Photo Technique

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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Turn Old Family Pics
Into Big Ol’
Engineer Prints

Dads are great. So great, in fact, that they deserve a really big present this Father’s Day.

Are you thinking what we’re thinking? Let’s say it together now:

Engineer Prints!

These hugenormous prints are perfect gifts, especially if you make ’em out of old family pictures.

So we’re gonna 1) show you how to digitize old prints and 2) give you some fun ideas for making your Engineer Prints unique and wonderful, just like your fave guy.

Engineer Prints Say Happy Father’s Day!

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Shooting Stars

Summertime is prime time for astrophotography. Snapping shots of the milky way is tricky, but totally doable when armed with the right info and tools.

So, how about them tools and info, eh?

Tools:

  • DSLR or even a decent point ‘n shoot.
  • Tripod or any way to keep your camera rock steady.
  • Compass. Try an app! (Apple/Android)

Info:

  • Find a super dark area near you using this Dark Sky Finder.
  • Try to go either when the moon is hiding (before it rises or after it sets) or during a New Moon.
  • For a perfectly focused stars, don’t go over 30s shutter speed.
  • For light streaking stars, shoot at 30s or higher.
  • Use a remote shutter or set up a timer prior to each shot.

Even Moar Info:

Check out this write-up on astrophotography, it’s full of excellent tips and ideas.

 

Photo by Sarah & Colin’s Astrophotography

Must-Have Gear for
Summertime Photography

Goodbye tests and 8:00 a.m. classes.

School’s out and summer’s in!

To help you prepare for all those fun-in-the-sun photo ops coming up, we put together a handy list of essential summer photo gear.

From umbrellas to lens filters, you’ll be ready to snap pics whether you’re poolside or in the middle of that long-awaited camping trip.

Slap on some sunscreen and let’s go!

FUNdamental Items for Summer Photos

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Your Hunk-a, Hunk-a Burning Questions
Answered Here


Meet our stellar customer service team. They’re chock-full of information about all of our shop goodies (also great at telling jokes!)

We picked their brains about some of our most popular products in order to answer your most FAQs.

Don’t see your question? Shoot them an E-mail, they love chatting!

CS FAQ ASAP

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Liven Up Your Tabletop
Photoshoots

Tabletops are great for elbow leaning, finger drumming and they make pretty good photo backdrops too!

You can set anything down on ’em, from baked goods to the newest product in your Etsy store, and just snap away.

But if you’re sick of the same ol’, plain ol’ tabletop, we’ve thought of five fun ways to spice up your next tabletop shot.

Whether you’re selling something or just want to up your Instagram game, you’re gonna love these tabletop makeover tips.

Take Tabletop Photos That Pop 

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Organizing and Archiving Your Photos

It’s spring cleaning time and that means organizing a lifetime or two worth of photos! Whooo! (Guh.)

Let’s break this daunting task into bite-size pieces, yeah?

Step 1: Choose a place to store photos
Pick one place to stash your snaps and stick to it! This Wall Street Journal article makes it easy to find your perfect storage fit, whether you’re a simplicity-lover or tech-savvy pro.

Step 2: Organize at a reasonable pace.
Set aside just 5-10 minutes a day to organize your photos. Then treat yourself to a cupcake, you’ve earned it!

Step 3: Preserve your favorites.
As you go along organizing, you’ll find a few photos that you want to save – maybe even for generations. Like of your parent’s wedding or that time you met Justin Bieber. In the ever-changing digital age, it’s hard to know what the best archival solution is. Take a few minutes to read through this write-up from Photo District News which covers a 3-point consideration for saving your best shots. *Spoiler alert*: Prints are still king. Have you heard of a little something called Parabo Press?

Whew, that wasn’t so bad was it? Now … about your closet …

Photo by Geoffrey A. Fowler

Creative Ways to
Photograph Flowers
In Your Home

For many of you, the harshness of winter has finally come to a close. (Yay!)

In its place you now have the beauty of spring, which means flowers are everywhere.

We’ve already starting making the most of this new and colorful season with our recent guide on frozen flower photography.

Now we’re gonna share four more ways to get creative with flower photos right in your own home.

So go pick some flowers and let’s get shooting!

Creative Ways to Photo Flowers Indoors

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