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3 camera tricks you wish you knew all along

3 camera tricks you wish you knew all along
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The holidays are oh so close, are you ready? Of course, Christmas will be the first extravaganza on the agenda.

Millions of Americans will celebrate Christmas with family and friends. We'll be exchanging gifts, sharing memories and of course devouring a delectable feast.

Then, we'll turn our attention to New Year's Eve with even more parties to look forward to. Before you know it, the holiday season will be over and all that we'll have left are the memories that we create and of course that ugly sweater someone left for you under the tree.

The older you get, the more you'll appreciate spending holidays with loved ones. You're really going to want to take some great pictures to help commemorate each special moment.

In years past, you would have needed an expensive camera for these occasions to ensure great photo quality. If you're an iPhone user, those days are over. Apple now builds incredible cameras into its iPhones that take fantastic pictures; you just need to know how to use it.

That's why you need to know about these three iPhone camera hacks that will help you seem like a professional photographer for the holidays.

Let's begin by making sure that your operating system is up to date. If you haven't checked your iPhone's settings lately, you might want to go ahead and do that now.

Apple released its iOS 11 a few months ago and it came with a great camera upgrade. Anyone who has an iPhone 5 S or newer is eligible to download the free update.

Bonus tip: Click here to learn how to upgrade to iOS 11.

iOS 11 comes with editing tools that will make your photos pop as if they were shot with a professional camera. Most of the new features are available for all iPhones eligible to run iOS 11, except its Portrait mode. That's exclusive to anyone with an iPhone 7 Plus or later model.

1. Relive your best pictures and videos

Apple's Memories feature found in its Photos app intelligently curates and searches your images and videos to find activities, trips, holidays, people, pets, and more, then presents them in dazzling collections. You can relive that summer vacation or big events like your family's Christmas bash.

Memories also finds your best pictures and videos and stitches them together into a Memory Movie. It comes complete with theme music, titles, and cinematic transitions that you can edit and share with everyone you'd like.

You can see Memories on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV. Just open the Photos app and select the Memories tab. Tap or double-click a Memory to open it.

You'll see a summary of the Memory's contents, chosen from the very best photos in your library. You can select Show More or Show All to see every photo and video in the Memory.

Scroll down to see the People included in the Memory, a map showing where the photos and videos were taken, and a list of related Memories for you to explore. At the bottom of your Memory, you can find options to add the Memory to your favorites or delete it.

2. Never lose focus again

Here's a cool trick. You probably know that when you're about to take a picture with your iPhone, tapping the screen will set the camera's point of focus. Unfortunately, if you move the camera after selecting the focal point, it will disappear.

Apple has solved this problem. Now, instead of just tapping the screen, you can press it for a couple seconds and an AE/AF Lockbox appears.

Once the box shows up, you can move the camera around until your heart is content and you won't lose focus. This is extremely helpful when you're taking action shots.

(Bonus: The 2018 Komando Dash Cam has a new feature, Night Vision! The proprietary Starlight technology and an ultra angle 6 glass lens make this the only dash cam in the world that can record really clear video at night. Pick one up from Kim's Shop by clicking the button below.)

 

3. Capture memories multiple ways

Have you ever been shooting a video and thought, this would have made for the perfect still shot? Now, you can do both at the same time.

Apple iPhones will let you take a picture while you are recording a video. Just tap the white shutter button, which is on the screen next to the red record button.

You can take as many pictures as you like while recording video. They will show up in your Photos app like all other pictures that you take.

These pictures won't be as high-quality as the pictures normally taken with your iPhone. That's because the images are taken by the video camera's sensors, but it's a nice feature that adds flexibility.

Bonus: Don't miss another angle

Do you want to take your photography experience to the next level? This handy clip-on lens set will turn your cellphone into a professional camera. It allows you to take pictures in macro, wide angle and fisheye views.

(Note: This clip-on lens set works on all smartphone cameras, not just iPhones.)

If you've ever wished that you had a little more zoom on your camera phone, this is for you. The padded clip is specially made not to scratch your phone, just attach the lens you want to use and clip it to your phone over the camera. It can be used on the front or rear facing cameras.

This is the perfect addition to any smartphone! It's available in Kim's Shop for $28.95. Order it now while you're thinking about it by simply clicking the link below.

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