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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This year, take along a special travel notebook so you can jot down notes about your holiday memories – funny things the kids said, the bakery with the perfect cakes, or describe the sights, sounds and smells of the vibrant, dramatic sunset. Make sure you can hold onto your holiday for as long as you can by organising all of your summer holiday pictures in one place with a travel photo book. Pick a travel theme, scan mementos, and add personal captions to create a photo book you, and your family will treasure and enjoy the simple pleasures of your holiday again and again.

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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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There are just a couple of days left to Father’s Day. The more organised among you will no doubt have sorted the presents for Dad and Grandad. The rest of you have a few more hours to come up with a thoughtful present or a treat.

Here at Snapfish, we worked with a group of amazing parenting and lifestyle bloggers to introduce some more creative ideas for Father’s Day gifts. The result was not only a bunch of great presents.

We picked 7 ideas which truly express the Snapfish spirit and we hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

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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.

Prince or Princess

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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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Gifts from the kitchen are heart-warming. Not only do you get to taste your friends’ wonderful delights, you get their recipes, too. Whether you’re part of a club, a school, or a group of friends, creating a Christmas Recipe Book is a beautiful way to collect and remember each year’s event. You can even sell the books for fund raising. And with our new Magic Layout tools, it’s easier than ever before.

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Bonus Tip: Turn our stationery photo cards into beautiful recipes cards, with or without photos, to include when giving baked goods or other kitchen treats.

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.