Ask any parent and they would all agree that we would rather our kids ran around outside in the fresh air all day long than be infront of a screen. But at the same time, a little downtime never hurt anyone. Whether you’re on a train, plane or automobile, or you just need a little screen-saver time on the iPhone, iPad or iPod, your kids will love these great educational apps that will teach them a thing or two.
Check out these 10 Apps for Smart Kids.
Wendy is an app and iPhone junkie, mother of two and social butterfly who is hooked on travel. She would prefer to Zumba any day over running on a treadmill and hopes to play tennis again real soon. After a decade of working fast and furious in high tech companies, she naturally became addicted to all things tech and hasn't looked back since. She is old enough to remember Commodore 64 and Space Invaders on the Atari. Nowadays, she is never far from her beloved iPhone or iPad. You can read about all her favorite app picks on her blog AppHipMom
and follow her on Twitter at @AppHipMom
Even if you take your family photos with a basic point-and-shoot camera, or a Smart Phone camera, there are still some basic tips that can greatly improve your photos, making your camera work better for you.
One of the biggest issues with non-SLR (single lens reflex) cameras is that everything in your shot is in focus. This creates clutter in your shot. With professional photography, you will often see an out-of-focus background where only your subject is in focus. (This effect, which is called bokeh, can only be achieved with specific lenses and an SLR camera.)
What can you do if you have a point-and-shoot camera? Shoot wide-angle shots, remembering the points I mentioned previously:
- Position your subject off to one side
- Watch for clutter
- Watch for trees/poles/etc. behind your subject, which can make the shot look awkward
Or use the macro mode for close-up shots (i.e. filling the frame) of your subject.
Smart Phone Cameras
If you have a smart phone, you are ready to go with that camera and a few apps. I use an iPhone because of all the cool photography apps available. Here are a few of my favourites:
- Photoshop.com Mobile: This Photoshop for iPhone app allows you to quickly edit your photo—crop, correct exposure, adjust contrast and even apply some nice effects and borders. (Bonus, it’s a free app!)
- BlurFX: This app allows you to blur the whole image, then remove the blur from the subject, giving you a bokeh-life effect.
- PictureShow: This app is a favourite because it emulates various toy camera styles, including frames, light leaks and noise. The only downfall is there are so many different options that it can take a while to pick your favourite!
- Hipstamatic: Here’s another toy camera app which you can use to take photos. The interface is an old toy camera, and it includes a few lenses, films and a flash that you can mix and match to achieve different effects.
Any questions or apps you recommend? Please post a comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Holly Sisson is generously offering Toronto SavvyMom subscribers a complimentary 8x10 print ($95 value) with a family session booked before October 31, 2010.
Holly Sisson is a Toronto-based photographer
who specializes in on-location, natural-light photography. Whether it’s the client’s home, their local park, a favourite haunt in Toronto, or a visit to the local ice cream parlour, Holly strives to capture the moment and the natural personality of her subjects, creating images that will bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart—photos to treasure for a lifetime.
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