Saturday, February 9, 2019

A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography

A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography is a twice-monthly post rounding up all the great content available on BYP that has been published during this same time of year, across the years. It's a quick way to catch up on content you may have missed, including seasonal and time-sensitive photography tips and ideas.


  • Valentines Photography Fun This round-up post contains details and links to a variety of our favorite Valentines-themed photography ideas including hearts, fire, bokeh, and ... of course ... roses!

  • 5-Minute Heart-Shaped Bokeh. You too can create fun heart-shaped bokeh. All you need is 5 minutes, a 50 mm lens, and some paper ... Read the full post for the how to details.
    • Fun with Fizzy Fruit Photography. A great photography subject for an indoor day. With only basic supplies, you can easily create amazing fizzy fruit photographs using the tips in this article.
      • Aspect Ratio: think of your crop before you shoot. Photography is not just about taking and enjoying pictures digitally, it is also about printing and displaying your favorite images. You need to know and understand aspect ratio even when shooting to make sure that you can print your images exactly the way you want them.

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      Saturday, January 12, 2019

      A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography

      A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography is a twice-monthly post rounding up all the great content available on BYP that has been published during this same time of year, across the years. It's a quick way to catch up on content you may have missed, including seasonal and time-sensitive photography tips and ideas.

      • Boost Your Photography in the New Year. Great ideas for photography projects and resolutions to keep you shooting all year long. Find out about 365 projects, 52 weeks projects, the 100 strangers project, and more!
      • How to Freeze and Photograph Frozen Bubbles. This how to post walks you through the basics (and the difficulties!) of freezing and photographing bubbles. This is a great way to put a positive spin on your winter weather.

      • Then, take your knowledge of light a step further by Using Directional Light. Paying attention to the angle, direction, and quality of the light can make a huge impact in your images!
        • Series of Top 5 Posts. Check out these great collections of the "Top 5 Posts" across a range of photography styles and topics. Click on the images below to go to the full articles. 





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          Saturday, December 22, 2018

          A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography

          A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography is a twice-monthly post rounding up all the great content available on BYP that has been published during this same time of year, across the years. It's a quick way to catch up on content you may have missed, including seasonal and time-sensitive photography tips and ideas.



          • Favorite Photography Books and Authors: part 1. This first post on my favorite photography books and authors focuses on authors who explore the bigger picture of photography and will inspire you will ideas for composition, design, and more.

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          Saturday, December 8, 2018

          A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography

          A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography is a twice-monthly post rounding up all the great content available on BYP that has been published during this same time of year, across the years. It's a quick way to catch up on content you may have missed, including seasonal and time-sensitive photography tips and ideas.


          • All about Bokeh. Bokeh is an incredible effect from lights and blur, and the holiday season is a perfect time to experiment with bokeh. This post will walk you through how to create fabulous natural bokeh shots.
          • Shaped Bokeh. The next step in bokeh photography is to create shaped bokeh. This post will walk you through this simple DIY hack for shaped bokeh photographs. 


          • Shooting Modes part 1: program mode. Learn how to use all the different modes your camera provides during this month-long series. This first post starts from the beginning by getting you off of Auto mode and into Program mode.
          • Holiday and Photoshop Posts over at Craftsy. This next post features a collection of posts over at Craftsy including advice about how to photograph your holidays (without going insane) and how to use exposure compensation for perfect holiday lights.
          • Yes, You Need a 50mm Lens. A 50mm lens is a major upgrade from your kit lenses, and this post lays out a series of arguments (and photographs) to show you what you might be missing. Plus, at around $100 USD, a 50mm lens is also a steal! 


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            Saturday, November 24, 2018

            A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography

            A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography is a twice-monthly post rounding up all the great content available on BYP that has been published during this same time of year, across the years. It's a quick way to catch up on content you may have missed, including seasonal and time-sensitive photography tips and ideas.



            • Great Gifts for Photographers (and Yourself). Treat yourself or the photographer in your life with something special this holiday season. This post offers a collection of must have and super-useful photography gifts and accessories at a variety of price points. 




            • Photography Gifts for the Holidays. Now is the time to start planning for holiday gift-giving. This post offers a wide-range of ideas and possibilities for how to use your photography to create lasting, memorable gifts. Check out the post for some great ideas!
            • Where to Order Photography Gifts. Part 2 helps you answer the question of where to order those photography gifts. Read on for a detailed comparison of three popular online photography retailers: Cafe Press, Snapfish, and Shutterfly. 
            • Thankful for Food Photography. Thanksgiving got me thinking about food photography. This collection of quick tips will help you with the settings, strategies, and stylings to make a big difference in your food photography.
            • Shoot Successful Self-Portraits. Selfies may be all the range among millennials, but any one can get in on the action with these helpful tips! Strategies for self-portraits as well as some ideas and inspiration - even for the camera shy.

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            Wednesday, November 21, 2018

            Preserve Your Photographs Easily: Print Custom and Automatic Photo Books with Chatbooks!

            Struggling to get your photographs off your camera/phone and out into the physical world? Chatbooks offers a quick and easy way to make photo books from your images - even automatically!  Chatbooks has both an app and a web portal that you can use to make and print books. [Yes, it's a referral link, but yes, this is a company I use regularly.]

            Series Books


            What sets Chatbooks apart from other photo book companies (and my favorite feature) is their ability to automatically create books for you from your Instagram feed. Simply log in to Instagram via Chatbooks and every time you share a new photo, it will get added to the current book in your series. Once you hit 60 photos, you will get a reminder email and three days to make any adjustments, then presto, the book gets printed and shipped! You can also add or delete photos any time via the app or web site, as well as edit captions and choose covers.



            Why I Love It


            • Automatic integration of Instagram and Chatbooks means no extra work
            • Imports your captions as well as images, adding stories and details to the memories you want to preserve
            • Inexpensive. 6x6" books start at just $10, which is a steal for a printed book
            • Makes great gifts. You can have your series sent to multiple addresses. We have ours sent to both sets of grandparents, which means surprise photo book deliveries right to their doors!

            Custom Books


            Chatbooks also offers a variety of options for custom books and cards, where you pick and choose the photos to include. You can easily add photos from Instagram, Facebook, Google Photos, your phone's camera roll, or your computer. Photo books come in two sizes: 6x6 or 8x8 inches, and you can choose a hard or soft cover, either your own photograph or one of their numerous cover designs.

            This year I'm making a year-in-review book by simply choosing from all of the photos that I've previously printed in my Chatbooks series. The whole process took only a matter of minutes. I started the project, chose Instagram for my photo source, selected my favorites images, and then they quickly populated the book in order and with their captions included. These will be for us as well as gifts for aunts and uncles.



            They also have a lot of great ideas for different types and uses for photo books. One is a custom ABC book where you add your photographs alongside each letter of the alphabet. This is a super-cute idea for kids who could be the star of their very own book. I'm planning to use this format to make an ABC book celebrating my son's first birthday. Right now I have a list going of different ideas for each letter of the alphabet ... (Ideas for X appreciated!)

            What are your favorite ideas for photo books?

            Quick Personal Note


            I've been on a bit of hiatus from sharing new photography advice due to the birth of my son. And while I've certainly been taking many, many photos, there's been very little time to stop and write about it. But I'll get back to it eventually! If you have ideas for future topics you'd like to see covered on Boost Your Photography, leave your thoughts in a comment.