Photo Technique

Work It! A Guide to Taking Astounding Portraits

People are beautiful, and as photographers we have the ability to show that in creative ways!

Photojojo reader and super talented portrait photographer, Hannah Arnzen, has put together her very best tips for snapping portraits.

Read her advice on what it takes before, during and even after a shoot to snap the perfect portrait.

Take it away Hannah…

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Q&A With Team Priime: Fave Styles, Cameras, And More!

A little while back, we asked some of our favorite IGers to tell us about their go-to photo editing apps. One that got a lot of love was Priime!

The Priime team is based right by our HQ in San Francisco, so we decided to pop by their office for a visit.

Take a look as we go behind the scenes and chat with them about how they’re taking photo styles to the next level.

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Track Your IG Info With StatShot

There are a few options out there when it comes to tracking your Instagram info: likes, follows, comments … you know the drill.

Our pal, Luke Beard (uh. great name, or greatest name?), wasn’t real thrilled with any of them, so he created his own! Get it, Luke.

StatShot not only gives you daily IG data, but does so in an uncluttered, non-intrusive way. It’s clean, straight to the point and free to use if you’ve got less than 5k followers. We love free.

Sign up by linking your IG account here and start getting your daily dose of IG info. It’s a beautiful way to figure out what people are diggin’ about your feed, which hashtags are working out, and quantitatively measure your internet love.

Our love for you, however, could never be contained within data. <3

Insanely Creative Tips For
Shooting Gorgeous Interiors

Looking for roommates? Putting your place on the market?

Maybe you just wanna show your IG followers your sweet new setup?

Good thing we’ve got a few simple tricks to help you present the best features of your home! You’ll receive compliments from potential roommates, buyers, and followers in no time.

Read on and your house will be the star of the real estate listings!

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Landscape Comp Tip for Absolute Beginners

Landscapes are some of the easiest shots to take – no arranging meetups with others, no double chins, and that fresh air is super invigorating!

If you’re just getting the hang of creating gorgeous landscape shots, you’ll benefit from understanding how to add a sense of depth with composition. Think of your photo as having three parts: foreground, middle-ground and background. Try to make sure there something of interest in all three sections.

Check out this article for a perfectly simple visual example of great landscape composition.

Photo by Scott Bourne

Take Your Snapchat
Game to the Next Level

Snapchat! That app that has everyone saying either, ‘duh!’ or ‘huh?’

For the huh?-ers, Snapchat’s a photo/video messaging app where you can view a Snap for 10 seconds before poof! It’s gone.

For the duh!-ers: you know Snaps can be outstanding photographic art, right? Right!

So read on to learn tricks for creative “snapsterpieces” that are guaranteed to have all of your friends talking.

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Make the Most of Your Phone Vids

You know your phone is often your best bet for photos, but don’t forget videos too!

Some of the best vloggers are using their phone these days, but how? What are they doing to get smooth shots, clear sound and incredible depth of field?

Well, we’ve figured it out. Check out our best tips and tools for making high quality vids with your phone! Everything you need to hit record.

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See a Silhouette and Snap it

Silhouette shots are one of those styles that seem super easy, but are honestly difficult to get “just right.”

The Phoblographer wrote about three things to keep in mind when shooting silhouette shots, and we think they’re spot-on excellent advice!

  • Highlights way up: This is best achieved in post-processing, but keep it in mind while shooting so you can adjust exposure and focal points.
  • Ship Shapes: Silhouette photos rely on visually interesting shapes rather than color contrast or subject matter. Be on the lookout for unique, but recognizable, shapes.
  • Composition: Keep a good balance of shadow and light, or create drama with slightly more of one than the other.

Check out the Phoblographer’s perfectly put article here!

Photo by Chris Gampat

Tip-Top Tips for Shooting Fireworks

With the 4th of July fast approaching, you’re probably already searching for the best ways to shoot them ‘werks.

We’ve got you covered here with a few quick ‘n dirty tips and an excellent article covering more depth.

Quick Tips

  • Prime Location: Scout out the best location for the show in advance – downwind of the fireworks and free of obstructions.
  • Manual Focus: Your auto-focus is gonna have a rough time here, so don’t rely on it. Manually set your focus to infinity (or a bit closer for Canons.)
  • Low ISO: You’ll want the blacks to remain black, so keep things at or under ISO 100.
  • High Aperture: Wide aperture is key with fireworks, since they’re just made of burning embers. Shoot at f/8-f/16.
  • Low Shutter Speed: Use bulb mode if you have it. If you’re bulb-less, go for the longest shutter speed you’ve got.

Check out even more tips in this article at Digital Photography School.

Photo by Micah Goff

Q&A With Our
Fave Instagrammers!

Most of us are totally in love with Instagram.

And why wouldn’t we be? Instagram is awesome. And so are the talented people who use it!

We’ve put together a list of some of our fave Instagrammers that you should totally follow. We even asked ’em for their photo tips, tricks, and lil’ secrets.

They’ve replied (see how great they are?) and now we’re gonna share their advice with you (’cause you’re super great, too).

Instagrammers Share Their Photo Secrets

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