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HOW TO: Party on a Boat Like a Crowdtapper

To celebrate the end of a summer well-worked, we at Crowdtap had our annual summer outing a few weeks ago: a boat cruise around New York City, complete with sunshine, hors d’ouevres, and good company.

Between mingling on the deck and an intense game of trivia (which was won by a team who named themselves “We’re Better Than You,” go figure), we had a refreshing time — and learned a lot about our sea legs.

SO. How do you party on a boat like a Crowdtapper? It’s simple, really.


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Thumbs Up Thursday: Summer Camp #TBT

August is always a nostalgic month — no matter how old you are, there’s always that twinge of back-to-school jitters that’s hard to shake! But instead of remembering the revamp of routine, we decided to take it back to the dog-days of summer camp.

This batch of throwback photos had us wistfully daydreaming about canoes and campfires, even humming the “Make New Friends” anthem of our Girl Scouts days.

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These four gals have our vote for Tug-O-War champs – the dedication in their eyes and stances is palpable! Shelly S. sent this in, reminiscing about all the great summer camp games from her days as a camper — and got us waxing nostalgic, too!


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HOW TO: Utilize Light In Your Photos

For just a moment, forget the accessories, the shutter speeds, the editing apps — sometimes, all you need is a good source of light to find yourself with a surprisingly great photo on your hands.

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The types of light sources we’re talking about are those that can be found all around you – sunlight, streetlights, lamps in your apartment, moonlight, midday light streaming in from a window, and the like. With this tutorial, we’ll get into some of our favorite light sources, which you can use to become even more of a visionary with the camera!


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Thumbs Up Thursdays: Glorious Sunsets

Tappers, when we asked you to send us your best sunset photos last week, we had no idea that we’d be experiencing quite a week of sunsets ourselves here in New York City!

Thanks to all the summer storms that have been raining down on us lately (usually with little to no notice), the post-storm skies have really been something to marvel at — not all that different from your submissions. In choosing our five winners, we decided to select photos that, in their own way, showcased a unique approach to photographing a sunset. After all, there are a million and one ways to see of one nature’s coolest phenomena!

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This photo from Nadezda K. is like something straight out of The Lion King. If, you know, Simba lived in the Grand Canyon and not in Africa. Still, this stunning photo does bring to mind Mufasa’s wise words: “Everything the light touches is our kingdom.” OK ok, enough Lion King! In all seriousness, seeing pieces of sunlight fall across the canyon like this is breathtaking, and we’re glad Nadezda shared such this once-in-a-lifetime moment with us.

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HOW TO: Influence your favorite brands through Crowdtap Topics

We know you love to share your thoughts and opinions on products from your favorite brands — after all, that’s what makes you a top Tapper!

There are a bunch of different ways to participate with your favorite brands on Crowdtap: You can join their crowds to regularly complete polls and missions, or participate in sampling missions to send your feedback and reviews to brands after trying their products.

But did you know there is yet another way to influence your favorite brands on Crowdtap?

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By following different topics, you can have a broad impact on a bunch of different brands just as easily! Let’s dive into some best practices for using topics.


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Thumbs Up Thursday: Just Keep Swimming

Hey there mermaids Tappers!

This week’s Thumbs Up Thursday was a toughie, but a good handful of you guys braved the mighty waters and managed to come up with some really fun underwater shots! We’ve chosen our five favorites below.

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We love this adorable shot of Carolina Q.‘s family. Her daughter looks lovely and comfortable as she explores the pool, and why wouldn’t she when such a great support system has got her back!

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HOW TO: Take Great Action Shots on Vacation

Alright, let’s be honest here: When you’re reminiscing about spectacular vacations you’ve been on, do you get more satisfaction from looking at photos of you standing and smiling merrily in front of monuments and pretty scenes, or photos of you in the thick of the action, whether you’re rafting, hiking, or cartwheeling across a pristine beach?

Likely, it’s the latter.

When you capture great action shots on a vacation, they tend to zap you right back into the moment. You remember how refreshing the ocean water was that day, or how good the breeze felt when you found yourself atop a cliff you never thought you could scale, but did.

Not only do photos taken mid-action inspire us to recount the best of our vacations, but in many cases these types of photos, when shot correctly, are impressive and beautiful to look at, too. Today’s tutorial will focus on teaching you the necessary steps to craft an action photo that’ll impress even the toughest critic: you!

Frame it, folks 

Whether you’re snapping a photo of your kid surfing or your significant other hiking, make sure to keep the entire landscape in mind. The way you frame your subject will have an impact on the photo as a whole, but this isn’t to say that you need your subject to be in the center of the frame. In fact — don’t! If you look at most action shots, you’ll notice that the ones with the most impact positioned the subject off-center in the frame.

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Thumbs Up Thursday: We All Scream for Ice Cream

Ice cream is one of our favorite parts of summer. What’s more pleasant and delicious than a cone from the local ice cream joint or park-side ice cream truck? Only a cone covered in sprinkles.

Last week, we asked for your best snaps while you or a loved one were enjoying delicious frozen treats. Take a peek at our five winners, then listen closely for the ice cream truck until the heat breaks!

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This shot of Jessica M.’s little girl epitomizes late summer for us. Green grass, hazy sun, picnic tables — and a whopping soft serve cone, doused in sprinkles! Extra love for this gal’s look of solid determination while diving into this vanilla dream.


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HOW TO: Take Underwater Photos

Real talk: There was one particular photo from last week’s Thumbs Up Thursday that got us thinking about underwater photos and how cool they are. So it was a no-brainer (and if you were here in the office you’d think it was planned) when we all yelled out, “UNDERWATER PHOTO TUTORIAL!” and then toasted with seltzers and went home happy.

You’re probably used to seeing underwater photographs floating around more than you realize (Nirvana’s Nevermind album cover, Flip Schulke’s iconic photo of Muhammad Ali, all those National Geographic photos you ogle at on Instagram), but have you ever thought about taking your own?

It’s easier than you think! Not only is it sure to be a super enjoyable experience (hello, you get to swim), it’ll also make your photo submissions stand out from the rest of the crowd, especially in these last few weeks of summer. As always, we’re here to help.

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Whether you’ll be shooting with your phone or a more professional camera, make sure to consider the elements. Though it’s totally your call, you probably don’t want to take photos in a body of water where waves, rocks, or unpredictable conditions can get in the way.

Instead, jump into a pool. Fun fact: Chlorinated water is less damaging to your phone than salt water, and provides a safe, comfortable space for you to play around freely to get your shot. Just don’t forget your goggles!

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Thumbs Up Thursday: 5 Tappers Who *Nailed* the Overlays Mission

Ask and you shall receive! Tappers, just a scant few weeks ago, we asked you to not only show us how you summer, but to add one of our Crowdtap overlays to your photo. Some of you killed this assignment. Let’s take a look:

Kristen M. brought us poolside with a photo that may or may not already have us reaching for some sunscreen. BRB, looking for beach towels…

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