photography

15 Of The Very Best & Top Photography Apps for Android Phones in 2017

Sometimes it’s just not possible to carry all your photography gear with you, and many times you’ll stumble on a particular scene that warrants photographing, but you’re bereft of the trusty DSLR.  But that shouldn’t stop you indulging your creative talents.  Most Smartphones nowadays have pretty competent built in cameras, and to make the most of your Android phones camera, you really need a set of software tools to enhance and compliment your ‘mobile’ photography. Here are some top picks…

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Take better portraits – tips from professional photographer

Sometimes you have to get your feet wet to make the photo… and 7 other helpful tips to get better photos of people. Professional photographer Adam Bronkhorst writes for the 7dayshop blog I’m a professional photographer who specialises in shooting people and teaching other photographers. I love the interaction and the unexpected nature of a portrait shoot. I always see portraits as a two way process between me and my subject. I’ve been shooting portraits for magazines for a number of years and…

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Flexible sheet camera (screen grab via YouTube/Columbia Engineering video)

This invention could revolutionise photography and videos

CAMERAS MADE OUT OF FLEXIBLE SHEETS CAN SNAP IMAGES THAT CONVENTIONAL CAMERAS CANNOT MANAGE INVENTED. Bend to change the field of view In a video posted to YouTube, a team from Columbia University in the US has set out how they developed a sheet camera. The sheet features an array of lenses where the focal length of each lenses adapts to how much it is being flexed. And the researchers achieved that using an elastic material. And one very cool potential prospect is a credit card-sized…

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St Patrick’s Day: 12 Stunning Photos from Ireland and Northern Ireland

Landscape photos that convey the beauty and drama of the landscape North and South by award-winning photographer Gary McParland. Glendalough Light Taken at sunrise at the Lower Lake, Glendalough in Co Wicklow, Ireland. Boyeeghter Light A beautiful beach at Melmore Head on the Rosguill Peninsula in Co Donegal Monday night. Known locally as The Murder Hole. I was treated to some beautiful light for a little while. Sunset at The Hares Gap Sunset shot from the Hares Gap in The…

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Ultra wide-angle photography tips – 10 close-up pictures we love!

Amazing photos of swans that you have to see. Read on to see how how photographer Simon Anderson got these pictures (it includes using a fish tank). “I’m a keen amateur photographer who started at the early stages of digital with a 1-2 megapixel point and shoot. “Immediately drawn to being able to see the pictures on the back of the camera screen, I soon started buying camera magazines looking at awe at the amazing pictures that photographers were creating.…

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Stunning snow photos – UK weather

Super snow photos from across the UK! A stunning picture from a wintry Preston by photographer Paul Melling (photo credit: @Pjmimages/Twitter) This was also taken by Paul, and almost looks like a scene from the Alps. (photo credit: @Pjmimages/Twitter) This is Scrufty out in the snow in Greater Manchester taken by Bekki Bailey (photo credit: Baileykins93/Twitter) This evocative image was captured by John in Buxton, Derbyshire. (Photo credit: @elcid18/Twitter) This snowy scene from Horbury, Wakefield, was taken by Anna Wrigglesworth (photo credit: AnnaTWriggs/Twitter)…

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Top Photographers Pick Their Favourite Pictures

Photographers who’ve featured on the 7dayshop blog pick their favourite images from the past 12 months. From the world of rock to space, aircraft, insects and landscapes, our photographers reveal why these images mean so much and how they took them. In no particular order, here they are – we hope you enjoy this gallery as much as we did putting it together. A View of Locbroom – Karen Appleyard This was taken on the descent of Meall Mor in the Scottish Highlands. It…

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11 Awesome Travel Pictures You REALLY Should See And Tips On How To Take Them

Rob Stillwell challenged himself by taking a year out – and the photos are stunning. Read on to see how he got these amazing images. “I always wanted to travel, but before I knew it I’d worked 10 years,” says Rob. “I felt like I was on the treadmill and life was passing me by.” “I work for a UK university in the field of online learning but also work part time as a photographer shooting weddings and landscape work. I am also a…

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Amazing Perseid Meteor Shower Photos

Stunning pictures of the annual Perseid meteor shower, which provides an incredible display in the night sky every August. Here’s a selection of your photos (used with kind permission) Perseids Meteor shower at Carew Castle, Wales, UK by @rob_still. You can find more of his photos on his blog ‘stepping off’, Meteor over Oswestry, Shropshire, UK by Richard Ellis (photo credit @richatquinta/Twitter) Perseid capture, Northamptonshire, UK, by James Parker, UK (photo credit: @JP_Astronomy/Twitter) Perseid meteor shower over Winchester by Dr James West…

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Perseid Meteor Taken in rural Brittany, France, away from light pollution (photo credit: James West)

Perseid Meteor Shower – Tips On How To Take Pictures

The annual Perseid meteor shower is set to peak tonight and offers the prospect of stunning views and photos. Here are simple tips on getting pictures. Check your camera settings and then snap away James West, executive director for SEPnet (South East Physics Network), says: “The best approach is to use a relatively high ISO, say 400 – 800, and take shots of two to three minutes at full aperture and widest angle. “Once you’ve checked the focus and exposure…

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