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The Best Camera Apps The Best Camera Apps

Last week, we asked you to tell us about the camera apps—for iOS or Android—that you can’t live without. Our Hive Five hunt was prompted by my work on the iOS and Android Lifehacker Packs, when I noticed that there are a ton of different third-party camera apps you can grab for your device. I thought I found some…

What Are Your Favorite Camera Apps for iOS and Android? What Are Your Favorite Camera Apps for iOS and Android?

There are way too many camera apps for iOS and Android. And if you’re anything like my friends, you just stick with the basics: the stock app your smartphone shipped with. Good enough for silly selfies, shots of your pet being lazy, and Instagrams of your food, right?

How to Edit Your Photos' Depth of Field Without an iPhone XS How to Edit Your Photos' Depth of Field Without an iPhone XS

iOS: If all your friends own a new iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, which contain that much-improved neural engine that Apple likes to talk about, you’re probably jealous that you can’t edit the bokeh on your photos after the fact on your older iPhone.

Add a Night Mode to Instagram With This Chrome Extension Add a Night Mode to Instagram With This Chrome Extension

I’m a huge fan of night modes. Night/Dark modes are easier on your eyes and your device’s battery, and frankly just look better in many cases, in my opinion.

Men, Stop Making This Face in Every Selfie Men, Stop Making This Face in Every Selfie

Why do so many young men make the same vague face in all their selfies?Why do they all raise their eyebrows and tighten their lips like office workers greeting each other on a Tuesday? What are they hiding? What are they feeling? Vox asked a handful of them, and got some excellent self-deprecating answers.…

Determine When the 'Magic Hour' For Taking Pics is With This App Determine When the 'Magic Hour' For Taking Pics is With This App

When it comes to taking pictures outside, there’s definitely something to be said for snapping that shot during the “magic hour.” However, figuring out when that is, especially when you’re traveling, can sometimes be a bit of a challenge.

iOS Users: Don't Forget to Grab the 'Obscura 2' Camera App for Free iOS Users: Don't Forget to Grab the 'Obscura 2' Camera App for Free

iOS: The words “Apple” and “free” are a bit like oil and water—just ask anyone who works at the company and doesn’t get to partake in the Silicon Valley custom of free lunches and dinners for all. However, Father Cook is feeling generous this month, and Apple is offering up the excellent Obscura 2 camera app for free.…

How to Photograph a Meteor Shower How to Photograph a Meteor Shower

The Perseid Meteor shower is expected to peak Sunday and Monday evening, which means it will be prime time to catch a glimpse of a falling star (or 20). Over 75 shooting stars are expected to fly by an hour, which means you should be able to catch that glimpse not only with your eyes but also with your camera.

How to Use Instagram's New Questions Feature How to Use Instagram's New Questions Feature

People have always been able to reach out to the Instagram users they follow, and receive replies to their comments, by using the messaging feature baked into Instagram Stories. Thanks to a new questions sticker Instagram debuted, you now have a more formal (and fun) way to conduct interviews with your followers,…

How to Take Better Fireworks Photos With Your iPhone How to Take Better Fireworks Photos With Your iPhone

It’s not a 4th of July celebration without fireworks, and it’s not the day after 4th of July without an Instagram feed filled with people’s terrible fireworks photos. Don’t be like those people. Take decent fireworks photos on your iPhone with these tips.

How to Use Google Lens in Your Pixel or Nexus' Camera App How to Use Google Lens in Your Pixel or Nexus' Camera App

Starting today, owners of Google’s Pixel and Pixel 2 Android smartphones, as well as some select Nexus and Android One devices, will be able to access Google Lens directly within Google’s Camera app. Here’s a quick look at how to do it.

How to Import Video From an SD Card to Your iPad or iPhone How to Import Video From an SD Card to Your iPad or iPhone

When I take photos or shoot video, I like to use a nice camera, and then import the photos to my iPad—which is my dedicated photo editing and social media sharing device. But if I want to import video from that same SD card, it’s a more complicated process. Here’s how you do it.

How to Share a Friend's Instagram Story in Your Own How to Share a Friend's Instagram Story in Your Own

When you’re tagged in someone’s Instagram Story, you’ve always received a notification in Instagram letting you know. This week the app added another way for you to interact with that mention: you can reshare it in your own story.

How to Easily Convert Your iPhone's HEIC Images in Windows How to Easily Convert Your iPhone's HEIC Images in Windows

Windows: Here’s the problem: The HEIF image format, which Apple now uses in iOS 11 in the form of HEIC files, is a great alternative to JPEG. HEIC images eat up less space and support plenty of extra features, like depth maps and 16-bit color. Great. Wonderful.

Jazz Up Your Profile Pic With Duotone Jazz Up Your Profile Pic With Duotone

If you want to tweak your Twitter avatar or Facebook pic, but avoid all the well-trod Instagram filters, try tossing your photo into Duotone Effect Generator. With this simple photo editor you can convert your photo into two colors of your choice, or presets like Spotify, Fire Engine, or Gryffindor.

How to Get Your Kid to Genuinely Smile in Photos How to Get Your Kid to Genuinely Smile in Photos

When you ask a little kid to smile on command for a photo, you’ll usually get something that resembles either a frightened prairie dog, someone who just smelled a fart, or the Joker. There’s nothing wrong with awkward kid-smiles—for parents, they’re hilarious, and for kids, they’ll make for excellent…

Figure Out Where Your Photos Are Illegally Being Used Online  Figure Out Where Your Photos Are Illegally Being Used Online 

A few years ago I was scrolling through the home page of a large magazine and saw a photo I had taken featured in the middle of its homepage. The pic was a distinctive one of a surprised Mark Zuckerberg that I had taken at a press conference. Where I was sitting when I took the picture and my luck in catching him at…

How to Keep Windows 10 Organized, Pretty, and Productive How to Keep Windows 10 Organized, Pretty, and Productive

Microsoft Windows can get messy. It’s not (always) the operating system’s fault. You download tons of apps and files, and create new content stuff of your own, until your “Downloads” directory looks like a landfill for old content. Your desktop is so full of icons, you can’t see your pretty wallpaper. Your Start Menu…

How to Use Instagram's New 'Portrait Mode' Feature How to Use Instagram's New 'Portrait Mode' Feature

“Portrait mode” has been a thing since Apple launched the iPhone 7 Plus — and bokeh-style photography has been around since long before then. Nowadays, most high-end smartphones come with some sort of background-blurring camera mode. Today, Instagram is getting in on the action as well.

How to Keep Selfies From Making Your Nose Look Bigger How to Keep Selfies From Making Your Nose Look Bigger

It’s official: selfies definitely make your schnoz look drastically larger than it actually is—up to 30%. That’s according to a recent study that compared photos of people’s faces being taken from different distances. But don’t worry you selfie fiend you, there’s an easy way to fix it.

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