You don’t need a fancy camera to create quality video. Your smart phone camera has the capability to take amazing shots – if you know how to use it properly. Here are just a few tips and tricks from the experts at Yours.co on how to get professional-quality video using your phone:

  1. Clean your camera lens.

Before you shoot, clean your camera lens with a microfiber cloth or moistened cotton swab. When you remove all the dust and dirt that accumulates on the glass, it can drastically increase the video quality. Do not use household cleaners or other chemicals. According to the New York Times, “these can damage the screen and other parts of the handset.”

  1. Shoot horizontally, not vertically.

If you want to improve the overall viewing experience, shoot horizontally and not vertically. It may feel more natural to hold your phone upright, but the end result won’t look as good on a widescreen TV or computer monitor. When you record horizontally, you don’t get the black bars on the sides of the image.

Vertical video:

Horizontal video:

  1. Choose good lighting.

Bad lighting ruins everything. Choose your location wisely. Your ideal filming spot should be brightly lit. Avoid places where the lighting changes quickly. You want it to be consistent. Make sure the light is in front or on top of the subject, not behind or below, so you don’t get any weird shadows. Never point the camera directly at the light.

  1. Hold your phone steady.

Shaky images are hard to view. If you want great video, then you need steady shots. Use two hands and keep your elbows near your body to control your movement. If you have a hard time staying still, you can also use a small phone tripod (like this Amazon bestseller).

Photo Credit: Amazon

  1. Do not zoom.

Resist the urge. Do not, under any circumstances, use the zoom feature! It lowers the overall quality of the video, and you end up with pixelated images. If you want a close-up view of your subject, move your body closer to it.

  1. Set the exposure and focus.

Most smartphones automatically adjust the exposure and focus to help give you the best shot possible. However, if you don’t like what you’re seeing, you can tap the subject on your screen and manually lock the focus and exposure. You can also use 3rd party apps to help manually control your camera settings.

  1. Edit your videos.

After you’ve taken all the footage that you need, edit your videos on your computer or phone using an editing app. If you’re not sure which one to use, check out Hootesuite’s list of “The 11 Best Video Editing Apps You Must Use in 2017.” Editing is a great way to add dimension and interest to your videos.

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Scientists have come up with all sorts of explanations about why men and women are different. Facts aside, when it comes down to it, it’s those little eccentricities that make relationships a little bit more challenging and a lot more entertaining.

Here are just a few funny pictures to prove it:

1. Priorities.

http://salt-and-burn-my-heart.tumblr.com/post/13793875116

2. So not fair.

http://omgsocietyhateswomen-blog.tumblr.com/post/42713492056/putting-gender-roles-into-little-neat-boxes-that

3. True story.

4. “Red” is never just “red.”

http://youtumbl-blog.tumblr.com/post/18818979023

5. Do all the things.

http://steveinaspeedo.tumblr.com/post/113836233738

6. Uh, huh.

7. This.

http://blisseyfartz-blog.tumblr.com/post/17010653421/trufax-the-end

8.  All the feels.

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9. Kitchen struggles.

Women VS Men, Example 001

10. Yep.

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11. Cause you have to carry ALL THE THINGS.

boys vs girls

12. It takes time to get cute.

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13. Truth.

http://demitri9166.tumblr.com/post/77189392960/true-story

14. What to wear…

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15. Not fair.

https://idisagreewithmymind.tumblr.com/post/90523463527

16. You don’t want to make the wrong choice.

http://sanitaryum.tumblr.com/post/37650063091/why-men-use-shampoo

17. Sad, but true.

http://yeennn.tumblr.com/post/18302782858/holy-cow-how-much-win-can-this-pic-have-this-is

18. Ugh, chores.

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19. Ridiculous.

http://0ncewewerekings.tumblr.com/post/25043155427

Men and women may not always see eye-to-eye, but there is one thing that both parties can agree on: Family memories are important. Save your best family home videos using Yours.co and relive your best moments over and over again.

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Rough day? Here’s a little bit of sunshine to brighten up your afternoon. (Because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love puppies?)

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She’s here!

America’s favorite tennis player, Serena Williams, and her fiancé, Alex Ohanian, recently announced the birth of their baby girl, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. She arrived on September 1st 2017, weighing in at 6 lbs., 14 ounces.

William’s announced her pregnancy at 20 weeks, when she accidentally posted a bump shot on Snapchat to her fans.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, she explained:

“I was on vacation, taking time for myself and I have this thing where I’ve been checking my status and taking a picture every week. I’ve been just saving it, but you know how social media is – you press the wrong button and…My phone doesn’t ring that much, and 30 minutes later, I’d missed four calls. So I picked it up and realised, ‘Oh no.’”

The news came as a huge shock to fans in light of the fact that she recently won the Austrian Open – an impressive feat, made even more impressive by her announcement. Since that time, the world has eagerly awaited her baby’s arrival.

Yesterday, Ohanian (also the co-found of Reddit), posted a video on YouTube documenting their pregnancy journey and introducing their precious new addition. This adorable compilation has already been viewed over 1.5 million times.

Congratulations, Serena and Alex!

Do you have an adorable baby announcement video? Coming soon, Yours.co is launching a new product that will help you and your family easily enjoy and save your favorite family videos. Follow us on Facebook for insider updates and sneak peaks! 

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Big news: Google recently announced that it will no longer support Google Drive on December 11th 2017. It officially shuts down on March 12th 2018.

Beginning in October, current Mac/PC Drive app users will be notified and encouraged to download and use Google’s new product, Backup and Sync, instead.

According to the Google blog, Backup and Sync is a “simpler, speedier and more reliable way to protect the files and photos that mean the most to you.” It’s basically Google Drive and Google Photos combined into one tool.

You can download Backup and Sync here.

If you’re confused about how it works, click here for detailed instructions on how to install use Backup and Sync.

If you’re worried about losing your photos and videos during the transition, you can archive your files using Yours.co.

We’ll connect to your Google Drive account and burn all of your precious photos and videos onto discs that’ll stay good up to 1,000 years. That way, no matter what happens to your cloud service, you can be confident that your memories are safe for years to come.

Click here for more information on how to set up an account.

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