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Convert Your iOS Photos and Videos for Better Compatibility Everywhere Convert Your iOS Photos and Videos for Better Compatibility Everywhere

iOS: If you’ve tried to manage your photos and videos on anything besides your iPhone, you might have run into compatibility issues preventing you from opening, uploading, or editing particular files. That’s thanks to Apple’s new space-saving HEIF image and HEVC video file formats, which offers a space-saving benefit…

How to Find Your Doppelganger in a Museum How to Find Your Doppelganger in a Museum

If your Facebook feed has been littered this week with pictures of people comparing themselves to portraits in museums, you’re not alone. The meme started with people who actually found art on their own that happened to look like them and has now extended to people posting pictures of art that sort of kind of looks…

How to Make Your Tweets More Accessible to the Blind  How to Make Your Tweets More Accessible to the Blind 

Your Twitter feed is likely littered with pictures. Photos, videos, and GIFs can add a lot to a tweet, but can be frustrating to the visually impaired that can’t see them.

How to Get Portrait Mode on Your Non-Pixel Android Phone How to Get Portrait Mode on Your Non-Pixel Android Phone

If you’ve been lusting after the portrait mode on your friend’s Pixel 2 (or iPhone) now there’s a way you can get it, too—provided you have an Android device running Oreo.

How to Become a Better Street Photographer How to Become a Better Street Photographer

I’ve been working as a professional photographer for nearly a decade, but I still get a little nervous every time I head out to take some street shots.

Use Google Assistant on Your New Pixel 2 to Take a Hands-Free Thanksgiving Family Photo Use Google Assistant on Your New Pixel 2 to Take a Hands-Free Thanksgiving Family Photo

With family descending upon your home for the holidays, you’ll probably be asked to take a group photo or two. If you’ve got the Google Pixel 2 (or 2 XL), you can use it to snap pictures using only your voice. No longer do you have to rush into frame, or assign the role of photographer to your weird uncle’s new…

How to Use Instagram's Filters Without Posting Your Photo How to Use Instagram's Filters Without Posting Your Photo

Sometimes all that smartphone picture needs to reach perfection is a kiss from Instagram’s X-Pro II filter. There’s just one problem: to take advantage of that filter, or any others in the app, you have to commit to posting your picture on Instagram.

Black Families Can Get Their Film Digitized for Free From the National Museum of African American History & Culture [Updated] Black Families Can Get Their Film Digitized for Free From the National Museum of African American History & Culture [Updated]

Digitizing analog media like video cassettes is a tedious process, and requires equipment you may not have at home (your scanner can’t exactly convert a VHS tape). To lower the barrier to media conversion, the National Museum of African American History & Culture is offering a free digitization program, which will…

Turn Your Moto Z Into a Polaroid Camera With This New Accessory Turn Your Moto Z Into a Polaroid Camera With This New Accessory

Smartphones have made it ridiculously easy to capture any moment with a photo, but as a result, we’re all buried in so many digital photos that each one feels less special. Having moved on from their iconic instant cameras, Polaroid has a solution—but only if you have the right smartphone on hand.

4 Situations Where a Dedicated Camera Still Smokes a Smartphone 4 Situations Where a Dedicated Camera Still Smokes a Smartphone

Smartphones have revolutionized the way we take pictures and record our lives—it’s hard to remember a time when we didn’t always have a camera with us. For all their convenience though, and all the smartphone camera improvements we’ve seen in the last few years, the dedicated camera isn’t dead yet.

How Apps Use Your Photos to Track Your Location How Apps Use Your Photos to Track Your Location

If you’re worried about apps tracking your location, it’s not enough to limit your location sharing. You need to limit camera-roll sharing too. If you’ve ever given an app access to your camera roll—to take photos, or store screenshots, or any given reason—you’ve also let it see where all those photos were taken.…

Save Space on Your iPhone By Changing this iOS 11 Camera Setting Save Space on Your iPhone By Changing this iOS 11 Camera Setting

With iOS 11, Apple introduced the HEIF format for photos. HEIF stands for “High Efficiency Image Format,” and allows the photos you take on your phone to be squished down to the smallest possible size without losing quality. That smaller size means you can take a whole lot more pictures before you run out of space on…

It's Time You Tried Making Your Own Ink Out of Walnuts  It's Time You Tried Making Your Own Ink Out of Walnuts 

When we rounded up our staff’s Weekly Upgrades last Friday, our editors were exploring mindfulness meditation, adding extra exercise into our days, and tweaking our entertainment habits.

How to Spot Fake Photos on the Web How to Spot Fake Photos on the Web

Take a moment before you reshare that hilarious or terrifying image on your favorite social media channel of choice—is it, in fact, as authentic as it first appears? From political scenes to shark invasions, the web is rife with fake photos thanks to easy-to-use image editing tools and gullible viewers. Here’s how to…

How to Plan a Trip to See an Aurora How to Plan a Trip to See an Aurora

It can feel nearly impossible to you access a sense of wonder in today’s all-the-information-anytime-you-want-it environment, but the answer, I find, is often in the natural world. Whether it’s feeling the strange cool breeze that arises during the totality of an eclipse, watching a thousand-strong starling murmuration

Amazon Does Canvas Prints Now, and You Can Get Them For 40% Off Amazon Does Canvas Prints Now, and You Can Get Them For 40% Off

Canvas prints offer a great bang for your buck when it comes to decorating your walls, and that’s especially true when you can get them for 40% off. This deal is through Amazon’s photo printing service, and brings prices down to as low as $12 for an 8x10, or $54 for a 20x24. Just be sure to use code FALLDECOR40 at…

Polaroid's New Instant Camera Takes Terrible Retro Photos Very Well Polaroid's New Instant Camera Takes Terrible Retro Photos Very Well

The night that Polaroid announced its first all-new instant camera since the mid-aughts, there was a party in the Bowery. A small gallery space was filled with sweaty art school types, and a row Polaroid cameras lined one wall showcasing a timeline of the company’s design. The famous Polaroid photographer Ryan…

Free Web-Based Photo Editors to Try If You Don't Want to Pay for PicMonkey Free Web-Based Photo Editors to Try If You Don't Want to Pay for PicMonkey

Last week, my favorite web-based photo editor, PicMonkey, started charging users. As it turns out, PicMonkey has also been a favorite with a good number of my Lifehacker coworkers. It’s easy, lightweight, and makes small edits like resizing photos or creating collages (stuff we do here pretty regularly) super simple.…

This Bot Will Help You Unearth Your Forgotten 'Kodak Moments' This Bot Will Help You Unearth Your Forgotten 'Kodak Moments'

Over the course of a year, I take thousands of pictures that I either share on Facebook or Instagram or leave to die on my smartphone’s camera roll. While the idea is that I’ll go back and look at them at some point, truth be told that rarely happens. The closest I get is when something comes up in conversation, I…

The Nixplay Iris Is a Digital Photo Frame You'll Buy For Yourself, Not Just Your Grandparents The Nixplay Iris Is a Digital Photo Frame You'll Buy For Yourself, Not Just Your Grandparents

Remember digital photo frames? You probably got one for your grandparents back in 2006, and haven’t given them a second thought since. Turns out, they’ve gotten a lot better since then.

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