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5 Smartphone Camera Tips for Better Family Photos

Try these to give your photos that little something extra


(Editor’s note: This content is sponsored by Consumer Cellular.)

Your smartphone camera packs all the features you need to shoot photos like a pro. It’s never been easier to preserve your memories in sharp focus and vivid color. With just a few simple clicks, you can fill your camera roll with keepsakes and have them right at your fingertips to enjoy forever.

To make sure all your photos are keepers, here are a few common-sense tips that every smartphone user should know. Try these to give your photos that little something extra!

Keep it Natural

Shooting in natural light, especially outdoors, makes everything look better. It helps you to get the right look for your subject and avoid distracting shadows or dark backgrounds.

Turn Off the Flash

Your camera’s flash creates a harsh, washed-out look. If you need to use it, try a few practice shots to learn its range limits. On most smartphone cameras, turning the flash on and off can be done simply by touching the icon that looks like a lightning bolt.

Think Sideways

Turn your phone on its side! Using landscape orientation gets more into the picture and creates photos that look better on a widescreen computer or tablet. You can always crop and edit the photo later to narrow in on your preferred subject if necessary.

Get Closer

Using digital zoom can make photos look blurry or pixelated. Try stepping a little closer to your subject instead or crop the photo later on. You’ll be amazed how much clarity this will add.

Be Casual

Formal portraits don’t always capture the real spirit of your subject. Try getting candid shots, when they’re in a more relaxed and genuine mood. These are also a lot more fun!

Once you’ve mastered these tips, why not show the world your photo skills? Here’s a great way to do it: enter Consumer Cellular’s Fantastic Family Photo Contest! Just choose your favorite family photo, then go to the contest website here and enter it between April 1–30. Share your photo on Facebook and Twitter so your family and friends can see your work, and also vote for your photo to be a daily winner.

One winner will be chosen each day to receive a Samsung Galaxy J7 smartphone. You’ll love its 5.5” high definition display, powerful processor, 16 GB internal memory and trademark Samsung reliability and innovation.

Check Consumer Cellular’s Facebook page each Monday in April to see if you’re among the winners. Remember, the contest ends on April 30, so study these tips — get yourself into the picture today!

By Consumer Cellular
For more than 20 years Consumer Cellular has been the recognized leader in providing innovative and affordable wireless solutions to keep users age 50 plus connected with today’s best technology. Offering no-contract cellphone plans backed by award-winning customer support, Consumer Cellular utilizes two of the nation’s largest voice and data networks to reach 99 percent of the U.S. population. Learn more at ConsumerCellular.com.                

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