How to Download and Backup Facebook Photos

I post a lot of pictures to Facebook because it’s the quickest way to share with my friends and family. But now that I am getting older, I’m realizing a few things. First, Facebook changes things up all the time, and I’m starting to get a sinking feeling that I have no idea what that means for the future of all the photos I’ve entrusted them. And second, now that I’m a new father I’m realizing just how important those photos are to me. I want access to them on my own devices so I can tell my personal story to friends, family and baby boy as he grows up. So I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t trust Facebook to preserve these memories for me — I need to back them up for myself. And I bet I’m not the only person who wants to backup Facebook photos. In the past, I’d grab photos from Facebook by browsing through my albums, then downloading each one individually. But those days are over. A cross-platform app called Mylio can import and backup Facebook photos, maintaining the same album structure and tagging, and do it all in minutes. And best of all, Mylio is FREE! What is Mylio? Mylio… Continue reading How to Download and Backup Facebook Photos

Secrets of the Pro Photographers: Video Tutorial Series, Part 3

Welcome! I’m photographer Matthew Jordan Smith, and I’ve worked as a celebrity/fashion and beauty photographer for the last 29 years, capturing subjects from Samuel L. Jackson, to Britney Spears, to Aretha Franklin, to the Future American Presidents. If you’d like to discover how I’ve created a career working with some of the top celebrities, advertising and fashion clients, come check out this FREE 3-part photography training series. I guarantee you will learn something new that can help you on your journey of being a photographer. If you’ve ever wondered if you can make a career as a photographer, or worried about the competition, then this video series is just for you. Happy holidays! Part 3: Tools to Help You Excel in Photography If there’s one question I get more than any other, it’s about the tools I use. People often want to know which camera I use, or which lens is my favorite, or even what’s in my camera bag when I travel. In this video, I go deeper into the tools I use, and explain why each is critical in helping you have a better life as a photographer  — and become more productive. You definitely don’t want to miss this informative video.… Continue reading Secrets of the Pro Photographers: Video Tutorial Series, Part 3

Secrets of the Pro Photographers: Video Tutorial Series, Part 1

Welcome! I’m photographer Matthew Jordan Smith, and I’ve worked as a celebrity/fashion and beauty photographer for the last 29 years, capturing subjects from Samuel L. Jackson, to Britney Spears, to Aretha Franklin, to the Future American Presidents. If you’d like to discover how I’ve created a career working with some of the top celebrities, advertising and fashion clients, come check out this FREE 3-part photography training series. I guarantee you will learn something new that can help you on your journey of being a photographer. If you’ve ever wondered if you can make a career as a photographer, or worried about the competition, then this video series is just for you. Happy holidays! First up: Benefits of Photographic Lighting When I look back at my career, the one thing that has made a big difference is learning how to master working with lighting.  Simply putting a light on a stand with a softbox and making a decent picture is not enough. We all need a competitive advantage, and in this video I share tips to help have greater success in photography. Also in this series: Part 2: 5 Rookie Mistakes Photographers Make (and How to Avoid Them)  Part 3: Tools to Help You Excel in… Continue reading Secrets of the Pro Photographers: Video Tutorial Series, Part 1

Why Is My iPhone Storage Full? (And What Can I Do About It?)

I love my iPhone. It’s not only a great phone, but a great texter, video- and photo-taker and -viewer, gaming device, and so much more. But all that wonderfulness has a silicon ceiling: storage capacity. If you’ve ever seen regular messages with variations of iPhone storage full, you know what I mean. Apple offers a variety of options for iPhone memory capacity, but show me the biggest iPhone SSD out there (like my iPhone 6s+ with 128 GB of storage) and I’ll show you a way to fill it, fast. How? iPhone’s Worst Space Hogs: Photos & Camera Videos Music Messages (especially if you send/receive a lot of photo and video messages) Games Other Apps Tip: You can see what’s stored (and where) on your iPhone by opening Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage. iPhones Are Chock Full o’ Pictures Like other smart phone users, those of us with iPhones like to take a ton of pictures. But apparently we’re even more snappy than most: a 2015 study showed that iPhone users took an average of 250 photos per month — 65% more than the average Android user. That leaves a lot to be managed (not to mention a quickly… Continue reading Why Is My iPhone Storage Full? (And What Can I Do About It?)

24 Juicy Mobile Photo Apps You May Never Have Heard Of (Part 1)

This two-part post is for you, smart phone photographers – even those brave, hardy few that still have flame-throwing Samsung Galaxy Note 7s: a robust list of 24 awesome photo apps you might have never heard of before. From colored gels, to cartoonizing, to time lapse to still-capture — there’s something for everyone to slice, dice, freeze, stretch, and, yes please, share. Enjoy discovering the first half today, then come join us for the second half tomorrow. Ready? Let’s do this. 1. PABLO Platform: iOS Price: Free Why it’s cool: You can make long-exposure videos, and light-write art photos in HD on your iPhone. How does it work? As TechCrunch explains: “Since Apple’s API mandates that the camera shutter only stay open for a maximum of 1 second, PABLO needed to find a workaround. So they came up with a way to simulate the shutter staying open by taking multiple one second exposures and merging it into a video or photo (which is just the last frame of the video)… This faux long-exposure also means that you can see the content while you are capturing it, as opposed to a real long-exposure on a DSLR where the screen goes black and you… Continue reading 24 Juicy Mobile Photo Apps You May Never Have Heard Of (Part 1)

How Widescope Productions Stays One Step Ahead of the Competition with Mylio

Our Story: I’m one of three co-owners of Widescope Productions, a Spanish film and video production services firm with offices in Barcelona and Malaga. We work with foreign clients who want to produce commercials or still shoots in Spain. We’re an end-to-end shop, and can facilitate just about any aspect of the production – budgets, location scouting, equipment, transport, casting, crew, and other production support. We got our start doing music videos, because none of our competition did them. A 21-hour day wasn’t unusual then, followed by an hour’s drive to the next location. Today, what makes us stand out from our competitors is that all three of us partners run the jobs; one of us is always available to turn around budgets, and provide location reference photos within hours. We also enjoy good relationships with Spanish authorities, so we know when something is (or isn’t) possible. We have a great team of 8 full-time staffers, plus an army of subcontractors, who give clients unlimited support – weekends, after midnight, whatever. Why Mylio? One of the other things that differentiates us from the competition is Mylio — it makes us faster and more efficient. To be honest, I’ve kept Mylio… Continue reading How Widescope Productions Stays One Step Ahead of the Competition with Mylio

3 Easy Ways to Make Your Portraits Super Sexy

Lots of photographers think there’s a formula for shooting portraits: You need a fast, 100mm lens. You need a gray card. You need to shoot eye level to your subject. And the truth is, these are all good techniques — but these rules can be broken, and with great effect. Here are some simple tips where you can both take advantage of the great results to be had from classic portrait techniques, while also taking a few creative liberties of your own to produce a look that stands out. First, you’ll need a backdrop. Backdrops are an inexpensive way to keep your creative integrity while producing that classic portrait look. To create a specific mood, you’ll need to choose the right backdrop material and color. Be sure and have a clear concept in mind before you do this; otherwise, you’ll find yourself constrained by what the backdrop seems to require of you as you shoot. Vivify your dream before you make your purchase. Brainstorm. Take your time. Once you’ve done this, consider the following options: Pipe and Drape. This is composed of two stands with a crossbar in between, and a cloth  draped over the bar, secured with A-Clamps. Muslin… Continue reading 3 Easy Ways to Make Your Portraits Super Sexy

How The Traveling School Uses Mylio To Tell Its Stories

Our Story: I’m the Development Director for The Traveling School, a small non-profit that challenges and empowers teenage girls academically, physically, and culturally through an experiential high school semester overseas. Twice a year, we send sixteen motivated young women, along with four teachers, to a unique region of the globe for 15 weeks. The teens earn full school credit, immerse themselves in new cultures, develop outdoor skills, and most importantly build confidence and a personal toolkit they’ll use for the rest of their lives. We just kicked off the Fall Semester, which is based in the Southern African nations of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and South Africa. Spring Semester students travel to Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. We’ve been doing this for 15 years, and have 300 alumnae. And yes! It’s as cool as it sounds. Why Mylio? The photos captured overseas by teachers and students are the best way to tell our story. Prospective students find us online or through word of mouth, so having strong, compelling images for our web site and social media is how we grab attention from teenage girls who want to explore the world. We have a lot of photos — 36,000 of them, with a couple thousand more coming… Continue reading How The Traveling School Uses Mylio To Tell Its Stories

Infographic: 10 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Camera Could Do

In the elevator, the checkout line, (gulp) traffic: anywhere you look, people are staring at smartphones (assuming you’ve looked up from your own). By 2017, more than a third of the global population – 2.6 billion souls — will own a smart phone.[i]  And if the sheer number of digital photos projected for that year[ii] is any indication, a goodly number of us are using our phones’ built-in cameras. I have an Apple iPhone 6 and use its camera as much as my Nikon DSLR because my smartphone’s with me 24/7, its camera app is super handy, and it produces pretty darned good pictures. Since there are nearly 100 million more like me in the U.S. alone[iii] I thought I’d do my part to help us up our iPhone photography game. 1) Open the camera from lock screen Photos are moments, and moments come quickly, so you need to be fast on the trigger. To immediately access your camera app from the iPhone lock screen, look for the camera icon in the bottom right corner, place your finger on it, and swipe up. Done. 2) Multiple shutter release options Did you know the volume buttons on the side of your… Continue reading Infographic: 10 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Camera Could Do

3 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Mylio

Mylio is so chock full, so bursting at the seams with useful features that it can be easy to overlook some. Here are three that we find especially handy, and think you will too: Mylio Clipboard The Mylio Clipboard is a tool for temporarily storing photos you want to move from one place to another – like between folders or albums — while organizing. Say you want to make a slideshow for a surprise party, and you’re culling through all your embarrassing pictures of the guest of honor; the clipboard is where you’d collect all these images before moving on to other tasks. You can access the clipboard by either clicking the clipboard icon at the lower right hand corner, expanding the bottom panel, and providing space to which you can drag these shots (you can also just drag images to the bottom panel, and the clipboard will open automagically. Power users can right click any image and select ‘add to clipboard’). You can also move entire folders to the clipboard. Once you’ve assembled what you want, you can then drag everything from the clipboard into a new (or existing) folder or album. Simple. Note: The next two features are… Continue reading 3 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Mylio