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It’s summertime (practically), and many of us across the globe are reveling in the earth’s blossoming and bountiful natural beauty. Here at PicsArt, we want to help you capture the beauty around you, so we’ve spent quite a while discussing the importance of getting outdoors and shooting. But landscape and nature photography is an incredibly difficult genre to master — mainly because there are so many landscape photos floating around. How does one go about capturing pictures that offer the eye something new? Truth is, while sometimes you can show up somewhere and your first shot will be golden, most of the time, if you really want to ensure novelty in your photograph, setting it up takes quite a bit of time. Note, I didn’t say it takes fancy equipment; I said it takes time. If you’re venturing somewhere that’s relatively unexplored, sometimes that’s enough, simply because just a photograph…

Whether it’s a three-hour hike or a multi-day backpacking trip, packing for your next outdoor adventure can be challenging. As tempting as it may be to carry your entire photography equipment, taking only what you need will be essential. You won’t need to sacrifice the quality of your photos if you know what you’re bringing and your knees, back and camera will thank you later. Less Is More Outdoors, you’ll likely be using your camera to take landscape photos, so a reliable wide-angle lens should be part of your pack. For your other lens — think of the other subjects that will be interesting to you. Are you planning to capture wildlife that will require a telephoto lens? Or will you be trekking with friends and plan to capture their portraits? If so, pack a prime lens that is ideal for portraits. If you have a pancake lens, even better!…

It’s National Trails Day! And it’s summer! And the sun is out and the sky is blue and the temperature is flawless (I am speaking this into existence)! What better way to spend a day like today than taking yourself on a hike and unleashing your inner explorer? Since you probably can’t come up with an answer that would satisfy me, pack your rucksack with an apple, a camera and plenty of water, put on your most comfortable pair of sneaks (a hike is no time for a fashion show), and remember these 10 simple tips to snap the perfect shot (they’re great life advice, too). Stay hydrated. You might not think this applies to a good photograph, but hydration keeps you conscious, and consciousness is the key to any good photo, really. Don’t wait for the perfect weather. Unless there’s a fiery Armageddon raining down from the sky, there’s no…

As an avid lover of photography, I’ve always been blown away by the many variables that affect an image — light, shadow, saturation, contrast and so on. The time of day can greatly affect a picture, and while it would be so easy to Google when is the best-slash-worst time to take a photograph, there’s something to be said for getting out there and experimenting, taking pictures from dawn to dusk and beyond. I decided I would take a picture every couple hours of the mountain behind my house in Tuscany to find out how the time of day affects my photos (Fun fact! The same mountain — Mount Penna — is depicted in Michelangelo’s painting “The Creation of Adam” on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel). And while there is no “best hour” to photograph — it all depends on what you’re trying to capture, where you are in the world, the time of year,…

The world is full of beautiful places just waiting to be experienced. Sometimes it’s painful to find that you’ve let those beautiful experiences slip away. We’ve all been there — in the middle of endless fields while on vacation, atop a mountain looking down into a valley after a long hike, or even strolling along the beach simply watching a majestic sunset. You discover a beautiful scene that overwhelms you, and you feel inspired to capture the moment. You reach for your camera and eagerly snap some photos.  To your dismay, when you review them at home, the photos do no justice to the beauty you felt in the moment. But why? Well, we’re here to review a few common mistakes made while shooting landscape photography and how you can avoid them for better photos! Go for a Walk If your photos feel like one in a million of the same shot, you…

Yes, May is National Bike Month as well as National Photography Month, but it’s just as well because a bicycle is a photographer’s best friend. If you’re hunting for great shots, it’s just a fact that you cover so much more ground on a bike, be it dirt or concrete. Here are 10 tips for bike photography so that you can turn your cycling excursions into some of the most bountiful shoots of the year. Oh yeah — and please, please, please wear a helmet! Photography is so much more fun when you’re alive to enjoy it. 1. Use Cyclists for Scale The feeling of being humbled by an endless canyon or sprawling mountain range doesn’t always translate on photo. Let a fellow cyclist get ahead of you to give people an idea of how big the world is relative to a rider. 2. Avoid Bull’s-Eye Photography This is one of our favorite…

When April unloads its torrential showers, everyone’s instinct is to run for cover, but photographers might do well to stick around for a drenching or two. The glistening streets and splattering droplets of spring can make for some exquisite rain photography, creating dramatic scenes of people sloshing through gushing gutters and sheets of downpour. Rain is rife with opportunities for splendid photography, so long as you don’t mind enduring the occasional spray and — yes — soggy socks. It’s a whole new visual arena very much worth exploring, but in case you’re still feeling iffy about going out into the wet stuff, this dry rundown of inspiring ideas might help push you out the door. Here are 10 tips on how to make the most of your rain photography this spring. They’ll ensure that when you finish up your shoot and come home soaked to your core, you’ll do so with a big wet smile. 1. Wet Impressionism If your camera…