3 Steps To The Perfect Disney Photo

3 Steps To The Perfect Disney Photo

I am no photographer, but give me a Disney setting and my iPhone then suddenly I'll think I'm Ansel Adams

I am no photographer, but give me a Disney setting and my iPhone then suddenly I'll think I'm Ansel Adams (only photographer I could think of) by trying to take fancy photos. We all want that perfect Disney shot of our favorite spots or try to take cute character photos to show off to people, but sometimes you might feel like you will possibly need some skills to get it just right. I'm here to tell you there is no previous knowledge needed to take the best shot you can get all you need is these helpful tips.

1. Don't be afraid to ask cast members for help.

It's always hard to get group photos that have everyone in the picture, if you see any non occupied cast members near by just ask them and they will gladly take the photo for you! Also don't be afraid to ask a character attendant if they can take photos for you with your photo at character interactions, sometimes they can get great candid shots!

2. Angles make everything!

Getting just the right angle can change the perception on a photo and what you want people to see. If you want to get a good photo of the castle in all it's tall glory try getting down at a lower level or just simply tilting the camera up can work too.

(Here I bent down just a bit to get both the tall eeriness of the mansion and the scarecrow)

Sometimes getting the perfect lighting helps too, but you may have to move around a couple times to get it just right. Tapping your camera couple times on where you want the focus to be can help adjust the lighting as well (definitely comes in handy for good night parade photos).

3. Use filters to really bring out the beauty in a photo

This may take some time playing around with filter apps for a bit but once you get the hang of it, it comes really in handy with making your photos look even better. For example, here's a photo I took of the "Elephant Graveyard" at Disney's Art of Animation with no filtering.

Now here's the after photo once I played around with it.

Now it looks slightly more like it does in the films.

Currently my favorite photo editing app is Meitu. Yes it is that app where plenty of people were taking weird selfies like this:

However, if you just simply use their editing option, that is where you go to edit your photos.


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Dear Apple, You Just Cost This Loyal Customer A Ton Of Money

I cannot believe that Apple would do that. But they did.

Dear Apple,

I hope you are having a great start to 2018. Because I’m not. You know why I’m not? Sit back. Take a load off. Let me tell you a story.

Christmas 2017, I wake up to open presents like I have done every year of my life. I find that I have been gifted the Apple Watch Series 3. My excitement is through the roof because I have been wanting one. I see that it isn’t cellular enabled and I am okay with that because I hardly go anywhere without my phone. I got out my phone and began pairing it as I am getting ready to go to my grandmother’s house for Christmas lunch.

Once my watch and phone were paired and I was ready, we set off to my grandmother’s while I played with my new device. I was so excited... until I realized that none of my contacts had synced. I could read my messages but I couldn’t see who they were from. I texted everyone that I knew had an Apple Watch. All of them said that it should go away soon, to be patient. So, I waited.

Three hours later, and I still didn’t have my contacts. I decided I would investigate on Google. Google told me to unpair and repair, unpair and delete Watch app and repair, and turn off iCloud contacts and turn back on. I spent a majority of my Christmas afternoon doing just that. Nothing worked. My uncle, who has an Apple Watch too, said maybe it was because I had so many contacts (483 to be exact). I texted a friend that I knew would have a lot of contacts and asked her how many she had. She has 840. There went that theory. I decided I would just wait it out because even if I wanted to do something like go to the Apple store, they would be closed on Christmas.

I called Apple on the following Thursday, the 28th. The guy on the phone couldn’t understand why I was having the issue. He even remote accessed my iPhone to make sure that I had all the correct settings. He couldn’t figure out the problem. He decided there was nothing more he could do so he put me on hold to speak to his supervisor. The supervisor told me to do all these things that I had already done with the last guy. Nothing worked. He said his supervisor would be able to assist me. I’m not sure how far I went up the chain with my problem but I talked to at least five different supervisors with none being able to fix the problem. Finally, after four hours, one said that maybe the watch I got was bad and I needed a different one. So it was decided that I would exchange the one I had for another one. (Note that this wasn't a fix. This was a theory.)

I wasn’t able to go to Target until New Year's. I get to Target only to find that they were out of the GPS watches and only had the cellular ones in stock. Those were $50 extra without tax. I decided I wanted it then because Target didn’t know when they would get another shipment in. I took the watch to the checkout line and found out that with tax, I would have to pay $90 to have the watch that I didn’t really want but was only getting because my contacts weren’t syncing.

I got home and paired the watch. But guess what? My contacts STILL weren’t syncing. Imagine my frustration when I found out a watch I had paid $90 extra for, was doing the same thing my old watch had done...

The closest Apple store to me is about an hour away. So, I decided I would try AT&T because they have the devices in store. This was the following Friday. I got off work at five and headed straight there. The guy I worked with had no idea how to fix it. But, he had a theory. He said I could live with the problem or test the theory. It was up to me. He said if I wanted to test the theory, he would be there the next day.

I went home and slept on it. I woke up and texted the friends that I knew had an Apple Watch. They started confirming the theory. I decided I would test out. I went to AT&T. I told the guy my decision. We set everything up. Paired the watch again to find out the theory was correct. My watch now had the contacts all synced. Everything was right in my world again. Except now I was in debt to AT&T. Care to guess how that happened? I now own an iPhone 8.

The theory: my phone was too old. It was a 6. It was paid off. It wasn’t giving me any real issue that I *needed* a new phone. The issues it had, I could have dealt with.

According to MacRumors, the Apple Watch “will require connection to an iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2.” Well, mine was running 11.2.1, and it was in the list. So you would THINK it would work. Or you would think that all the Apple people I spoke to on that Thursday would have informed me. But, no. They didn’t say a single thing about the problem being with my phone. No one said anything. So, now, I have an installment bill of $849 for 30 months to add to my phone line, plus $10/month for the watch’s line, plus the extra $90 I had to pay to get this watch.

The reason for this letter is to inform you that what I went through was ridiculous. I want to inform the world of this problem. The 6 really isn’t that old, to be honest. It isn’t like it was a 5. But, even the Series 1 should work with a 5. My mom just got the Series 2 but was worried about hers not working with her phone because she has a 6s and she knew what I just went through. But her contacts are synced. But, I wonder if the Series 3 would sync with her phone. I hope no one else has to go through what I did. I hope no one else gets suckered into paying more money because their phone is “too old” even though it’s paid off.

Did you enjoy my story? Did you laugh at the ridiculousness because you knew from the beginning when I laid out my problem that it was probably because I had an old phone? Or do you not know? Think if you were in my shoes and it happened to you from another company say your TV bill. Would you be mad? Would you see it from my side?

Sincerely,

A Disgruntled, in-debt, but still loyal customer (Loyal because I own a Mac, an iPad, an Apple Watch, an iPhone, and I subscribe to Apple Music.)

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What's The Deal With Our Obsession With Numbers?

Why do we try to prove our worth through likes?

It seems as though we as humans have curated a society that has an odd obsession with numbers. From weight to money to organizing our days down to the minute, this obsession has become part of our lives. The never-ending world of technology has created connotations that we need to look a certain way and earn a certain amount in order to live a success-filled life.

As part of the millennial generation, we have taken this obsession to a whole new level. Growing up, we may have overheard our parents stress over the number on the weight scale or only having enough money for the necessities of life. While these things are nearly minuscule to the world's real problems, our generation has become obsessed with numbers in a whole new light involving... yep, you guessed it, social media.

I vividly remember when social media started to become a much bigger thing than just dating sites and short home videos on YouTube. The world of Instagram was created in 2010, but became much more known in 2012 to my knowledge.

Little did we know at the ripe age of 13 that this media platform would evolve into something much bigger in the span of just six years. It started off as a place to share pictures of me and my friends at fabulous middle school dances and me experimenting with makeup and posting selfies and quickly turned into a tool that influencers and businesses could thrive off of. In fact, many public figures are able to make money off of sponsored posts and earning a large following.

While social media platforms such as Instagram have provided us with the ability to create and share art with our followers, it is often easy to get caught up in the obsession with the number of followers and likes we receive.

From a millennial perspective, I think this obsession comes along with the thought that, "I worked hard on creating and editing this, and therefore it deserves to be seen and physically taped twice by my followers."

Our worth is now often defined by these followers and likes received. We are trying our best to keep up with influencers and create content that people should care about. We want to create something that has yet to be seen.

This can be quite difficult now; with so many people giving their all at creating eye-catching content, it sometimes all tends to start looking the same. By using VSCO presets and making our profiles flow through the creation of "themes," each person is able to create their own look and brand image. I personally find it amazing that people are able to use a simple form of social media to create this image.

But, for those of you who constantly keep track of your followers and sit at your screen tapping the refresh button as the likes go up, stop. This can be extremely hard when a society has started to prove our worth through a number and heart, but our generation is worth so much more than that.

Amazing content is being created and I truly believe that the world of creating will never stop. Numbers don't matter when you're creating with a purpose.

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