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Awesome! you decided to review some equipment on the MGS Forum. We are not looking for everything to look the same, show your personality, tell a story! What we are looking for is quality and honesty in your review.

 

We do, however, want to provide some tips should you be looking for some guidance.

 

Forum Member Review Tips:

 

  • We love looking at pictures - augment your review with them! All pictures should be 750 - 800 pixels wide. This is to make sure the reviews load quickly for anyone reading them.
  • Please take photos and/or video in landscape orientation - this fits the screen better and ensures that there is not unnecessary whitespace.
  • Tell a story! We want to be entertained as well as enlightened
  • If you love the product and how it is performing, say so. If it don't meet your expectations say that too.
  • Feel free to contact one of the Forum Directors if you need help resizing your pictures, photo editing (enhancing the image, cropping, etc), or just have questions

 

There are some great examples of member reviews on the forum in case you need ideas, but ultimately we want to hear how the equipment you shelled out hard-earned cash for is working, and whether you'd be happy recommending it to a friend.

 

Some tips for taking pictures:

 

  • Natural light is always preferable to artificial light. If you're taking a picture inside, use the light coming from a window. In general night pictures aren't great unless you have a good camera and light setup.
  • The best time to take pictures is an hour or so after sunrise or before sun set, right when the sky becomes a bit golden.
  • A slightly cloudy day is ideal, but you can't really control that. Overcast conditions are the worst.
  • Cell phone cameras are OK, but if you have a good digital camera, you should use that.

 

Picture composition tips:

 

  • You can use a flash to counterbalance sunlight. For example, if the sun is behind your subject, usually that'll make everything dark. If the sun is behind your subject and you use a flash, then the subject is well lit still and you have a lot of light in your picture.
  • If your camera supports HDR photos or multiple exposure shots. HDR photos are a combination of 1-2 underexposed, 1 normal, and 1-2 overexposed shots. The software puts them all together. If you camera can't do HDR, but can do multiple exposure, then there's plenty of software out there to combine the shots.
  • If you have a zoom lens, you can play around with depth of field by taking shots of the same subject all the way zoomed in or all the way zoomed out.
  • If you can change the aperture of the lens, you can play with the depth of focus and light. A very open aperture (f1.4-f2.8) needs little light, but the depth of focus is very shallow. A closed aperture (f7+) needs a lot of light and has a much deeper depth of focus.
  • ISO is the quality of the image. The lower the ISO, the better the quality, but requires more light.

 

Picture editing tips:

 

  • Use www.picmonkey.com , www.photoeditor.polarr.co , the snapseed app on iOS/Android or any number of other software options to edit your pictures. A lot of times, simply pushing "Auto Adjust", or playing with some of the preset filters will make your picture(s) look a lot nicer.
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Want to bump this --- for all the new members out there, if you have something in your bag you'd like to review.  Some excellent tips here!!  

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Good stuff. Snapseed is another good photo editor.

 

 

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Thanks for the tips! Getting ready to do my first review here and want to try and nail it! 

 

Here's living proof that new members do indeed have the chance to be selected IF they do the simple things, like participate, have a profile pic, etc.  

 

Go get 'em schnergun!!!

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Here's living proof that new members do indeed have the chance to be selected IF they do the simple things, like participate, have a profile pic, etc.

 

Go get 'em schnergun!!!

thanks!

 

Sent from my LG-LS993 using Tapatalk

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looks like this could do with a little update! I'll add snapseed to the photo editor piece

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I'll add as well. For those of you who photograph with iPhones, iOS 10 lets you shoot RAW photos, just as long you're using an app that supports it. Capturing photos in RAW allows you to do a better job at post processing pictures. There are quite a few apps out now that let you do this, but some of the well known ones include VSCO and Lightroom. Shooting in RAW and pairing it with a good photo editing app such as Snapseed, VSCO, Lightroom, and Afterlight can create great photos.

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