Discover how to take wonderful wintertime photos by using correct camera settings and these tips and tricks for snowy fun.

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Set your white balance 

When your camera “sees” snow, its bright white colour can throw off the white balance. The results will be a photo that looks too dark or bluish in tone. Some cameras have a snow shooting mode, to compensate for snow and lighting conditions.

For those without, use your camera’s manual controls to adjust white balance until the snow’s colour is accurate. Watch your camera’s screen adjust until the snow looks white.

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Get creative and add a touch of fun to the Christmas festivities with a seasonal photoshoot.

Taking inspiration from the ever-popular festive celebrity snaps, get creative this Christmas and make your own set of personalised Photo Cards! A jolly photo shoot is the perfect recipe to get the family together and make beautiful memories to document year after year. Trumping bog-standard shop bought cards, a personalised card is certain to make it to the front of everyone’s mantelpiece and with our creative tips, just about anybody can take that perfect festive family photo!

Christmas personalised card
1. Sparkle Blessings 2. Illustrious Christmas 3. Rustic Pine Snapshots 4. Rustic Pine Snapshots

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It’s no secret that we are a nation obsessed with our pets, which is why we have partnered with Carrie, the author of ‘The Selfie Book’ to create a list of tips to help owners secure the perfect pet selfie aka ‘The Pelfie’. We’ve even recruited Instagram doggy star @Brunotheminidachshund to bring these tips to life in true doggy style and show us how it’s done! 🐶

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iPhoneography

iPhone newbies, we got you! We know that a new smartphone can be intimidating (all those apps!) and hard to navigate in the beginning. No fear, we’ve all been there. If you’re a rookie iPhone user (or iPad newbie – a lot of functions overlap), these tried and true photo tips will put you on the path to pro-status in no time.

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Are you looking for new ways to inject energy into your photography? Try taking a new perspective on familiar views or objects. All you need to do is change your position or tilt the camera at a quirky angle – no expensive new equipment is required! Get started with this handy guide to perspectives:

Straightforward snapping – take a direct view

When you take photos at eye-level, it’s called the ‘central perspective’. This is great for taking clear photos of landscapes or buildings, and portrait photos of people and animals.

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If you’re still lucky enough to have a holiday by the sea booked before the end of summer, then why not try underwater photography.

We at Snapfish have created some useful tips that will help you take some great underwater snaps!

Tip 1: Correct equipment: First and foremost you will need an underwater camera – there is no need to worry though as reasonable models can be bought at an affordable price. The benefit of buying an underwater camera is that these cameras don’t just work in the water, but they can also be used to take pictures of the exotic destinations you may visit.

Underwater photography

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While not everybody enjoys having their photo taken, people do make the most fascinating subjects. Getting the perfect shot can take a little practice, so we’ve put together our top five tips to help you put friends and family in the frame with portrait photos:

  1. Is the light right?

It’s best to avoid bright sunlight, so start by looking for a shady place. This will soften the light and avoid dark shadows obscuring your shot. Look for areas of even lighting, such as next to a high wall, or when a cloud completely covers the sun. Dawn and dusk also create magical soft and subtle lighting that’s ideal for creating stunning portrait shots.

Put friends and family in the frame with portrait photos

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The beach provides a naturally beautiful canvas, and by simply using a variety of perspectives, you can create extraordinary pictures of your days by the sea. For example, snap a candid shot of your child or loved one unaware and enjoying the beach.

simple techniques and tips for great beach photos

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