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!


Two Gizmos For Making Double Exposures

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So, we did some math…

Turns out, a double exposure is worth two thousand words!

When you meld one image onto another, all of those extra words tend to run along the lines of, “Wow! Cool! Looks neat! I love it. How did you…?”

Sure, there are apps to fake double exposures and you can spend hours in photoshop or a darkroom (remember those?) creating ‘em.

But, we’re here to share two ways to make double exposures as you shoot, using reflective little Color Lens and Flash Filters and the magical Instax 90 Instant Camera.

Learn To make Double Exposures Two Ways*

*total value = 4,000 words


Turn Your Photos Into Beautiful Photo Narratives With Exposure

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There are plenty of places on the web to post a photo your friends will “like.”

Our pals at Exposure have created a way to share photos that’ll make your friends straight up marvel!

Exposure is a super simple way create a photo narrative with your photos. Drag and drop your very best shots onto the page and an algorithm arranges them for you.

Type in a few words and you have a beautifully laid out photo story ready to share.

It takes the tricky out of making a stunning spread so you can concentrate on having adventures and taking great shots.

For inspiration, check out the very best Exposure photo stories already created.

Exposure is rolling out invites as we speak and we’ve got a link that’ll get you to the front of the line.

Sign up for Exposure, Share Your Photo Stories