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How to Avoid Blurry Photos

November 12th, 2014

blurry photoSo 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 »

How to Take Better Holiday Photos

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 »

Essential Tips for Meaningful Street Photography

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 »

5 Common Mistakes Newbie Photographers Make

October 22nd, 2014

common photography mistakesJust like most things in life, photography is a skill that can be improved. Newbies often make subtle mistakes that spoil their photos and have no idea how to fix them. In this post we are going to go through five common mistakes beginner photographers make.

1. The Horizon Line Is Not Straight

This is the most common mistake I’ve seen in many photos, including my own. True, you can fix this later on using software, but that will crop your image. As a result, you may lose something you intended to be in your shot or will have to stick to the original one with the tilted horizon. To fix this problem, always make sure your camera is not tilted. You can use references in your composition, like a wall or a tree, to make your images look straight. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Tips for Choosing Your Best Photos

October 15th, 2014

sorting your photosWhat’s the most time-consuming and frustrating part of photography? If you ask me, it’s sorting through your shots trying to choose your best photos. All those unedited photos look so similar and there is so much junk that it’s easy to get annoyed and leave your images as an unsorted digital pile. Worse still, you spend hours looking at your photos, agonizing which ones to keep and which to delete. If this sounds familiar, read on and hopefully these tips will help!

1. Don’t Let Unsorted Photos Accumulate

The worst mistake photographers make is when they let shots from different sessions accumulate in one bloated “Unsorted” folder. Make it a habit to sort through your photos as soon as you come back from a session, so that unsorted photos don’t accumulate.

Another thing to remember is to avoid taking too many shots in the first place. If you still remember the days of film cameras, imagine that you don’t have the luxury of unlimited storage space and compose your photos well before you release the shutter. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Beginner Tips for Landscape Photography

October 7th, 2014

Do you browse Pinterest and repin all those breathtaking landscape photos thinking that you’ll never be able to create anything like that? Actually, shooting great landscapes is not that hard. Here are four tips that will help you get started.

1. Find a Location

Location is key to great landscape photography. To be fair, if you live somewhere where there are no photographic opportunities for landscapes, you can’t expect to shoot anything spectacular. So you may need to research interesting and beautiful locations near where you live and plan a trip. Google will help you plan your trip – search for the place where you live and check out the image search to get inspiration. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Find Great Subjects for Photos at Your Doorstep

October 1st, 2014

Have you ever browsed a photography blog and then felt envious because the photos you saw were simply awesome? And then you thought that you could never take anything like that because you lived in the wrong place. Let me tell you that there is no wrong or right place in photography – you can take great shots right at your doorstep, without having to make expensive trips. Here are a few simple ideas that will help you create beautiful and creative images. You don’t have to use expensive equipment, nor use software to heavily manipulate your photos. All you need is some natural light and your imagination.

Turn an Everyday Scene Into a Photo

This is the first thing you’ll need to learn if you want to take beautiful photos. And to be able to see an everyday scene as a photo, you’ll need to:

  • mentally separate a scene into various elements that may look good on a photo
  • concentrate on the selected element(s) and develop your idea
  • study the scene and mentally “preview” it as a photo
  • recognize the potential of light, color and focus
  • take your camera and try different angles to see which one works best

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Canon Powershot S120 Digital Camera Review

September 24th, 2014

Canon-S120Are you thinking about getting a new compact camera? Something slim, but with decent zoom, Full HD video support and lots of different options, then you should have a look at Canon PowerShot S120. Here’s our review of this camera.

Key Features

The main things that should attract you as a photographer are not the option to share photos via Wi-Fi directly from the camera and not the camera’s ability to shoot 1080p/60p Full HD video, but its powerful DIGIC 6 processor and a pretty large CMOS sensor. Plus it’s the first S-series model that has an f/1.8 lens with the 24mm wide end, which makes this camera very useful for taking photos in a tight interior. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Tips for Awesome Close-Up Photography Using a Compact Camera

September 16th, 2014
Up In the Sky

by Eliza Donovan, taken with a compact camera

There are so many articles and tutorials for shooting macro with a dSLR and a macro lens, but next to none for those trying to take close-up photos with their point-and-shoot cameras that have a Macro mode. We’ve decided to put things right and post some tips that will help you take great close-up photos with your compact camera.

1. Use your camera’s Macro mode

Sounds obvious to you? Well, you’ll be surprised how many people forget their camera has a special mode to take close-ups (I can’t call it proper macro because macro means 1:1 ration life-size or bigger subjects). Try to shoot a close-up photo in automatic mode and the results will most likely be ridiculous. So, before you start blaming your camera for everything, check out its Macro mode and see if that makes a difference. It should. Read the rest of this entry »

The Dos and Don’ts of Family Portraits

September 10th, 2014
family portrait

photo by Ben Earwicker

Family photos, especially family portraits, are among the most popular images on DropShots. As someone who has a lot of relatives, I know how difficult it is to snap a great-looking family portrait. That’s why I’ve decided to post some DOs and DON’Ts of photographing your family. Hopefully, these simple tips will help you create stunning photos.

Family Portrait DOs

1. Make everyone stand/sit closer to each other

We all try to make our family portraits look as real-life as possible. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t “edit” real-life situations. Under normal circumstances, your family members won’t be sitting or standing as close to each other as you’d like for a photo. So don’t be shy to ask your family members to move closer together. This will not only make them fit nicely, but will also fill the portrait with that special family warmth. Read the rest of this entry »