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When the morning air turns chilly, there’s only one thing on my mind: apples. Every fall our family grabs our tote bags and head to a local farm. The farm grows over 20 variety of apples throughout the season for picking. The kids happily pick apple after apple for eating, making pies, and more.
Of course, I always document our yearly trek. I used to bring my big camera, but juggling a 10-pound bag of apples plus a camera is challenging. Now I just tuck my Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S6 in my pocket. While my husband and kids always pose for silly photos, my favorite ones are the candid shots. The candids are what I text to my family and post on Facebook or Instagram (right from the orchard, thanks to Straight Talk Wireless).
Candid photos are pictures that are not posed. Taking action shots of kids can be a hit or miss, but the spontaneous moments are my favorites. Whether you’re headed to the pumpkin patch or apple orchard this fall, try these tricks to capture the perfect candid shots. The photos in this post were taken during last fall’s family apple picking trip.
How To Take Better Candid Photos On Your Smartphone
1. Take 10 or more photos of the same shot. Kids move fast so the more photos you take in succession, the better. Whether I’m taking photos of my food or of the kids, I take way more photos than I need. It’s harder to go back and redo the shot, so why not take 20 of them? Thanks to digital images, we don’t have to worry about wasting money on film and developing it.
2. Use burst mode. On my Galaxy S6, I can take “burst” shots by continually holding down the shutter. Some cameras call it “continuous shot.” Of the 20 or so photos it takes in rapid fire mode, I get at least 1 or 2 good shots. If your phone doesn’t have burst mode, just keep tapping the shutter button.
3. Zoom in with your body. It’s tempting to pinch the screen to zoom in, but these photos can turn out blurry or grainy. Instead, walk closer to your subject. You’ll be shocked how taking a few steps forward can change your photos.
4. Use the rule of thirds. Yeah, yeah, you’ve heard this before. What does it mean? Image that your smartphone screen has a tic-tac-toe grid on it. (Some smartphones even have the option to turn on a grid. Check your camera settings.) The key here is not to center your subject. Position your frame so that your subject is in the upper or lower third of this grid. Or slightly to the left or right. The photo above is a an example of the rule of thirds. The sky is in the top third of the photo and Sophia is slightly left of center.
5. Crop and edit your photos. This is not cheating. Pros edit all of their photos. You can use an app like Aviary or use PicMonkey on your computer. PicMonkey has an “auto adjust” button that I use quite often. Cropping can also remove that garbage can that snuck into your shot. Here’s a before and after photo that I cropped.
The original shot looks too cluttered. I cropped it to call attention on Sophia’s serious examination of the apple she just picked. I hope the apple passed muster.
6. Have fun! Make sure you’re having fun! Don’t stress about your photos. Enjoy your family fall outing.
One more thing before you head to the pumpkin patch. Hand your smartphone over to the kids or spouse so that you are also in photos! After all, it’s a family activity!
Don’t forget that Straight Talk Wireless’ nationwide coverage can help you easily capture and share your fall family moments. Their $45 unlimited* plan now includes 5GB of high speed data (up from 3GB). For more details and phones available,Visit the Straight Talk website for more details written in easy to understand language. (*30 day plan includes unlimited talk, text and data with the first 5GB of data at high speed. After 5 GB, data speed will be reduced to as low as 2G for the remainder of the 30 day cycle. At 2G speed, the functionality of some data applications such as streaming video or audio may be affected. All currently active Straight Talk BYOP customers will also receive the first 5 GB Data at High Speeds at the start of their next 30 day cycle. Please refer always to the Terms and Conditions of Service at StraightTalk.com)
What is your family’s favorite fall activity?