Tag: photography

9 creative kid portrait ideas that make genius Father’s Day gifts. Just add a frame!

If you missed the boat on photo gifts for Father’s Day or Mother’s Day…no, wait! You didn’t! We all live in the land of the smartphone cam, after all, and if you’ve got a camera  — especially that dandy iPhone 7S — and a place to print a photo, you’ve got what it takes for a creative kid portrait idea, that makes a wonderful surprise Father’s Day gift. Well, you’ll need the kids too, of course. Here are just a few creative kid portrait ideas for Father’s Day that we’ve seen found from incredibly talented parents around the web that...

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Csnaps lets you take a selfie with a celebrity for charity. (Also: Look! Richie Sambora!)

Do you remember The Mother of All Celebrity Selfies? You know, the one Ellen DeGeneres took at the 2014 Academy Awards surrounded by A-list nominees? Well, Richie Sambora remembers it too, especially that the photo ran all over social media for free (reports say it could have garnered $1 billion in revenue). And so he thought, what if that money had gone to charity? So the rocker became a techpreneur, co-founded Csnaps, a free celebrity selfie app that raises money for meaningful causes when fans take pictures with stars. Related: Cases and flashes that make your selfies even prettier.   Related: 8 smart tips for taking selfies with other people....

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A free photo effects app that turns ordinary shots into works of art

As someone who is definitely not a pro photographer, I’m all about the photo apps that help make my snapshots…let’s say, a little more artful. That’s why the Prisma photo effects app (iOS and yes, Android) is my latest photo filter app obsession, and if you’re not yet in the fast-growing Prisma fan club, well, join us! If you’re kind of over crema, juno and inkwell, there are more than 60 filters on Prisma that can turn even an admittedly average, poorly lit photo of my daughter, above, into something resembling a Mondrian, a Monet, a Münch or a Miyazaki. And a whole lot more....

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9 cool Instagram photo gifts for the Instagram-loving mom. Isn’t that all of us?

As a new mom, I’d adore a Mother’s Day gift that takes my favorite Instagram shots and transforms them into an awesome keepsake so that I don’t have to. After all, I can hardly find time to back up the several billion pictures I’ve taken of my 2-month-old, much less arrange them into a baby book. Which is why I’ve rounded up the some of the coolest Mother’s Day photo gifts that’ll preserve Instagram shots long after a mom or grandma has forgotten whether she prefers Juno or Slumber. Just be sure to double check shipping dates — or package that IOU in a beautifully handwritten card. CMP...

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How to take better Instagram photos of kids

So, you’ve seen all the cool photos that parents are sharing of their kids on Instagram and you’re wondering how to take better Instagram photos of kids. Well, you don’t need to be a pro-photog to snap fantastic photos of your own kids. You just need to know what tricks they use to get them. Related: Tips from a pro for taking better family vacation photos With the weather finally warming up, which for those of us camera-happy parents means lots of photos of our kids, we’ve got 6 smart tips to help you take better Instagram photos of kids....

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Give credit where credit is due: How to repost a photo on Instagram

We get lots of questions from readers about how to repost a photo on Instagram. While we know that you can simply take a screenshot of the image you wish to share, then upload to your own feed with a photo credit + tag or camera emoji + tag (adding #regram), we prefer to use regram apps to ensure that we’re giving the proper credit to the original source. You’ll find no shortage of regram apps, most of which we’ve tried ourselves, and well, let’s just say that they’re not all created equal. Here, 3 apps to help you...

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Pixlplay turns any smart phone into a cool camera for kids

If your kids are like mine, they’re obsessed with taking pictures, and well, your phone is a better camera option than your DSLR. Except, it’s still a pretty expensive piece of tech.  So, when I heard about the Kickstarter campaign for the new Pixlplay camera for kids, which lets kids play photographer while protecting your phone, I was excited to try it out for a few days. The Pixlplay camera for kids is basically a housing device for your phone that looks like a real kids’ camera. The shutter button connects to your smart phone via the audio jack, so all you have to do is open...

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Hypocam app: A cool camera app for black and white photo lovers

For super cool black and white photos beyond the couple of Instagram filters you get, take a peek at the free Hypocam app (iOS and Android) that we’re loving. Related: 5 terrific pro photography tips beyond selfies Related: The new Camera+ 6: the best iOS photography app This Italian-based company has created rich filters for black-and-white photography that give your photos a professional, journalistic feel. You can shoot directly in the app with their camera tool, with real-time control over exposure, color, shadows, and more, or pull up photos from your library to edit later. The free version comes with seven filters (with...

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3 awesome websites for sending holiday e-cards that look just like paper cards. Except, no postage. Or trees.

We love sending out paper holiday cards and getting them in the mail. We really do! But these days, you can send gorgeous digital cards that look as fabulous as your paper cards, and save yourself a whole lot of time and money. Here, 3 websites and apps that feature beautiful holiday e-cards that anyone would be thrilled to receive. So long as they have an email box. Related: Emily McDowell’s witty greeting cards go digital. Yay! Paperless Post We’ve been longtime fans of Paperless Post, and their holiday card designs make us love them even more. Recipients will receive an...

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