Archive for June, 2013

Take the Perfect Smartphone Firework Photo This 4th of July

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

For a lot of us, Independence Day creates the desire to perfectly capture our fun-filled weekends and the American Spirit in one single Instagram photo. You’ve probably taken the “waving american flag” photo or the “sun shining on my festive outfit” photo, but have you ever captured the perfect firework photo? Here are a few tips to get you on the right track for a smartphone firework picture that pops.


Photo by @elynnlove











1) Turn That Flash Off
Using the flash will only lighten what’s right in front of you… so unless you want a great photo of all of the other “oo-ers & ah-ers” in front of you or the mushy couple you ended up sitting by, make sure your flash is off.

2) Stabilize Your Phone
We know you’ll be shaking with excitement when you finally see the weeping willow-shaped firework, but you’ve got to keep your phone still. Use a product like the iStabilizer to make sure you’re not taking a blurry photo.

3) Release the Shutter to Snap Your Photo
If you’re using an iPhone, keep in mind that it actually takes the picture when you release your finger from the shutter button. Set up your shot, hold down the shutter, and wait for the right time to take your pic.

4) Set Up the Shot
Believe it or not, the best place to capture an awesome firework photo isn’t right below them. Move back and take in a bit more of the scene.

5) Take It Easy On the Editing
Don’t try to make the fireworks brighter in your editing apps. That’s only going to add noise to your photo. Looks like you’re going to have to go “all natural” on this one, people.

Now, get out there and make us proud! If you take a photo you love, share it with us on Instagram or get it printed on Metal. That shine would look amazing with fireworks!


Photo Wood Prints: Secrets to Success

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Prints on wood are becoming increasingly popular, and with good reason. Wood Prints are a little slice of photo art heaven. They’ll show off your rockstar photo skills, spruce up your wall with wood grain, and can even burn in the fire pit to ease a little heartbreak if you’ve proactively printed a photo of your now ex.

We’d like to tell you how Pixuru creates wood prints that last forever, but then we’d have to… you know… So we’ll just stick to a few tips that will make your wooden photo print one to be proud of.

Simple is Best
Use photos with a good amount of negative space. (Sunshine works really well)


Keep it Light
Try not to use anything too saturated or dark – it will hide that gorgeous wood grain.


The Sky is the Limit!
But seriously – the sky looks great on a wood print!

PixuruWoodPrintBoats    PixuruWoodPrintSky

The more we see our wood prints, the more we love them! Once you get yours, show it off! Share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and we might just send a little something special your way.


Instagram Photo Highlight: Simplicity at It’s Best

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

We’ve all been there. That moment when you’re browsing Instagram and you see a smartphone photo that makes you stop and think “wish I had done that!” Well, we had that moment this morning with the perfect simplicity used by Hiroaki Fukuda, and of course we had to share it with you. This simplicity wasn’t an accident either, it shows itself often in his iphoneography. He’s a must-follow!

Tip of Tokyo by Hiroaki Fukuda

Tip of Tokyo by Hiroaki Fukuda

One of the most important aspects of mobile photography is keeping it simple, but when you’re first starting out it seems to be one of the hardest things to keep in mind. Remember to take as many photos of you can of every subject, and hopefully you can break it down into something that’s simply stunning. Once you get a photo you want to show off, check out these tips for making it into a smartphone print that’s gallery-worthy.

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