Back in June, we offered a few tips for making Instagram Videos, but we’ve learned so much since then. Telling stories via video in 15 seconds (or less) is truly an art form and presents new challenges and opportunities for content producers. Now that you can upload pre-recorded content to Instagram, there’s unlimited potential to how you can create and share your world.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll do just about anything to not have to pay for an app. The catch with free apps is that you’re then exposed to ads or in-app purchases. It’s no coincidence that 71% of Apple’s App Store purchases come from in-app purchases. And, most recently, Apple refunded $6,000 to the father of an 8-year-old girl who racked up in-app purchases. Yikes!
Can too much technology be a bad thing? If you feel like you’re a slave to technology, then attempting some balance may be a good step for you. Here are 12 recommendations from FAVES + CO. founder Sarah Evans:
We asked FAVES + CO. readers what helps them let go of stress during or after a rough day. The list includes some of our favorites, too. Enjoy these 58 tips. Make a checklist, print them out or store somewhere when you need a little inspiration:
Are you as excited for online Black Friday deals as your are for mom’s Thanksgiving meal? Before you jump online to knock out your holiday list, brush up on these tips to protect your credit card and personal information.
In addition to the above, consider using different passwords for each shopping site you visit or have a separate credit card with a lower limit used only for online shopping.
Do you have a tip to share? Feel free to let us know in the comments.
Thanks to Steve Watts, SecurEnvoy for the tips.
A new ebook by BlissDom founder Alli Worthington (@alliworthington), is a hyperfocus look at the world of iPhoneography.
Want to take better photos with your iPhone? Wondering about how to monetize your visual content? iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide is a picture guide book with step-by-step tutorials targeted towards bloggers and anyone employed to share social visual content.
Here are 10 tips:
1. Get close up. IPhone photography is perfect for taking lots of close up shots of your subject. Don’t stand over that baby and take a picture! Take four or five shots and capture toes, a smiling face, chubby hands and belly.
2. Never, ever zoom. Zooming in on your subject with a mobile camera destroys the quality of your picture. Simply edit and crop the picture later to zoom in on what you want included.
3. Don’t be a flasher. Why do we all look fabulous in professional photos? Lots of diffuse light, of course. Now what happens when a teeny harsh light shoots out of your camera on someone’s face? Yep, it’s not pretty. Turn your flash off and thank me later.
4. Clean the lens. It sounds so simple, but we often forget to wipe the schmutz off the camera lens.
5. Use new angles. Don’t take pictures standing up and only moving your arms to move your camera around. Bend those knees and take pictures from an interesting low angle, or stand above the subject and shoot straight down. Get moving and let your feet be the zoom you in on the shot.
6. Light Matters. The iPhone camera is so cool, it can almost bake a cake. Well, not yet. But what it can’t do is take decent pictures in a low light setting. Pictures come out all grainy and noisy. Instead of flashing just go with the grainy vibe and make it all grungy like you planned it.
7. Use editing apps to post process. The easiest app with lots of filters is Magic Hour. Sure, you can make your own filters and adjust curves and details, but it is also great for pre-made flattering filters. Add text to your images with apps like Over or Phonto. There are a quadrillion photo editing apps that make it all easy fun and very often free.
8. GeoLocation in moderation. Unless you want the entire Internet to know exactly where you live, always find the settings gear icon on your apps and turn geolocation and Facebook auto sharing off.
9. Plan for how to use your pictures. If you want to print, sell or license your iphone pictures be sure to save them in a high-res setting. Have you ever tried to print an Instagram picture? Pretty grainy, right? Unless you use Instagram as your camera and then share, all Instgrams are uploaded as low resolution. That is the secret of why Instagram is so fast. If you want to save your favorite images to print or sell later, use an editing app like Camera+ or Photogene 2 and save a large high resolution picture.
10. Get organized. Take pictures of everything. Need to remember what level you parked your car on in that ginormous garage? Take a picture. Too bust to write down what you need at the grocery? Take a picture of your open fridge. We are busy, we have to remember insane details for work, our family and every thing else. Don’t bother remember little details. Just take a quick picture and voila! Instant memory minus the headache.
If this sparked your interest and you want the entire book, it’s available for $9.97.
I am in no way compensated to review this book.
(Photos courtesy of Alli Worthington)