14 Tips on How to Take the Perfect Picture With Your Smartphone

14 Tips on How to Take the Perfect  Picture With Your Smartphone

You don't need an expensive camera to take an incredible picture.

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Taking pictures makes an experience last forever. Make sure you give that experience what it deserves by producing an amazing photograph. Here are 10 tips on how to take the perfect picture.

Use Lighting to Your Advantage

The most important aspect of photography is lighting. If you have poor lighting, it ruins the entire picture no matter how well you do everything else. Avoid taking pictures in direct sunlight, but use natural light when you can. The "golden hour" is a perfect example of using natural light to create an incredible picture. The golden hour is the hour before sundown when there is enough sunlight for the picture, without it being too bright.

Take Several Pictures Before Looking at Any of Them

A big mistake many beginner photographers make is to immediately look at a picture they've taken. This prevents you from capturing special moments if you're taking pictures of other people. You might miss the perfect smile or a unique expression. Instead, take many pictures before pulling back and looking at what you've got.

Learn How to Frame

Framing is so important in photography because it allows the photographer to tell a story and provide a more aesthetically pleasing picture. Avoid putting subjects in the middle of a shot, especially if they are walking or moving in one direction. You can use grid line tools to help create balanced, well-framed photographs on your phone.

Try Unique Perspectives

Perspective can change the meaning of a photograph, so don't be afraid to play around with it. Get low and take shots of things above you or climb up a ladder and take shots of things directly below you. Perspective allows you to explore some of your creativity when taking pictures.

Avoid Zooming In

Smartphones have significantly improved their cameras over the last decade. You can take incredible pictures that look like they were taking with an expensive camera. But that quality quickly diminishes when you start to zoom in on your subject. Your smartphone quality is at its best, by far, when it is completely zoomed out.

Keep it Simple

If you have too much going on in your pictures, it can look crowded and feel a bit overwhelming to look at. When photographing a subject, keep the background and surroundings as minimal as possible. This allows the eye to capture and focus on what the picture Is about.

Edit Your Photos (But Don't Overdo It)

You should strive to take the perfect photo while actually taking the picture, but that doesn't mean you can't edit it a bit afterward to make it look even better. You can edit pictures to make the subject pop out more, or enhance the colors and lighting. You can also use editing to create a unique style or aesthetic for the photos you take. Read more here about some creative photo ideas. But make sure you don't overdo it. Too much editing can take away from the beauty of the original picture.

Use Your Camera's Focus

Utilize your smartphone's focusing ability whenever taking a picture of a subject. This allows the camera to sharpen on the subject, and slightly blur the background making the image pop a lot more. Get creative and play around with which part of the frame you want to focus on. Sometimes focusing on background objects instead of the subject can create a uniquely interesting photograph.

Look for Leading Lines

Using leading lines in your pictures can create a unique sense of depth. Leading lines are straight, circular, or spiraling lines that lead towards the focal point in your frame. Think of roads, spiraling staircases, or trees as some great leading lines to create more depth in your photographs.

Find Symmetry

Symmetry can create an incredibly aesthetically appealing photograph. To create symmetry, you need to use framing to make your picture perfectly balanced. There should be something in the center of your picture, and the exact same thing on either side. Symmetry creates a powerful photograph if done correctly.

Look for Repetitive Patterns

Using repetitive patterns is another way to create a beautiful and powerful picture. They are pleasing to look at and create a powerful image. Look for repeating lines, geographical shapes, or objects to create this appealing effect. You can either create these images on your own or look for them where they naturally occur in the world.

Understand the Importance of Small Details

The tiniest of details can tell a story in a photograph. Use your phones focus and get up close to capture these small details. For example, you can photograph the tiny crevices of a tree trunk, or the incredible detail of a spider web. There's beauty all around you, all the time, waiting for you to notice and capture it.

Take Candid Photos

When photographing people, there's something magical in capturing the most human moments. It's one thing to ask someone to look at a camera and smile big. But it's something entirely different to capture the way a lover smiles at their partner when they aren't looking. Capture these everyday moments that make us who we are, and you'll end up taking some incredible pictures that could never be recreated with something that's posed or planned.

Don't Be Afraid to Break the Rules

While there are many rules in photography, it's important to know that you can break them and still capture a brilliant picture. Aim to be unconventional and unique. Take pictures from strange angles, use different lighting, experiment with ideas that other people try to avoid. If everyone followed the same rules of photography, there would be no creativity in the art. Find your style by trying new things and stick to it.

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R. Kelly Faces New Accusations And Hopefully This Means The End Of His Reign Of Terror

"Surviving R. Kelly" shed light to what was in the shadows for too long and now consequences have just been dealt.

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R. Kelly is one of the most prominent R&B; artists of the '80s and '90s. However, his business as an artist is not the main reason his name is now resurfacing. Due to the attention brought on by a documentary, "Surviving R. Kelly", many started realizing what others tried to mention years ago.

In the documentary, the stories of numerous women who all have had contact with him talked in great detail about the terrors they encountered and horrors they still face. Included in those who took part in the documentary are Sparkle, Wendy Williams, Tarana Burke, and 50 others. Many talked about his obsession with pedophilia while mentioning his and predatory behavior toward women and abuse (physically, verbally, and sexually).

As of February 22, 2019, Robert Sylvester Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

These charges are criminal, felonies, and were filled through Cook County in Illinois. "Surviving R. Kelly" shed light to what was in the shadows for too long and now consequences have just been dealt.

In the past, R. Kelly and his team have been able to slip through the grasps of justice. He was acquitted in 2008 for child pornography charges and numerous other incidents throughout the years. This time around, the R&B; artist is being investigated by three different federal law enforcement agencies surrounding evidence, testimonies, and statements made by those involved in the filming of Surviving R. Kelly.

A 45-minute tape including an underage 14-year-old girl and R. Kelly has been presented to prosecutors leading to the filing of charges. To note, this video is separate from the videos in which previously were used in cases on different charges. Along with this new video, two additional accusers have stepped forward to detail their encounters with the artist. These two women are a former protege and mother of a daughter who is presently involved with him.

Former protege, Lizzette Martinez went on to say when she was 17-years-old and forced into sexual acts numerous times with Kelly. Eventually becoming pregnant with R. Kelly`s child, Lizzette Martinez felt pressured by him to have an abortion; she ultimately miscarried later on. The other accuser, Michelle, explained her daughter`s ("N's") relationship with him. Michelle said that communication between her daughter and her is limited because R. Kelly`s enforced restrictions. R. Kelly and his team have denied all allegations multiple times as he is a "God-fearing man". While some still question the authenticity of these charges, others question if R. Kelly will actually face the consequences of his actions.

With these new charges and "Surviving R. Kelly" documentary, there is an important factor society must understand before his case continues and similar ones are filled. Between lust, fame, money, power, and more, there are hundreds of reasons why R. Kelly did not face convictions others would have easily. Yes, he is profitable, rich, and all of those hundred reasons but they are not suitable reasons that can come close in justifying these allegations.

AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANT there is NO reason for ANYONE to commit such crimes.

There is also no justifiable reason for anyone to commit such crimes and be able to get away with their actions time and time again. Over the course of his career, there have always been allegations and until the documentary, no one listened. It is time to give survivors the time and our ears for their story to be told and listened to.

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3 Ways to Save Money on Utilities During Winter

As college students or young adults, we're always looking for ways to save some extra money each month. Here's how you can keep your house warm without spending a fortune on heating this winter.

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Don't leave your heater blasting for the next two months and pay a ton of money to the utility company. Here are three ways to keep warm and save money.

Make Sure Your Heating System Is Performing Optimally

Your heating system is what will keep your house warm throughout the winter months, but don't pay a ton of extra money because your system is working harder to heat your home. If your heating system is working at its best, it will save you a ton of money during the winter. If you think your system isn't working properly, you can have professionals come out and take a look.

Keep Your Home Insulated

Insulation helps to keep your home warm without using extra heat. By keeping your home insulated, you can save a fortune on utilities because your heating system will be doing a lot less heating. If you don't want to pay for insulation, you can do small things around the house to keep it warmer. Keep the curtains closed all the time to hold in heat. Have the fans turn the opposite way to circulate warm air. These small things can really make a difference.

Bundle Up

Instead of jumping straight to turn the heater on when it gets a bit cold in your home, bundle up with a sweater, sweatpants, and a blanket first. Keep yourself warm using comfy clothing instead of paying money to heat your home. You'll still feel just as toasty, and you'll see a big drop in your monthly utility bill from not using the heater as much.

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