7 Pro Tips on How to Take Sunset Pictures

how to take sunset picturesThere is little more awe-inspiring than a dazzling sunset. It’s only natural to want to snap up the brilliant colors, fluffy clouds, and blazing-red sun. But how do you take sunset pictures so that they inspire as much awe as the sunset itself?

 

Here are a few of our pro tips:

 

Underexpose

 

The key trick to capturing beautiful sunsets is actually the opposite of astrophotography. Instead of setting a long exposure time, you’ll want to opt for a shorter one. The result will be brighter and richer colors and hues.

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4 Tips for Taking Excellent Beach Photos

beach photosShooting on location can be an exciting opportunity for any photographer—whether you’re an amateur or seasoned pro. And what better place to have a fun summer photo shoot than the beach? You can take your pick (pun intended) of action shots of friends riding the waves or get the whole family together to pose around the latest sand castle creation.

 

No matter what type of beach photos you decide to take, you can create some breathtaking photos given the right setting and lighting. But keep in mind that a beach photo shoot is not without its challenges. Consider these tips to optimize your pictures:

 

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The August Photo Challenge

August is our last month to live summer to its fullest potential! So, in the spirit of sharpening our photography skills and taking some time to have fun every day, we’ve decided to create a month-long photo challenge.


The rules are simple: for the month of August, use our daily prompts (listed below) to share one photo per day on Twitter or Instagram. Just be sure to caption the post with that day’s prompt, and use the hashtag #SMPphotochallenge so we can all see what we’re sharing.


Depending on the prompt, you may decide to share a scanned photo from your collection, or take a new photo that day. To make August even more memorable, challenge your friends and family to join in – it’s a great way to stay connected and practice photography.


 

The August Photo Challenge Daily Prompts


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4 Tips for Wow-Worthy Travel Photos

travel photosNow that summer has unofficially started, we’re dreaming of vacation. Exciting trips are one of life’s sweetest pleasures, and an album chock full of great pictures will make those memories last a lifetime. But if you think you need to invest in fancy photography equipment or a new camera to get incredible travel photos, think again. While it certainly doesn’t hurt to have the latest gear, the camera on your smartphone is perfect for traveling.

 

So, whether your summer plans include camping, weekend getaways, a serious trip abroad, or all three, we want to help you capture the experience with great pictures. Check out the tips below for suggestions on how to take the best travel photos!

 

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How to Take the Ultimate Instagram Food Photo

instagram food photoThere are many reasons to love Instagram, and for us, finding food inspiration is at the top of the list. But taking an amazing food photo isn’t as easy as it looks. Whether you’re sharing your latest recipe creation or trying to spread the word on a new restaurant in town, posting a gorgeous image is essential.

 

If you want to know exactly how to take like-worthy Instagram food photos, keep reading. These food photography tips are sure to get your posts more love. 



Lighting is everything

 

There’s nothing appetizing about a dark, grainy food pic. To set the stage for the best shot, find a source of natural light by setting up by a window or taking things outdoors. If the day is too bright, place a sheer curtain over the window, or find some shade to diffuse the light.

 

Whenever possible, steer clear of artificial light. Try to take food pics during daylight hours and avoid using the flash at all costs. 

 

Get thoughtful about set up

 

After lighting, the composition is the next important factor in capturing a mouth-watering image. Play around with utensil placement, the dish’s ingredients, or anything else you want to include in the shot. You can also add flowers and pretty linens in the frame to bring food photos to life. Don’t be afraid to get messy either— take a bite of the cookie, leave a forkful of pasta on a plate and leave that sprinkling of crumbs on the plate. These small, messy details can sometimes take your food photo to the next level.

 

Ask for help

 

Turn your dining companions into your partners in crime. Have them hold or display their drinks while you take the shot for added movement.

 

Don’t have enough light? Ask friends to use their iPhone light to illuminate the dish so you can turn your flash off.

 

Use a camera instead of your iPhone

 

If you’re serious about elevating your food photography, you may want to think about using a camera instead of your iPhone for Instagram. Most professional food bloggers fill their feed with images taken with a digital camera. The manual settings give you more control over lighting. Plus, you’ll end up with a high-res image.

 

But keep in mind, you’ll need to upload the photo to your computer and email it to yourself in order to post on Instagram.   

 

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