Taking Great Selfies in New York City

Planning a trip to New York City soon and want to know where the best places to take a selfie are? We all want to commemorate trips to new and exciting places by taking pictures, and what better way than taking selfies at famous New York City landmarks?  Our Five Favorite Selfie Spots in NYC People post more than one million selfies every day, from all corners of the U.S. and across the globe. That’s a lot of selfies! We all want to share our experiences with our friends and families, and taking selfies is one of the best, and easiest, ways to do just that! That number got us to wondering how many selfies are being snapped at this very moment in NYC—and where, exactly, do people tend to take them? The answer is: everywhere. That’s one of the great things about New York—no matter where you are, you’re probably in a place that’s worthy of a snapshot. But that doesn’t mean some spots aren’t more selfie-worthy than others. We did a quick survey of our favorite city documentarians and pulled together a list of five not-to-be-missed selfie spots across the boroughs. Check’em out! 1. The Brooklyn Bridge This one’s a no brainer—it seems like every movie or show that’s ever been shot in the city features this iconic spot—but not everyone knows that they’re getting a little piece of history when they walk across. You’ve probably seen more than a handful of movies that include gorgeous shots of the Brooklyn Bridge. Why not take a selfie to commemorate your own visit? The Brooklyn Bridge is a historical landmark (it opened...

Who Really Makes The Best Smartphone Camera?

When it comes to taking great selfies, we all know that the better the camera, the better the picture. Wondering who makes the best smartphone camera around? If you’re a diehard Apple user, the result might surprise you. Here’s a comparison of a few of the most popular smartphones on the market right now, to find out who really makes the best smartphone camera.  Who Makes the Best Smartphone Cam? Not Apple Like most people, I replaced my digital point-and-shoot camera with a smartphone camera a long time ago. So now that the two-year contract on my worn-out Samsung Galaxy S4 is up, I want to make sure that my next phone has the best camera available. But with every smartphone maker claiming to have the newest, flashiest camera, how can you tell which is actually the best? To find out, I took to the streets of Manhattan with some of today’s hottest smartphones and shot pictures of everything from statues to flowers to people. Then I compared how each phone’s camera performed. Four co-workers and I ranked each photo on a scale from 1 to 6, awarding 1 point to the worst photo in each category and 6 to the best. Scores are based on how clearly detailed the images were and how closely the colors matched those in real life. It’s important to note that these rankings are based on each person’s personal preferences. As such, a reasonable person can completely disagree with our ratings. The contenders The phones I chose for this matchup were Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note...

Perfecting The Selfie

Do you love taking selfies with friends but hate how they sometimes come out looking weird? We can help! Here are 7 tips to help you take a perfect group selfie — every single time! How to Take a Perfect Group Selfie By now, you’ve probably got your selfie game on lock, even going so far as to master the advanced-level outdoor selfie. But trying to take a group selfie (we refuse to use the word “usie”) can feel harder than cracking a code: it takes ages to get everyone situated, nobody likes the same shot, someone is always blinking in each photo. Well, worry no more: we’ve made it easy. Here are our 7 best tips for taking the perfect group selfie—every time. 1. Nominate a director (or be one yourself). There’s nothing worse than losing the moment you’re trying to capture while everyone wriggles around, trying to decide who they want to stand next to in the photo. Seriously, you can spend days doing that. Instead, establish a single director to get everyone into the picture or tell them where they need to go. They don’t need to be a drill sergeant about it, but having one voice to listen to instead of eight or nine is a blessing. 2. Find your light… It’s not just an America’s Next Top Model catchphrase: no matter how good your front-facing camera is if your lighting sucks, the entire selfie comes crashing down. Make sure you only take photos where the lighting is directly facing your group, as opposed to coming from one side or behind you. This will ensure that...

What’s The Best Smartphone For You?

Trying to find the best smartphone to fit your needs? There are many different phones to choose from, with a wide range of features. Whether you want a small screen, a lightweight phone, or a tried and true operating system, we can help with this rundown of the most popular smartphone brands around.  How to Buy the Right Smartphone for Your Needs It’s right up there with your wallet and keys, and it can sometimes even double as your wallet and keys. Your smartphone has become an indispensable companion, helping you stay on top of email and social updates, take and share photos and videos, play music and games, and do a whole lot more. So we probably don’t have to tell you that choosing the right device is a big deal. Our smartphone buying guide covers everything you need to know before you buy, ranging from operating system and screen size to the camera and the carrier. Use this advice to make sure you get the very best handset for your needs and budget. Operating System: Android, iOS or other? Android Android dominates worldwide sales of smartphones, and for good reason. You’ll find many more choices than iOS or Windows Phone when it comes to design, display size, specs, capabilities and price. Plus, Android is an open OS, which means it’s easy to customize with widgets, launchers, your choice of keyboard and more. Some Android phone makers, such as Samsung and LG, trick out the software with additional enhancements, such as more robust multitasking and easier access to settings. With the latest version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop, the...

10 Hidden iPhone Tricks Revealed!

If you’re an iPhone user, chances are taking selfies isn’t the only reason you love your phone. Here are 10 hidden things that your iPhone can do, including a few ways to take better selfies! iPhone Tricks: 10 hidden iOS features you never knew existed If Apple included a paper user manual with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that included explanations of each and every feature, it would be the size of a phone book. The iOS platform simply packs too many features to cover them all at once, but that’s one of the great things about it. Even if you’ve been an iPhone user for years, there are still hidden features that are waiting to be discovered. Today, we’re going to help you discover 10 such features, and you may never look at your phone the same way again. Close multiple apps at once Double-tapping the iPhone’s home button opens the app switcher, and swiping up on any app closes it completely. Looking to close all your apps? Save some time by swiping up on two or even three apps at a time with multiple fingers. Keeping your apps closed when they aren’t being used is a great way to keep your battery from running down quickly.  Format your font You can’t change system fonts in iOS without jailbreaking, but did you know you can use rich formatting in some apps, such as Mail? Simply long-tap, select the text you want to format, and then choose Bold, Italics or Underline from the pop-up menu. Lock camera focus and exposure Tapping on an object in the frame...