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Making the Switch from Phoneographer to PRO-tographer

Your Instagram feed is looking incredible these days. You’ve mastered VSCO and your point of view is strong.

But now what? Ready to go from Insta to pro? We’ve got a few pointers to help you make the change.

We chatted with Jackie Barr, a New York based photographer who has gradually made the switch from Instagram-only to professional freelancer.

She shared a few tips with us for getting feedback, finding a starter camera and more.

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Photo Tips From Our Furry Favorites, the #dogsofinstagram!

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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.

Don’t have a dog (yet)? Share this post with friends who do, so they’ll post more photos of their furry friend for all to see (and to give them a chance to win big).
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Fall In Love With Fall!
How To Shoot Autumn Colors

Red and yellow and orange, oh my!

It’s officially fall and you know what the means: gorgeous colors everywhere begging to be photographed.

But fall colors can be a tad tricky to capture accurately, so we’re giving you some tips to get it juuust right.

Put on your cutest autumn accessories and let’s go!

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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

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

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

Your Hunk-a, Hunk-a Burning Questions
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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!

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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