is often not right for good photos. The best way to shoot autumn landscapes is to prepare the composition, be patient and wait for interesting and dramatic light. When the light is just right, all you need to do is take your shot. Read the rest of this entry »
October 8th, 2015
No doubt, you’ve heard of color theory and the color wheel. But did you ever think about it when taking photos? Probably not. In this post we’ll tell you how you can use the color wheel and basic color theory to improve your photos.
The Color Wheel Theory
First of all, let’s recap the color wheel theory. The first known color wheel was created by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666. It was a pretty cool one too because it correlated colors with musical notes and planetary symbols. But, from the color spectrum point of view, it wasn’t as advanced as the modern one with all the different shades of color.
The color wheel is a handy tool for every artist and photographer because it shows the relationships between primary, secondary and tertiary colors. There are analogous colors, for example, green, light green and yellow. And there are complementary colors, for example, yellow and purple. Read the rest of this entry »
September 22nd, 2015
by Eliza Donovan
There is no end to nature’s beauty and perhaps that’s why landscape photography is so popular. But in the end, very few people shoot truly amazing landscapes. Why? Because landscape photography is not that easy to master, as it requires lots of time, skill and traveling flexibility. Anyway, that’s the general belief. But you can still take great landscape photos with your phone, point-and-shoot or dSLR if you follow these simple tips.
1. Use Correct White Balance Settings
It’s so easy to take photos using auto white balance settings, but the result is often dull. That’s because the automatic settings try to smooth out any differences and make a photo look balanced (and bland). It’s true that auto white balance works well a lot of the time, but if you want to shoot stunning landscapes during the golden hour or the blue hour, it’s best to set your white balance manually. If you don’t know how to do that, try using the “Daylight” white balance preset during the golden hour for warmer tones and a more realistic look. Read the rest of this entry »
September 14th, 2015
image via Polaroid
Do you remember the days when you could grab a Polaroid camera and have printed photos in a matter of minutes? Don’t know about you, but I missed Polaroid. After all, a printed picture is not the same as a JPEG shared over Bluetooth or on Facebook. Well, Polaroid fans, now your favorite camera is back and it can print photos without ink. That camera is Polaroid Snap.
Well, not exactly without ink. The trick is special paper from ZINK that uses a new technology called Zero Ink. This paper already contains cyan, yellow and magenta, so all it needs is a Polaroid Snap camera that has a ZINK printer inside. Read the rest of this entry »
August 25th, 2015
Unedited original photo taken with HTC Desire S
Did you ever wish your DropShots photos looked just perfect? I’m sure some of you use some sort of image editing software to make photos look better. But you don’t have to use any third-party software to make your DropShots pictures shine – all you need to do is upload them and use the DropShots Editor to enhance them in one click. In this article I’m going to show you how to quickly touch up your photos and make them shine. I’m going to use a very ordinary shot of Penarth piers taken with an old HTC phone camera as an example.
So I’ve uploaded the photo to my DropShots account. Now I’m going to open it with the Editor from the photo’s page by clicking on the paint brush icon next to the photo: Read the rest of this entry »
August 13th, 2015
There’s no art without composition and in visual arts color can help you enhance it. While an artist can decide which colors to use, a photographer needs to locate them there and then, an use the available colors to the maximum. Here are some tips that will help you enhance your composition with the use of color.
Creating silhouettes against a glowing sunset sky is probably the most commonly used trick. If you do things right, the effect can be stunning. This technique is ideal for times when your subject can’t be properly exposed or when you want to concentrate on background colors. Read the rest of this entry »
July 17th, 2015
Very few things are more rewarding than a successful children’s photo session. Children’s expressions are so open and emotions so genuine, that the photos can become true masterpieces. Or not. Because it’s not very easy to photograph children, especially if you’re a beginner. Here are some tips that will help you take great photos of kids.
Prepare Everything You Need in Advance
This tip applies to all photography sessions, but is especially important for children’s photography. Remember that children get tired faster and have a shorter attention span, so you’d want to be as efficient as possible. Read the rest of this entry »
July 2nd, 2015
Dear DropShots user and visitors!
We wanted to wish all our American customers a happy and fun Independence Day, and a great summer day to all our international customers! We hope you’ll have a great time and take lots of pictures to upload them to DropShots.
June 24th, 2015
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.
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. Read the rest of this entry »
May 29th, 2015
No 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? Read the rest of this entry »