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Use Google Assistant on Your New Pixel 2 to Take a Hands-Free Thanksgiving Family Photo Use Google Assistant on Your New Pixel 2 to Take a Hands-Free Thanksgiving Family Photo

With family descending upon your home for the holidays, you’ll probably be asked to take a group photo or two. If you’ve got the Google Pixel 2 (or 2 XL), you can use it to snap pictures using only your voice. No longer do you have to rush into frame, or assign the role of photographer to your weird uncle’s new…

How to Use Instagram's Filters Without Posting Your Photo How to Use Instagram's Filters Without Posting Your Photo

Sometimes all that smartphone picture needs to reach perfection is a kiss from Instagram’s X-Pro II filter. There’s just one problem: to take advantage of that filter, or any others in the app, you have to commit to posting your picture on Instagram.

Black Families Can Get Their Film Digitized for Free From the National Museum of African American History & Culture [Updated] Black Families Can Get Their Film Digitized for Free From the National Museum of African American History & Culture [Updated]

Digitizing analog media like video cassettes is a tedious process, and requires equipment you may not have at home (your scanner can’t exactly convert a VHS tape). To lower the barrier to media conversion, the National Museum of African American History & Culture is offering a free digitization program, which will…

Turn Your Moto Z Into a Polaroid Camera With This New Accessory Turn Your Moto Z Into a Polaroid Camera With This New Accessory

Smartphones have made it ridiculously easy to capture any moment with a photo, but as a result, we’re all buried in so many digital photos that each one feels less special. Having moved on from their iconic instant cameras, Polaroid has a solution—but only if you have the right smartphone on hand.

4 Situations Where a Dedicated Camera Still Smokes a Smartphone 4 Situations Where a Dedicated Camera Still Smokes a Smartphone

Smartphones have revolutionized the way we take pictures and record our lives—it’s hard to remember a time when we didn’t always have a camera with us. For all their convenience though, and all the smartphone camera improvements we’ve seen in the last few years, the dedicated camera isn’t dead yet.

How Apps Use Your Photos to Track Your Location How Apps Use Your Photos to Track Your Location

If you’re worried about apps tracking your location, it’s not enough to limit your location sharing. You need to limit camera-roll sharing too. If you’ve ever given an app access to your camera roll—to take photos, or store screenshots, or any given reason—you’ve also let it see where all those photos were taken.…

Save Space on Your iPhone By Changing this iOS 11 Camera Setting Save Space on Your iPhone By Changing this iOS 11 Camera Setting

With iOS 11, Apple introduced the HEIF format for photos. HEIF stands for “High Efficiency Image Format,” and allows the photos you take on your phone to be squished down to the smallest possible size without losing quality. That smaller size means you can take a whole lot more pictures before you run out of space on…

It's Time You Tried Making Your Own Ink Out of Walnuts  It's Time You Tried Making Your Own Ink Out of Walnuts 

When we rounded up our staff’s Weekly Upgrades last Friday, our editors were exploring mindfulness meditation, adding extra exercise into our days, and tweaking our entertainment habits.

How to Spot Fake Photos on the Web How to Spot Fake Photos on the Web

Take a moment before you reshare that hilarious or terrifying image on your favorite social media channel of choice—is it, in fact, as authentic as it first appears? From political scenes to shark invasions, the web is rife with fake photos thanks to easy-to-use image editing tools and gullible viewers. Here’s how to…

How to Plan a Trip to See an Aurora How to Plan a Trip to See an Aurora

It can feel nearly impossible to you access a sense of wonder in today’s all-the-information-anytime-you-want-it environment, but the answer, I find, is often in the natural world. Whether it’s feeling the strange cool breeze that arises during the totality of an eclipse, watching a thousand-strong starling murmuration

Amazon Does Canvas Prints Now, and You Can Get Them For 40% Off Amazon Does Canvas Prints Now, and You Can Get Them For 40% Off

Canvas prints offer a great bang for your buck when it comes to decorating your walls, and that’s especially true when you can get them for 40% off. This deal is through Amazon’s photo printing service, and brings prices down to as low as $12 for an 8x10, or $54 for a 20x24. Just be sure to use code FALLDECOR40 at…

Polaroid's New Instant Camera Takes Terrible Retro Photos Very Well Polaroid's New Instant Camera Takes Terrible Retro Photos Very Well

The night that Polaroid announced its first all-new instant camera since the mid-aughts, there was a party in the Bowery. A small gallery space was filled with sweaty art school types, and a row Polaroid cameras lined one wall showcasing a timeline of the company’s design. The famous Polaroid photographer Ryan…

Free Web-Based Photo Editors to Try If You Don't Want to Pay for PicMonkey Free Web-Based Photo Editors to Try If You Don't Want to Pay for PicMonkey

Last week, my favorite web-based photo editor, PicMonkey, started charging users. As it turns out, PicMonkey has also been a favorite with a good number of my Lifehacker coworkers. It’s easy, lightweight, and makes small edits like resizing photos or creating collages (stuff we do here pretty regularly) super simple.…

This Bot Will Help You Unearth Your Forgotten 'Kodak Moments' This Bot Will Help You Unearth Your Forgotten 'Kodak Moments'

Over the course of a year, I take thousands of pictures that I either share on Facebook or Instagram or leave to die on my smartphone’s camera roll. While the idea is that I’ll go back and look at them at some point, truth be told that rarely happens. The closest I get is when something comes up in conversation, I…

The Nixplay Iris Is a Digital Photo Frame You'll Buy For Yourself, Not Just Your Grandparents The Nixplay Iris Is a Digital Photo Frame You'll Buy For Yourself, Not Just Your Grandparents

Remember digital photo frames? You probably got one for your grandparents back in 2006, and haven’t given them a second thought since. Turns out, they’ve gotten a lot better since then.

How to Take Someone's Photo in a Foreign Country Without Being a Jerk How to Take Someone's Photo in a Foreign Country Without Being a Jerk

The most interesting aspect of visiting another country is the people there, so it’s understandable if you want to snap some pics of locals while you travel. But it’s easy to get shutter happy and forget to be courteous while you do it. These tips will help.

If You Want to Remember Something, Don't Take a Picture If You Want to Remember Something, Don't Take a Picture

Last month I went to Outside Lands, a 3-day music festival in San Francisco where musical artists from pretty much every genre out there performed on a bunch of different stages around Golden Gate Park. Regardless of what type of music was being played, each stage had one thing in common: Someone (or lots of people)…

Light Smartphone Portrait Photos With a Big Mac Box Light Smartphone Portrait Photos With a Big Mac Box

If you’re looking for a cheap, and somewhat tasty, lighting solution for your selfies or smartphone portraits, look no further. Bah-da-ba-ba-bah, I’m lovin’ this Big Mac box lighting trick.

How Insecure Properly Lights Black Actors How Insecure Properly Lights Black Actors

For decades, photo and video equipment was designed and tested with only white subjects in mind. Lighting darker skin tones takes a different approach than lighting pale ones. Ava Berkofsky, director of photography on HBO’s Insecure, tells Mic how her team beautifully lights the show’s black actors, and Mic reporter…

Seven Tips to Make Your Instagram Feed Stand Out Seven Tips to Make Your Instagram Feed Stand Out

So you’ve had Instagram for a while and you upload photos regularly, but nobody seems to care. No likes, no follows, and no comments. Boo. Give these tips a try, you sad instagrammer you.

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