3 Photo Challenges to Strengthen Your Career & Relationships

Photo challenges can also be a fun group activity for you and your friends or for your kids.  It’s interesting to compare shots and see how everyone interpreted a theme differently.  Here are a few of our favorite challenges you can try yourself!Photography challenges are a great tool to get inspired and to collaborate with […]

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How to Shoot Spooktacular Jack O Lantern Photos This Halloween

(Photo by starsandspirals / CC BY-SA 2.0) Autumn is upon us and Halloween is just around the corner. This time of year presents many unique photographic opportunities. The quality of the light, all the leaves turning shades of gold and red, fantastic costumes and home decorations – all these elements combine, just waiting for you […]

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Learn how our books are made

Take a look at how our books are made. Great videography shot by Ryan Scura @Dooster.

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How to Make a SimplePrints Photobook When Your Pictures Aren’t on Your Smartphone

(Photo by Steve Hodgson / CC BY-SA 2.0) While camera phones are the most popular devices used to take pictures (according to Flickr’s Camera Finder page), their limited storage capacity and susceptibility to being damaged or lost makes them poor long term storage devices for your photos.  Thankfully, there are many other options to choose from – whether you […]

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How to Take Great Fireworks Pictures with your iPhone

  (Photo by Michael Paul Willis / CC BY-ND 2.0) Fourth of July is just around the corner, which means it’s time to gather up the family, fire up the barbecue, and check out your local fireworks displays!  While the best way to capture amazing fireworks photos is with a professional DSLR, that doesn’t mean you […]

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New Instagram Release Introduces In-App Photo Editing Features

This week, Instagram released a major update introducing new “Creative Tools” for photo editing within the app. The new features not only allow users to adjust Filter Strength but also control other photo editing options which include: Brightness:  Make your photo brighter or darker Contrast:  Make bright areas brighter and dark areas darker Warmth:  Enhances […]

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Photography Challenges to Help Inspire and Motivate You

  (Photo by Esther Vargas / overlaid text added to original / CC BY-SA 2.0) Photography challenges are a great tool for both beginner and experienced photographers to get inspired and learn new skills.  No matter how fun and convenient it is to take pictures with your iPhone, having a guide or goal can help improve your photography and […]

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Five Photobook Projects to Try With SimplePrints

  Photobooks are a great way to preserve and share your favorite memories – the birth of a new baby, family vacations, weddings and holiday gatherings are all pretty popular themes we see at SimplePrints.  However, with a little creativity and perhaps some simple editing, you can make many other kinds of books you may […]

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Four Easy Tips to Make Great Photobooks with SimplePrints

  Creating your own photobook with an iPhone app like SimplePrints is easy – you can build a complete book in just a matter of minutes.  Making a really great book however takes a little more thought and planning than just adding photos from your iPhone.  By following these tips and suggestions, you can make […]

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Tilt Shift Effects with an iPhone

One of the reasons people love using their DSLR cameras is that, with the right lens, you can easily capture shots with nicely blurred backgrounds that make it very clear what the viewer should focus on. With a tilt shift lens you can go beyond that by making the subject crystal clear and everything else […]

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Captivating Silhouette iPhotography

  Most photographers will tell you that the best time of day to shoot photos is just before twilight when the light takes on an almost magical buttery soft quality. It makes pretty much any picture look simply amazing. I love shooting at twilight for a whole other reason: silhouettes. Silhouettes are photos where a dark […]

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Capture The Subtle Signs of Spring

  Here in California we’re finally getting rain, lots and lots of rain. Over on the East Coast there are rumors of more snow, as if there hadn’t already been enough snow for two winters, let alone one. And yet, as February comes to a quiet close and March gets ready to step in, tiny […]

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The Story of a 40 Year Marriage as Told by Photographs of Every Day Household Objects

Photographs by their very nature have long been an effective storytelling tool.  They capture moments in time, recording people, places, and objects that evoke emotions and memories, even when viewed by those unfamiliar with the picture’s subjects.  There are countless ways to use photography to tell a story; the photographer is limited only by their […]

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3 Ways to Get Inspired When You Just Don’t Know What To Shoot

Sometimes, when the holidays are over, the winter doldrums have set in, and inspiration has pretty much vanished, we sit there with our phones in hand, knowing there are things we could be capturing for posterity, should be capturing, and yet, we come up blank. Another picture of the kids playing Legos? Another picture of the […]

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The iPhone Photo Seen Around the World

We whip out our phones to snap photos of our kids, our pets, the coffee we’re about to enjoy, and sometimes a gorgeous view that takes our breath away.  For the most part those photos live on our phones, the lucky ones waiting to be turned into photo books. Other times we share them on […]

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Taking Sports photos with the iPhone

It’s a fair bet that none of the professional sports photographers who have descended on Sochi are shooting photos with their iPhones. Most likely they’re carting some serious photography equipment, but some photographers are starting to think that in a generation or two that might well no longer be the case.  We, however, are not […]

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4 Neat iPhone Photo Apps

Of course your iPhone has a camera, and that camera comes with its own editing software, but where’s the fun in that?  With a couple taps you can have some even better software at your fingertips and you can start to take even more stunning photos.  Try these out and see what you think! 1) […]

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Love for Instagram

In a sea of camera apps for phones, it almost goes without saying that Instagram is the fan favorite, the darling of the bunch. It’s been adopted by people of all walks of life and all ages and is generally used to share a little of everything. The various filters allow you to make the […]

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5 Fun Year In Review Photo Book Ideas

The wondrous thing about camera phones is that they’re always with us, enabling us to snap pictures at the drop of a hat. At the end of the year our phones are chock full of visual memories of the past 12 months. If you tap open your image gallery you can swipe your way through […]

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Project365 Tips

For the last few years many people have undertaken the rather impressive challenge of Project 365 where you take a photo a day and share it online.  I say it’s a challenge, because doing anything out of our regular routines, every day for a year, is not an easy task to undertake. But it’s well worth […]

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Photo Fun in the Sun

Where we live in California it’s not always hot, but it’s pretty much always at least warm so playing in the snow is something we rarely get to do. Once a year we trek our way to snowy Chicago where the kids get to roll around in the snow and I get to take some […]

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Sometimes you have to put the phone down

It’s the final stretch, the final frenzy before you’re forced to put down your credit card and put up your feet so you can finally heave a sigh of relief and just enjoy the magic of the holidays instead of scrambling to create it. Packages have arrived, family has flown in, food is sitting in […]

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Getting Great Bokeh on your iPhone Photos

As soon as Christmas trees start to pop up in all of my friends’ homes (we’re more partial to menorahs in ours…) my fingers start itching to take great bokeh photos. What is bokeh? Ah that’s simple, it’s the way pinpricks of light turn all fuzzy in the background of photos taken at high aperture […]

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Sometimes it’s good to focus on the little things

We’re always told to look at the big picture; to not spend too much time dwelling on the details. But sometimes the details are where the magic lies; especially during the holiday season. The gingerbread spice in the lattes, the little mittens on toddler hands, the cutouts on the homemade apple pie. As you whip […]

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A few fun presents for your iPhone camera

‘Tis the season for gifts and really, who deserves more presents than your hardest working assistant? Clearly I’m talking about your iPhone! There are a number of awesome accessories that you can purchase (or put on your holiday wishlist!) that will enhance your already superb iPhone photography. Here are just a couple to get your […]

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5 More Easy Tips For Taking Better iPhone Photos

If you’re like most Americans, odds are high that 90% of all photos you ever take will be taken with your smart phone. It makes sense. You always have your phone with you. It’s always there when you want to capture a cute or memorable shot. That said, even if your iPhone isn’t a “real” […]

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Kids and Food: One Child’s Love Story

My oldest daughter has never really liked food. She eats it when she has to, but doesn’t really revel in it. My youngest, however, loves to eat, especially sweets. As she’s grown I’ve taken countless shots of her experiencing food. I have a virtual road map of her discovery of favorite treats and things she […]

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Furry Office Companions

I’m fortunate to work from home. I sit here, in my sunny yellow home office, and sometimes, I miss having co-workers. I miss the camaraderie. I miss chats in the kitchen. I miss having someone to share incredulous looks with after the boss says something… irrational. Then the cat stretches and purrs and I remember […]

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An afternoon at the park

I used to hate going to the park. It’s my dirty little mom secret. The thought of having to stand there, pushing a swing for what felt like a million hours made me cringe. The thought of having to say “We don’t eat or throw sand!” every three seconds made me want to gouge my […]

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Snapping Great Pet Pictures!

The best part about having pets is that they’re so very willing to pose for endless photos! Alright, maybe that’s not the best part of having a pet, we can’t forget wet nose kisses after all, but it is something that shouldn’t be overlooked. Here is some inspiration for all you pet lovers out there! […]

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What does Fall look like to you?

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area Fall doesn’t look anything like Fall on the East Coast. For us Fall means mornings at 41F with sweaters and jeans and afternoons at 75F in t-shirts and shorts. Our trees stay stubbornly monochromatic as our grass slowly shifts from its infamous golden color to a nice healthy […]

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Must Snap Trick Or Treat Moments

The season grows colder and Halloween approaches in leaps and bounds. Tomorrow it’ll be time for all the little ghouls and goblins to come out and with gleeful smiles sweetly beg for some treats. But first, most of them will have the joy of parading around their school in full regalia to receive cheers and […]

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Five Easy Tips for Taking Better Pictures with your iPhone

Capturing the moment has become easier than ever thanks to the popularity of camera phones.  It seems like nearly everyone has a mobile device these days and nearly every device has some sort of camera built in.  As one of the most popular smartphones on the market, the iPhone is certainly no exception.  While it’s […]

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5 Tips for Memorable Pumpkin Patch Photos

With one more weekend left before Halloween, there are only a handful of days left to doll up the kids and take them to a nearby pumpkin patch. Be sure to charge your phone before you go so you don’t miss some great photo ops! Here are a few shots you won’t want to miss! […]

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