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Taking Memorable Photos With a Mobile Device Requires Fast Fingers and Good Lighting

LifePics provides tips on how to take great pictures from a camera phone.


Sept. 26, 2011, BOULDER, Colo. – Smartphones are quickly becoming ubiquitous accessories for business people, families and hipsters. In fact, several analyst firms have claimed that smartphones have overtaken traditional mobile phone sales in 2011. What’s more telling, though, is the impact smartphones have made on the sales and use of digital cameras. Cameras are one of the most loved – and fun – features of a smartphone. Smartphone cameras are advancing at an incredible pace, but there are still limitations in their ability to capture high quality images in some situations. LifePics (, the national leader in turning images into prints and photo gifts, recommends the following tips to help transform smartphone mistakes into memories.

  • Daylight is best – Unlike digital cameras, which are engineered to accommodate various lighting scenarios, camera phones are best used outside in daylight. Nighttime or low-lit indoor settings may results in dark or blurry photos. Even camera phones with a flash don’t typically provide enough lighting to illuminate a photo.
  • Posed shots are ideal – Most camera phones lack the shutter speed to capture action shots. It is often better to ask the photo subject to pose prior to the snapping the picture.
  • Think close-up – Camera phones are usually designed for close-range photos. Although some camera phones have a zoom function, it won’t compare to the lens of a true digital camera. Smartphone pictures are usually best when taken at a range of a few feet.
  • Take advantage of creative photo apps – An application such as Hipstamtic or Instagram can help you create a more interesting photo with different filters and lenses. These can be especially appealing if the photo taken with a camera phone isn’t as visually appealing as it would have been with a true digital camera. An app can turn a mediocre camera phone image into a photo worthy of framing.
  • Keep it simple – One significant advantage of owning a smartphone is the all-in-one device aspect, including the convenience of having a camera at all times. However, with dozens of options to post, share, re-touch, upload people are overwhelmed, so their camera-phone photos just stay on the phone and they do nothing with them at all. To generate true value from digital images, consider using a simple all-in-one service such as LifePics’ mobile apps which enable users to order all of their iPhone, Android, and Windows 7-taken photos through the LifePics Photofinisher Network, and pick up the prints at a local store, often in as little as one hour. Additionally, LifePics offers simple services that allow users to share photos on Facebook and other networks. So users need just one mechanism to share pictures via social media, and to secure prints within hours or days.

 “Camera phones are one of my favorite innovations of the 21st century but we’ve gotten so excited that we’re burying people with photo feature and application madness,” said Ken McDonald, Vice President of Marketing and Customer Success at LifePics. “LifePics simplifies all of that with its smartphone applications that give smartphone photographers a one-stop-shop for sharing and getting prints. After all, technology should make life easier, not more complicated.”
LifePics is a revolutionary photo solution that allows consumers a convenient, easy method for ordering prints or photo gift products for pick up. LifePics users can have the convenience of snapping their photos on a digital camera or smartphone, and instantly transferring them to one of 13,000 photo finishers virtually anywhere in the country. Customers may receive their prints in as little as one hour and have the convenience of getting prints at a store of their choice. Additionally, consumers using LifePics photo solutions save on shipping costs, which are often higher than the actual cost of prints.
To learn more about LifePics can help turn your digital photos into prints, photo gifts or art, please visit us at
About LifePics
LifePics is the market leader in turning images into prints and photo gifts by connecting billions of digital images to more fulfillment options than any other service on the Internet. Using LifePics’ technology, consumers use the easy order interface to directly submit their digital pictures - taken on cameras or smart phones - to retail photofinishers in their own cities. Orders can be sent directly to stores for one-hour service, or routed to major wholesalers, gift providers, photo book manufacturers, and an assortment of other service providers. The LifePics service is available at more than 13,000 retail stores across North America, Australia, and Africa.

For more information, visit LifePics at
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