5 Steps For Better Mobile Photography

"The best camera is the one you have with you." This statement is extremely true and with the great sensors in current generation mobile devices, having a camera attached to your phone is a great thing! Here is a list of 5 things that can make your photography better and eliminate the phrase 'that looks good for a phone camera'. 

1. Keep It Simple

People tend to overcomplicate things. Steve Jobs said 'simplicity is the ultimate sophistication' and that can be seen even today in nearly all of Apple's products. Keeping a photo simple can bring out the harmony and make for a naturally dramatic shot. If you only abide by one rule, this is it.

2. Shoot From The Level Of Your Subject

One of the biggest mistakes people make is shooting from above when taking pictures, especially portraits. This creates a birds-eye view and makes you subject disappear into the background. Get down to the height of your subject, whether it is children, pets or a fountain to give better perspective and to make them stand out. 

3. Keep Your Phone Horizontal

For the most part, photos simply look better in landscape mode. Unless your taking an intentional portrait keep your phone horizontal. You'll be happy you did. Bonus: This is especially true when taking video!

4. Limit Your Software Based Editing

Doing layers of editing to your picture can yield a great result if done right, but know when to hold back. Changing certain aspects of the photo, such as some modifications done by filters can lower the quality of the image dramatically. This is a big deal to keep in mind if you're images will be viewed on larger screen devices.

5. Get An Accessory Lens Kit

An accessory lens kit can add some great analog effects to your photos. This kit is attached via a universal clip and includes a fisheye lens, wide-angle lens and macro lens. The fisheye lens especially can add fun depth to you photos for an entirely different perspective. 

 

 

Make TouchID Better on your iPhone

TouchID is a great feature that actually works, unlike similar fingerprint scanners on other mobile phones. Its great when a technology can definitively help you do things faster and more secure, even if it is as simple as unlocking your phone. But just like anything else there is always room for improvement. 

Through a bit of 'learning' your iPhone can recognize your fingers even faster. For starters, add more than one finger to your list of 'approved' digits. This can be done in the main menu of the Touch ID settings (Settings > Touch ID & Passcode). 

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From here you are given the option to input up to 5 different fingerprints for recognition. Our recommendation is to input both thumbs and both index fingers, and then add the thumb you use the most a second time. This will allow to you unlock your phone in nearly any situation with Touch ID. 

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Finally, after you've input your fingers and while you are still in the Touch ID settings, place the fingers you used and place them over the Touch ID sensor again until the respective finger is highlighted. This lets your phone learn that finger just a little bit more. 

Do these things and your Touch ID will be set up and as fast as possible! Have a tip for us? Leave a comment!

Thanksgiving Free iPhone & iPad Apps

Check out these great apps that are FREE for Thanksgiving! Most notably is the awesome photo/creative app Over from the gang at Potluck. Add beautiful text and artwork to your photos instantly. Things is another one of our favorite productivity apps! Keep things organized across your devices. Its a great way to help get things done during the holidays.  Give it a try!

Check out the full list HERE!

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