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My Moto smart phone powered by Verzion– how many ways do I love thee? You Moto are my BFF, you hold all my intimate secrets, my contacts, and you basically help me navigate my life. You are like my very own personal assistant minus the attitude and I could not make any plans without you by my side. But MOST of all MOTO you are the one who captures with such precision and clarity the beauty and sometimes not so pretty moments of my life. You freeze them in time so that I can carry those memories in my heart and in my hand ( quite literally). So if like me- your MOTO/ smartphone is the tool by which you document your world with these simple smartphone photography tips, you’ll be taking pictures like a pro in no time.
Here are a few you might want to work on so that you can take better photos and use all the advantages your smartphone has to offer.
Natural lighting will almost always produce a better shot with realistic color than a photo taken with a camera flash, especially for portrait shots. If it’s cloudy or you’re taking a shot inside, look for strong artificial lights or ways to reflect what little natural light there is.
A snowy forest or beach at sunset is appealing to the naked eye, but that doesn’t always translate to a great photo. Put people in your pictures. It makes photos more personal, more memorable and gives them a sense of scale and place. Try this link for a few more tips.
You have taken some great photos but now what do you do to save them and keep them? Go here to learn how to transfer and print photos from your phone.
To transfer your photos to your computer you have a few choices. Email. Use your smartphone or tablet and email your favorite photos to yourself. Use a photo-sharing account. Upload photos to the cloud. Upload your photos to a cloud service, such as the Verizon Cloud, so that you can access them on your desktop. Turn to Facebook. Using the Facebook app, you have the ability to upload photos to your account straight from your mobile device. You can then access and download these photos on your computer.
Unless you have your own deluxe printer at home, you should rely on a store or printing service to get quality prints — and you can do it all straight from your phone.
Sign up for a free Shutterfly account and enjoy unlimited storage space. The site also allows you to edit photos, order prints and share albums with friends and family. iSanpfish is another great app that’s free to download and offers free storage options and the ability to order prints from your phone. For even more mobile photo printing options, you can check out the York Photo and HP ePrint apps. The Print Studio app offers tiny photo sticker books, greeting cards, business cards, magnets and photostrip-style prints.
With the use of digital cameras we said goodbye to paying for blurry heads-cropped-out eyes and closed eye photos. The photo gods have smiled upon us once again, gifting us with photo editing, so those once-in-a-lifetime snaps can be so airbrushed and filtered that we look like we’re in a magazine. Go to http://bit.ly/1qeaP2q for 6 Must-Have Photo Editing Apps get better acquainted with these next few editing apps.
VSCO is a good option for those just starting out with mobile photo editing . Facetune is specifically designed as a portrait editor. Editing tools allow you to whiten teeth, erase wrinkles, blemishes, or dark circles, and even add hair. Darkroom balances ease of use with more advanced editing tools, making it very user friendly. PicsArt is a great option for those who really want to get creative . Autodesk Pixlr Mobile offers an excellent array of features including stickers, borders, filters, and overlays alongside basic editing tools like exposure and sharpness.
Last but not least take better selfies by going to this site http://bit.ly/2eY30d0I Selfies are everywhere – even the First Lady takes them – so I guess it’s time for all of us to get on board and use these tips to up your selfie game.
Compose yourself. Well, your photo at least. Think of the screen as being divided into thirds and place your face along the gridlines.
Lose your double chin in one easy step by holding the camera up and over your head to get the most flattering angle.
Use your flash because good lighting is imperative.
Get a grip! “Ninja-Loop” “Lazy-Hands”, “Sling Strap”, and “Love Handle” are all finger grips that adhere to the back of your phone allowing you a better grasp on your phone. It’s easier to position the angle of your device and lessens the chance you’ll drop it.
Hang Loose, instead of trying to twist your arm in ways nature never intended or extend your reach prop your phone on your desk, a shelf or the counter.
Here’s another pro-tip: holding the phone close to your face means your nose will look bigger and your eyes will look smaller. Not the look you were going for? Instead, zoom in a little – not too much or the image will reduce detail – while you hold the camera away from your face. Your features will remain in proportion and you’ll eliminate visual clutter from the background.
The last and most important tip is to have fun. Your best photos are often candid shots when you’re totally relaxed and enjoying yourself. Try to experiment with shooting angles, take pictures you wouldn’t normally take and look for the unexpected and play around with the settings to vary resolution, brightness, shooting mode and other functions unique to your native camera app. Keep using these techniques because practice makes perfect.
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