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Travel Tuesday: Creative ways to remember your journey

To travel is to live

Don’t just take happy snaps while you’re on holiday or travelling – get creative! Capture your experiences in every city/country/town by having a signature look, style or theme. For example, the roaming gnome who was photographed at every location.
Here are five ideas:

1. A selfie in every city
A selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower, a selfie by the Golden Gate Bridge… Get classy and treat yourself to a selfie-stick before you go!
Selfie on the beach


2. Take a photograph of a dog in every city

I personally tried to find a horse in every city – which was surprisingly easy to do across Europe! If I couldn’t find one, a photo of a horse statue sufficed. 
Dogs in the city


3. Try a *
enter your favourite food here
* in every town
I went through a stage of trying an iced chocolate at every cafe we went to. I even went as far as taking photos of each one and rating it in a pocket notebook. Perfect idea for foodies who don’t have a large baggage allowance for heavy souvenirs.  
Food in other countries

4. Visit a film location in every country
Obsessed with movies? Find out where your favourite film was shot here.
Going away? Check what was filmed there and devise a travel itinerary to match.
I went to Bruges and marvelled at the tower where the movie In Bruges was filmed. It was a strange feeling.
In Bruges


5. Same pose in every place

This is a classic one shown below. Or, do a jig at every location – do you remember that YouTube guy who got famous by dancing poorly at every destination?
Pose while travelling

Get your holiday pics printed on postcards while travelling, and have them delivered to your home. When you get back, display your photo postcards around your bedroom mirror or in an album. ? (Download the free Postsnap app here.)

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Taking a photo in the bright sunshine

Taking a photo in the bright sunshine

Bright sunshine can mean severe glare and harsh shadows in the photos you take. But you can use this beautiful weather to your advantage to create the best snapshots you can on your iPhone. Simply take note of these few simple tips.

1 Whip off those sunniesFacing the sun and taking a photoTake the sunnies off and ask your subject to turn toward the sun to avoid shadows falling on their face. If your subject keeps squinting, ask them to close their eyes and tilt their head toward the sun before taking their photo. This will allow their eyes to adjust to the brightness of the sun before taking their photo.

Top tip: Never look directly at the sun with your eyes open ? ?

2 Come to the dark sidePhotographing trees in sunlight with shadowsEmbrace the shadows! Take photos in forests or wherever you find interesting shadows.  Maybe take a photo of your own shadow if your selfie-face isn’t on point, or a squad photo of your shadows for a Facebook banner. Shadows can make cool and moody photos, no matter where you are on a sunny day.

3 With the sun on your backPhoto of sunflowers in sunshineTake photos of flowers, people and other subjects with the sun behind you. This will create an evenly-lit subject to ensure it’s not covered in partial shadows. But just be wary of your own shadow, you don’t want that sneaking into the photo!

4 Go black and whiteTaking a black and white photo in sunshineMake your photos black and white, if all else fails. The detail of a landscape or face will be vivid because the sunlight brings out more detail than on cloudy days. If the person you’re taking a photo of is wearing sunglasses, play with the reflection in their glasses to catch a glimpse of what they’re looking at.

5 Face the sunshinetaking photos of a silhouette in the sunshineTake a photo toward the sun to create stunning silhouettes! Trees, people, buildings… Create patterns out of the darkness. This is best done at sunset, but with low-angles you can create some interesting silhouettes when the sun is higher. But be careful not to point the camera directly at the sun! ?

?? Put your suncream on and get some great snaps to use on your next postcard. ??

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Putting pet dogs on your Mother's Day card.

Mum's pet dog is on your personalised Mother's Day cardDoes Mum’s dog star on Mother’s Day cards rather than you? ? ?

We have seen an influx of Mother’s Day cards featuring pictures of pet spaniels and dachshunds rather than sons and daughters.

Don’t get me wrong, using photos of the forever photogenic pug that Mum adores on Mother’s Day cards certainly takes the pressure off!

(Especially on those days when our selfie faces are not on point…)

Would your mum prefer a Mother’s Day card from her ‘fur-baby’ too?

#CaninesBeforeKids

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Send a family photo for Mother's Day

Make Mother’s Day extra special and create a personalised card using your own photos. If you’re not sure what photos to use, here are some ideas…

Send a photo of the kids for Mother's DaySilly photos
Dress up the kids and take a few silly snaps for a montage photo card for mum. Or dig out a fun family photo to make into a Large Postcard – these are bigger than a standard card and easy to frame as a gift.

Spot the difference
For the adult daughters out there, dig around for a photo of you when you were 21 and find a photo of your mum when she was 21. Upload them to Postsnap and use the two-photo layout to show the photos side-by-side. You may be surprised by how similar you both are!

pet dog photo for Mother's DayPets
Find the cutest photo of your mum’s beloved dog, cat or horse. For those days when you haven’t got your selfie-face on, a photo of the fur-babies (or as my mum has referenced them as: ‘your adopted siblings’) should do the trick!

Holiday
Find your favourite family holiday photo together. Maybe it was 10 years ago, or perhaps last summer. If you can’t choose one, select a few and make a photo montage with them.

Embarrassing photo of Mum
Perms from the 80s, shoulder pads, puffy high school ball gowns, drunken dance at Christmas two years ago… You know where the photo evidence is. And they all deserve to be on a card.

Mum and daughter photo for Mother's DayJust the two of us
Find a lovely photo of you and mum – maybe even look into getting a professional photo done of you both. It’ll be perfect to have on a card, and perhaps even get a print done to make into a canvas to display on the wall.

No matter what photos you choose, a personalised card will surely make Mum’s day!

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Print instagram photos into postcards app

Print Instagram photos as postcardsRecently, a fantastic travel blogger called Travel Dave reviewed Postsnap. He talks us through his experience of making and sending a card using the Postsnap app, and explains how it’s quicker than buying and posting a generic postcard while travelling.

“Traditional postcards take too much time away from your holiday” – Travel Dave

Travel Dave also mentions how Postsnap can save the day if you’ve forgotten to send a postcard or greeting card!

He even made an amazing video to talk you through how easy it is to convert your Instagram photos into real life postcards:

Check it out!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUeh35AL-yk&w=560&h=315]

Download the Postsnap app from iTunes: http://bit.ly/2gMJgwg and use the Travel Dave promo code for 20% off:  TRAVELDAVE

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Foggy photo of a church in Dorset. Postsnap

Best places to take foggy winter photos

by ben

With all this fog around in the UK at the moment, it’s difficult to see past the inconvenience of it. However, this misty weather can be used to your advantage by making ordinary places moody and interesting in photos – so get your phone out!

  1. Water
    A sunset over Poole’s harbour looks beautiful in sunshine, but perhaps even better through the fog. Still lakes, rivers and creeks all lend themselves to foggy photos too.

    Poole quay. postsnap cards

    Poole’s clear sky at sunset

     

     

    Morning in Poole harbour. Postsnap App

    Sunset in moody, dark fog

    2. Beaches
    When the sun is behind hazy mist, photos of beaches take a whole new tone. Particularly if you are on a clifftop where the fog can create a ‘waterfall’ effect as it drifts off the edge and out to sea.

    Beach in Bournemouth postsnap

    Bournemouth

    3. Farmland
    Go for a winter stroll through the fog in the mornings for some different angles.

    Rural fog photo postsnap

    Rural Dorset

    Top tip: The lack of harsh sunlight makes photos easier to take. So don’t stay indoors when the sun is in, because the lack of shadows is doing your photos a favour!


    4. Mountains

    If you find yourself near snowy mountains on a grey day, the low clouds settling and sinking around them make for interesting and contrasting scenes.

    Scottish highlands postsnap app

    Scottish Highlands

    5. Villages
    What would be boring photos in the sun, become intriguing sights beneath the dense fog we’ve been having.

     

    Foggy train station postsnap

    Foggy rural train station

    Foggy photo of a church in Dorset. Postsnap

    Foggy photo of a church in Dorset.

    Don’t let your photos use up your phone’s memory – get them printed on a Postsnap card to send to yourself, or someone in your phone book for them to enjoy.

All photos by Jodie.
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