With Spring Showers Comes Lightning Photos

Storm season is upon us which means it’s the perfect time to try for some shocking shots.

Lightning photos are hard to perfect but super fun to attempt. Here’s a few tips for getting started.

First and most importantly: Stay safe. Distance is your best friend – use a telephoto lens when possible. Keep your gear dry by setting up under a covered patio or deck.

Second: Long exposures mean you need a tripod, or duct tape and a rock, whatever it takes to get that stability!

Third of all: Every storm is different, so your settings will vary slightly each time. Try these to start with and play around from there –

  • ISO 100
  • f/7 aperture
  • 30 second exposure

For a more in depth tutorial, check out Richard Gottardo’s excellent write-up here covering everything from storm searching to stacking images in post.

And you thought puddle jumping was the best part of a storm…

Richard’s Guide to Photoing Lightning

Photo by Richard Gottardo

Stuck Inside?
Indoor Photo Ideas
Save the Day

Non-stop snow have you stranded indoors? Or maybe the flu has you quarantined?

Either way, keep hold of your camera ’cause there’s tons of cool stuff to photograph right there under your own roof!

If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got ideas to help you get the ball rolling, from shadows on the wall to everything macro. Together we’ll prove that there’s no need to go far for a great shot. It’s right around the corner. Literally!

4 Ideas For Stuck-At-Home Photos


Keep Your Night Light Looking Natural

Just ’cause the sun disappears after a certain time of day doesn’t mean your camera has to!

If you prefer using natural light in your photos, then shooting after dark (both indoors and out) can feel a little intimidating.

That’s why we’re here with four solutions for tricky nighttime lighting! You’ll make friends with flash, tripods, and everything else you need so your photo-taking can continue late into the night.

Say goodbye to camera curfews. Night owls, rejoice!

4 Tips For Taking Photos After Dark


Never Run Out of Photo Space on Your Phone Again

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At the very moment your dog FINALLY is balancing a banana on its nose, your phone camera roll is full. The banana falls, the moment is gone. Boo.

It stinks to lose these special moments when you don’t have enough room on your phone. So, we set out to find the best way for you to have (almost) infinite space.

Eureka! Carousel is a gallery app that connects to Dropbox (which saves your photos on the cloud, so they don’t take up space on your phone). You can delete photos from your camera roll, but still have access to them whenever you want. Sounds almost as magical as a real carousel, right?

It’s easy to set up, then you’re worry free FOREVER!

Never Run Out of Camera Space on Your Phone


How to Make Hyperlapse Videos that Totally Wow!

There’s nothing quite as sweet as new love.

After only 2 days it’s safe to say – the whole internet is in love with Hyperlapse.

The new app from Instagram, lets you make butter smooth timelapse videos at the push of very few buttons.

Admit it, you’re in love too.

If not now, you will be soon. You just need to get to know Hyperlapse a little better.

That’s why we’ve spent the last couple days, moving at 12x times our regular speed, learning the ins, the outs, the how to’s and how not’s of Hyperlapse. We’re here to share them with you!

Learn to shoot ’em, pick up a few editing tips, see a ton of inspiring vids and get ready to start totally crushing.

The Ultimate Guide to Hyperlapse Mastery READ MORE

Sneaky Ways to Avoid Camera Theft

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The greatest days are full of fun photo ops, not bad guys creepin’ on your turf. Protect your gear!

Cover your phonecam in junky camouflage and trick those thieves into stealing something else less cool, like a stack of old CDs.

Go “normcore” and try carrying your fancy camera in a something less fancy, like a tote bag covered in cats.

Sometimes all you need are confusion tactics … like a picture of a bright pink donut on your fancy camera lens.

Learn Three Tricks For Outsmarting Camera Snatchers


Yeehaw! It’s a Firework Photography Roundup

History Fact: Shortly after signing the Declaration of Independence Benjamin Franklin invented fireproof pants. He knew … Freedom = Fireworks.

Before tomorrow night’s celebrations of freedom sparkle across the sky, brush up on your firework photo taking skills.

Study 11 Tips for Photoing Fireworks

Learn to Light-Paint with Sparklers

Or, if you dislike following rules as much as you dislike tea taxes, exercise creative freedom with these twists on firework photography.

  • Shoot a video completely out of focus. Stanislas Giroux did, and it’s so dreamy.
  • Make your firework photos look like sea creature pix with a simple focusing trick á la David Johnson.
  • Or, simply film your fireworks then reverse the video like Julian Tay.

Now, grab your camera, go out, and make ol’ Ben proud.

Metadata: Uncover Your Photos’ Secrets

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Metadata is data about data.

When it comes to photo metadata, that means it’s data/facts/figures/info about your photos.

In the olden days (or last week, if you’re a film shooter) photographers had to carry around a notebook to collect metadata. “Roll 6 Shot 7 was set at f/16 1/100 sec and shot at Tamarack Park.”

These days, digital cameras are writing down all these fun fact for you. They’re not just capturing pictures, they’re taking in metadata too!

You’ve got all kinds of data about your photos you didn’t even know about. And, it turns out there are all sorts of nifty things you can do when you’ve got data about your data.

Learn to Access Your Photos’ Metadata and Why You’d Wanna


Seal the Deal with a Photo

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Writing your name in cursive to make a promise is fine, but if you really mean it sign with your face!

No, don’t stick a pen up your nose.

If you’re a Mac user, you can use Preview (that app you use to open PDFs) to create a selfie signature and add it to all your official documents.

Nothing says serious business* like a selfie. ;)

Learn How to Add Your Photo Signature to PDFs

*You might want to consult your bank before endorsing checks with a selfie.

Thanks to Seth Terpstra for the tip!


Apps and Hacks for Editing On Your Phone

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The secret behind the very best pix on Instagram is that they’re not exactly “insta.”

Most wow-worthy shots have had some work done.

It takes a few edits to transform a good photo into a holy-smokes-wow photo.

Today, we’re bringing you a step-by-step look at one such transformation.

Watch one photo go from neat to woah-woah-wow and pick up some editing hacks and app recommendations along the way.

Learn to Edit like An Instagram Master, All On Your Phone!