Try our new Color Splash effect! Transforming your photos with the Color
Splash effect just got easier with our brand new effect in the Image Editor.
Color Splash allows you to keep certain areas of your photo in color while the
rest is black-and-white. Here’s how it works:
Click the “Edit” link on the photo you want to
edit. This opens the Image Editor.
Click the “Effects” Tab, and select the first
option: “Color Splash”. Your photo turns black-and-white.
Drag the brush (black dot) over areas you want
in color. You can select the brush size to apply the effect to both small and
Click “Save a copy” when you are satisfied with
all the areas to create your new Color Splash photo!
Share your fun Color Splash photos
in our Color Splash group album, or check out our Color Splash category!
Add a professional touch to your photos with the "Borders" feature in the image editor. Choose from a handful of fun styles to make your photos stand out and give it an authentic feel. Here are some simple steps on how to add borders to your photos:
1. Click the "edit" button above your photo.
2. Click the "Decorate" tab and select "Borders". A menu with border options will appear. Play around with each border to see which is the best fit for your photo. The photo below has the "Vignette/Matte" border applied because it has so much extra space around the edges.
3. Voila! You have yourself a great professional looking photo!
Have you checked out our cool light photography category
Bokeh? Bokeh refers to blurred areas of a photo where only a certain
portion of the image is in focus. It’s a very unique and beautiful effect
that’s fun to experiment with. The holidays are a great time to experiment with Bokeh with all the fun festive lights hung up. Here are some tips on how to create a Bokeh
- Make sure the room you are
shooting is dark and not too bright to get a better effect.
- Turn off your flash (the
lightning bolt looking icon )
- Select the Macro setting
(the flower looking icon on your camera, see macro tutorial for more info.)
- Stand a few feet away from
some lights. (Any kind of Holiday lights work well)
- Hold your finger out in
front of your camera and hold the shutter button down halfway so your
finger is in focus. (Remember not to press the shutter button all the way down)
- Now your camera is focused on the object in front of
you and the lights are blurred in the back. Take your finger away from the
shot and press the shutter button all the way down.
Hint: After your pull your finger out of the frame, mess around with the zoom on your camera to play around with the size of the Bokeh. The more you zoom in the larger the circles will be.
- Set your camera to AV mode.
- Select the smallest possible aperture. (f) number should be
- Place and object in the foreground and focus on that object
so the background of lights is blurred out.
- Press the shutter and voila you should see hexagonal shapes
on the background.
If you really want to experiment, try using cutout shapes
and taping it to the lens of your camera. Test shapes, hearts, stars, anything
you want to see in blurred lights.
Ever wonder what that little flower looking icon on your
It’s actually a really fun and impressive mode to shoot photos in. The mode is called “Macro” and is commonly
known for shooting close-up photography. When shooting in Macro mode, you can
get really crisp and detailed photos of the object you are photographing. Depending
on your lens you can get a small portion in focus while the rest is blurred to
make the object you want to focus on stand out. It’s a great mode to shoot
flowers, insects, food to show texture or anything you want to see details of. Try
it out and check out our Macro category!
Share your creative and spooky Jack-O-Lanterns by taking
memorable and fun photos. Here are a few tips on how to take photos of your Jack-O-Lantern
Use a tripod, or place your camera on something
that’s sturdy, like a table.
Place your pumpkin in front of a plain
background or outside with a cool backdrop of plants or vines. Avoid putting it
in front of a congested area as the design won’t capture as well.
Light your pumpkin with at least 2-3 candles
inside. The more candles you use, the more the pumpkin will glow.
Turn off your flash to maintain the spooky glow
of your pumpkin and keep your photo from getting washed out.
Use a manual setting or the TV mode to slow down
the shutter speed if you are using an SLR camera. Try a shutter speed of 0.8-2.5
Take a few shots and experiment! Show off your
Jack-O-Lanterns in our group album: