It’s April Fools’ Day!*
*APRIL FOOLS. It’s really not till Friday.
You still have time to plan the perfect photo prank.
So, we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to trick our buddies. Oh, and there’s a spider on your shoulder.
We played a super fun round of Game of Phones on Twitter yesterday.
We tweeted out cards and you all replied. Scroll along to see the winners (and proud new owners of $50 Photojojo gift cards).
If you didn’t win, we’ve still got a prize for you – take $4.43 off of your very own Game of Phones with the coupon code AnswerEm, in honor of Luke’s texts. Who’s Luke? You’ll see …
It’s a new year, which means a fresh start on some new goals.
If you’re anything like us (and we know you are!) you’re already thinking about making major photography strides in 2016.
So join us in some challenges this year, we promise to keep ’em simple and fun!
We took a crash course in barking, then asked our favorite #dogsofinstagram for their secrets to taking the perfect pup pic.
Read through the tips below, peep the “paw”esome photos and enter yourself in our #dogsofinstagram Giveaway.
When snapping portraits, it can be difficult to fulfill your vision with so many variables. The options of lighting, background, makeup, clothing and poses seem overwhelming at times.
Thankfully, we found a few stellar portrait tips from celeb photographer, Greg Gorman. They work great for pros and enthusiasts alike.
Read all the tips, and get an eyeful of pretty celebs (hey, Jared Leto) in Greg’s article here.
Photo of Sofia Loren by Greg Gorman
Cropping your photos isn’t always super intuitive. With new crops available on Instagram, it’s time we looked into when and how to crop perfectly
This article by Vladimir Gendelman goes through 15 easy-to-remember cropping tips. He includes great beginner advice on the rule of thirds as well as stuff you might not have thought about.
Photo by David D
We’re all stoked about the new 6s camera, but have you taken a minute to appreciate just how far the iPhone has come, camera-wise?
Well Lisa Bettany has taken her appreciation to a visual level with an actual side-by-side comparison. Check out her full article here.
We love seeing the evolution of clarity and contrast across the generations. What really blew us away though, was the significantly improved white-balance. For instance, clarity took a huge step forward on the 3Gs, but white-balance went haywire. Things cooled down with the iPhone 4, and everything improved, step-by-step, up to the impeccable iPhone 6s.
Thanks to Lisa, we now have a real appreciation for how lucky we are to live in the future.
Photo by Lisa Bettany
Fall has officially arrived! It is time to start snapping pics of everything pumpkin and pumpkin-colored.
Check out this map before you head out for photos. It shows where, and at what stage, the leaves are changing within the lower contiguous US states.
Scroll down below the map to read about how and why the leaves change, and snag some coloring pages too. Who doesn’t love coloring? Especially next to a fire, sipping on a warm drink. Yay, fall!
Photo by The U.S. Department of Agriculture
Being behind a camera is definitely one of the best places to be, but channeling all that creativity can sometimes take you away from appreciating your surroundings.
Get your Zen on with this article by Aaron Eisenberg. He lays out some excellent tips on being mindful of the moment, while still capturing it.
We plucked out a few of our favorites here:
Photo by Aaron Eisenberg
The windows of high rise buildings offer the best city views. Capturing that view, without reflections that make the city look like it’s under alien attack, can be a frustrating venture.
QT Luong, a photog famous for capturing all 59 US National Parks in large format, offers up some advice on avoiding window pain.
We love his “oh duh” tip of cleaning the window as well as the more advanced advice like ensuring the window is shaded from sunlight, using a rubber hood or dark cloth to make a seal with the window and removing your polarizing filter. Techniques that work well for DSLR and phone cameras alike!
Photo by QT Luong