How to Get Clearer Images With Your Point and Shoot Camera

While it’s easy enough to take photos with a smartphone or a point and shoot camera, it isn’t always easy to get a shot that isn’t a bit blurry.

It can be rather frustrating to think that you’ve just captured an amazing photo only to find that the image isn’t good enough to share online or print. Below are a few pointers that you can use to stop this from happening in the future.52315_2018.09.17_SEN_Elliot

  1. Keep your lens clean.We are always using our smartphones, which means they can get dirty and grimy quite quickly. By making a point of cleaning your camera or phone’s lens on a regular basis, you’ll automatically get clearer shots.
  2. Make use of natural light. Using natural light when taking your photos will give you much better images. Positioning your subject near a door or window will make a massive difference to your photos.
  3. Keep it steady.Most people who own a smartphone have mastered the art of taking photos with one hand but if your hand isn’t steady enough, you’ll almost always end up with blurry shots. Try holding a camera with both hands instead to see what a difference it makes. You can also rest your phone or camera on a table or pole if that will help you take a steadier shot.
  4. Forget the zoom.If you can help it, rather don’t use the zoom on your camera as this can detract from a photo’s quality, especially if you’re using a smartphone. Rather take a wider shot and crop the photo later on.
  5. Take more than one photo.Sometimes it’s best to take more than one photo so that you have a better chance of getting one great shot.
  6. Leave the flash off.Your phone or camera’s flash can be handy at times but it can also be the reason for your blurry images.

54439_ 2018.09.27_ENG_BensonAlong with using the above tips, you simply need to practice if you want to learn how to take the best possible shots with your smartphone or point and click camera.

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Studio or On Location Shoot? Which One is Right for You?

Every photographer has their own preferences when it comes to where they love to shoot. Both indoor and outdoor settings have their own advantages and disadvantages and if you are trying to decide where to have your next photo shoot, here are a few factors to consider:

588832019.03.03_POR_NolandThings to keep in mind with inside shoots:

Indoors shoots can be ideal for all types of photography sessions. From family portraits to engagement sessions, indoor shoots offer a great deal of versatility. You don’t have to worry about what the weather will be like, scouting out the perfect location and any other distractions that can make you feel uncomfortable or self-conscious.

Many people choose to do an indoor shoot because it can be a more comfortable setting. Often, indoor shoots allow you additional privacy to relax and be able to communicate better with your photographer. With outdoor shoots, you may feel more self-conscious with people passing by or how the wind is blowing your hair.

Indoor shoots, either at a studio or in your own home can be a good fit for shoots that involve younger children. It can be easier to schedule an in home session when there are babies and toddlers because it allows them to be in an environment that they are familiar with. This can also help them act more naturally in front of the camera.

55212_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinterThings to keep in mind with outdoor location shoots:

Outdoor shoots add a different dynamic to images. Being able to utilize the natural sunlight is something that cannot be easily recreated within a studio setting. If you’re looking touse natural light to your advantage, overcast days are perfect for this. The clouds act like a filter and can help soften the harshness of the shadows from the sun. If you don’t live in an area like Seattle where cloudy days are quite common, be aware not to shoot in bright light as your photos will look harsh and your subjects will probably be squinting. The golden hour, which takes place 15 – 20 minutes before sunset up until 15 – 20 minutes after sunset, is the best time to shoot outdoors.

Outdoor settings are great for engagement shoots as well as family photos. You will have more choices of where to shoot and you may also discover that one location will provide a variety of backdrops. While shooting in a public space might make some feel a little more self-conscious with people passing by and wind blowing in their hair, these same factors can make your images much more interesting.

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When deciding on a location for your shoot, keep your shoot’s theme as well as your subjects in mind. Preparation also goes a long way in making a certain setting work for you.

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How to Organize Your Digital Photos Like a Boss

If you’re like most people, you probably have thousands of digital photos stored on a computer or hard drive but have you ever been searching for that one photo and the few minutes you thought it would take to find it turns into an hour?41249_2018.07.05_POR_Gilchrist

Top 3 tips for organizing your digital photos

Taking the time to develop a system that will help you better organize your photos will end up saving you hours in the future. Here are some helpful tips to get you started:

  1. Check your camera’s settings.By making sure that your camera has the correct date and time setup, organizing your photos will be a lot easier now and in the future. With the correct dates and times in place, the right groups of photos will show up alongside each other, making it easier to save into specific folders.43835_2018.08.05_POR_Hodges
  2. Do a clean-up.If you’re generally a happy snapper, it might be time to set a few hours aside and carefully go through your photos and get rid of the images that are out of focus or aren’t of anything significant. This exercise will help you get organized and free up some space on your devices.36747_2018.03_12_POR_Grotheues
  3. Start with the year. In order to really get organized, you’re going to need to start creating some folders on your computer. Start with a folder for a specific year and create folders for each of the 12 months within it. You can now create folders within each month folder that speak to different events, vacations or impromptu pet photoshoots that took place during those months. For example, if you went on a skiing trip in January 2015, your folder structure would be: 2015 > January > Family Ski Trip. This folder structure will make it much easier to find your favorite memories.

It’s also important to download and create backups of your photos on a regular basis. You always want a second copy of your most precious memories as those photos are something that you’ll never be able to get back should your computer or hard drive crash.

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How to Create a Natural Makeup Look for Your Photo Shoot Part 2

  1. The eyes.
  • Eyebrows-

Many people neglect to use an eyebrow pencil to make their brows a little fuller because this can often be easily overdone. Using an eyebrow pencil, however, can make your eyes look wider and your face look younger. Starting at the bottom of your brow use a pencil to fill the brow in from the bottom up. You want to start off a little darker and lighten the color as you move towards the top to create a more natural look.

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  • Lids-

To help emphasize your eyes with eye shadow you want to use three colors. Start with a natural color that is close to your skin tone and apply it over the lid. Apply a darker color to the crease of the lid and finish with a highlighter color applied to the inner corners of the eye and along the brow bone. You want to ensure everything is well blended to maintain a natural look.

Don’t shy away from eyeliner either. Eyeliner will help frame the eyes and this can make them appear brighter. To apply the eyeliner you want to use a skinny makeup brush.

  • Lashes-

Apply mascara first then the root of the lashes and then work your way out. Do this to both the top and bottom lashes and apply a second coat if necessary.

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  1. Contouring.
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Highlighter should be applied first before blush or bronze. This is the same highlighter you used with your eyes but along with applying it to the brow line and inner corner of the eyes you also want to apply it to the top of the cheekbones and center of the nose.

  • Bronze-

Lightly apply the bronzer to the jaw line, sides of the nose, under the cheekbones and to the temple area.

  • Blush-

Keep your blush a natural color and apply it to the checks. Make sure you blend it well with the highlighter and bronzer.

  1. Lips.

To finish off you natural look you want to stick with a lipstick. There are so many nude colors to choose from so be sure to find one that keeps your makeup well balanced.

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Organizing Your Digital Photos on Your Computer

Images can take up a lot of space and can easily become a chaotic mess that you spend hours trying to sift through. From the images, you take personally to the ones you have professionally done, keeping your digital photos organized on your computer may seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some quick and easy ways you can keep your images organized and make finding the ones you want a quick process.

5 Tips To Keep You Digital Photo Library Organized.

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  1. Date and Time

Most often you can set the date and time on your camera and this information will automatically show when you upload new images onto your computer. But, if you are uploading digital files from your professional shoot then you will want to make sure you add the date to the files before you begin the upload.

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  1. Name

Create folders for your images with the name, date or occasion you had them taken. It is always a good idea to add in the year that they were taken as well. You can create subfolders in the pictures folders on your computer for images you upload from your professional shoot.

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  1. Face Recognition

Most photo software allows you to tag people in your images using facial recognition. This can be an easy way for you to find specific images of your children and significant other.

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  1. Keywords

It can take a little extra time to tag your images with keywords but this can make finding the images you want significantly easier. Use keywords that you will be able to remember and be consistent with them. Keywords can be single words or phrases. Some ideas for keywording your images can include the event, date, location, season and people in the images.

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  1. Rate and Delete

You’d be surprised how many images are on your computer that you simply will never use or feel the need to look at again. Do you have images that are out of focus, have poor exposure, or random images of your hands, feet or the inside of your bag? Spend an afternoon going through and deleting the images that are pointless to keep. While you’re at it, you can go through and rate the images as well. This will allow you to easily find the images you like the most.

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Getting Creative with Portrait Photography

A few tips for how to take your portrait photos up a notch.

When you think of portrait photography, the standard head and shoulders shot with a slightly tilted chin probably comes to mind. While there is a place for more formal portraits, adding a little creative flair can change up your images and give you amazing results.

Here are a few subtle ways that you can really turn your portrait photography around.

Forget Eye-Level

There is no rule that says a portrait always needs to be taken at eye-level. Have your photo shot from above to give your portrait a more artistic flair.

14493_2016-06-09_wed_wiseLose the Eye Contact

While a subject making direct eye contact with the camera does create a connection with the person viewing the photo, there are other options such as having the subject focus on something unseen to bring an element of mystery and intrigue to the shot.

17704_2016-08-28_wed_rexroatBring in a Prop

Using a prop in a shot helps tell a story, brings in some color or just adds some general visual interest. It’s important that you keep the prop simple though so that you aren’t diverting the attention off the main subject of the photo.

4372_2015.12.15_POR_LodovicoExperiment with Lighting

Try taking photos around a shutter or doorway where you can play with natural light. Another option is to play with shadows or even brightly colored lights. Again, it’s important not to detract from the person in the photo if you will be using dramatic lighting.

18246_2016-08-28_wed_rexroatPlay with Backgrounds

Adjusting something as obvious as the background can make all the difference to a portrait shot. Backgrounds of different colors or even different textures can all be used. If patterns are used however, make sure that they aren’t too busy.

Once you start getting creative with portrait photography, it’ll be hard to take a plain portrait shot again.

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6 Ways to Always Look Fantastic in Photos

Photography tips and tricks to help you look your best.

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From school yearbooks to friends’ weddings, we’ve all been in front of camera at some point or another and if you’ve recently looked at a photo with disdain then this post’s for you. If you know that you’re going to have a lens pointed in your direction in the near future, below are six simple ways to get better results.

  1. Get to Know Your Face. This applies to professional photoshoots as well as every day photos. Take time getting to know your face, how to smile naturally and which side or angle of your face you like better.2015.07.17_POR_Brown_DNG-July 16, 2015-38
  2. Easy on the makeup. While an evening out is a different story when it comes to makeup, if you’re having headshots, family or maternity photos taken, go easy on the makeup. You want some basic coverage but don’t overdo it. You should also only stick to accentuating one part of your face so choose either your eyes or lips but not both.10507_2016-06-17_wed_karnik_club
  3. Facing the camera. Your photographer will help you when it comes to posing for photos but in general you shouldn’t be facing the camera head on. Positioning your body at an angle always makes for better photos.18685_2015-09-02_bou_sanderson
  4. Controlling your chin. Photos where your neck is elongated and your chin is pushed slightly forward will lift your face and give it a more angular look. You might want to practice this beforehand in order to get used to it.15810_2016-07-27_sen_sandgren
  5. Pick your outfit carefully. Put some thought into what you’ll wear to your shoot. Pair bold designs and patterns with solid colors to avoid too much distraction. You should also pay attention to the fit and shape of your outfit. Make sure it compliments you and that you feel comfortable.18425_2015-08-25_por_hughes
  6. Use lighting to your advantage. This is something that your professional photographer will be an expert at but the right lighting can mean the difference between that wow factor and disappointment. Avoid standing directly under a light as this will create weird shadows on your face. This is something we will help you out with because we are experts so take our advice when we suggest a specific time for photos. If shooting outdoors, the best light will be 15-20 minues before & after sunset. Unless it’s an overcast day, we will always try to get you in full shade so that the lighting isn’t dappled or causing weird shadows on your face.17701_2016-08-28_wed_rexroat

As much as the above tips will help you during your professional photoshoot, always remember to have fun and relax as this will do wonders for your photos.

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