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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 »

How to Shoot Great Photos with Your Pocket Camera

September 2nd, 2014
Waiting fishing boats

by Eliza Donovan, taken with Samsung ST88

Sooner or later all amateur photographers start thinking about getting a dSLR because they think that it’s impossible to shoot great pictures with their pocket or mobile cameras. Yes, dSLRs are great. But this doesn’t mean that you have to go and get one (and spend hundreds on dollars on it). You can take amazing photos with a cheap camera, especially if you follow these simple tips.

1. Use the Built-in Scene Modes

Most point-and-shoot cameras and even mobile cameras have scene modes for shooting landscapes, portraits, sports events (read fast moving subjects) close-up shots, sunsets and so on. My suggestion is that you take advantage of all these modes and don’t always stick to Auto. True, Auto usually produces very decent results, but often it makes a total mess of your photos. That’s because unlike you, your camera doesn’t know that you are trying to photograph a beautiful flower with a bee in it or a racing motorbike. Your camera only sees bits of light and it’s trying to make the best guess. The scene modes actually tell your camera what sort of exposure, shutter speed and aperture you are most likely to need. The scene modes make your camera a bit more clever and help it choose the right settings. And that can make a real difference. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Most Popular dSLR Cameras

August 26th, 2014

Nokon D3300There are so many dSLR cameras available today that it can be difficult to choose the one that’s right for you. It’s true that being a photographer is not all about having a dSLR camera. But let’s face it, there will come a time when your mobile phone or point-and-shoot camera will meet its limits and you’ll need a professional or semi-professional camera. And that’s when you may become totally confused by everything that’s on offer. To help you make your choice, we’ve decided to list five most popular dSLR cameras and give you a brief description of each of them.

1.Nikon D3300

If you’re looking to buy your first dSLR, then Nikon D3300 is the perfect camera for you. It’s a 24.2 MP camera that shoots great photos and stunning full HD videos, is very easy to use, comes with a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II kit zoom lens. It’s great for shooting panoramas too and has a special guide mode to help you learn all the camera’s features and options. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Tips for Shooting Great Portraits

August 19th, 2014
Family in a park

by Ben Earwicker

What sort of photos do you post on DropShots? Landscapes, photos from your travels, flowers and macro, or people? My guess is that you have lots of photos with people in them. It’s not a secret that it’s really hard to take beautiful photos of people, especially if you are not a professional photographer. That’s why we thought we’d post five tips for shooting great portraits and share them with all DropShots users.

1. Make everything simple

The first rule for taking great and realistic portraits is to not overcomplicate everything. Don’t try to be clever and let the subjects work for you in the most natural surrounding. Try to take photos of people with using natural light, level backgrounds and avoid things like horizon lines running through people’s heads. Remember that the people you are taking the photo of are the subject and not the details that surround them. Read the rest of this entry »

The All-New DropShots Is Here

June 16th, 2014

Today we have some great news for all our loyal DropShots users and everyone who likes taking and sharing photos! We’ve just launched a brand new DropShots website and we’re sure you’ll love it. Here’s why:

  • Brand new, fast servers for blazing speed
  • Beautiful new design for better user experience
  • Upload all popular video formats (mp4, avi, flv, wmv, mov, mkv, mpg, webm, ogv, m2v, m4v and 3gp)
  • All-new Slideshows with widescreen view options
  • Fully control the privacy settings for your account and albums
  • View camera meta data for both pro and amateur cameras
  • Brand new desktop and iOS apps 

We’ve also made it easier to manage your photos and videos, edit details, download and share your photos, and comment on your friends’ uploads.

We know it’s been a long process and we’ve been working on the new site for quite a while. We thank you for being patient with us and we hope that you will love the new features and the new look.

So what are you waiting for? Check out the new DropShots now!

DropShots Update: a Better and Sleeker DropShots for Windows

December 20th, 2013

When you are trying to upload photos in bulk, it’s all about speed and usability. You want to upload your photos and videos as quickly as possible and that’s where DropShots desktop uploader comes in. If you’ve never used it, now is the time to download it and see how easy it is to use our desktop tools for Windows and Mac.

As our Mac users already know, we’ve been doing a lot of work with DropShots for Mac and DropShots for iOS. We’ve enhanced these program with new features, updated their look and feel, and streamlined the upload process for your photos and videos. This doesn’t mean that we’ve forgotten all about DropShots Windows users. On the contrary – we’ve just released a brand new version of DropShots for Windows and it features some great improvements.

First of all, we made it look a lot better – it’s sleeker, more intuitive, and looks really nice on both Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers. But keen software users know that it’s not all about the looks, it’s about the combination of great features, trusted technology and the looks. That’s why you’ll be pleased to hear that we’ve updated DropShots desktop tool’s functionality. Now it does a better job converting FLV videos to MP4, so that your videos play flawlessly on the website.

We encourage you to download the new DropShots for Windows and give it a go.


The New DropShots for iPhone and iPad Supports iOS 7

October 14th, 2013

DropShots for iOSThe latest and greatest iOS 7 has been getting a lot of praise for its clean design and cool new options. Because of its new look, apps designed for the previous versions of iOS didn’t look too good on iOS 7.

Well, we haven’t been idle here at DropShots and we’ve been working on a new version of our iOS app. Today the new version of the DropShots app became available for download. Now DropShots for iOS fully supports iOS 7 and has a cool new look. The new app works flawlessly on devices that have already been upgraded to iOS 7 and it will continue to work well on older versions of iOS.

We recommend that you update your DropShots app as soon as possible and enjoy its new look and feel.

If you’re not using the app yet, then why not give it a try? With its help you can upload, share and edit your photos, and manage your DropShots account on the go. The app is 100% free and is available on the App Store.