5 More Mobile Phone Photography Tips and Tricks

Family History By May 26, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

All of us have used our phones to take photos–whether of our family, of a sunset, or of interesting sights along a walk or hike. But they don’t always turn out great, sadly. That’s simply because many of us aren’t familiar with our phone’s capabilities, or how to enhance a photo without overdoing it.

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Common Beginner Photographer Mistakes

Photography By May 19, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

Every photographer makes mistakes at the start. It’s the process of learning! However, those beginning mistakes can be frustrating. If you’ve tried to capture special, once-in-a-lifetime moments, only to have the photo look boring or blurry, you know how terrible this can feel. But it’s not too late to learn! These overviews of beginning mistakes will teach you how to improve your photography and avoid common rookie errors.

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Tips to Taking Panoramic Photos Using a Smart Phone

Photography By May 12, 2017 Tags: , , , , No Comments

With digital cameras, it’s easy to capture the majesty of a mountain skyline or a spectacular sunset. All you have to do is digitally stitch them together into a panoramic photo. Sounds simple enough, right? Mostly, yes. But even digital panoramic photos can go wrong. Weird exposure differences and strange perspectives can still result from your smart phone. So how do you make your panorama turn out wonderfully using a smart phone?

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DNA Testing and Your Genealogy

Family History By May 5, 2017 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Over the years, genealogy sites have come out with an amazing array of new genealogy tools. One such tool, DNA testing, helps both casual researchers and experienced genealogists find their ancestors in a way you can’t find with simple records. DNA testing also has the great research benefit for people studying regional groups and migration patterns, or tracking down members of a diaspora.

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Identifying Unknown Family Photos

Family History By April 25, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

Not all of our ancestors were diligent about labeling their photographs. And sometimes, we have to face the difficult task of deciding and deducing who that is next to our great-grandma. But identifying unknown family members in your photos doesn’t have to be such a chore. It may not be the easiest job, but putting in the time can be highly rewarding!

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Making Sense of Old Handwriting

Family History By April 7, 2017 Tags: , No Comments

There’s something special about seeing records with your ancestors’ handwriting on them. It’s easy to feel a wonderful connection to them, just by seeing or handling an object they once touched. But all too often, you may find yourself struggling to read the handwriting. This is especially frustrating if you’re indexing records, or if this is your only source. While reading old handwriting can be complicated enough to fill an entire college course, here are some of the basics.

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