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Sharpen Up on FB

Facebook may not be the best place to show off your photography, but it is still a fantastic way to quickly share snaps with close friends and family. After all, not everyone is on Flikr.

You’ve likely noticed that FB compresses photos causing minor, but super irritating, artifacts. Which basically negates all the hours you spent editing them to perfection. GUH.

There is a way to ensure your photos come out looking sharp on FB. Three ways, actually!

  • 1. Upload 2048px size photos, you’ll get less compression.
  • 2. Don’t sharpen the image beforehand.
  • 3. Upload PNG, rather than JPG.

Read about the how and why these tips work in this article by Photoshelter, and start uploading pics to FB without losing your hard-earned quality.

Photo by Allen Murabayashi

A Little Sleight of Hand for Surreal Shots

The Great Outdoors definitely lives up to its name, but sometimes the summer heat is just too much. Staying in doesn’t have to be a total wash though, there’s loads of creative photos you can take in the Cool Indoors!

We’re totally digging these 10 tricks for setting up surreal snaps at home. Create mini worlds with a little papercraft, fool gravity with glue or create some intruige with smoke. Most of these fun setups require supplies you likely have already. So you’ll feel resourceful and productive on your day in.

Also check out some of our own ideas for indoor fun. Now you have all the excuses you need to keep out of the heat!

Stay cool, yo.

Photo by Dina Belenko

InstaMeets: A National Park Meetup For Photogs

You know that feel when you’re left behind in a tour group because you’re too busy snapping photos? All the time. You’re not alone (this time) and a resourceful Park Ranger noticed your dilemma.

Ranger Tim created InstaMeets, in Glacier National Park, as a solution. It’s a meetup for photographers to go on photo walks, safely and slowly, together. They’re a great way to connect with and learn from other photo enthusiasts.

Hopefully this brilliant idea is picked up by other National Parks. In the meantime, if you’re headed toward Glacier, check out when the next InstaMeet is here.

Photo by NPS

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

Poptography

You may have noticed that photography has increased in popularity in the past decade, you know, just a bit.

This photo boom can almost entirely be attributed to the photoing power of mobile phones. We’ve entered a new golden age of photography and it’s fascinating to watch current culture mix up the art a bit.

In this article on ImageBrief, Avril Delaney (whoa, cool name!) covers what she believes to be the top five ways pop culture is influencing photography. She presents some interesting challenges artists face as a result of these influences, and we’re always up for a challenge … or 5!

5 Ways Pop Culture is Influencing Photography

Photo by Ozzy Jaime

Surf’s Up!

Capturing the drama, movement, varied textures and colors of the sea is something almost every artist attempts. We’ve come a long way from mixing pigment on cave walls. These days we can snag a wave with a tap of our finger.

Technology has elevated our ability to catch waves, and in more ways than pop-out boards. Waterproof casings, almost infinite storage capacity and lightning fast shutters make for stunning photos when combined with daring photogs.

Take a look at this article with gallery on three such surf chargers.

Been craving to carve out some of your own photos? Check out the waterproof iPhone Supersuit. You could snap a photo, edit and share all before taking the drop. Epic!

 

Photo by Clark Little

Gramming for Good

Your Instagram presence is a superpower just waiting for that perfect opportunity to shine in selfless acts of kindness.

Welcome to your Hero moment. Gramming for Good is a new project that matches up talented ‘grammers with non-profit organizations, so you can use your visual power for good.

Sign up to participate here. Gramming for Good will match you up with a non-profit organization that suits your style and interests. Take over their account for a week, donate old gems from your photo collection, or spark a long-term collaboration and extend your impact.

If you’re in the Bay Area, check out Gramming for Good’s event coming up on June 11th.

Villains need not apply (we’ll keep you updated on when Tinder for Minions launches.)

Photo by Gramming for Good

Last Chance
Mother’s Day Ideas

Mother’s Day is less than a week away, and we’re compiling every idea we have for your perfect gift.

We know our own shop is stuffed full of fun goodies for Mom and we’ve already handpicked the best handmade gifts for her too.

But we’re so pumped about Mother’s Day this year that we decided to scour the ‘net for juuuust a couple more awesome gifts.

  • This Wood Block Cleat from Artifact Uprising is our favorite way to show off their signature prints.
  • These personalized Stickers are super affordable, unique and ripe with possibilities.
  • Personalize this Spa Box to showcase your favorite mom-time photo while also giving her a way to enjoy spa-time.
  • Who doesn’t love cookies? Gift Mom a Cookie Box Subscription … and, uh, grab us one too while you’re at it. Mmmmm….cooookies.

Sometimes the best gift is time. Take her out to dinner, a movie or both! Spend some silly time taking instant portraits or making a photo recipe book. You’ll have a great time and create something to remember.

Mom rocks, and you do too! Make this Mother’s Day a blast for you both.

Photo by Artifact Uprising

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