Photo Quality Issues?

What makes a good photo?

Many things that can make a good photo. The camera used, lighting, how steady you are, settings and so much more… all play there part.
But what do you do when you have a great picture and want to send it to some one to print it out?
How do you make sure that when you send it or upload load it, it is the best it can be?

The basics of a good image are generally, the bigger, the better. Larger file sizes or bigger pixel dimensions generally mean that there is more information to work with. In Windows you can [right click] on your image file and check the file size in [properties].

BIGGER, the BETTER! – Large photo dimensions and file size will usually be better quality.

If you know how to use Photoshop, or similar program, size your image to the required dimensions and save at 300 pixels per inch.

Things to avoid?

It seems to us at Transform Your Images, that the modern world is trying it’s best to destroy your image quality.

  • Phone Screen Shots – Although convenient to put an image to the front of your camera roll, these are the biggest destroyers of image quality… Avoid at all costs. When you screen shot, it does not actually save the image… it simply takes a small, low resolution snapshot at the size of you phone screen. Screenshot images often look blurred or pixelated when enlarged.
  • Facebook/Instagram etc – Images on Facebook/Instagram are often reduced to make it quick to load on mobile devices. Saving the image from Facebook/Instagram, will likely not be as good as the original photo.
  • Social Media Sharing – Just like Facebook, most social media services will reduce the quality of your images.
  • Phone Photo Editing Apps – These are fun, but are usually not designed for the results to ever be printed. Most phone apps will reduce and compress your image, so that the app can appear to run quickly. When the final image is saved it is usually at a really small size and not suitable for print.

 

 

Sending your images

When sending an image, always send the original photo if possible. Sending as an email attachment is better than social media, or messaging apps. When sending as an email attachment, choose the option to send as full size/original if you can.

Sending big images – Too big for email

If your photos file size is really big (Sometimes email servers have size limits), you can send using one of the many ‘Large file sending’ services online such as http://www.wetransfer.com or https://www.sendbigfiles.com/

 

TL;DR

Bigger the file or image, the better. Avoid sending using social media. Use the original, full size image… and most importantly, AVOID PHONE SCREEN SHOTS!!

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Putting the Craft back into Photography – Take Great Photos

Take Great Photos?

For all the amateur photographers out there, it’s time to stop perfecting your skills with your camera. Technical skills will only get you so far, as will a good camera. It’s time to think of the photos you take more as design rather than an accumulation of focusing/exposure/aperture skills with your camera. Photographers can get lost in focusing on camera skills and then are baffled when they don’t take great photos. Photos can make beautiful pieces of personalised photo wall art. Let’s take a look at some tips to help all you amateur photographers take photos you’d be proud to display at home.

 

What makes a photo a good photo?

When you take a photo that you like ask yourself what is it that you like about it? Is it the composition, the moment captured, the use of light, the colours? Really think about why it is appealing to you, and do this with the work of others that you see even via Instagram. The same goes for when you take a bad photo, or see someone else’s work that doesn’t inspire you. What’s not working in that particular photograph, what could be better, what features are unappealing to you? Thinking more critically about photos will help you learn what you like and what features to try and include in your work to create a photo that you love that represents who you are as a photographer. Taking photos worth displaying are great to allow you to design your own wall art, displaying your talent and your personality in your own home.

 

Taking good pictures

 

Try and try again!

If you’re using a digital camera then you have the opportunity to check your pictures as you’re shooting them. So check! If you don’t like what you see then again, ask yourself why and keep snapping until you’ve captured something you’re happy with. You can do this too if you’re using an analogue camera, you can dedicate a whole roll of film to playing around with 2 or 3 shots. Changing something slightly in each one and seeing what results make a better picture.

 

Find your passion in photography

Great photographers of past and present aren’t all taking pictures of the same things, in the same way, with the same equipment. No, they all take photos in the way that they love of subject matter that they enjoy photographing. You’ll be motivated to take the perfect your shots if you’re working in a way that’s personal to you. Think about your photos as an art form, and be inspired to develop your photos in an area that is personal to you. Play around with different techniques, subject matter, compositions, equipment until you find something that you’re really passionate about. When you’ve found it your photos are sure to improve and your skills will grow and develop.

Take great Photos

Be Inspired to Take Great Photos

Get inspiration by other photographers whose work you enjoy. If you’re not sure whose work you’re interested in then once you’ve found your passion in photography you can research photographers with similar styles and interests. Look through books, go to exhibitions and be critical about what you see. Don’t aspire to be like other photographers, but take their work as inspiration for your own. If you have friends who are into photography then talk to them about your interests, compare work. Don’t be shy, ask for honest criticisms as well as praise. Do the same with theirs, it will only make you a better photographer. If you see aspects of your friend’s photographs that you like then ask them how they achieved this look. To take great photos is all about learning more about your craft.

Turn your prized photos into a personalised photo canvas

If you take into account all the tips above then your work should start to improve and hopefully you will begin to take great photos. A great way to showcase your talents in your own home is to create a personalised photo canvas. Update your personal space with art work that you have created. Show your friends and relatives what you can do, and decorate with unique artwork created by you! Because you are the photographer you can take great photos to suit the different spaces in your home. Your photos can also make fantastic personalised art gifts, it’s a fun and thoughtful present to give someone the gift of art that you’ve created! If you have any thoughts on how to improve your photography, please leave them in our comments section below.

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Tips for Taking Photos of Babies That You Can Treasure Forever

After you’ve welcomed your beautiful baby into the world, one of the first things you’ll want to do is snap some gorgeous photos of them to share with your family and friends. But babies can be notoriously difficult to photograph, not only because they like to wriggle around so much but because they certainly don’t pay attention to cues, making snapping family album-worthy shots trickier than you expected.

Taking Photos of Babies

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The Must-Know Secrets to Taking Photos of Dogs

Dog owners: are you guilty of snapping endless photographs of your beloved pooch? Of course we already know the answer is “Oh yes!”, but it can be trickier than you think to get photos that are good enough to become photo wall art, or even upload to social media.

So to make every one of your dog photos worthy of putting on your wall, whether physical or digital, here are our essential tips for taking photos of dogs that you’ll love to share. Not that you need an excuse to take more!

Taking Better Photos of Dogs

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Five Instagram Travel Photographers You’ll Love to Follow!

The amazing thing about Instagram is that it really does seem to put the whole world at your fingertips – and even more so if you follow some of the globe’s most adventurous and inspiring travel photographers, who snap and upload incredible images from their travels that make the rest of us feel inspired, awe-stuck and sometimes, just a little bit jealous.

If you’d like to broaden the horizons of your Instagram feed, or perhaps pick up some tips and inspiration for your own travel pictures, here are five Instagram travel photographers whose accounts are absolutely worth a ‘Follow’. And if you have your own favourite travel photographers to follow on Instagram that we haven’t mentioned in this article, please share their account handles with us in the comments below!

 

Instagram Travel Photographers

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Fun Ideas to Recreate in a Photoshoot with Friends

What better way to capture the spirit of friendship than by setting up a fun photoshoot with your best friend?

Whether you wear complimenting outfits, pick hilarious props, strike serious (or seriously crazy) poses, or just head to a wow-worthy location, taking unique and personal photos with your best friend or group of best friends will leave you all with lots of great memories, and plenty of adorable photos to proudly display in your home.

To inspire you to grab your camera, we’ve created a Pinterest board with some of the sweetest, cleverest and quirkiest best ideas that we’ve seen around the internet’s selection of photoshoots with friends. From a brilliant twist on using photo frames as a prop to making your hair the star of the photographs, or even getting your dog in on the action, you and your closest friends will want to recreate these fantastic friendship photo ideas right away!

Take a look at our ‘Best Friend Photoshoot Ideas’ Pinterest board here, and don’t forget to click ‘Follow’ to save them all for later.

Follow Transform Your Images’s board Best Friend Photoshoot Ideas on Pinterest.


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