Essential Tips for Photographing Children

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 more

Tips to Help You Take Meaningful Photos

 

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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 more

Why You Should Consider Disabling Your Camera’s Auto-Review Feature

disable camera auto-reviewNo 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 more

5 Cool iPhone Camera Apps to Make Your Photos Shine

iphone camera appsSo you’re not a professional photographer and you don’t have any fancy photography equipment. But you still like taking photos. Moreover, you take good photos when it comes to composition, focus, and finding great subjects. And you do that with nothing more than your iPhone. These 5 iPhone camera apps will help you get more out of your phone and go from good shots to great shots.

1. Manual ($1.99)

iPhotographers welcomed iOS 8 because finally Apple made it possible to manually adjust your exposure settings. Unfortunately, the default camera app doesn’t let you do much more than that. You can’t control ISO and shutter speed. Read more

Top 3 Mirrorless Cameras

mirorrless cameraMirrorless cameras are a serious competition to dSLRs, as they offer great image quality without the bulky size of a dSLR of the same capability. This makes mirrorless cameras your perfect travel companion.

Mirrorless cameras are also a great upgrade for your point-and-shoot camera. Even if you have a decent one or use a bridge camera, a mirrorless camera will give you all the quality of a dSLR without the size. Read more

Essential Tips for Photographing Spring Flowers and Blossoms

Spring blossomSpring is the best time of year for those who love taking photos of flowers. When the world is waking up after winter and every twig is blossoming, you get tons of great opportunities for amazing photos.

Most flower and blossom photos require skill and often need you to have the right equipment. No matter whether you shoot with a compact camera or with a dSLR, these tips will help you take the best possible photos.

Use a Macro Mode or a Macro Lens

When you think of blossom photos, close-up shots are the first thing that comes to mind. Nothing looks as delicate and beautiful than a close-up of a cherry blossom branch or a beautiful daffodil. The only problem is that most beginners end up having these photos out of focus where the subject is blurred instead of the background. Read more

Tips to Avoid the Most Common Newbie dSLR Photographer Blunders

photography mistakesA dSLR is a complicated piece of technology and it can be overwhelming when you try to take photos using manual or program settings (not just shooting in Auto mode). As a result, a lot of newbie dSLR photographers make a lot of mistakes. And that’s perfectly OK because mistakes help you learn. Nevertheless, it’s better to avoid some common mistakes that everybody makes. Here are some tips that will help you.

Mistake #1: No Subject

OK, this may sound a bit mean, but a lot of people think that getting a dSLR will make their photos beautiful. But the truth is that you can’t make bleak and uninteresting photos beautiful. A photo must have a subject and a mood. If it doesn’t, there’s nothing you can do to make it interesting. Read more

3 Tips That Will Help You Take Better Photos on Your Next Trip

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by Eliza Donovan

Everybody loves traveling and discovering new places. The only difference is the extent of our travels – some go to exotic places far away from home whereas others prefer a quiet drive to a nice place that’s not too far away from home. No matter what type of traveler you are, I’m sure we all have one thing in common. We love taking travel photos. Now, it doesn’t really matter whether you use your iPhone camera or carry a dSLR with you. In this article I’ll give you three simple tips that will help you turn snapshots into beautiful photos that deserve to be printed. Read more

How to Find Duplicate Photos on Your PC or Mac

duplicate photosIn the age of smartphones, digital cameras, services like Instagram and DropShots we all take lots and lots of photos. Most of the time we take several shots of the same subject to make sure at least one of them turns out perfect and that’s how we end up with dozens of duplicates or very similar pictures. As these duplicates accumulate, your photo library becomes bloated and hard to manage. Here is a list of some very good duplicate photo finders for both Windows and Mac operating systems.

1. Duplicate Photo Cleaner

This program is my absolute favorite because it’s very accurate and easy to use at the same time. You can use it to find and delete duplicate photos and also to manage similar images like photos taken with different settings, resized and edited images, and so on. Read more

Going on a Winter Photography Quest: Tips and Advice

winter treesThis winter is proving to be quite a cold and snowy one in many parts of the US and the World. While the cold weather can be annoying, all that snow and frost provides lots of great photography opportunities. Just grab your camera, switch on your imagination and create your personal winter wonderland. And to make sure you succeed, here are some tips from DropShots.

1. Plan Your Route

When you go on a photography excursion during the summer months, you have the luxury of warm weather and long hours of daylight. Winter doesn’t give you all that, so you’ll need to plan your route in advance. Try to find places that look good in snow. This could be a park with its benches and lampposts, or something more rural where you can spot a snow-covered barn. It’s up to you to choose, but you need to plan your trip to catch the maximum amount of daylight. Read more