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Sunny getaways are on the cards this summer

The school holidays are basically here! No more uniform, no more homework, no more boredom because…

 

Schools out for summer

 

Now that you can relax and have fun in the sun, get your phones and cameras out and get snapping! Send friends and family your postcards to show off where you are and what you’re doing.

?? Sunny getaways and day trips are on the cards for this summer! ??

Download the app now, get snapping and share your creation with us on Instagram.

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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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Being in New Zealand for Christmas

A Postsnap blogger in New Zealand during mid-December 2015.

Christmas is not a cold event everywhere. Back in New Zealand, where I hail from, Christmas is associated with sandals and strawberries rather than snow and socks.

? Rather than a hot turkey, we tend to have BBQs outside. Burgers, sausages, salads and lemonade are common at Christmas dinner.

? Shoes are not a common site in December. You’re more likely to see bare feet and sandals (aka jandals) than boots of any kind.

? Strawberries are a must! They are ripe and in every shop. You can buy them in bulk on the roadside stalls or Sunday farmers’ markets.

? Paper hats from Christmas crackers are not often worn due to them sticking to foreheads… Also, paper hats mess up the Christmas hairdo.

The New Zealand Christmas tree - Pohutukawa

New Zealand’s Christmas tree – the Pohutukawa.

? New Zealand’s ‘national Christmas tree’ is the native Pohutukaua tree, which blooms with bright red flowers in December. The red flowers are beautiful and typically lining suburban streets. during New Zealand summers.

? Kiwi fruit atop a homemade Pavalova is a Christmas must.

??  Most will make their way to the beach on Christmas day, usually to find a Father Christmas figure handing our lollies. Santa is usually wearing a sleeveless red vest, shorts and sandals. Not forgetting the beard though – to keep it looking authentic.

Ice lollies for Christmas in a warm countryA very strange Christmas for some, but the norm for Kiwis, where summer break and Christmas holidays are merged to create a December to January nation-wide shut-down!

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