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

Flowing Silk
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

The Dos and Don’ts of Family Portraits

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 more

How to Shoot Great Photos with Your Pocket Camera

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 more

5 Tips for Shooting Great Portraits

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 more