7 Easy Photography Tips

Keep these basic photography tips in mind the next time you venture out on a photo adventure! Perfect for professional, amateur and recreational photographers.

Visualize : Keep a list of things you want to photograph and visualize how you want these photos to look. When you are ready to check a shot off of your list, you can plan ahead and have the details sorted out- time of day, season, relevancy, obstacles, etc. Consider all the elements needed to get that perfect shot!

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Business Man Baby (Baby..check! Hair Gel..check! Nerdy Glasses..check!)

Consider Color: There are endless possibilities in the colors of the rainbow. Color creates mood, emotion and power, so use it to your advantage!

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The bold and daring Red Apple!

Simplify: Make sure that background, props, edits and lighting do not distract from the focus of your photo! Keep it clean and simple to drive your vision home.

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It’s not complicated. I like tea, and tea likes me.

But Don’t Be Ordinary: Make your photographs demand a reaction. Get close to your subject for an awesome macro view. Try different angles to present a new perspective. And please, don’t plop your subject in the center of your photo.

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Things seem much calmer with the lens underwater.

Always Be “On”: Photo opportunities spring up unexpectedly throughout the day so be prepared! Always have a camera on you (even a simple camera phone) and capture those little moments that build big days.

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Life’s little moments create powerful pictures.

Be Discrete: Keep your camera ready at hip height and adjust to take interesting candid photos, evoking true emotion from your subjects when they least expect it. This is a great way to document an event, gathering or special occasion among friends.

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Authentic interactions are captured without interruption.

Keep Quantity: Shoot continuously. Take many photos in the now and worry about deleting and editing later. Your initial reaction to a photo may change. Don’t be too hasty in the moment! You might end up deleting a picture-perfect shot.

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Upon further review, the photobomb became less annoying and more hilarious!

So there you have it! 7 easy photography tips that every photo-taker should keep in their camera bag. And if all else fails.. take a selfie! We have easy tips to perfect those too.

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What does your profile picture say about you?

Have you ever heard somebody yell out “New profile picture..NOW!” after a photo is taken? Usually those photos are hilarious, but much too incriminating to post on public networks.

Social media is a place to create the best, or worst, cyber version of yourself. So what does your profile picture say about you? Let’s discuss some common types of profile pictures and what they convey about the “real”, or social media version, you.

(Psst.. Don’t feel too bad. I have indulged in every type of profile picture and have included personal examples for each).

Solo Selfie: “Look at me everybody!” This can be good or bad. Maybe you really are that interesting. In which case we’re jealous. However, if accompanied by more than 3 posts a day detailing your every encounter (from how you took your morning coffee to what the traffic was like on your way home from work), then consider one of the following options instead to avoid an inflated ego.

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Duo Selfie: A headshot of you and a friend or pet with a rad filter, great angles and kissy faces goes a long way. Even though you have to share the spotlight, you still have an opportunity to shine. Whether you’re twinning, winning or simply just best friends for life, the possibilities here are endless.

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Group Shot:  A fun photo of you and some friends can make you seem social, fun and popular. It gets sticky with the setting. Is this a photo of you and your friends post marathon? Or you and your bros in the club, ten shots deep. These photos walk a fine line between making you look like the life of the party, or the last person to leave the party..yuck!

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Non-Human: This type of profile picture is one of mystery. Do you love your cat that much? Does your dog really have the cutest face ever? Is your picture an inside joke with friends or are you hiding something? Mystery can be good, unless it creeps people out.

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Non-Selfie Solo: Use body language, setting and props to portray the most awesome you ever. You in a cap and gown, smart. In front of a Mercedes Benz, rich. In Mexico with a margarita in hand, drunk. All you need is a patient friend to snap at least 50 variations of this photo so you can scroll, edit and delete your way down to that perfect profile picture.

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At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter which profile pic style you choose, as long as you let your inner awesome shine! As the great Dr.Seuss once said, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind”.

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#pbQuotes Winners

“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Thank you to everyone who participated in the #pbQuotes contest. Here are our favorites out of the many awesome submissions.

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Congratulations — you will receive a free Plus 100 account for a year. Log on to Photobucket to check out all the awesome features that come with it.

Stay tuned for our next contest!

#pbQuotes Photo Contest

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Photo Contest: #pbQuotes
Its a new year and Spring is right around the corner. Where will your fresh start lead you? Are you on the road to amazing travels or walking a path to discover new things around you? Share your journey with a photo and the words of wisdom that paved the way.

How to enter:

  1. Dig up or shoot an unforgettable travel photo
  2. Add your favorite quote using the Photobucket editor
  3. Share it on Instagram, Twitter or Photobucket using the hashtag #pbQuotes

See what others are submitting.

Get to know the Photobucket editor with these helpful tutorials.

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See the winners of last month’s #pbMobile contest here.

Upload to Album – It’s a Snap!

At Photobucket, we continually strive to have the best photo album experience on the web. Over the coming weeks, we will bring new functionality to your album pages on the website, making it easier to upload, manage, view and share your photo albums.

We recently launched a new, straight forward way to upload directly into your album of choice while viewing that album. Just look for this new uploading hot spot:

Upload Hotspot

 You can start uploading by following these simple steps.

  1. Create a new album, or navigate to the existing album you would like to upload to.

  2. Drag images and videos from your desktop directly into the album.Drag to Album

  3. You can also click the hotspot to open a file browser and choose photos to upload that way.Open File Browser

  4. Voila! Your upload should begin.

You can browse your library while photos are uploading without interrupting the process.  The upload progress bar at the bottom of the page allows you to monitor your uploads and quickly access newly added photos.

Once the upload is complete, we’ll arrange the photos into your album based on your organization preferences.

More exciting album updates are on the way!

Something specific you’d like to see? Let us know your album wish-list in the comments below.

 

 

Photo Editor Overview

Edit your photos like a pro using Photobucket’s enhanced photo editor. Our easy to use tools help you personalize your memories and add that extra flare that make your photos stand out.

At the top of the page, select the edit tab.

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That will bring up a window with thumbnail views of your images. Here you have the option to edit photos from Your Bucket or from your Albums. Browse through your photos, and when you find the image you would like to edit, click on the thumbnail.

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After you have selected a thumbnail image to edit, that image will be opened in the editor. Once in the editor, you can select a variety of editing options such as Resize, Effects and Contrast.

Edit Photos

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Use the text editing option to add a motivational quote or inspiration to your photo.

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Be sure to check out the stickers editing feature, an easy way to add flare and originality to your photos.

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This edit was made using our March sticker pack which features travel and St. Patrick’s day stickers. Stickers are updated monthly and change with holidays and seasons.

Edit Photos

Did you know?… you can edit photos on the go in our mobile app! View more editing tutorials to learn about other fun features or log in now to play in our editor and discover the endless possibilities in personalizing your photos.

 

Winter Photo Contest

Polar Vortex got you down?

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Cheer up! The temperatures may be dropping but we are heating things up with our Winter Photo Contest.

Snowed in or warm and toasty, we want to see your best winter photos!

It’s simple to enter:

1. Snap your best winter-themed photo.

2. Share it via Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #pbWinter.

 

Winner’s photo will be featured as our Facebook cover image and will be seen by millions.

Frozen streets on your way to work? Hot soup and a relaxing fire? It’s time to de-frost, grab your camera and share your best #pbWinter photo today!