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How to Delete Duplicates from Photos

November 4th, 2015

delete duplicates from PhotosIf you have OS X Yosemite or El Capitan, most likely you’re using the new Photos app that replaced iPhoto. While Photos has some great Cloud, organizing, sharing and editing features, it still doesn’t have a built-in duplicate finder. And that’s a real shame because most people take several shots of the same subject to get it just right. Plus think of all these resized and touched-up photos. Worse still, not every duplicate finder supports Photos because of the way the app deletes images. Luckily, there are duplicate finders that can delete duplicates from Photos quickly and easily.

If you ask me what sort of a duplicate finder is best for managing images, I’ll say that what you actually need is an image similarity finder because most people have too many similar photos that are not exact duplicates (no, resized photos are not exact duplicates even they are versions of the same image). An app called Duplicate Photo Cleaner recognizes similar images just the way you would and makes it easy to manage your albums and photos on your SD cards. And the best bit is that the Mac version supports Photos. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Tips for Taking Autumn Landscape Photos

October 13th, 2015
autumn landscape photography tips

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 »

How to Use the Color Wheel to Enhance Your Photos

October 8th, 2015

color wheelNo 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 »

3 Tips for Better Landscape Photos

September 22nd, 2015
by Eliza Donovan

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 »

Take and Print Instant Photos Ink-Free with Polaroid Snap Camera

September 14th, 2015
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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 »

How to Transform Your Photos in One Click with DropShots

August 25th, 2015
Penarth piers

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.

Getting Started

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 »

How to Use Color to Enhance Composition

August 13th, 2015

blue doorThere’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.

Silhouette Photography

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 »

Essential Tips for Photographing Children

July 17th, 2015

How to photograph childrenVery 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 »

Happy Independence Day from the DropShots Team

July 2nd, 2015

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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.

Tips to Help You Take Meaningful Photos

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. Read the rest of this entry »