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Make the Most of Your iPhone Camera

Photo courtesy of Esther Vargas / Flickr

Photo courtesy of Esther Vargas / Flickr

Everybody who’s anybody has an iPhone these days, and with an iPhone comes the great responsibility of taking amazing pictures. Technology has advanced so much over the past few years that cell phone cameras now have digital camera quality capabilities. It only makes sense to capitalize on this feature and take an excessive amount of photographs and shamelessly upload them to social media. In order to ensure that you receive the most possible likes and comments on your photo uploads, The Gavel presents five ways to make the most of your iPhone camera:



1. Lighting

This is the most basic requirement for a perfect picture that requires little to no editing. Nobody looks as good in the light of a camera flash as they do in the light of day, so do the right thing and take your pregame pictures early so that everyone can look their best. If only half of your pictures involve actually facing the sun, then everyone’s eyes will only hurt for half of the remaining night!

  1. Photo courtesy of Fitz_Carraldo / Flickr

    Use Afterlight to add filters and light leaks.
    Photo courtesy of Fitz_Carraldo / Flickr

    Afterlight App

Afterlight is an iPhone app that is simple and easy to use. It offers all of the editing tools that are available on your Mac’s iPhoto without the need to actually plug your phone into your computer. It offers highlights, filters, shadows and more at the touch of a button. You can also upload your photos directly onto Instagram, Facebook or Twitter from the app, so you save the time of saving and re-uploading the photo again.

  1. Diptic App

On top of having one of the best names in all of Appland, this app is also incredibly useful and user-friendly. This app allows you to stitch multiple pictures together with or without borders. Without the ability to collage photos together, how would you ever wish your bestie the happiest birthday ever? This app is everything you need to flood every form of social media with birthday wishes, pictures of your new kitten and all of your meals in one single post!

  1. VSCOcam App

Similar but different to Afterlight, this app offers a plethora of filters and editing techniques that can make you and thirty of your closest friends look way better in pictures than you do in person. Nothing reflects a successful night out more than fun, memories and 14 consecutive Instagram posts of the same picture in different filters. #college

Photo courtesy of Helen Haden / Flickr.

Photo courtesy of Helen Haden / Flickr

  1. Cat Effects

Is there anything better than adding hundreds of realistic-looking kittens onto your photographs? Nothing says, “I’m a photography minor” quite like cropping pictures of kittens and tigers onto the palm of your hand or the top of your head. Plus, if you have a really annoying friend who looks better than you in a picture, you can give him a cat face. Win-win!

Never forget: life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take, but in the number of likes you get on Instagram.

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