5 Tips for capturing special moments on a smartphone

Whilst we live in a digital world with the power of a high quality camera at our fingertips, it’s often that we forget to capture everyday moments because we’re so caught up in them. Here’s 6 tips for effectively (and effortlessly) capturing those special moments on your smartphone so we you can enjoy them again and again for years to come.

1. Keep your smartphone on you

The best type of camera is the one you’re carrying with you. It’s not always convenient to carry your bulky DSLR camera with you all the time but chances are, your iphone or other smartphone is with you when you’re out and about. And nowadays most smartphones have better cameras in them than most digital cameras.  However it’s one thing having your smartphone with you, it’s another knowing how to quickly activate your smartphone camera when you need it. Many smartphones including the iPhone will allow you to use the camera app without having to unlock the phone first which makes it even quicker to capture the moment on your phone as it happens.

2. Live in the moment

Often we allow life to ‘live us’ instead of the other way around. We’re too busy getting somewhere to enjoy the journey getting there. Don’t forget to take a moment to live in the moment. To be mindful of what’s happening around you. To actually see what’s happening in the right here and now instead of thinking about what’s next.

 

Don’t wait for the perfect pose

While you’re waiting for that perfect pose, the perfect family photo, that perfect smile, you’ve possibly missed the most perfect moments of craziness, silliness, fun or even tantrums. Capturing the moment is exactly that – capturing that exact moment, no posing required.

 

No stagnant sitting and smiling shots here, just real life.

No stagnant sitting and smiling shots here, just real life.

3. Think beyond the big picture

When we’re capturing our moments quite often we try to capture everything. From the background to the foreground and everything in between. But often it’s the tiniest things that tell you the most about that point in time. Find a focus point and run with it. Take a little girl splashing in puddles for example. Sure a whole-of-scene photo is on the cards but then think close ups, of facial expressions, of boots, of reflections in the puddles, oh the list goes on. It pays to think outside the square and beyond the big picture to really tell the story.

This tells a story in itself. Little feet. Wet weather. Fun. Happiness. Yep, it's all there.

This tells a story in itself. Little feet. Wet weather. Fun. Happiness. Yep, it’s all there.

4. The set up

If you’re in anticipation of capturing great moments, take a moment for yourself to think about the background and where you’re likely to get the best shot from without disturbing the action. Sometimes just moving yourself to a different position (think high and low positions as well) is enough to take a photographic moment from ‘meh’ to ‘boom’! Take the photo below. The photo is taken from a low position so no background buildings or distractions affect the focal point of the shot and there is a strategic line of wheat captured in foreground to frame the shot. If this photographer stood up to take the same photo it’s possible the moment would be lost in a busy background.

Woman in wheat field

5. Print your memories and share them

It’s one thing to take the perfect photo but it’s another thing to actually print and share your pics. Pick your favourites, edit them using the Pringo App (or any other photo app you like) then print instantly from your mobile with your Pringo smartphone printer. Presto, moment captured, moment saved, moment shared. Yeah!

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Fun photo apps for iPhone and Android devices

So you’re on the brink of printing photos on your mini photo printer but your photo just isn’t quite right. Whether you want to add just a touch of bling, adjust, crop, change the balance, exposure or add other effects to your photo, you know it needs a little something before you hit the print button. So why not take a moment to edit it before you print? It gives you the opportunity to take your photograph from ‘okay’ to ‘brilliant’ with a few simple steps and the right photo app. So the next question is, which is the right photo editing app? The reality is there’s literally tonnes of them available for iPhone and Android devices. So to make things a little easier, we’ve collated a list of a few of the favourites:

 

1. Photo Editor App by  Aviary

 

aviary photo app

image from: techcrunch

 

Photo Editor by Aviary is a user friendly photo app for iPhone users with great features that includes touching up blemishes, attractive photo effects, adding texts and funny symbols etc. The focal features of this app is to enhance the texture and look of the photos. When you’ve finished the editing process, save it to your camera roll then you can add stickers and borders with the Pringo app and print it on your Pringo wifi mini printer.   This app also allows you to share edited photos directly on social media.  Aviary app is available to iPhone users for free.

2. Popkick App

 

popkick app

Image credit: csswinnner.com

Turn your photos into very cool pop art with this app. Popkick offers various vibrant effects to transform your simple photo to a striking image by adding wild neon effects. If you are printing photos as a gift for someone, then this might be the one for you. They’ll be surprised to see the transformed image. iPhone users can download this app for $2.99.

3. BeFunky App

BeFunky app

Image credit: smashingbuzz.com

 

As the name suggests, BeFunky is a funky little photo editing app for Android and iOS devices that lets you edit photos on the go. It offers all the basic features that you would expect from a photo editing app including photo cropping, filters, adding effects etc. This app is available to users at $2.99 but you can also download a free trial version before downloading the paid one.

 

4. Photo Editor Pro

Photo Editor Pro

Image credit: play.google.com

 

Photo Editor Pro is more or less like Aviary app which offers great editing and filter options. The app has features such as photo frames, stickers, text option etc. It also features ‘one tap’ photo enhancer which makes this app stand out. There’s nothing quite like getting an app with a bunch of features like this for free. r

5. PicLab HD

 

piclab app

Image credit: appadvice.com

PicLab HD is an uncomplicated and convenient app that makes photo editing extremely easy and fun making your photos look extraordinary. The photo editing app allows you to add fancy texts anywhere on the photo, adjust the colour balance, exposure and saturation. Different filters and effects including 3D makes this a really fun app to use.  This is app is available to iPhone users for $2.49.

6. PicsArt Photo Studio

picsart app

Image credit: inspireyourway.com

PicsArt Photo Studio is a free app that allows a user to click photos directly through the app or go on to edit photos later. It’s most significant feature is the photo collage option. So, why not create a photo collage for someone as a gift? This photo app lets you create a collage of photos in your phone effortlessly and then print them directly from your iPhone or Android device once they are fully edited. It’s other features include filters, visual effects, image cropping, exposure etc.  Available free for iOS and Android devices.

7. Handy Photo App

 

handy photo app

Image credit: ephotozine.com

This amazing app lets you edit photos by sliding the edit options on the screen and offers exciting features like brightness adjustment, special effects, image cropping etc. with an additional ‘Move Me’ feature which allows you to cut a part of an image and move it wherever you want. The Handy Photo App is available to iPhone and Android users for $1.99.

 

So over to you. Have you used any of these photo editing apps? Are there any others that you just can’t live without?

 

 

 

 

Once you’ve edited your photos, why not print them on your Pringo mini wifi photo printer? Available for $149 from the Pringo store. 

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7 tips for awesome smartphone photography

With advances in camera technology, smartphone photography has really taken off. We’re now starting to see more and more fantastically framed and perfectly exposed photographs that have been taken on none other than a gadget that fits into your pocket.  More and more we’re doing away with digital cameras and SLRs, so why not make the most of our little smartphone geniuses and get them to take something decent, rather than just a plethora or blurry, posed shots.

Here’s some really simple tips for taking some awesome photos with your smartphone – but be warned, these are only just the tip of the surface and don’t even start to cover things like editing apps and such.

 

Smartphone functions

A lot of smartphones have a number of great functions including panorama capability and HDR (High Dynamic Range) functions. Whilst panorama is pretty self explanatory, HDR probably not so much.  In HDR mode your smartphone takes multiple shots instead of just one, then splicing together the same image at different exposures to hopefully get the best of all of them.

Smartphone still photo with HDR on

Smartphone still photo taken with HDR on and off (image from here)

It’s good in theory but not always effective and HDR can be susceptible to blurring your shots so use it with static pics like landscapes. It can be a little tricky to work on some phones but it’s worth having a play with it to see the differences in your pics.

Crop don’t zoom

If you’re trying to make an image larger within your photo, you’re better off working the crop function rather than zooming it. Most smartphones have a zoom function but once you start using it, there’s a noticeable degradation of the quality of your photograph. On the other hand, many smartphones are 8 megapixels or more so cropping a little here and there means you’ll still have a decent level of resolution to retain a quality photo. Just be mindful not to overcrop and lose the original focus of your photo or risk crowding your picture.

The rule of thirds

This is one of the very basics of photography and applies regardless of whether you’re shooting with a smartphone or traditional camera. The rule of thirds means you imagine a grid of lines on your smartphone display and divide the screen into thirds both vertically and horizontally.

Rule of thirds smartphone photography

Rule of thirds
Image from here

Some smartphones will come with the option to actually display the grid for you. To make your photo more appealing, try lining up your object of focus at the cross section of any of those lines.

 

Lighting

Regardless of whether you’re using a smartphone or traditional camera, you’re going to need a source of light. Just how much light you need will depend on what effect you’re looking for. Good light will give your photo depth and character which usually means if you’re shooting indoors on a cloudy day you’re going to struggle to get a good pic.

iphone photo sunrise

This photo was taken by Eric Teske with an iPhone. He tapped on the brightest part of sky within his screen to balance the light.

Try not to shoot directly into backlit situations and try to have the light falling on your object of focus. If you’re in a low light situation, think twice before using your phones camera flash. This type of flash can have harsh effects and leave people looking white and ghostly. If you really need to use the flash if you place a light coloured sticker or tissue paper over your flash when you use it, it will soften the light.

Don’t forget to focus

Your smartphone is clever but it can’t read minds so you’re going to have to show it what you want it to focus on. Many smartphones have a tap to focus feature which allows you to tap on the object you want to focus on and others have a two-stage shutter button to auto focus your camera. Whichever way your camera focuses, use this function to ensure you capture what you’re planning to.

Clean your lens

It may seem really simple but even the tiniest speck of dust or grit on your smartphone lens can affect the quality of your photo. Considering for most of us our phones are stuck in our pockets or handbags for most of the day, chances are they’re going to get dirty. Take a moment to give the lens a clean before you capture your next memory.

Print and display

With digital technology the way it is, it’s so easy to point and capture hundreds of photos in the blink of an eye. After capturing your masterpieces, don’t forget to take a moment to select your favourite photos to print and display rather than just hide them away on your smartphone or your computer.

 

If you’re looking for a fabulous portable wifi photo printer that lets you print straight from your smartphone, look no further than the Pringo digital printer – only $149.

iphone photo storage

How many photos do you have on your iPhone?

I love my iPhone. I love the convenience of having a phone, the internet AND a super-high-quality camera in my pocket all in one device. But with that convenience comes just a little bit of drama. I have waaaaay too many photos stored on my phone. Yes clearly not a first-world problem but a problem none-the-less.

Gone are the days of lining up a photo, getting the best angle, holding your breath and taking the pic. Then heading to the local pharmacy and getting them developed, waiting with baited breath to determine if we captured the moment adequately. Nope, nowadays we tend to take 25 photos of the same thing, snapping happily away, knowing we can simply drag those unwanted suckers into the trashcan leaving only the best ones behind. But what then?

Truth be known, for many of us, our photos are usually stored on our smart phone until we try to take one more photo one day and then receive that dreaded notification…….

iphone photo storage

 

Nooooooooooo!!!! Just. One. More. Photo!!!!!!!!

 

Armed with your smartphone, you begrudgingly find your nearest laptop or desktop computer, plug your phone in, and download your pics. You cuss as you realise you’ve also not updated your phone in months so the process is going to take longer than anticipated. At the end of it all, you clear the photos from your phone so you can take another 3o00 photos before your phone storage fills and throws a tanty.

So then what?

What about the 3000 photos you just downloaded onto your laptop?

Oooh yes, better throw them onto a USB so you can take them to the nearest photo printer and stand there for 25 minutes while the machine ever so slowly uploads your 3000 photos from your USB (because you didn’t think to only throw your favourite pics on there) and then wait another 45 minutes while they’re processed…… grrr!!

 

Or you could have just linked your phone up to your Pringo mini photo printer via the free Pringo app and printed your favourite photos wirelessly within minutes…….just saying’….

 

How many photos do you have on your smart phone? What do you do with all of them?

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