Cellular Chloe On Capturing Holiday Moments

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Gadgets, apps and plenty of other shiny things you probably don’t need– Cellular Chloe is here to share the latest and greatest wireless wonders!

Many of the more current smartphones have some unique photo options that will help you get the best holiday, News year or shots from any celebration. For example, new Samsung smartphones give you the option to take video and snap a photo at the same time.

Simultaneous Photo/Video
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If you have kids opening presents this is a great use for this feature. The way it works is while you are videotaping you simply tap on the shutter release. It won’t disturb your video at all.

Photo Burst

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iPhone 5S and others have this feature. If your device has this, be sure to try it out so you know what to expect. When you hit the shutter button on the iPhone5S, it will fire off 10 photos per second for as long as you are holding down the shutter button or the volume up key. This is especially helpful when photographing kids or pets or anything that you have a hard time getting the right shot because of movement.

HDR (High Definition Range)

Many phones have an amazing built-in feature called HDR that enhances stabilization and exposure as you take the picture. You simply need to put it in that mode and the device does the rest, The phones that have it are: Samsung Galaxy S 4, HTC One, LG G2, the AT&T version of the Nokia 1020 and iPhone 4, and 5’s.

Camera Apps

If your camera is lacking any of these features you can always download an app to enhance some of its capabilities. That’s the beauty of smartphones, right?

Camera Zoom FX is one of the best camera apps for adding features like time lapse, burst mode, voice activated shots, as well as many filters and effects. (Android $2.99, iTunes $3.99)

ProCapture adds advanced features like Timer, Burst, Reduced Noise, Wide Shot and Panorama to your Android device. (Android $3.99)

Aviary have a lot of great editing tools for the “after photo”. You can crop, get rid of red eyes, add text or drawings or filters for the instagram effect and oh so much more! This is my go to editing app.

If you happen to be sportin’ a Windows phone, Windows Marketplace has every kind of lens and filter you can think of.

Here is a great link for 11 smartphone camera tips and tricks that Samsung put together

Happy (photo) shooting and Happy Holidays!

-CC

Have a question for Chloe?  To ask your burning wireless questions or for more information, visit CellularChloe.com!

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