Whether announcing baby's arrival or documenting a birthday, make your tot's first photo shoot something special with adorable props. Along with upping the cuteness factor, these adorable hats, ruffled bloomers, and handmade blankets give your photographer something to use to make your babe's shots truly special. Click through to find the perfect photo props for your newborn's first photo shoot.
With the HD powers of the iPhone 4S camera, iPhoneography is a medium even professional photographers praise. If you've become obsessed with capturing images on your mobile phone, here are nine quick tips from Stephanie Roberts to maximize your shooting style, efficiency, and effectiveness.
- Discover your go-to shooting app and keep it within thumb reach on your home screen.
- Get comfortable shooting with one hand.
- Play with lighting and exposure effects by tapping on different areas of the screen.
- If the image is well composed, don't delete it! You can work wonders with apps!
- Capture different patterns and textures and consider using them as layers in various apps.
- Few apps meet all your creative needs. Use multiple apps to create your own personal style.
- Back up your photos often and keep your apps up to date!
- Go to "Settings" to adjust photo app settings for maximum image quality on capture and save.
- Keep a charger or battery pack handy. Taking photos and editing in multiple apps is taxing on the battery.
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See ya, selfies. When it comes to traveling, taking great photos requires more of an effort and more planning than the pictures you take on the regular. How bad would it feel to come home, look through your photos, and realize you didn't get that one shot you can't re-create? To prevent that from ever happening, we're breaking down every single snap that no trip should go without. Ready, click, bookmark!
Between smartwatches and phablets, 2013 is the year of the hybrid gadget, seen with particular emphasis in Sony's introduction this week of the QX Series lens cameras, designed for the insta-uploading Instagrammers of the world who want to enhance the quick snaps of the usual 8MP+ smartphones, but also made for those who crave a completely new way to capture images. The two "lens-style" cameras, as Sony calls them, is nothing like you've seen before. The QX10 and QX100 work with both Android and iOS devices to give higher quality imaging and zoom to the onboard cameras. Or, the cameras (which, yes, simply look like lenses) can be used independent of other devices. Place the QX10 or QX100 on a tabletop, for instance, and the phone is used simply as a digital viewfinder — if at all — receiving a signal up to 30 feet away.
The QX100 ($500, pictured above) has a 20.2 MP CMOS sensor, also used in the Sony Cybershot RX100 II ($750). The f/1.8 lens also has ISO of 160-25600 and 3.6x optical zoom, which can be manually adjusted with a just-like-a-real-camera-lens control ring. So the basic experience of a DSLR with taking pictures, shooting 1080p HD video, having control of the aperture, and exposure remains even though the camera body is gone.
The QX10 ($250) has a smaller sensor than the QX100 at 18.2MP, but it does include what many iPhoneographers lack, zoom. The 10x zoom lens handles an ISO 100-12800, and comes in black or white finishes. Both smart lens cameras have their own shutter release functions, meaning the smartphone doesn't always have to be present, as well as space for a memory card and rechargeable battery.
Available later this month, both lenses, with a reported battery life of about 200 shots, are to be used with Sony's PlayMemories Mobile app, available on iOS and Android, which then gives the phone camera several shooting options: program auto, intelligent auto, and superior auto, settings with which Sony camera veterans will already be familiar. For phones with NFC, the lenses can be paired with a touch, but those without like iPhones can use WiFi to sync with the lenses.
While $200+ lenses for a smartphone may seem like a crazy thought, these lenses can function as two separate devices — smartphone accessory lens or super mobile travel camera. Would you outfit your phone with an HD external lens? Or opt to use this totally new type of photography device on its own?
As parents, we're constantly taking photos of our kids, no matter the season. But with each season comes new photo opportunities. With Fall, leaves change colors and there's a beautiful warmth to photos — giving parents photo opportunities unlike any other season. From farmyard fun to superheroes and pets, here are some fun, quirky, and memorable photos to take this season.
Summer sunsets are unforgettable, but automatic camera settings hardly do the rich, pink, and golden tones justice. Take a look at three common sunset photography problems and the easy adjustments you can make to solve them.
- The picture looks boring: Photos need a point of interest, and dark silhouettes like people, palm trees, mountains, birds, or boats add a breakaway contrast to the vibrant sunset backdrop. Remember the rule of thirds, and keep all lines, subjects, and the sunset itself slightly off center.
- The colors are washed out: First, set the white balance to cloudy mode, so the camera will automatically bring out the warm, orange-pink hues of the sunset. Then set the camera to aperture or shutter priority mode. Shoot a little above and below the exposure bracket to experiment. Start with quicker shutter speeds and smaller aperture settings (larger number), and slowly work toward slower shutters speeds and larger aperture settings to bring in more light. If the camera struggles to focus automatically, thus preventing you from snapping the photo, then switch to manual focus.
- The photos are blurry: Bring a tripod. Slow shutter speeds and large aperture settings (smaller numbers) will turn out blurry when you're holding the camera in your hand. The tripod stabilizes the camera, allowing it to soak up all the glorious golden light.
If your child has a special lovie that they can't be apart from, we've got an easy and fun way for them to learn the importance of compassion and giving back. Now in its third year, The Lovie Project, an initiative launched by Classic Kids Photography, is inviting families to contribute the comfort that a beloved stuffed animal can bring to an underprivileged child.
From Sept. 1 through Nov. 30, schedule a complimentary photo session for your child's lovie at one of Classic Kids' 12 locations across the country. All you have to do is show up with a new plush toy for a child in need, and the studio will not only donate your item to the Primo Center for Women and Children, they'll also comp your child's own favorite lovie's photo shoot. The result? Extra-meaningful artwork for your kids (featuring their best imaginary friend), and a conscience you can feel great about. We're in love(y).
This week, Sony announced its continued trek away from the clenches of wired connectivity with the latest in its NEX line of cameras with the NEX 5-T. The 2013 model of the interchangeable lens NEX 5 features NFC technology, allowing for wireless transfer of picture and video files from the camera to any NFC-enabled Android phones or tablets (like the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One, and the Google Nexus 4). As with other NFC gadgets, once the feature is turned on, sharing occurs when one device touches the other.
If using a device without NFC, like the iPhone, you can still upload photos from the camera wirelessly using a WiFi connection and Sony's PlayMemories app. The camera's smart remote option also uses WiFi to work like a shutter remote when paired with another device.
Just south of Orion's Belt lies one of the sky's brightest nebulae, the Orion Nebula, a star formation so massive that it's an estimated 24 light years across. The spectacular glory of the celestial mass was recently captured by a new camera that can take the sharpest photos of space this side of the galaxy.
Researchers at the University of Arizona, Italy's Arcetri Observatory, and the Carnegie Observatory have spent the past 20 years developing the technology behind the camera, whose images are at least twice as sharp as the Hubble Space Telescope's. The photo of the Orion Nebula below was taken in Arizona atop Mount Lemmon, and the new camera is now making its way to the high-altitude Magellan Telescope in Chile.
The key is an optics system called MagAO, which uses a 21-foot-diameter mirror (the Hubble Telescope's mirror is a mere eight feet) to capture long-exposure images at a resolution that could "see a baseball diamond on the moon," according to University of Arizona professor Laird Close.
Atop that mirror is a very thin, curved mirror measuring 2.8-feet across that can alter its shape to counteract the natural blurring effects of the atmosphere. The floating curved glass is suspended by a magnetic field 30 feet above the telescope's primary mirror.
So far the camera has uncovered details about the distribution of dust and gas, which is very important because "dust and gas is what nature uses to build planets," said Close.
Richard Koci Hernandez is an Emmy Award-winning photojournalist, a professor of new media, and a skilled street photographer, and now, he's a Google Glass explorer. Through his Instagram account koci_glass, Richard presents an artful take on Google's wearable tech, which has outstanding "sharpness and clarity for only 5MP," according to the photographer. Richard's standard camera is an iPhone, which captures 8MP images.
Google Glass's lens is a little wide for Richard's style, which is probably why in many photos he stacked multiple shots into diptychs and triptychs. He'll typically upload the Google Glass images onto his iPhone and edit the photos with the Google+, Mextures, Diptic, Snapseed, or Vsco photo apps. In the gallery, see the best street photography from @koci_glass, all taken via Google's augmented-reality eyewear in New York, Berkeley, and San Francisco.