ACD Systems Blog

Photography in the dark

2014-10-17 18:10:00 GMT

In the spirit of Halloween we want you to get out there and take some spooky night photos!

Tips to shooting in the dark:
Be Prepared.
Before you go out and dabble in the art of night photography, you should have all the right equipment and know how to use it beforehand. But don’t be afraid to experiment!

Photo courtesy of ACDSee photographer Serge Timacheff

Tools needed for shooting in the dark:
- A shaky camera just won’t do! Shooting in the dark requires long exposures and having a steady camera is key to getting your best shot. If you don’t have access to a tripod you can get resourceful and use a flat surface to rest your camera on, but a tripod is a good investment.

Cable release - This will also help to keep your camera steady during those long exposures. A cable release (wired or wireless) will minimize any camera shake caused by pressing the shutter release button. If you don’t have access to a cable release, most cameras have a timer that you can set for a few seconds, long enough that you are no longer touching the camera by the time the shutter goes.

Flash - If you must use a flash, use an external flash. Point the flash up at a 45-degree angle - this is called a ‘bounce flash’, and gives a softer, more pleasing effect. If this is the style of photo you are going for, feel free to try experimenting by using diffusers or covering the flash with a tissue or handkerchief.

Wide angle lens - This is the best choice for shooting night skies, and a zoom lens makes it even more versatile. Ideally your lens should have an infinity focusing mode.

Photo courtesy of ACDSee photographer Serge Timacheff

Camera settings for shooting in the dark:
Manual Mode
- It’s always best to use your camera’s manual mode when shooting at night.

ISO - Set your camera to the lowest possible ISO; for many cameras this is 100 ISO.

Aperture - Adjust your aperture to let int he most light possible. This is done by adjusting your settings to the lowest f-stop; in most cameras this is f3.5.

Shutter speed - For quality night shots your shutter should be set at a slow speed, without increasing your ISO setting. This allows enough time to let light into the sensor. There is no magic shutter speed to suit every situation, so try testing a few shots at 5-10 seconts, then 20 and 30 seconds. View the images on your LCD display to judge which shutter speed works best for that particular night.

Now get out there after dark and get shooting! Don’t forget to share your images on ACDSee 365 for your chance to be a featured photographer on - just be sure your images are marked “public”.

Maintaining Your Camera Sensors

2013-06-25 21:20:21 GMT

Starting to notice a few dust dots on your photos? This can be prevented! Use these 6 tips for keeping your camera sensors clean:

Pre-plan your shoots. By being organized and pre-planning your shoots you’ll know which lenses you want to use, which reduces the number of times you’ll have to change it.

Switch out your lens as fast as possible. When doing this, keep your camera pointing down and try to keep all lens changes happening in a controlled environment - like indoors! This will prevent the wind from blowing sand in to your lens.

Keep your camera bag clean. Vacuuming your camera bag regularly prevents dust bunnies from forming and making their way into your camera.

Don’t store your camera on its back. Simple as that! Make gravity your friend.

Keep your lenses clean. It doesn’t hurt to do a quick clean of your lenses before every session.

Use an air blower. When the time comes to do the maintenance check on your camera, using an air blower removes dust particles from your gear.

Pinterest - A Photographers Inspiration Hot Spot

2013-06-13 16:14:00 GMT

We all have those moments where we surf the internet and procrastinate. How about using this time to find a little photography inspiration!

Here’s our list of the Pinterest boards we find most inspiring!

Ccil G. A France based photographer that uses Pinterest to showcase her own work. But not only that, she also showcases work by famous photographers and other images she finds intriguing.

Klaus Herrmann, uniquely compiles his photography boards by color. Feeling blue? Check out his “Photos I Love - Blue” board for some beautiful blue inspiration.

Ton Roque. His Pinterest account features some of the greatest photos ever taken. You won’t find a shortage of stunning and inspiring photography here that’s for sure.

Trey Ratcliff. Self described as a warm-hearted, old-school gentleman explorer with really cool toys. His Pinterest boards are categorized by country and there are a lot!

And while you’re engrossed in Pinterest, check out our ACDSee boards. You’ll find all kinds of golden treasures there.


Go Green this Earth Day!

2013-04-17 18:11:07 GMT

Submit your photos of the environment and you going green to Facebook and you could win! These photos can (and should) include examples of green architecture, green transportation, wilderness spaces and so much more. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

In order to be considered a valid entry, photos must include the following:

  • At least one person
  • Feature the environment
  • A detailed description of the photo

The Prize:
The photo with the most votes will win a Samsung NX210 demo camera from ACD Systems.

Enter here:

Don’t forget to check out to see what special offers are in place to save you some “green” this earth week as well!


Safe & Secure Online Photo Storage

2013-02-20 17:32:00 GMT

Keep your images safe and organized in the cloud, or share with friends, family or the world with ACDSee Online!

Uploading is easy. Just drag images from your desktop directly to your ACDSee Online space. Organize your photos in your your account using hierarchical folders. You can even apply the same folder tree structure you have on your desktop; there are no constraints.


Control Access. By default, your photos on ACDSee Online are private and secure. Stay in control of your valuable images by keeping them private or create public albums to share with the world. You may also set passwords to give access to a select audience.


Store Safely Your images are safe and secure on ACDSee Online. The service is powered by Amazon Web Services, the same reliable and secure infrastructure that backs and its worldwide network of sites.

Photos display beautifully. The simple, clean, advertising-free interface focuses attention on your photos, with no distractions. You can even choose a silver or charcoal background theme to showcase your images.


Inspire the world From ACDSee Online, you can email selected photos or entire albums, upload to Facebook, or tweet about your album on Twitter. Create instant full-screen slide shows of your favorite photos. See your public images display on ACDSee Online’s front page “Top Shots”. ACDSee Online’s RSS feed even lets your fans know when you’ve posted new photos. Sharing your images has never been easier.


Register for your FREE ACDSee Online account with 2 GB of storage here