Uncluttered shots!

Get in close and focus on one aspect of a costume-in this case, the makeup. Whether photographing costumes, decorations, parties, pick the most important facet and zero in on it by moving in close. By doing this, you’ll avoid a common photography error: cluttered pictures with no discernible subject or not enough detail.

Girl in a Witch Costume With Halloween Treats

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Are you looking for new ways to inject energy into your photography? Try taking a new perspective on familiar views or objects. All you need to do is change your position or tilt the camera at a quirky angle – no expensive new equipment is required! Get started with this handy guide to perspectives:

Straightforward snapping – take a direct view

When you take photos at eye-level, it’s called the ‘central perspective’. This is great for taking clear photos of landscapes or buildings, and portrait photos of people and animals.

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If you’re still lucky enough to have a holiday by the sea booked before the end of summer, then why not try underwater photography.

We at Snapfish have created some useful tips that will help you take some great underwater snaps!

Tip 1: Correct equipment: First and foremost you will need an underwater camera – there is no need to worry though as reasonable models can be bought at an affordable price. The benefit of buying an underwater camera is that these cameras don’t just work in the water, but they can also be used to take pictures of the exotic destinations you may visit.

Underwater photography

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While not everybody enjoys having their photo taken, people do make the most fascinating subjects. Getting the perfect shot can take a little practice, so we’ve put together our top five tips to help you put friends and family in the frame with portrait photos:

  1. Is the light right?

It’s best to avoid bright sunlight, so start by looking for a shady place. This will soften the light and avoid dark shadows obscuring your shot. Look for areas of even lighting, such as next to a high wall, or when a cloud completely covers the sun. Dawn and dusk also create magical soft and subtle lighting that’s ideal for creating stunning portrait shots.

Put friends and family in the frame with portrait photos

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The beach provides a naturally beautiful canvas, and by simply using a variety of perspectives, you can create extraordinary pictures of your days by the sea. For example, snap a candid shot of your child or loved one unaware and enjoying the beach.

simple techniques and tips for great beach photos

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Celebrate the arrival of your little Prince or Princess with personalised photo card birth announcements. Choose a design you love, then add your favourite photo (or photos!) and a personal message. Shop before your baby is born and save the card in your projects folder so that once your bundle of love arrives, all you have to do is add the details. Don’t forget to save one for your baby’s scrapbook, or frame an announcement for the nursery.

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Gift-giving shots

Make the gift-giving part of the party more personal—and practical. Take a photo of each child presenting a gift and a photo of the birthday boy or girl opening it. You’ll create a visual record of who gave what, which is a huge help when it’s time to write thank-you notes.

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black and white photography

Why shoot black and white?

Think of Ansel Adams’ majestic black and white landscapes, and you can appreciate the power that’s possible when you leave colour behind. Use black and white (or monochrome, as it’s also called) techniques to heighten drama and emotion in your photos, to give pictures a timeless quality

Explore contrast

Contrast-the difference between the light and dark areas in a photo-is an essential part of black and white photography. There are three levels of contrast that you can experiment with when you shoot:

High contrast, which means striking white and black tones, heightens tension and adds drama to photos.
Normal contrast provides the most “realistic” image, with a balanced range of black, grey to white tones.
Low contrast keeps tones mostly in the mid-range, so there are lots of greys.

Add drama and emotion to portraits

Emotional occasions, such as weddings or tender childhood moments are ideal opportunities to shoot black and white. And don’t forget group shots-black and white shots mean that clashing clothing isn’t a problem.

Black and white shot ideas

Many artists use black and white photography because it helps viewers focus on the subject and composition without the distraction of colour. Try shooting interesting patterns, textures or lines in nature. Details that are barely noticeable in colour become more prominent and poetic. Baby pictures, wedding photos, family portraits, whether candid or posed, gain a classic quality when shot in black and white. From the mountains to your own garden, landscape shots look magnificent in black and white. Snapfish also allows you to convert photos to black & and white. Go to your Snapfish photo library, click edit & organise, then fix & enhance. Select the images you want to modify and then apply black and white tint available under the fun tab.

Stylish output for your black and white photos

Showcase your favourite shots with a Snapfish canvas print or poster which provide you with an artistic way to enjoy your photos and give a stylish feel to your home.