5 Steps to Better Smartphone Photography

There is photography, there is videography, and now there is iPhoneOGRAPHY! Compared to DSLRs, iPhones are less bulky and more convenient to carry around. We always carry our phones around nowadays. Be it iPhone, Android, or Samsung, most phones now have a good quality camera for us to play around with. Now, you can forget about your bulky, inconvenient camera gear and maybe even complex photo editing software. Who says iPhones cannot shoot unique photographs?

iphone photography

Today, I am going to give you a few tips on iPhoneography.

1. Keep your photos simple

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

How to Write in the Sand in Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop’s Layer Styles are one of the quickest, yet most effective ways of achieving many different effects. This tutorial will show you how to combine the power of Layer Styles along with a couple of textures, brushes, and selection options to create a realistic-looking sand writing text effect.

How to Write in the Sand in Adobe Photoshop

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[Originally posted to Photoshoplayer.com]

How to Photograph Fairground Rides

Learn how to photograph the fairground at night

When it comes to taking pictures of the fairground or amusement park, you’ll be amazed at just how easy it is to get super colourful, vibrant, and bright images of those awesome rides. Twilight is the best time to shoot, when all those mega-joules of artificial lights burst into action to give you amazing effects that aren’t possible during the day time.

Here’s what you’ll need:

When is the best time to shoot?

9 creative photo ideas to try in September

As part of our ongoing series to help you get more creative with your digital camera, each month we publish some fun, seasonal, creative photo ideas to help inspire your imagination. Along with some amazing images, we’ve also provided some quick photography tips by both amateur and professional photographers who are experts in these fields.

We’re kicking off August with a new list of exciting projects like shooting late summer portraits, the stillness in a city, boats on the water and many more.

Creative photo ideas for September: 01 Shoot like the landscape masters

9 creative photo ideas to try in September 2014

The Golden Ratio Applied to Photographic Composition

If you have been using The Rule of Thirds in your photographic compositions, you may have discovered an inherent shortcoming. Composing for the Rule of Thirds involves lining up a subject with one of the recommended intersections or lines. This can sometimes result in the subject being crowded too close to the edge of the frame.

rule of thirds composition

The problem can be minimized, if not eliminated using the Golden Ratio Grid, rather than the standard equally spaced Rule of Thirds grid.

rule of thirds

What is the Golden Ratio?

How well do you know your digital camera? Take our quiz and find out!

Are you pretty confident in your technical skills as a photographer? Let’s see how much you really know! Our new quiz asks you to identify 10 common features on your camera. Can you name all 10?


0-59% If at first you don’t succeed… take the quiz again and then share it to Facebook!
60-69% Not everyone is technically minded
70-79% You know your camera pretty well… but you could know it better
80-89% You’re getting pretty good at this. But there’s still room to improve
90-100% You know you want to boast about this score and you totally should

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