7 Tips for Taking Better Videos with Your Smartphone

videos with your smartphoneLights! Smartphone! Action! These days it’s all too easy to take videos whenever and wherever you are – no special equipment or cinematography skills needed. Just grab your smartphone, point, and shoot. But when it comes to smartphone videos, “easy” doesn’t always translate to “good.” Here are some tips for improving your own smartphone videos:


1. Turn that phone sideways


Computer screens and televisions are landscape-oriented (they are wider than they are tall). So why would you shoot your videos tall and skinny? Before you hit record, be sure to rotate your smartphone 90 degrees to get the best shot possible.


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How to Take Great Concert Photos

Concert PhotosMemorial Day weekend is coming our way, and with it brings the start of concert season!


If you’re attending a concert in the coming weeks, you’ll want to capture every moment of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.


To help you take some memorable shots, we pulled together some of our best tips on how to take great concert photos.


Get your camera settings right


Depending on the lighting, you’ll need to adjust the camera’s settings accordingly. For example, If it’s an indoor or night concert, you’ll want to set your ISO high, whereas a bright, outdoor performance will require a much lower ISO.


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5 Important Tips for Using Your New dSLR Camera

photographerA few months ago we wrote an article to help aspiring photographers and photo-taking enthusiasts select the right dSLR for their needs. Now that the holidays—and holiday sales—have passed, we think it’s safe to say some of you are now proud of owners of a shiny new dSLR camera.


So for all those who have spent the past few weeks tinkering with this new toy, we’re sharing some of our favorite tips to help you maximize using your new dSLR camera.


1: Know the key terms


Photography in general has a ton of key terms you need to know in order to get the photo just right. But you don’t need to know everything at once—it’s okay to take things one setting at a time. Also, we’re here to help! We have a blog post that goes over the important camera definitions you need to know—check it out here.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing a dSLR Camera

If you’re tired of fussing with the settings on your phone’s camera or are frustrated with the poor picture quality produced by your point-and-click, then the time has come to upgrade to a shiny new dSLR (digital single-lens reflex).


Every year dSLR cameras become faster and better than ever, but which is the right one to purchase (or put on your holiday wish list) in 2014? Here are a few things to consider when choosing a dSLR camera:


1) Buy for your level of expertise


Getting the hang of a new dSLR camera can be tricky—especially for beginners—so make sure you purchase a camera that’s easy to use.


If you’re not sure where to begin, this list of best entry-level dSLRs of 2014 can help point you in the right direction. You can also scan reviews on Amazon or Google to make sure the camera you’re interested in is beginner friendly.

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De-Coding the Language of Camera Specs: 5 Key Terms to Know

Camera specsNot sure why your photos are coming out blurry? Curious about the best settings for a daytime shoot? Just want to know what an aperture is? While it’s true that cameras have a language of their own, you can improve the quality of your pics by understanding a few key terms. To help, here’s a rundown of 5 important camera specs plus tips that will enhance your photos:


1: Aperture – Also known as “f-stop” or “f-number”


Just like an eye’s pupil, the aperture is the size of the lens opening that lets in light. Wider is typically better because as size increases, the depth of field (the area of sharpness in front of and behind the subject) also increases.


Tip: A large f-number will bring the images in the foreground and background into focus. A smaller f-number will only bring the image in the foreground into focus, while the background will become blurry.


2: Burst – Also referred to as “continuous shooting rate”


Burst is the rate of frames per second that a camera can capture.


Tip: You’ll want to increase the burst rate if you’re trying to take action shots—this way you’re more likely to snag a great pic in the middle of the excitement.

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