5/2/12 – Experience Photo Fun With Your Smartphone

With spring in full swing, the start of all the special events that come with warm temperatures have arrived, including graduations, wedding season and family trips. Fortunately, U.S. Cellular’s Samsung Galaxy S Aviator is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera and can run on the 4G LTE network, available to customers later in 2012. The Android-powered smartphone rests perfectly in your pocket or palm, making it easier than ever to capture the memories you’ll want to keep forever. 

“Many avid photographers are choosing to leave their regular cameras behind and rely on their smartphone cameras to capture and store their photos,” said Nathan Waddell, Director of Sales for U.S. Cellular in Missouri. “Samsung smartphones allow for superior photo-viewing on large touchscreens and they make it easy to share photos in the moment and share them online with friends and family.” 

Taking great photos on your smartphone is easy if you follow these basic tips:

  • Rule of Thirds: You don’t need to be a trained photographer using professional equipment to capture great photos – simply fill your frame with this rule in mind. The rule of thirds suggests that you create more impact when main subjects aren’t centered but instead are positioned in the right, left, top or bottom third of the photo.
  • Be Mindful of Backdrops: While the rule of thirds is an excellent one to follow, make sure that accent subjects don’t appear cluttered in the background. For example, power lines and streetlights can distract the eye from the photo’s subject.
  • Floating Objects: Pictures taken using sunlight will reflect everything – especially the piece of lint from your pocket or purse. Before snapping a photo, remember to wipe the camera lens clean.
  • Easy Accessibility: Smartphone camera-capability means one fewer item to pack. Set the camera widget to your phone’s home screen so you can easily capture moments as they are happening.
  • Full-Body Zoom: The zoom function on smartphones enlarge pixels instead of subjects, which can leave pictures grainy. Physically moving closer to subjects will produce a higher-quality photo. 

Once you get all your shots, the latest photo apps can turn your pictures into instant fun:

  •  Instagram is a fun way to transform your pictures into works of art to easily share with friends and family. The app provides filtered effects and brings out details to make your smartphone pictures look even better.
  • Pocket Photo Booth is free to download and instantly transforms a series of pictures into strips produced by traditional photo booths. Using the dual cameras on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, you can take photos of yourself and see an on-screen preview.
  • Photo Warp is perfect for occupying and entertaining kids during long drives for that summer vacation. Simply use the touch screen to expand, shrink and rotate the pixels, giving photo subjects hilarious features.

 About U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed nationwide network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, 25 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds and 54 percent will have access by the end of 2012. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Champion in 2012 for the second year in a row. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.


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Sara Randolph       314.436.9090        sara@hausergrouppr.com

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