4 iPhone Features That Make It Easier to Take Photos Of Your Super Active Baby

By on May 20, 2016 in Photos, Smartphones

We all know that babies have a hard time staying still. By the time you get your phone out to snap a photo, the moment may be gone.

Here are our favorite iPhone features for capturing your super-active baby.

1. Open the camera from the lock screen

When your baby is being really adorable, the last thing you want to do is fumble with your passcode and navigate to the camera app icon on your home screen.

To quickly launch your camera from your iPhone in just two steps, hit the Home button, and then swipe up on the camera icon at the bottom right of your lock screen.

Don’t worry, other people won’t be able to access your photos or other information using this shortcut.

2. Use the volume controls to take your photo

It may be tricky to tap the shutter button on your phone screen when you’re trying to get the perfect frame for your photo. If you prefer physical buttons, you can use the volume buttons (either one works) as the shutter instead.

3. Take several images per second with Burst Mode

With iOS 7 and above, you can now take up to ten photos a second using Burst Mode. Just tap and hold either the shutter button or one of the volume controls, and your phone will take photos continuously until you release your finger.

Burst mode is perfect when your baby is moving around a lot, and you want to make sure you have a clear photo with eyes open.

To free up storage and keep your camera roll from getting cluttered, make sure you delete the photos you don’t want from your camera roll. If storage is not an issue for you, use Precious, which automatically finds the best photos taken in a series for you so you don’t have to do the work yourself!

4. Take photos while filming a video

When your baby is doing something especially cute, you don’t have to choose between filming and capturing the perfect still. Just start recording your video, and tap the round button next to the record button to take photos. This feature is available on iPhone 5 and above.

 

6 Ideas for Baby Photo Magnet Sets

By on May 16, 2016 in Photos

We love baby photo magnets. They can be thrown casually onto a fridge or magnetic wall — or they can be carefully arranged, and rearranged, to tell different stories. They can stand alone or as a set. They make the perfect gift.

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Here are some ideas for fun sets of photos you can print onto magnets.

1. Monthly Photos

A great way to see Baby grow up, and quickly compare how she looked at one age vs. another.

2. Faces of Baby

Baby’s face displays pure emotion. See your Baby’s different expressions on magnets. Include smiles and laughs, but also include her crying face, curious face, and daydreaming face.

3. Newborn Closeups

Your newborn is going to double in size before you know it! Preserve her tiny fingers, feet, ears, nose, face, and body on magnets.

4. Important Faces

Help your baby learn the names and faces of the people who love her by printing photos of Mom, Dad, Grandma, and Grandpa onto magnets.

5. Baby Sleeping Positions

There is nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby. Take photos of your baby sleeping in different positions and locations to print onto magnets.

6. Baby Announcement Magnets

Instead of sending a paper announcement, you can send a magnet to close family and friends.

Use Precious App to easily find and print photos of your baby onto magnets, stickers, frames, and more.

Magically create keepsake albums of your baby, in one-tap: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1103530261?mt=8

7 Tips To Take Great Baby Photos On Your iPhone

By on May 9, 2016 in Photos, Smartphones, Technology, Videos

The first year of my daughter’s life has been a blur. For a lot of it I felt like I was playing a never-ending game of catch up; we’d nail one routine, and then a growth spurt or a regression would happen, and boom, everything would change again. Why (oh why) are her naps 20 minutes long again?

In between my bleary-eyed googling, I’d also realize that the cute outfit that once enveloped Willa’s tiny newborn body no longer zips up — and sadly, I don’t have a single photo of her in it.

If you have an iPhone, follow these tips to make sure you capture your baby as she grows.

1. Always have your iPhone nearby

When your baby surprises you with a sweet fit of giggles or somehow gets herself into a hilarious position, the last thing you want to do is go fetch your phone. Make it a habit to always have your phone nearby for those candid moments– but try not to reach for it so much that it interrupts the actual moment.

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2. Shoot regularly and often

I take a lot of photos of my baby. But even I often look back and wish there were more. I wish I took more sweet newborn photos. I wish there were more photos with me in them — the ones I am in from the early days, I look like a hot mess. I wish there were more videos showing how she sounded and moved and slept at each age.

If you can’t take a photo every day, try to take a few photos every week.

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3. Take advantage of iPhone features to capture baby in action

Did you know you can shoot video AND take photos at the same time on your iPhone? Next time your baby is doing something especially adorable, you don’t have to choose between filming and capturing the perfect still. While you are recording video, you can tap the round button next to the record button to take photos as well.

Another great feature for the super active baby is Burst Mode: hold the shutter button or one of the volume controls, and the camera will rapidly take a lot of photos for you. Just make sure to delete the ones you don’t want later. (If storage is not an issue for you, use Precious app, which automatically finds the best photos taken in a series for you so you don’t have to do the work yourself!)

4. Use natural lighting

Don’t let lighting ruin a perfect photo. Instead, take a few seconds to consider the lighting situation while shooting. Make sure baby is in a well lit spot. Turn on soft indoor lights if needed. Don’t shoot against the sun.

5. Keep the background simple

Some of my favorite photos of my daughter are of her on our white bedspread or against the clean patterns of our living room rug. Simple backgrounds really make her pop. Similarly, taking the time to remove clutter or other distracting objects nearby goes a long way in keeping the focus on your baby.

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6. Shoot lots of angles and activities

Before Willa was mobile, I took many “birds-eye” shots of her lying on a bed or the carpet. These shots would always show her face and upper body, and sometimes her full body. While I love these photos, I wish I had varied my shots more.

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  • Get low and close to capture really intimate photos
  • Take close-ups of her cute little hands, feet, and ears
  • Take photos of her in a diaper and naked
  • Don’t forget to take photos from behind
  • Step back to take photos that provide context and show your baby’s relative size to you and familiar objects
  • Get photos with you, your partner, and other important family members
  • Take candid shots
  • Take lots of frames of each moment to make sure at least one turns out
  • Take videos

7. Organize and share regularly

Many parents take hundreds of photos — only to have them collect dust in the camera roll. One way to make sure photos are enjoyed is to curate and share them regularly. We love using the app Cluster to share photos and videos with the grandparents – it brightens their days to see new posts, and also ends up being a nice photo journal of Willa growing up. I try to post a few photos and videos a day.

If you don’t have time to curate Precious makes it possible to enjoy and share your baby photos without doing much work at all. It automatically finds the best photos for you, and instantly turns them into fun slideshows, videos, and printed products.

Download Precious for free here.