New Photo Projects To Try This Summer

If you really want to push your photography or even just take photos for your albums in a more interesting way, why not take up a photo project this summer? Agape Albums have thought of 5 different new photo projects for you to get started.



A colour theme


Have you ever followed an instagram page just because it has a beautiful theme? The reason themes look great on instagram is because the images look cohesive when they’re all brought together. Consider picking a colour theme and looking out for great photo opportunities with your chosen colours. Photos with a colour theme look brilliant in albums and collages.



Golden hour


Summer evenings are amazing for photographs. Try a Golden Hour project where you take lots of photos just before sunset, when the light is golden and hazy.



Travel photos


Step up your travel photography game and learn how to take better photos of your summer holiday, whether you’re going to Spain or Skegness. Look out for the small details as well as scenery and take care of your composition. Include lots of colour, anything that’s local to the place you’re travelling and if you’re photographing landmarks, try a different approach or angle than the typical tourist snap.



A bugs life


All sorts of wonderful creatures come out to play in the summer months, so get your macro setting on and take lots of photos up close of all the beautiful butterflies and even the creepy crawlies.




Portraits with meaning


A really great photo project, not just for summer but all year round, is to take portraits with more meaning behind them. Instead of just taking snapshots of people, come up with a story and create a photo that speaks that story.




Which photo project will you try this summer?






How To Choose The Images For Your Album

We make designing your album simple but how do you choose which images to put in your album? That’s the important question.


It can be tricky if you don’t already have an eye for design but hopefully with this quick guide, you should be able to choose your images in no time at all.


Tip #1 – Create a separate folder.


By creating a folder just for your album images and copying the files you’re thinking of using into the folder, you can really get a good idea of how the images will work together. Do they look right sat next to each other?


Tip #2 – Consistency is key.


Using images with a similar style and similar editing, will look so much better than images that just don’t match. If you have a few photos that are bright in colour next to a few photos that look quite desaturated and then a couple that are black and white, it’s not going to look quite right. Even if you have mismatching styles, try not to put them together on the same page.


Tip #3 – Be picky.


You can only fit so many photographs on so many pages, so when it comes to choosing the images for your albums, be harsh with which ones you cull from the selection process. Pick your absolute best photos and save the others for prints or a second album. After all, albums are what we typically show to people or display, they should include the photos we love the most!


Tip #4 – Put them in an order that makes sense.


This is especially the case if you’re creating a wedding or family album. Putting them in an order that makes sense will help your tell the story that you’re trying to convey with your album. For example; put wedding images in order of when they were taken on the day, maybe put a few of the portrait photos in between to break it up, or if it’s a family album, perhaps put the images in order of the kids growing up.



Agape Albums Top 20 Photography Tips

  1. Choose a good time of day – Sunrise and Sunset make for amazing outdoor photos. When the Sun isn’t as high, you’ll get less harsh shadows in your pictures and if you’re photographing people, you won’t get lots of squinting either.
  2. Get to know your camera – You’ll obviously get more out of your pictures if you know your camera inside out. Try and focus on learning one setting/scene mode at a time.
  3. Shoot continuously – If you’re photographing people, animals or fast moving objects, try setting your camera to continuous shooting mode so you can fire of a few frames quickly.
  4. Try and keep your background distraction free – Either choose a wider aperture if you can or find a cleaner background to shoot against. Lots of clutter can be distracting.
  5. Think about composition – It’s easy to just point and shoot but for really great photos, consider how you compose the image.
  6. Don’t stop at just taking the photo – Give your photo the perfect finish with an online editor such as PicMonkey.
  7. Get inspired – Check out Pinterest for posing and composition inspiration to give you ideas to practise with.
  8. Be picky – Don’t hold on to bad photos and only show your best.
  9. Try new things – Always try new photo projects to challenge your skills.
  10. Get close up – Don’t just take straight forward portraits or landscapes, get close up to the details too!
  11. Shoot candidly – Instead of just having people looking at the camera and smiling, shoot real moments as they happen.
  12. Try different approaches of the same scene – Different angles, different positions, different lighting and different weathers will all drastically change how a photo of the same scene looks.
  13. Don’t over edit your photos – Some editing helps finish the photo but going overboard can kill a good photo.
  14. Take care with the focus – Make sure you hit that focus so your subject is sharp. If you’re taking a portrait, the eyes need to be tack sharp.
  15. Use a tripod or monopod – To keep your camera as still as possible for perfect focus, try using a tripod or a monopod.
  16. Experiment with shutter speeds – If your camera allows, try experimenting with your shutter speeds, using a fast shutter speed for fast moving objects and a slow shutter to speed to let more light in, as well as making running water blurry.
  17. Try off-camera flash or lighting – On-camera flash can create nasty shadows, try using off-camera lighting for a softer look.
  18. Always back up your files – Don’t lose your precious photos, have them backed up in several places so if you’re phone/computer crashes, they’re still safe somewhere.
  19. Use a reflector – Tackle shadows on objects or during portraits in natural lighting by using a reflector.
  20. Start small – It’s always best to learn with very little equipment before investing. If you can take a great photo without the expensive equipment, you’ll take amazing photos when you do invest.



10 Photo Editing Techniques To Make Your Photos Album-Ready

When a photo is straight out of camera, or SOOC for short, it can look a little flat. To give your photographs a truly finished feel, try these 10 quick photo editing techniques from Agape Albums.


You don’t have to use fancy editing software like Lightroom and Photoshop. If you’re not a professional, try online editing software such as PicMonkey or download a free editing app if you’re editing phone photos.


1- Always edit after you’ve taken the photo.


Some cameras and phones allow you to take a photo with a filter already applied, such as black and white or sepia. Don’t do this! Take your photo with no filters on and edit afterwards. That way you can try a few different edits to see what works best for your photo.


2 – Go further with Black and White.


Make your black and whites more dynamic and less flat by adding contrast, deepening blacks and or by adding another filter on top.


3 – Get creative with your crop.


If you’re initial composition isn’t great, look for an interesting crop.


4 – Do some tweaking.


When you’re applying a photo filter or editing with Lightroom presets and Photoshop actions, be careful with the default setting. No filter will work the exact same on every photo, so tweak it until you’re happy with the result.


5 – Straighten your image.


Don’t let wonky horizons ruin a perfectly good image. Straighten that horizon!


6 – Adjust your exposure.


This means how light or dark your images looks. You can do a lot more in professional editing software, especially if you shoot in RAW format but not to worry if you don’t, as free editing software and Apps still have reasonable functions to adjust your exposure. If it’s too dark, you can lighten it up but just be gentle with it.


7 – Pick a colour tone that suits the image.


The key to great editing, is to not go overboard with it. Pick a colour tone that works well with your image and doesn’t look overdone.


8 – Experiment with different tools.


If you like your images to be moody, why not try adding some grain? Or try a subtle vignette, maybe even some blur for a tilt-shift effect.


9 – Add some contrast.


Give your photos some oomph with a little bit of contrast.


10 – Sharpen it up.


Don’t go overboard with this, a little sharpening goes a long way.





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