Say it isn’t so! The summer is already winding down and we haven’t even hit the beach yet. Now is the time to grab your camera and hit the sand and surf. Before you get frustrated with the harsh light that often occurs at the beach, we have a few tips for you to make your pictures a little more lovely.
1. Don’t Shy Away from the Sun
Obviously, going to the beach when the sun is not mid-day is preferable. However, it shouldn’t stop you from getting great pictures of people. There are a few ways to cheat the sun and get great shots. Have your subjects wear sunglasses and get that beautiful sunlight on their skin. It will come out nice and bright with tones that can give great contrast. You can also have them face sideways so they are not staring directly into the sun.
Now try the opposite of our first tip. This is a little more structured though on getting the right image. Go low so you can get a lot of the sky in – after all this should fill most of your frame to make the most of the image. Next, expose for the sky not your subject. Then check your histogram to make sure that it is not overexposed. Also, also when photographing silhouettes, make sure your there is separation between your subjects. Otherwise, it will look like a black blob and you won’t be able to change that in post.
I like to think of sunflare as the best of both worlds – bright sun and silhouette. Obviously, the best time for this type of photograph is when the sun is lower in the sky. You want that warm, glowing light that happens right before sunset. You’ll be shooting into the sun so start at a lower ISO like 100. Cameras have a hard time focusing when you are shooting into the sun, so find something to focus on such as your subject’s hair, etc. Your camera needs something to grab on to to focus. Then experiment, this really is about what works best. Typically, start with a shutter speed of 1/125 and work your way up to see how much light you want in or don’t want in the photo.
You have the perfect mirror in front of you, the water. Try photographing your subject where you include the reflection in the water. Obviously, calm waters are best suited for this type of photograph. It doesn’t have to be a perfect reflection, sometimes abstract makes it more interesting. Try different angles to get the best reflection. Also, reflection on wet sand is marvelous for a softer look.
5. Have fun with Summer Props
From sunglasses to surfboards to everything in between, summer props are bold and bright. You can add a lot of color to your images by including some of these bright props into your photos. A pop of color to offset the blue sky and blue water is the perfect way to add interest to your image.
If you have any suggestions on photographing people at the beach, please share them with us and leave a comment below.
-written by Libby for Adoramapix
-imagery by Shutterstock for editorial purposes
In the last chapter of our 5 Common Photography Mistakes series, we take a look at a major pitfall, imitating others. Finding your path and vision in photography takes time. For many just starting out, it’s easier just to take a look at other’s websites and start to imitate what has already been done. This is the hardest lesson to learn. What you need to remember is that you have your own unique ideas and vision and finding it will take some time.
Inspiration can be found in anything from movies to paintings to nature. It’s all around you.
For example, I have always loved the painting of Ophelia by John Everett Millais. It has inspired many artists and photographers. I wanted to do my own spin on it with my daughter.
Courtney Slazinik of Click it Up a Notch, talks to us about imitation versus inspiration and how to break through to find your own vision.
You have just received hundreds, maybe thousands of images from your wedding. So other than printing a fabulous traditional photo book through Adoramapix, what other things can you do to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces?
1. Make a Collage with your Monogram
This was so easy to do and I love the way it turned out. Using our collages, you can upload your favorite images from your wedding. With one of your pictures, you’ll upload an image with your monogram on it. Any type of software editing program will allow you do this. Simply use your image as your background, pick your letter and a color that will match your wedding colors. Upload as if it’s an actual picture and place where you think it will look best. It’s beautiful and personal.
2. Include your Vows onto a Print
For this to work, you’ll need some negative space on your print. Depending on how long your vows were, you can either include them all or take certain snippets from them for a more powerful look. Again, any type of software editing program will allow you to add text over a photo. The main thing to do before ordering is to check, and then double check your spelling before printing. You should also make sure the font is legible and large enough to read. This would look marvelous as a canvas for a softer look. Side note, you could also post your first dance lyrics if you did not write your own vows.
3. Instagram Photo Book
This takes a little preplanning before your day, but when done correctly it will give you a whole new stream of wedding photos. First, make it known that you would like to set up a hashtag for you wedding. For example, #TaylorWedding and let your guests know you will be making items from these photographs. This will give you a specific photo stream for your wedding day, instead of having yourself tagged and your images showing up in everyone else’s feed. Next, you can print from the stream. Typically, smart phone images were meant to be smaller in size so I would suggest not pushing the images past an 8×8 size. All phones are different, but most will look good 8×8 and under. So with this, pick an 8×8 photo book and you can either build one yourself or we have a template just for this occasion called Camera Phone White and Camera Phone Black. This way you have a separate photo book for your professional photographs and your instagram photos from your friends and family.
4. Instagram Heart
This plays on number three, once you have your hashtag set up. You can still print out all the fun phots and arrange them on your wall as you would like, we print 4×4 on our Kodak Lustre which is the perfect fit for this type of project. If you don’t have enough photos from your wedding day, simply fill in the heart with other images you like or find will fit the look you are trying to achieve.
Why not enjoy your wedding all year? It’s easy to make a calendar with our online software and you can choose from 12 or 18 months. Plus you can choose from 6×6, 8×8 or 10×10. We have prebuilt templates or you can build your own. The most important thing about our calendars is that they are printed on beautiful, professional lustre paper. So when you are done with the calendar, you can actually tear off the images and frame them.
‘Tis the season to hit the open road. When the skies turn blue and the days seem to last forever, now is the time when we feel the urge to travel. It’s important to document your travels in a photo book as they reflect your special memories and adventures with friends and family.
There are a number of ways you can document your road trip.
For those that love the written word as much as the photograph, we have the perfect template for you: The Journal. This template lends itself well to combining these two aspects. We have a number of fonts that look like hand writing to compliment your images. You can also pick your font color and size to match the image. Here I chose a font that looked like my handwriting and the I pulled the color from the rocks.
2. Day by Day
This is an account of your day to day travels. Arrange all of your photos in chronological order. You can then load them to our PixPublisher. The template world traveler lends itself well for the day to day type of archiving of your travel memories.
3. Just for the Little Ones
A great idea is make a smaller photo book for your children. Load it with pictures and fun, colorful backgrounds and chat bubbles. Include pictures of the family and solo shots of the children. They will love to have their own photo travel photo book. It will work well as a memento – a glimpse at their life at a specific age. The 6×12 photo book size is a fun and perfect size for this type of travel photo book.
We have a handful of other travel themed templates that are fun and easy to use. Feel free to be adventurous and take a look around our other themes like panoramic and photography. These templates often showcase designs with little to no embellishments when you are looking to keep things simple.
We hope a few of these ideas will spark your imagination to get your images off your cards, computers and phones and make a travel photo book that will last for generations.
We have such amazing members who are creative and inspiring. This week we want to turn our spotlight on member Terry Cloud. Terry works for a professional hockey team and turns all of the team’s broken hockey sticks into frames to showcase his Adoramapix prints.
Terry was kind enough to show us this DIY along with the steps on how to achieve this look.
Measure the outside of the picture frame and mark the measurements onto hockey stick to cut.
Assemble frame loosely and place corner brackets in place. Drill starter holes and then screw them into place.
Measure on top of frame to find center and screw your frame hanger in place.
Thank you Terry for this fantastic DIY. We can see this as the perfect way to showcase your Adoramapix photos of your favorite hockey players.