5 Tips for Better Mobile Photos

Before cropping and after cropping. By using editing software rather than the zoom feature on your phone, you’ll create crystal clear crops full of detail. Photos: www.creativelive.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

By Vanessa Mallory Kotz



 

 

These days, the average person takes most of their family photos and travel snapshots with their phone. It’s quick, accessible and a device they must carry anyway. Whether you’ve got the latest iPhone or an older Android, we’ve rounded up great tips to make the best of your phone’s technology and create lasting memories.

 

 

1. Find your light source.

All photography is about lighting, no matter what kind of camera you use, including a mobile device. Avoid using a flash whenever possible, sticking to natural or lamplight. Pay attention to how the light hits your subject. Is it a bright overhead kitchen light? That could mean unappealing shadows on the face if it’s a portrait and loss of details. Try a couple of different angles when positioning yourself and your subject to catch just the right glow.

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6 Must-Read Articles to Help You Keep Photos in Top Shape

Keep Photos in Top ShapeBest Ways to Protect Your Photographs


The world is a dangerous place for photos. Light, temperature, humidity, skin oils, glue—all of this can all cause serious damage to photos over time. In the digital age, this is no big deal; photos can be reprinted from our computers or devices with the click of a button. But for our older photos, which are our most treasured, the results of neglect can be tragic.



The following six articles provide tips, tricks, and services that will help keep photos in top shape.

 

1. The Best Ways to Store Printed Photos

 

“Archival quality photo albums use plastic and paper materials that will not damage or deteriorate photos over the long-term.”

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How to Get Photos “Back To The Future”

How To Stop Your Pictures From Being Erased From Existence


Welcome. How to literally travel back in time? Do you remember the scene with the fictional character and the main protagonist in the 1985 hit film “Back To The Future” where Marty McFly’s group picture of his family was fading away?



Why you don’t need a Ouija board or “Back To The Future” DeLorean to travel back in time.


Now you can literally travel back in time. Just as the family photo in the 1985 hit film was being erased from existence, so too are everyone’s pictures if they aren’t digitally protected.


The question is how to preserve and revisit your past family history from fading away to see ancestors from decades-past with newly scanned pictures?



ScanMyPhotos is here helping. And we have a “humble brag” announcement today marking a big milestone. From our Irvine, California headquarters, the bulk photo scanning business we pioneered just scanned our 600 millionth picture. We are grateful to all who trusted us, but there is much work ahead as there are 3 1/2 trillion still-analog pictures to scan before they too are erased from existence.


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What is National Parent’s Day? How To Celebrate #NationalParentsDay

Honoring Everyone’s Parents on Sunday, July 22


This upcoming Parent’s Day, which falls on the fourth Sunday in July, is a wonderful day to honor the special people in our lives. The idea is to add an extra day, beyond Mother’s and Father’s Day to celebrate parents.



Let’s take this holiday to look back on our lineage and roots, and to ask our parents about their lives and memories from growing up. 8 Ways to Celebrate National Parents’ Day.


Many ScanMyPhotos customers do this after they’ve sent their old photos to us. They’ll then walk their parents through the digital copies and ask them questions about the past. Find those boxes of old photos in the attic to do the same this Parent’s Day. Together, we can ensure our parent’s lives and history are preserved for generations to come. Follow our Tales From the Pictures We Saved podcast for emotional, real stories from families who shared stories about their parents.



We encourage everyone to share #NationalParentsDay on social media.

 

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Why to Digitize Photos BEFORE Disaster Strikes and Threatens Your Lifetime of Photographs

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES!


Precious memories last forever. Unfortunately, photographs do not.


Photographs capture a moment of time to keep those memories alive by using a fragile blend of organic materials and modern technology. But when your home is threatened by a natural disaster, or even a young child with a handful of crayons and a mischievous curiosity to turn your keepsakes into “art,” all can be lost.


With the thunderous speed of a hurricane or mighty tornado, those irreplaceable time capsules of nostalgia can be destroyed.




PICTURES MUST LAST A LIFETIME AND MORE


No matter how careful you are, it is practically inevitable that some of your cherished photographs will eventually fall into disrepair, fade away or be lost to the ravages of a mighty storm.


WHAT’S IN A PHOTO?



The nature of photographic prints has changed often since the advent of popular photography in the mid-nineteenth century. Tintypes, daguerreotypes [a photograph taken by an early photographic process employing an iodine-sensitized silvered plate and mercury vapor] and sepia prints have given way to the advanced color prints of today.


Still, any kind of photographic print is nothing more than a collection of minerals and chemicals that react to light. Any number of factors can cause your images to fade, discolor, stain, crack, peel or fall apart.


PRICELESS PHOTOS


Whether your heirlooms are tucked away in a drawer, musty garage cabinet, or never-visited photo albums packed away within obscurely piled-high sealed boxes in the attic, you need to have a plan.


In today’s all-digital world, there are 3 ½ trillion still-analog snapshots that must be preserved. Imagine the sole photo of your grandmother, a long-gone childhood pet or favorite family reunion at risk of being ruined?


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