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?
- DSLR or even a decent point ‘n shoot.
- Tripod or any way to keep your camera rock steady.
- Compass. Try an app! (Apple/Android)
- 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
You’re itching to liven up someone’s Monday with good laugh, right? Well, hop on over the shop and tell us a joke!
TODAY ONLY (10am-4pm EST), we’re doling out dough for jokes. The more you make us laugh the bigger the discount we’ll throw at you.
The absolute ringer of the day will win a whopping $150 coupon! We really like jokes. No joke!
Hit Us With Your Best Punch(line)
Worms wiggle. Your toes wiggle. And hey, gifs wiggle, too!
Or at least they can. And when they do, they look three-dimensional. How cool is that?
Now that Facebook is allowing gifs (whee!), we wanna use that new found power to post lots of 3D photos in the form of fun wiggle gifs! And we’re gonna show you how easy it to make ’em in just three steps.
This fun spin on the classic stereograph will have you fondly remembering the old days of photography, while also marveling at just how far we’ve come!
Give Your Gifs the Gift of Dance
We’re feeling super inspired by this photograph by Eirik Solheim.
Eirik set up an SLR in a window and snapped a pic every half hour for one year. This left him with 16,000 images. Whoa. He picked out 3,888 of ’em and used a bit of code to stitch them into a single image.
You may not have a spare SLR that could be set up in a window for a year, but this idea can totally be taken in other directions.
- Take 4 photos of a local park, one for every season, and use your usual photo editor to cut ‘n paste pieces into one image.
- Make a composite of your summer campsite – take one photo an hour for twelve hours.
- Set your camera up on the beach and grab a shot every half hour of the tide going out. (Check here for local tide schedules!)
Photo by Eirik Solheim
You’ve been drooling over time-lapses lately, and with good reason.
They’re perfect for capturing the buzz of a cityscape, the fun of your pool party and the awesomeness of storm-clouds moving over your hometown.
We’ve rounded up the best time-lapse tools for everyone from DSLR wielding pros to time-lapse newbz. You can finally snag perfect time-lapses … time after time.
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What Do You Do Here? I’m an obsessive number tracker who keeps day to day operations running smoothly.
Favorite Camera: Anything with film in it!
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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
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.
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“Wow! Oh my gosh! Cool!”
This is what your friends will say when they see your gorgeous photos of food coloring in water.
These shots are not only incredible but surprisingly easy! And with our setup tips and ideas you’re gonna get the most vibrant and unique results possible.
Just don’t get so mesmerized by all those dancing colors that you forget to take the shot!
Make Photo Magic with Food Coloring
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