Selfie-mergency Hacks

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They happen when you least expect it.

When your arms are *just* too short and an epic moment is about to go undocumented.

They’re selfie-mergencies and we’re here to make sure the world sees your mug even when your hands are otherwise occupied.

No tripod or selfie sticks required, here’s how to hack your way to the perfect selfie in 3 everyday situations.

Learn How To Take Emergency Selfies


How to Make Hyperlapse Videos that Totally Wow!

There’s nothing quite as sweet as new love.

After only 2 days it’s safe to say – the whole internet is in love with Hyperlapse.

The new app from Instagram, lets you make butter smooth timelapse videos at the push of very few buttons.

Admit it, you’re in love too.

If not now, you will be soon. You just need to get to know Hyperlapse a little better.

That’s why we’ve spent the last couple days, moving at 12x times our regular speed, learning the ins, the outs, the how to’s and how not’s of Hyperlapse. We’re here to share them with you!

Learn to shoot ’em, pick up a few editing tips, see a ton of inspiring vids and get ready to start totally crushing.

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Apps and Hacks for Editing On Your Phone

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The secret behind the very best pix on Instagram is that they’re not exactly “insta.”

Most wow-worthy shots have had some work done.

It takes a few edits to transform a good photo into a holy-smokes-wow photo.

Today, we’re bringing you a step-by-step look at one such transformation.

Watch one photo go from neat to woah-woah-wow and pick up some editing hacks and app recommendations along the way.

Learn to Edit like An Instagram Master, All On Your Phone!


Pano Selfie Is The New Selfie

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You’ve pretty much mastered the selfie … impeccable arm extension, flawless duck face, precision head tilt.

All that perfection can get boring.

It’s time to make the switch to Pano Selfies.

Give your selfies some edge with distorted perspective, glitchy stitching and guaranteed laughs from all who see ‘em.

It’s easy!

1. Put your camera into Panoramic mode or fire up any auto-stitching pano app.

2. Point your camera at your face and start the pano. It can be tricky since you have to use the back-facing camera, but practice makes perfect (or a bit easier).

3. Move you camera from one side of your face to the other. Use your whole arm, don’t just tilt the phone. Add wiggles, bumps, move the camera closer/farther from your face or change your expression as the phone passes by, for max silliness.

4. Share! Throw your masterpiece onto the web with #panoselfie.

5. Check Out Others’ Pano Selfies and Have a Chuckle

How To Make A Magical Vine
Using Stop Motion

When we first saw Matt Willis of yelldesign’s flawless stop motion Vine videos, we thought, “How in the world does he even…?”

So we asked him … AND HE TOLD US!

It turns out he doesn’t use any fancy apps or software or even voodoo. He just uses Vine, his phone and know-how.

He was kind enough to share his know-how with us and you too!

Matt gave us step by step instructions on how to make an apple disappear into a tabletop (and how to pull it back out again). No magic required.

Learn Matt’s Pro-tips for Wow-Worthy Stop Motion Vines


Take Photos All Day With
The Power Boost Keychain

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A smartphone with no battery power is like bread with no butter. Inedible. Also, you can’t take pictures with it. Boo.

With the Power Boost Keychain in your pocket, you’ll always have the power you need to photograph all that you behold. Yay!

No plug? No prob. It’s a backup battery ready to give your iPhone or Android a 30% boost.

All the cables are built right in, so you’ve always got the right connector to give your phone a charge.

And since it lives on your keychain, it’s always ready to replenish your picture-taking power.

Learn More About the Power Boost Keychain
$40 at the Photojojo Shop

Now someone invent a butter keychain, plz.

Make Ol’ Timey Roundographs
On Your Phone

The Kodak No. 1 was the first camera available to non-pros. It let anyone document and share their day to day life.

It was the o.g. Instagram.

Uniquely, photos taken with the Kodak No. 1 were printed in charming 2.5″ sepia circles.

The National Media Museum just released a set of Kodak No. 1 photos and it turns out day-to-day life in the 1890’s was pretty cool. Boat rides, beach trips, and hats galore!

They inspired us to give our photos that Kodak No. 1 look. So, we cooked up this simple recipe:

  1. Crop your photo into a circle. We used PicFrame.
  2. Run it through a black and white Instagram filter but don’t post it. Put your phone in airplane mode before you hit “share” and when the upload fails, just X it out. (It’ll save the filtered photo to your phone.)
  3. Run the photo you just saved though Instagram one more time. This time, use a filter with a brownish tint for that ol’ timey feel. (We like Hefe and Sutro best).
  4. Turn off airplane mode and share away! (Whatever hashtag the first Kodak users used has been lost to history. But we’re using #Roundograph.)

It’s that easy! Give your photos that great 1888 look using just a couple of apps… Or invest in headwear (those folks seriously loved their hats).

Get Inspired by Ol’ Timey Roundographs via Gizmodo

p.s. Hey SF Bay Area! We’re having a Sony Smart Lens Party next week. Lenses on-hand to play with and purchase! RSVP or Find out more.

Four Techniques For Adding
Cinematic Polish to Your Videos

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We’ve found the secret to making your video footage downright moving! The (not so) secret, is moving your camera as you shoot.

The Mobislyder makes it easy to add dimension to your videos with pro level pans and epically smooth pulls.

This gizmo is a shrunken down version of the big ‘ol sliders used on movie sets.

It’s made of precision cut aluminum and fitted with an adjustable clamp to hold tight to any camera phone.

We’ve been having a ball with this gadget and are here to share our four fave techniques for adding professional polish to your next videographic masterpiece.

Check Out The Mobislyder
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Fall Instagram Inspiration

We’re not sure what it is about autumn that makes us feel downright snap happy!

Maybe boots and sweaters just make us feel more poetic than flip-flops.

We know how quickly autumn’s colors fade, and we don’t want you and your lens to miss a minute of it.

So we’ve scoured Instagram for the season’s best hashtags to inspire you to trade in your lemonade for a latte, then get out there and capture fall in all it’s glory.

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10 Editing Tips for Making Killer Instagram Videos


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When it comes to movies, editing is kind of a big deal.

Without it, we wouldn’t have twist endings. (Looking at you, M. Night.) We wouldn’t have out-of-order movies to entertain our brains (Marty McFly 4ever). We wouldn’t even have beginnings, middles, and ends!

Frankly, movies would be pretty weird and probably not very good at all without editing.

Thanks to Instagram’s 4.1 update, you can now upload videos to Instagram, meaning a whole new world of video editing has opened up!

Sound, filters, transitions, sequencing — there is so much you can do to an Instagram video before uploading it. And awesomely, you can do it all on your phone.

Consider this guide an editing workshop that’ll turn your Instagram videos into cinematic artworks served 15 seconds at a time.

10 Tips for Editing Instagram Videos