3 Pro Photography Tips from Expert Photographers

Pro Photography Tips Mastery is only achieved through active learning. The ability to learn, practice, and keep an open mind is key to becoming a master at any skill—especially, photography.


If you’re looking to enhance your photography skills for the next photo shoot with the family, we’ve got a few more tips for you to learn. Check out these pro photography tips to help you every time you go to take a pic:


Elena Blair@elenasblair


Who is she? Elena’s lifestyle photographs possess a truly magical feel. She captures the real-life moments of her subjects and reflects the essence of who they are as individuals and who they are together.



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Why decades-past photographs are getting people to mingle at parties

Using nostalgia from years-past photographs to engage everyone at your next party to mix and mingle


The biggest challenge to create a fun way to ease strangers into the conversation is how to get people talking. How to have all guests get the conversation started as they arrive at your home or corporate gathering to engage and relate to each other? This trending social gathering icebreaker tip works by displaying everyone’s nostalgic pictures on your TV as they arrive.


Displaying everyone’s nostalgic pictures on your TV is a trending icebreaker for social gatherings.



At ScanMyPhotos.com, having digitized 500 million family photos, we often hear of creative ways people are using their decades-past rediscovered photo snapshots.


This social engagement tip has been trending at ScanMyPhotos as a fun and innovative way to use pictures to connect people together.


As the dinner party, family reunion or corporate event,’s invitations are sent out, this creative tip will get the party started with everyone talking, laughing and sharing stories.


Along with the traditional invitations, ask guests to revisit their decades-past favorite pictures which share a story, their seminal moments and past adventures. To go back in time, request that the photos not be recent pictures from a smartphone, but digitized pictures from their analog photo albums.

 


The memories spanning decades of past memories. Select categories, such as travel, goofy pictures, holidays, home, childhood adventures, first car, school and more. But warn guests that the pictures will be shared in a public forum, so nothing too personal or revealing.



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Coming Soon to ScanMyPhotos: a Unique Travel Surprise

Next ‘new-new’ thing in personalized tech/travel experiences as your family surprises you at your hotel, cruise cabin or airline seat with your lifetime of photos digitized, uploaded to view during your journey.


Through tech innovations and creative new ways to celebrate your family is with photos. Coming soon is a unique way to unite travelers with their nostalgic pictures.


ScanMyPhotos.com, which has digitized 500 million pictures and is a new conduit and gateway to share photo content in a unique way.

Picture this: a new, personalized tech experience as people are surprised with a gift so special that they’ll cry (happy tears), and watch and enjoy for hours!  As you enter your cabin on a cruise ship, hotel room, or sit back in flight at your assigned seat, the magic begins. A personalized welcome message appears, you sign in and become surprised as you watch your lifetime of newly digitized photos uploaded to view during your journey.

As hefty ‘resort fees, to checked luggage charges have become the consternation for travelers, this unique Photo Entertainment Experience is priceless and one-of-a-kind.


It is new revenue generator for hotels, airlines and cruise ships to personalize your experience. This new service from ScanMyPhotos.com is launching to connect people with a travel photo package ordered online to celebrate special events.

The process: gather your family or friends’ decades-past photos, have ScanMyPhotos.com digitize all to upload. and link to a special online experience by entering the guest’s destination, hotel, airline or cruise itinerary to surprise them.

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What Is The Best Way To Clean 35mm Slides and Film Negatives?

Before scanning your slides and film negatives, here’s an easy DIY tip to clean it first


While Kodak’s Digital ICE, which is used for slide and negative scanning at ScanMyPhotos.com, does help remove unwanted dust and scratches, it is only designed to remove a moderate amount. If your film and slides are very dirty or dusty, it is in your best interest to clean them prior to sending them in to be scanned. Here are some recommended easy to achieveslide scanner tips:


  • Purchase a soft, anti-static cleaning cloth or microfiber cloth, like those used for cleaning lenses and gently clean each slide and negative.

  • Gently wipe the film negative and slides from one side to the other.

  • Careful. Watch for abrasive material, like sand, which should be gently blown off the negative before wiping with the dust cloth.

  • Canned air is preferred. For 35mm mounted slides, remove the film from its plastic or cardboard casing before wiping to avoid just brushing dust to the edges of the slide.

  • FOR ADVANCED USERS: Find an alcohol-based film cleaner and compressed photographic gas at a photography store or online.

  • The film cleaner should have a neutral pH and not contain any water.

  • Cotton pads can be purchased at any drugstore. Pour the film cleaner on a cotton pad and spread it on the negative. A light touch and a steady hand will help preserve your film and prevent scratching.

  • Use the compressed gas to blow off cotton fibers and dry the film cleaner. The negative should now be free from non-water-based stains.

More Frequently Asked Slide Scanning Questions


More Frequently Asked Film / Negative Scanning Questions


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6 Tips to Preserve Old Photos for Future Generations to Enjoy

Preserve Old Photos The most popular method for storing old photos is one of the most damaging. That’s right, stuffing a box with photos, negatives, and/or slides and packing it away in the basement is like turning your memories into a ticking time bomb.

 

If you want to keep your photos safe from disaster and away from the ravages of time, then it’s time to properly store them. The following tips will help you preserve old photos so that they will be around for many years to come.

Use care when handling

 

It’s highly recommended to use cotton gloves when handling photos. There are unseen oils and dirt on our hands that could do some serious damage to prints over time. If you can’t use gloves, then delicately handle the photos at the edges when moving them around.

 

You should also keep your preservation project in an area that’s neat and clean, and away from damaging lights, extreme temperatures or humidity, smoke, foods or liquids. Imagine you’re an archivist handling ancient and precious materials—photos require that same kind of delicacy. While you may not see the damage right away, improper handling can wreak havoc on your photos over time.

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