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Tips to Take Your iPhone Videos to the Next Level

Having a camera in your pocket that can shoot in 4K is a pretty impressive feat not to take lightly. The cameras on iPhones have come a long way in only a few years, and content creators and adventurers around the world rely on them daily to help them capture their memories. With that in mind, taking award-winning videos requires more than just pressing the record button. But if you can master these tips—no matter if you're a You Tuber, business owner, or ordinary person on vacation—you can capture stunning videos on your phone.

 


Try a New Camera App

The stock iPhone camera app is great for everyday photos and videos and features tons of settings and adjustments. Even so, it doesn’t have everything, and with so many different camera apps available on the App Store, you should consider trying out at least one. These apps will have even more features that let you get the most out of your built-in camera, and you can make adjustments to things like bitrate for better image quality.

Upgrade Your Lens

In addition to upgrading your camera app, you should consider picking up an iPhone lens kit that will give you more flexibility. Select an attachable phone lens made for shooting wide angle shots so you can capture more in the frame, along with macro and zoom lenses so you can take better videos up close to the subject.

The best lens kits will be simple to attach and detach and work seamlessly with your phone case. You never know when you'll want to whip out your camera to record a video, and the last thing you want to deal with is a finicky attachment that takes a while to attach over the lens.

Let There Be Light

The image sensor in your camera needs light to record the image. That’s just how cameras work. So, if you find that the footage you’ve shot on your iPhone looks distorted or grainy, chances are it’s because you aren’t shooting in a well-lit environment. Being outside during the day is probably the most ideal for capturing a well-lit video (particularly during the “magic hour”), but if you’re inside, you can still get similar results.

The most basic tip is to shoot footage in well-lit areas. If you can’t find one, you can break out any lamps or other lights you have available to light your subject while recording the video. The more light, the better in most cases, so ensure that you aren’t shooting in too dim of an environment.

Manually Set Auto Focus and Auto Exposure

With your new, premium iPhone camera lens, you can capture crisper images, but you should still make some software tweaks to ensure your video comes out perfect. Most importantly, you should lock the focus and exposure of the shot. The auto focus and auto exposure features are handy to use, and you don't necessarily always need to lock them when taking still images, but when shooting video, you want to avoid the jittery effect of the phone readjusting its focus. Before you press record, tap and hold on your subject to lock the focus and exposure and it will stay the same during the entire video. This feature is especially useful when recording someone talking to the camera.

About Hitcase

Hitcase has been producing high-quality phone cases—including their highly-rated waterproof iPhone case—since the iPhone 4 came out back in 2010. Their mission is to provide products that allow people to get out more and bring their phones along, no matter how rugged or wet their adventure is. Hitcase offers a variety of products along with their cases including camera lens attachments and other photography essentials like gimbals, mounts, and more.

Explore Hitcase’s entire collection at Hitcase.com

 

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Five Common iPhoneography Mistakes and How to Fix Them

These days, carrying around a bulky DSLR is more for the professional who gets paid the big bucks and needs the best of the best picture quality. But for the average person and any photographer or adventurer who wants a quick and easy way to snap photos, the built-in camera on the iPhone can suffice—especially when paired with an attachable camera lens.

 


With that in mind, there are plenty of common iPhoneography mistakes that many people make, yourself possibly included. Luckily these mistakes are easy to fix and can take your iPhone photos to the next level, rivaling even DSLR-shot pictures.

Mistake One: Forgetting About the Camera Settings

While it's super simple to pull your iPhone out of your pocket and snap a picture, there are some pretty advanced features and settings in the default camera app. From the ISO to the exposure and white balance of the image, you can adjust quite a bit. And, especially when paired with a quality lens, these settings can help bring your phone photos up to the professional level.

The thing is, many people don’t know these settings exist and the vast majority who do are too afraid to mess with them for fear of screwing up the photo. Don’t be scared and start experimenting with these adjustments and you’ll notice the difference in your photos.

Mistake Two: Relying on Digital Zoom

With a simple pinch or pull, you can zoom in or out on your subject quickly and easily. But what if we told you that you’re not technically zooming in, but rather “cropping in”? As with many smartphone cameras, the lens utilizes digital zoom to get the job done, but it can only do so much. Zooming in too much can lead to pixilated, lower-quality pictures. To fix this, you can simply get closer to your subject, or you can pick up an iPhone camera lens that will provide your built-in lens with some extra magnification power, all without lessening the quality of the photos.

Mistake Three: Forgetting About Composition

While iPhone cameras work great as quick ways to snap a photo, when you look back on the picture, you might wish that you had taken a few seconds more to plan how the shot would work. For example, employing the Rule of Thirds is incredibly simple, yet so few iPhoneographers take the time to do it. Simply turn on the grid lines in the phone settings and then position the subject of your image off center according to the grid lines. This simple little trick will instantly elevate your photos and make them more professional.

Mistake Four: Relying Too Heavily on Editing

It really is impressive that photo editing tools that were once only available on desktop computers are now right in the Photos app on the iPhone. They can be a great way to do small touch-ups after the image is taken, but you should never rely on them solely. Take the time to think the photo through while you're capturing it instead of crossing your fingers that editing will take care of any mistakes afterward. This way, your photography skills will sharpen, and the images will look more natural and less filtered and edited in the end.

Mistake Five: Not Using the Right Accessories

Finally, you need to understand the limitations of your phone’s hardware. It’s true that with every new iPhone the cameras get better, but if you want to compete with DSLRs, you need an attachable phone camera lens that will maximize the effectiveness of your device. There are plenty of different options available, and with a simple snap, you can capture higher quality macro, wide angle, and zoom shots with ease.

About Hitcase

Hitcase has been producing high-quality phone cases—including their highly-rated waterproof iPhone case—since the iPhone 4 came out back in 2010. Their mission is to provide products that allow people to get out more and bring their phones along, no matter how rugged or wet their adventure is. Hitcase offers a variety of products along with their cases including camera lens attachments and other photography essentials like gimbals, mounts, and more.

Explore Hitcase’s entire collection at Hitcase.com

 

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How to Keep Your iPhone Safe This Winter

Winter is here, and along with it, the frigid temps. Even though you might think that the high temperatures and water-based activities of summer are the worst for phones, plenty can go wrong during the colder months as well. Even so, with proper precaution, you can enjoy your phone and use it as a memory-capturing tool for your next adventure with great photos to look back on. Here are some quick tips and things to consider as you venture outside during these frigid months.

 


Protect It From Snow

This first tip is relatively apparent but it still worth mentioning. Although dropping your phone in a snow bank isn't as immediately devastating as dropping it in a pool, the frozen water crystals can still wreak havoc on the delicate electronic internals of your phone. If you plan to take your phone with you while out on the Ski Mountain or during your winter hiking trips, make sure that you strap on a rugged and lightweight waterproof iPhone case to protect it. This will ensure that all of the ports are kept safe and dry, protecting it from any drops or spills.

Stay Within the Optimal Operating Temperature

Surprisingly, even though your iPhone is made up of circuit boards and a battery, it has an optimal operating temperature. According to Apple, iPhones work best in ambient temperatures between 32 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit or 0 to 35 degrees Celsius. For most days, this shouldn’t be much of a problem, but if you find yourself on top of a frosty mountain with your iPhone lens kit ready to snap the perfect photo, try warming your phone up in your pocket first to keep it running smoothly, so you don't miss a shot.

Mind the Ice

It's no secret that lower temperatures and water form a slippery combination. Just as you are always careful not to drop your phone, you should be even more cautious during the icy winter conditions. The glass and electronic components of your iPhone are much more brittle in colder temperatures, which mean a small drop in the summer can be a catastrophe in the winter. If you are bold and rock your phone without a case, consider picking one up for the winter just in case.

Keep Your Battery Charged Up

Do you feel like your phone’s battery drains faster during the winter months? It’s not just you—lithium-ion batteries are not made for cold temperatures. In a study from Battery University, they found that cold temperature diminishes the capacity of lithium-ion batteries because of the increased internal resistance. This means that your battery holds less juice than it can in warmer months, so keep that in mind before heading out into the colder weather. Also, if your phone ever shuts off because of a temperature problem, avoid trying to frantically restart it right away unless it's an emergency. This could actually lead to permanent damage to your battery. It's best to put it in your pocket so it can warm up slowly and then try again in a few minutes. It’s also wise to bring a back-up battery or portable charger when on the go.

About Hitcase
 

Hitcase designs and manufactures high-quality, durable phone cases that are lightweight with built-in premium features like a detachable iPhone camera lens and mounting rails. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Hitcase creates products that keep your valuable phones safe in rugged environments, so you can go further and capture photos of your latest adventure.

To learn more, visit Hitcase.com

 

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Quick Tips to Take Better iPhone Photos

It seems that every year, the cameras on the new iPhone models just get better and better, and with each upgrade, it makes the need for a dedicated DSLR seem less important. Even so, taking the ultimate picture with your iPhone still requires a little bit of skill—at least until Apple integrates an AI photographer into every phone. Until then, here are some tips and tricks you can use to easily take your iPhone photos to the next level.

 


Avoid Using Digital Zoom

Unless you have a dual-lens iPhone like the 7 Plus, 8 Plus, X, Xs, or Xs Max, your iPhone most likely doesn’t have optical zoom and works on a fixed focal length. This means that when you pinch to zoom while shooting a photo, all you’re doing is cropping in on a subject rather than zooming in on it. The problem with this approach is that the picture suffers in quality and when you edit them later, you’ll notice. So, instead of using digital zoom, get closer to the subject, or upgrade to an attachable camera lens that can shoot wide-angle shots.

Use the Right Hardware

While you can take some good photos using the stock iPhone camera lens and shooting handheld, with the right hardware, you can take your pictures to the next level. Common pieces of iPhoneography equipment include a tripod or mono pod, detachable camera lenses for macro and wide-angle shots, and an action mount for recording your high-flying adventures. With a dependable iPhone camera lens, you're ready for any occasion and can produce high-quality photos with ease.

Shoot in Burst Mode

Many of us know that burst mode on the iPhone is incredibly handy for action shots, like when you’re at a basketball game or skiing downhill. But burst mode is also useful for taking selfies and portraits. How many times have you posed for a picture, thinking that it turned out perfect, only to discover later that you blinked? By shooting portraits in burst mode, you're taking multiple rapid images of the subject, so even if they blink, there's bound to be a shot before or after that looks perfect.

Explore Different Environments

Whether you’re out at the pool, in the ocean, or sledding down a winter slope, you might be wary of taking your expensive iPhone into these harsh environments. Still, as a budding iPhoneographer, you shouldn’t let the elements hold you back from capturing your next adventure. With a waterproof iPhone case, you can take your phone into the wettest environments worry-free and capture some fantastic shots.

Edit Your Photos

Finally, you should take the time to edit and tweak your photos after you take them. While the raw images on your iPhone using a camera lens will look pretty excellent, with some additional tweaks to the contrast, exposure, or even the focus on dual-lens models, you can take your pictures from amateur to professional. There are a variety of different mobile applications and desktop programs to help you edit your photos, but with recent iOS updates, Apple has brought many advanced photo editing tools directly to the Photos application.

About Hitcase

Hitcase designs and manufactures high-quality, durable phone cases that are lightweight with built-in premium features like a detachable phone camera lens and mounting rails. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Hitcase creates products that keep your valuable phones safe in rugged environments, so you can go further and capture photos of your latest adventure.

To learn more, visit Hitcase.com

 

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Holiday Presents That the Outdoor Enthusiast on Your List Will Love

 

“Take only photographs, leave only footprints.” This old saying has become almost a rallying cry among outdoor enthusiasts and organizations. It aims to promote responsible recreational uses of our shared outdoor spaces and alludes to the fact that if you follow responsible outdoor practices, such as staying on the trails and respecting the terrain, you will leave the area in the same condition in which you found it.

Of course, in this day and age, snapping photographs is as easy as ever, and pictures are an important way to capture the high of a challenging summit, a special moment shared with loved ones, or simply nature’s innate beauty.

As the winter season sets in, many people are flocking to the mountains to enjoy the season’s beauty. If you have an outdoor enthusiast on your list this season, consider gifting them with the ability to take awe-inspiring photography and pay tribute to that timeless outdoor ethos.

Phone Camera Lenses

Gone are the days of lugging heavy camera equipment. The ability to take high-quality landscape photos using your phone is more possible now than ever with the iPhone camera lens options on the market today.

A phone camera lens offers three times the magnification power of a traditional phone camera and a working distance of 12 to 22 mm. The best lenses come with magnetic mounting for easy on-and-off access, which make them perfect for capturing whatever beautiful scenery nature provides. Any outdoor lover will enjoy capturing stunning, up-close, panoramic, and long-distance photos, as well as the ease of attaching the lens directly to their phone. To really surprise the outdoor enthusiast in your life, look for designs that feature anti-reflective, anti-scratch, waterproof, and dust-proof coatings so they can capture those nature shots without damaging their phone lens.

For more inspiration this holiday season, look for a phone lens that comes with two glass lenses and refined optical designs to create clear, sharp images. Also shop around for wide and macro lenses to capture the most detail without blurring, cropping, or shadow effects. This will help capture nature’s beauty without leaving a trace.

Waterproof Case

Any outdoor enthusiast, from the casual hiker to the extreme adventurer, knows that a phone can take a beating when out in the wilderness. Having a shockproof, waterproof iPhone case can keep both the phone and photos safe during any outdoor activity.

Look for a waterproof case that has the added benefit of a built-in mounting system to make capturing photos easy. Cases like these can mount to a helmet, chest, or a tripod for ease and convenience, and many cases are shockproof and scratch-resistant to keep your outdoorsy friend’s phone safe and dry no matter which terrain they pursue.

With the right equipment and an adventurous attitude, it’s never been this easy to capture nature’s incredible beauty. However, if you think that outdoor enthusiast on your list could benefit from some photo editing tutorials, introduce them to some photo-enhancing apps and filters. Some of the simplest edits can be done directly on the iPhone’s photo editing options, but there are hundreds of other apps that make editing a breeze.

Whether you give the gift of photography, phone protection, or maybe just good company on the next hike, it’s never been easier to take magnificent photos while leaving only footprints.

About Hitcase

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Hitcase creates a wide variety of durable iPhone cases and camera lens options that help users take stunning pictures while traveling, exploring, or whatever else. The company’s innovative, top-quality products help get people ready for adventure and protect their most valuable devices.

For more information, visit Hitcase.com

 

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iPhone Essentials to Take Your Winter Hobbies to the Next Level

For some people, winter is a time to retreat indoors, cozy up on the couch, and maybe catch up on the news or popular shows. For others though, winter is just another time to be active, whether it be skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or winter hiking.

If you fall in the latter category, you’re not alone. According to Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, an estimated 30% of us enjoy hobbies related to the outdoors and 20% of us are drawn to sports or athletic-related hobbies. What’s more, well over half of us tend to have multiple hobbies, while nearly a quarter of us have just one specific hobby.

The same survey revealed that our hobbies can drive a lot of our purchases too. For example, an estimated 29% of respondents said that they often make purchases related to their hobbies, while 51% sometimes make hobby-related purchases.

There are a lot of reasons that so many of us enjoy winter hobbies and, subsequently, make purchases that support our hobbies. For some, it’s the competitive drive to traverse challenging terrain, while others are drawn to the peaceful, quiet seclusion.

Whatever your motivation, the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape likely plays a role in your enjoyment of the outdoors. If you’re a winter hobby enthusiast, you’ve probably seen your share of early morning sunrises, snow-capped mountains peeking out above the clouds, and expansive views that are nothing short of mesmerizing.

Capturing this natural beauty is another story, however. You either risk getting your phone wet or smashed in your pack, or you carry onerous equipment for the entire trip. Fortunately, companies like Hitcase have made this endeavor easier with phone accessories that are light and easily transportable. Phone camera lens attachments, cases, and other mounting accessories can take your outdoor hobbies to the next level and help you document each step of your adventure.

A high-quality iPhone camera lens is one such accessory that lets you easily document those beautiful panoramic shots without worrying about damaging your lens or phone along the way. Look for a camera lens that has an anti-reflective and anti-scratch coating to guarantee a perfect shot. Also make sure the lens is waterproof, dust-proof, and snow-proof so it can withstand the trek.

To capture the perfect nature shot, select a wide lens to capture as much detail into the frame as possible. Also look for lenses that include two element glass lenses to avoid the vignette effect.

Another must-have accessory for any winter hobbyist is a waterproof case. The last thing you want is to hike miles out to a picturesque peek, capture the perfect shot, and then drop your phone or ruin it in a pocket full of snow.

You might have traditionally eschewed waterproof cases, associating them with bulky, unresponsive encasements. However, new generations of cases are slim and responsive while also adding much-needed protection against unexpected moisture and falls. Choose a waterproof iPhone case that is still fully responsive to touch and face identification while keeping water out. Also look for designs with easy port access in case you want to add some nice background music to the outdoor ambiance.

Hikers, skiers, and snowboarders alike all have one thing in common: a love for the outdoors. Now you can take those beautiful views with you by capturing them with a high-quality, durable phone camera lens.

About Hitcase

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Hitcase creates a wide variety of durable iPhone cases and camera lens options that help users take stunning pictures while traveling, exploring, or whatever else. The company’s innovative, top-quality products help get people ready for adventure and protect their most valuable devices.

For more information, visit Hitcase.com

 

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Key Differences Between iPhoneography and Photography

It’s hard to overstate how profoundly the iPhone has changed the way we communicate and interact as a society. From the prevalence of social media to global commerce to wearables, the iPhone plays an almost omnipresent role in our lives these days.

One of the biggest trends to materialize from this ubiquity is the growth of the iPhoneographer, or someone who captures and shares photos with an iPhone. Unlike a traditional camera that can be somewhat bulky and, oftentimes expensive, iPhones can travel almost anywhere, from the peak of a remote mountaintop to a crowded festival to the crevasse of a coral reef, and capture beautiful photos along the way.

 



Both traditional photography and iPhoneography can create awe-inspiring photos, but there are a few key differences worth noting.

Equipment

Traditional photography typically uses a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera that can range from a hundred to several thousand dollars. iPhoneography, on the other hand, captures images with an iPhone, often aided with accessories such as an iPhone camera lens.

Capturing

Traditional photography requires a great deal of equipment beyond the actual camera. High definition lenses, cases, and features to control the light are all a part of a photographer’s set-up. Photographers also use techniques called High Dynamic Range (HDR) to control lighting issues such as bright spots and shadows that appear in the frame.

iPhoneography not only eliminates the need for much of that equipment, many settings in the iPhone camera can replicate their effects, including the HDR function. The iPhone’s HDR setting takes several photos in rapid succession and merges them to create a single photo that is even and vivid throughout the entire shot. This function, in combination with a phone camera lens, makes capturing outdoor scenes, long-distance shots, moving objects, and areas with dim lighting much easier.

Editing

Back in the day, photography edits had to be completed in a dark-room and were the purview of specially trained photographers. With the advent of digital cameras, most editing is now done with programs such asAdobe Photoshop, usually on a desktop or laptop computer.

With iPhoneography, anyone with an iPhone can create beautifully edited photos. Most editing is done with the help of photo-enhancing apps and filters such as Instagram or edited directly using the iPhone’s photo editing options, though there are hundreds of ways to edit and enhance an iPhone photo.

Ubiquity

The real hallmark of iPhoneography is that our phones are almost always with us, creating nearly endless opportunities to capture life’s “I wish I had my camera” moments. Amateur photographers can capture, edit, and share beautiful events with friends and family without necessarily investing the time and money associated with traditional photography.

Even professional photographers use their phones to capture and create beautiful artistic moments in everyday life. Everything from a fleeting ray of light to a sweet moment between a parent and child to a curious dog on the street can be quickly captured with the personal device that’s seldom out of reach.

The beauty of art is that it’s, of course, in the eye of the beholder. One person’s photo on Instagram may be another person’s special moment with a loved one. Whatever the artistic medium and purpose, it’s worth outfitting your phone that’s always by your side to help you capture, create, and share life’s special moments.

About Hitcase

Hitcase creates an ecosystem of durable devices, mount designs, cases, and waterproof iPhone case options so you can go anywhere and capture your adventures along the way. With innovative, top-quality products, you can take and mount your phone everywhere without worrying about scratching, cracking, or breaking your device. Hitcase mount designs are even compatible with GoPro®, drones, and gimbals.

For more information, visit Hitcase.com


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Ski and Snowboard Accessories That Will Take This Season to the Next Level

If you live in proximity to mountains, you’re probably eager for this winter’s ski and snowboard season. With the diversity of equipment on the market today there are so many ways to escape and enjoy the outdoors.

 


Whether you’re spending the day cross-country skiing in a national park, exploring the back country, cutting through the terrain park, or just enjoying the view from the lodge, these ski and snowboard accessories can help take your adventure from basic to epic.

Heated Gloves

Yes, these are a thing. Gone are the days of blowing hot air into your gloves to capture those fleeting moments of warmth and dexterity. And never again will you have to rush back to the lodge before your disposable hand warmers run out of heat.

Heated gloves can make all the difference when you’re out on an all-day tour or even when you’re out for just a few hours on a rather brisk day. Most heated gloves come with a rechargeable battery and different settings so you can adjust the heat as the temperature changes throughout the day. With men’s and women’s sizes, there is a perfect fit for every winter enthusiast.

(A Really Nice) Thermos

This one may seem banal, but you won’t be thinking that when you open up a steaming thermos of coffee after a morning in chillingly cold temperatures. Few things will leave you feeling refreshed and reenergized (especially when you still have a long hike back to the car) than piping hot coffee.

Look for a thermos with a secure twist top so liquid won’t spill in your bag, and a durable, double-wall seal so your coffee or tea will stay hot even in those frigid temperatures.

Phone Case

Not just any phone case—you need one that can keep up. A waterproof iPhone case with shockproof and scratch resistant features will keep your phone safe and dry no matter the terrain. From knee-deep powder to the half pipe, keep your phone safe with a solid protective case that can handle whatever your day brings.

Phone Camera Lens

Whether you’re in the “if it’s not on Instagram it didn’t happen” group or you just want to capture the serene beauty of the world you’re exploring, a phone camera lens is a must-have. You can install this compact accessory directly to your phone and take pictures that rival a professional. With three times the magnification power and a working distance of 12 to 22 mm, you can take stunning up-close, panoramic, and long-distance photos with the click of a button.

Look for a phone lens kit that comes with two glass lenses and refined optical designs to create clear, sharp images. Also look for products that are shockproof and durable, so you can capture each epic trip.

Bluetooth and GPS Goggles

Not your father’s goggles, that’s for sure. This accessory is for the techiest of tech people and definitely have a “next generation” vibe. High-tech goggles can connect with GPS or Bluetooth to display your location, acceleration, the temperature, and even play music, all on the lens of your goggles. With 2.0 goggles you can track your speed, jump analytics, vertical height, and even your buddy’s whereabouts, all in a hands-free environment.

About Hitcase

Hitcase creates an ecosystem of durable devices, mount designs, cases, and iPhone camera lens options so you can go anywhere and capture your adventures along the way. With innovative, top-quality products, you can take and mount your phone everywhere without worrying about scratching, cracking, or breaking your device. Hitcase mount designs are even compatible with GoPro®, drones, and gimbals.

For more information, visit Hitcase.com


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5 Tips for Stunning Winter Photos for Your Instagram

Cultivate a breathtaking Instagram with gorgeous winter photos during this magical time of the year. The holidays, winter weather, and hygge vibes are fun moments to capture and celebrate. Instead of snapping yet another photo of your morning coffee, get out of your comfort zone and take stunning winter shots using your iPhone. Get some inspiration and iPhoneography tips from this Instagram winter feed tutorial.

 


Upgrade Your Accessories

During winter, a waterproof iPhone case protects your phone from snow, which is a smart idea when you’re getting caught up capturing the winter wonderland around you. It’s also staying a step ahead of accidental drops into a snow bank or onto an ice rink. Outfit your iPhone with a slim yet tough case that makes capturing that perfect winter image a breeze.

Don’t forget to look into attachable iPhone camera lens kits, too. Take your photography to the next level by turning your iPhone into a better camera with a Wide or Macro lens. These are fantastic for sports, travel, or portrait photography and video. They can increase the clarity and field of view without changing the lightweight and sleek design of your iPhone.

Find a Subject

Focus on something specific, such as wildlife or a friend, to bring a subject into your photography. Winter landscapes are beautiful, but make yours unique by adding a surprising element to the photo. You can’t really plan for these, but expecting the unexpected often makes for some really great photography.

Taking the photo from a different angle than you normally would can also challenge your photography skills and can make for a different result than your typical photo. Simple things like paying attention to reflections and shadows, or changing your perspective, can create a more interesting photo.

Winter Photography Tip: Stay away from over-filtering your photos during this time of year. Stick to enhancing the contrast, brightness, and saturation—especially with photos that include snow.

Get Creative

Find a new angle. Brighten things up in your editing process. Go beyond your comfort zone and explore more than you normally would this time of year. Visit new places and capture what you find beautiful, magical, or nostalgic. Winter photos don’t have to be related to the holidays, either. Ski sports, urban landscapes, and wildlife could be the inspiration you need for your next Instagram post.

Timing Is Everything

Golden hour isn’t only a summertime occurrence. Use the beautiful sunlight at dusk to capture the light’s effect on snow, mountains, trees, and other outdoor beauties. This is also a great time to see the winter night sky. Get more depth and color at different hours of the day to capture the image with the most detail. Midday often isn’t the best time because of the unflattering lighting and brightness.

Cozy Vibes

For some, one of the best places to be during winter is the indoors. Try out your styling skills and document your stew and bread-making ritual, or start a fire and share the books you’re excited to read this holiday season. Capture the hygge life that’s trending across all social media right now in your own unique way. And don’t forget to actually enjoy it even after you take the perfect photo.

Winter Photography Tip: Macro lenses are great for indoor photography, especially for up-close details like the softness of your favorite blanket or the delicious meal you made.

About Hitcase

Hitcase offers a selection of durable iPhone cases and phone camera lens options that allow users to take stunning pictures wherever they are in the world. The company’s innovative, top-quality products get people ready for adventure and help them capture it.

For more information, visit Hitcase.com

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Get Your iPhone Winter Vacation Ready with These Accessories

While summer might be stereotyped as the season of travel and vacations, winter trips take outdoor adventures to a different level. Snow-packed sports, chilling excursions, and holiday trips make winter one of the most fun times of year to travel and experience the outdoors. Although you might forego your favorite swimsuit, there's a range of tech accessories that ensure you’re ready for any adventures that come your way.


 

Protect your iPhone and trick it out with high-performance accessories to document and share your experiences, indoors and out. Here are a few iPhone-friendly must-haves to bring on your next winter vacation.

Super-Protective Case

A shockproof and waterproof iPhone case is an essential any time of the year, including the winter season. Snow can have damaging effects on an unprotected phone and even on one with a regular case if it doesn’t have waterproof capabilities. Choose a case that is still fully responsive to Touch & Face ID while keeping the dangerous elements out. Make sure you have easy access to the lightning port so you can charge or play music whenever you need to.

If you’re a skier or snowboarder, a built-in mounting system makes it easy to mount whenever and wherever you want, whether that’s to your helmet, chest mount, or other systems. Capture photos and videos for your Instagram with a case that’s made to work with the design of the iPhone’s camera. This also factors into attachable camera lenses and iPhone camera lens kits (which we’ll talk about later).

Waterproof cases are notorious for being bulky and difficult to assemble with any version of the iPhone. Fortunately, Hitcase creates lightweight yet tough waterproof and shockproof iPhone cases for every version of the iPhone. The Pro case is perfect for protecting your phone against winter weather and adrenaline-pumping adventures.

Photography Lens Kit

Take your iPhone photography skills to another level with a camera lens kit made for iPhones. Feed your creative side with Wide or Macro lenses that capture what your iPhone can’t on its own. Interchangeable lenses allow you to capture stunning imagery, especially with waterproof and shockproof designs. Plus, they’re more convenient to pack and bring with you on a trip instead of a bulky digital camera.

Choose a phone camera lens kit with magnetic mounting for easy on-and-off access. Throw one in your coat pocket for an instant photography upgrade whenever you’re ready.

Mounting System

Pack a monopod (aka a selfie stick) for dramatic angles and increased visibility in your photos and videos. If you’re a winter sports fanatic, choose a chest mount or mount that attaches to any flat service. Attach it to your sports gear or your helmet for hands-free footage. Or, attach it to the front of your snowmobile for incredible footage you can only get on powder deep runs.

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5 Tools Every iPhoneographer Needs for Next-Level Photos

If you’re a travel guru, lifestyle blogger, artistic parent, backpacker extraordinaire, or any type of visual creative, you probably use your iPhone to take photos for your brand or personal social media. If you’re ready to step-up your photography game but don’t want to invest in an expensive camera, here’s a list of tools that will enhance your photos - using only your iPhone.


Attachable Lenses

Ready to fool all of your Instagram followers into thinking you have a fancy, expensive DSLR? Get a couple of attachable iPhone camera lenses and see the obvious difference even before you edit the photos.

A high-quality iPhone camera lens will have a few features that make it better than your basic iPhone camera. Anti-reflective and anti-scratch coatings guarantee you can capture those adventure shots without worrying about damaging your lens (we’ll get to your case later). Look for waterproof, dust-proof, and snow-proof lenses that will withstand everything you put it through to capture the perfect photo.

Wide and macro lenses change how much you can fit into the frame and the precise detailing you can capture. These are great for landscape, travel, sport, or lifestyle photography.

Bonus tip: Look for lenses that include 2 element glass lenses, that way no vignetting happens to your images.

Tripod + Mount

Ready to capture a long exposure shot of a lit up cityscape or flowing waterfall? Use a tripod and an iPhone designed mount to shoot a long exposure photo without shaking or low-quality clarity. Make sure the mount fits with your case, a common mistake most iPhoneographers make when choosing a tripod mount.

For expert level status, choose one that can tilt up to 180 degrees to capture portrait shots that you can share on your Instagram story. Pair with an iPhone camera lens for easy-to-shoot expert photos every session.

Waterproof Case

If you think these are only for scuba divers (and parents of toddlers), you’re wrong. Having a waterproof and shockproof iPhone case keeps your photos safe during everyday activities and extraordinary adventures. Never worry about taking those pool day photos of the kids or capturing a snowboard run while it’s sprinkling snow.

Aside from iPhoneography, it’s always a smart idea to keep your phone safe from drops, falls, and weather conditions. Protect your iPhone and encase it in a waterproof and shockproof shield that keeps it adventure (and life) ready.

Photo Editing App

A no-brainer for experts like you. Some of the best photo editing apps include VSCO, Snapseed, Afterlight 2, and Enlight. Start with your photo’s exposure, contrast, color, and details before choosing a filter (if you want to apply a filter at all). Good rule of thumb: the closer the photo looks to real life, the better.

Monopod

AKA, a glorified selfie stick. Before you stick up your nose at this accessory, remember that it’s a great tool for photography and filming. Get those dramatic shots from a distance without worrying about dropping your iPhone or getting in the way of the end result photo. Make sure your monopod is durable, waterproof, and extends longer than 15 inches.

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Keep Your iPhone Safe on Family Summer Adventures

Summertime is full of activities and gatherings that make lifelong memories and encourage fun experiences for you and your kids. Before you head out on your next family summer adventure, here are a few ways to use your iPhone’s versatile features as a resource while simultaneously protecting it from summer fun.

 


Beach Days

Ocean waves, sandy beaches, and snack food make for a great day at the beach for all ages. Bring along your iPhone and a Bluetooth speaker to amp up the fun, or use an attachable, waterproof iPhone camera lens to capture family memories on the beach.

But unfortunately, your iPhone alone isn’t made to handle all the fun in the sun. Get a waterproof and shockproof case to protect your iPhone from water, sand, and food crumbs. Worrying about keeping your phone dry is distracting for everyone. Keep it simple and easy by protecting your iPhone from your beach day adventures.

Sport Tournaments

Your all-star players probably have a soccer tournament or two this summer, and who wouldn’t want to watch them score the ultimate goal? Bring along an all-weather blanket, shady umbrella, and sports drinks to keep you comfy and energized for a day of supporting your family's superstars.

While your iPhone comes with a quality built-in camera, enhance your photos with a wide lens to capture all the action on the field. Attachable lenses increase the clarity and frame size of your photos without needing a DSLR camera.

Family Reunions

Summer is the season of barbecues, park gatherings, and family reunions. Whether your family tends to be laid back or a more adventurous clan, capturing the memories and keeping your iPhone safe from high-impact activities should be easy.

Use your iPhone as a resource while cooking a family recipe. Or keep a tally of team points during an intense volleyball match. Choose an iPhone case that’s shockproof and waterproof, keeping it safe from splattering ingredients or rogue volleyballs. Don’t forget to capture the memories with an attachable iPhone camera lens that you can take with you wherever you go.

Camping Trips

Your iPhone’s versatility makes it a great resource for your next family camping trip. Use the flashlight feature to help you set up a tent at twilight, or save maps to follow the trail to your favorite campsite. Having an iPhone available for emergencies is especially important, so bring along a solar power pack to keep your device charged.

Keeping your iPhone charged also makes it a great on-the-go camera. Use a macro lens to get close-up nature shots with incredible detail without a pro-camera that weighs down your pack. Get a shockproof case to protect it against any drops on hard surfaces or damp trails. If you want to capture a time-lapse of the night sky or take an all-inclusive family photo with a timer, get a mount that allows you to stick your iPhone on a lightweight tripod.

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Travel Photography Tips: Trade Your DSLR for an iPhone Camera

Packing light when traveling makes a world of difference on the road. Less stuff means less stress, and why worry about lugging heavy bags around when you can do without? Capturing memories from your adventures can be fun and challenging, but carrying a cumbersome DSLR can seriously dampen your experience.

 



Lucky for us, every current version of iPhone available can capture high-quality photos that compete with pro-level cameras. It’s absolutely untrue that you need training and expensive equipment to take quality photos. Here are a few tips to transform your travel pictures without adding more heavy gear to your bag.

Get Inspired

Following professional travel photographers and influencers on social media platforms is a fantastic way to get inspired for your own adventures. Get ideas on perspective, editing, and composition without having to take a single class.

Search for photographers on Instagram through the Discovery page and check out different hashtags related to where you’re traveling. Instagram shows the photos with the most likes first, giving you the best shots without having to sort through thousands of other people’s photos.

Essential Hardware

Enhancing the basic features of your camera phone is easy with an iPhone camera lens. Look for lenses that are shockproof, drop proof, and waterproof. Easy enough to throw into your bag without taking up much space or adding weight, attachable camera lenses enhance photos to a DSLR level without the expensive gear.

Having macro and micro lenses on hand gives you increased opportunities for photo perspective and higher quality. Check that they’ll fit with your iPhone case, which should be shatterproof and waterproof for even the toughest adventures.

Soft Editing

Less is more when it comes to clean and expert editing. You don’t need tons of filters or weird colors, which often distort the photo's composition and cause viewers to focus on the filter rather than the subject. Your final look should capture the rich colors and defining contrast of whatever you captured.

Adjust the contrast and exposure to start. Then slightly increase the saturation to mimic whatever you were trying to capture with your iPhone. Use a filter to enhance natural colors and lighting without being distracting or obnoxious. Sometimes all you need is to adjust the contrast and saturation, and your photo looks just like the original colors.

Perspective

If you’re traveling to a place with a famous landmark, natural or manmade, you’ve probably seen dozens if not hundreds of photos of it. In fact, it might have been a photo that made you want to visit. While it can be fun to take your own picture that mimics a classic setup, like Machu Picchu or the Eiffel Tower, changing the photo perspective makes yours unique.

Look around you to see how other people are taking photos of the landmark or landscape. Then, walk around to look at it from a different angle. Use the rule of thirds and engage the imposed grid on your iPhone camera. If it’s not already on your camera view, go to the iPhone Settings Camera menu and turn on the Grid.

Capturing moments from your trips can help you remember your adventures and also let you experiment with photography. Utilize your iPhone to take pro-level photos with an attachable iPhone camera lens and some realistic editing. Hitcase makes it easy to take impressive photos using only an iPhone with their mini-lenses and tough cases. Up your photography game and capture quality photos on your next adventure.

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Master the Art of Photo Styling with iPhones

Whether snapping travel photos, posing for family pictures, or trying to find the best angle for products for your online shop, photo styling is a necessary skill for every photographer. Smartphone cameras have amazing capabilities today, from higher pixel resolution to multiple cameras. The iPhone is making it easy to drop traditional digital or film cameras and rely solely on your phone. Even for important photos for business or life occasions, the iPhone camera lens can capture it all in high resolution and better saturation than in previous years. However, the way these photos are styled changes everything. You have the basic equipment, and here are a few ways to take your photos from amateur level to expert status.

 


Styling is not just about putting objects or people together in a pretty way but conveying a message or tone through the photograph. Maintaining consistency in a photo set with lighting, editing, and composition is important for branding. Whether cultivating a stunning personal page or impressive product photos, consistency is key. Experiment with editing, but focus more on saturation, exposure, and contrasting before relying heavily on filters. Use a cohesive color palette with the objects, background, or people in photos to establish a theme. The more realistic the photos look in comparison to real life, the easier it is for personality and unique character to shine through.

For bloggers and lifestyle experts that need an upgrade from the iPhone without buying a digital camera, look at iPhone camera lens attachments that macro focus on the details. Up-close-and-personal styling for objects, such as product placement or blog post supplemental, takes visual social media branding to an expert level without having to attend a photography class or outsourcing images. For travel and sports professionals, choose a wide lens that can snap on and off your iPhone for those landscape photos that need more crisp clarity. Styling landscape and wide focus photos should follow the rule of thirds while focusing on an individual object or person in the forefront. Experiment a bit and figure out a style and theme that fit your brand.

Pro-Styling Tip: Never take just one photo. Change perspective, focus, or objects to get a variety to choose from later. It is always better to have many options to choose from than over-processing the one photo taken that is okay but not perfect. Through cultivating a personalized photo style, content platforms and photo collections can be consistent, convey stories, and look stunning. Take your photo styling to the next level with attachable camera lenses that enhance focus and widen perspective. Photo styling takes an intentional step towards impressive photographs that are easily snapped, edited, and posted all within the same medium.

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5 Tips for Stunning Travel Photos with an iPhone

Thanks to technology, adventurers no longer have to carry a bulky, heavy, and complex DSLR or film-based camera along anymore. Over the last few years, the iPhone has easily replaced more expensive cameras and outranks them for convenience. When traveling, it is incredibly easier to whip out a smartphone and take photos, whether on a safari in Africa or floating the canals of Venice. However, there are always ways to better photography skills, even with a camera as basic as the most recent iPhone. Here are five ways to improve photographs while traveling with an iPhone:

 

 

1) Tripod: Using a tripod can increase opportunities for interesting shots and beautiful time lapses. Making sure that the iPhone is stable and given a view of a weathered landscape or busy traffic area, set a time-lapse for at least three or four minutes. This can capture the movement or life that a photo could not embody otherwise. Note: time-lapses do not record sound.

 

2) Lighting: Unlike older versions of the iPhone, updated iPhones easily capture portraits and landscapes in low-light. New sensors and faster aperture mean that the iPhone automatically photographs better in low light. Editing photos can also increase or change the exposure of a photo. Make sure never to delete photos that may seem “too dark” at a glance - editing can be the effect that brings out the desired image. 

 

3) Focus: Different focal lengths can change the theme of any photo. Wide angles give a better sense of environment or setting and macro lenses enhance the details. An iPhone camera lens attachment takes photos to a different level, competing in quality with DSLRs quality. 

 

4) iCloud: once the adventurous day is over and everyone has returned to the hotel or AirBnB, it’s time to select favorite photos and upload them to iCloud. Losing photos, whether it’s because of phone damage, a lost phone, or stolen phone, is devastating. Be diligent about uploading photos on a regular schedule while traveling. 

 

5) Editing: find a photo editing application that fits the needs of the photo. Always try adjusting the exposure, contrast, and saturation of any photo, even the ones that seem perfect without editing. Keep the original photo and edited photo as separate files, there is always the chance that the original will need to be edited again. 

 

Hitcase provides top-quality iPhone camera lenses to take photos to the next level. Compact and easy to attach, Hitcase iPhone camera lenses capture crisp and clear images that survive the wettest and highest-impact adventures. 

 

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Hitcase offers a selection of durable iPhone cases and iPhone camera lens options that allow users to take stunning pictures wherever they are in the world. The company’s innovative, top- quality products help get people ready for adventure.

 

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Get Stunning Pictures with an iPhone Camera Lens and Case

The world is a great big beautiful place. And by adding an iPhone camera lens to their phones, people can capture their experiences and adventures within it better.

 

iPhones and smart phones have opened up our lives in amazing ways (and yes, this includes all those goofy kid and pet videos). People can tuck them away and carry them just about anywhere—beaches, mountains, jungles, you name it. And when they get there, they can snap a picture or shoot a quick video to remember the occasion. Attachable camera lenses and cases protect phones and enhance the quality of images and videos.

 


Some Phone Camera Lens Basics

 

Basically, a camera lens is like an eyeball. On a regular camera, it focuses and guides the light that hits the film and allows an image to form.

 

A iPhone camera or a standalone digital camera works differently than a film camera. Obviously, it does not use film to capture images. Instead, light travels through the iPhone camera lens and hits an image sensor chip, which breaks the image down to millions of tiny pixels.

 

By itself, almost any phone camera will have some disadvantages to most standalone film or digital cameras. For one thing, the lens built into the phone itself needs to be relatively small or it would not fit. And because the lens is so small, it cannot see as much or have as many moving parts.

 

This is where an attachable iPhone camera lens can come in handy. In a way, it acts like a telescope or glasses for the iPhone’s built-in lens—it lets someone see more and see it in greater detail.

 

Protecting the iPhone and Camera Lens

 

Camera lenses are not much good if they get cracked, scratched or otherwise damaged. The best iPhone camera lenses are designed to be waterproof and dust-proof, allowing people to take them more places.

 

At the same time, an iPhone camera lens will not be worth much if someone’s iPhone is broken. This is why an iPhone case is a smart investment.

 

Hitcase can provide iPhone owners with a top-quality iPhone camera lens and case. Its outstanding TrueLUX lenses allow people to capture stunning imagery and withstand shocks and water.

 

About Hitcase

 

Hitcase offers a selection of durable iPhone cases and iPhone camera lens options that allow users to take stunning pictures wherever they are in the world. The company’s innovative, top-quality products help get people ready for adventure.

 

For more information, visit Hitcase.com

 

 

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