Earth Day- 7 Easy Ways To Go Green

Earth Day: 7 Easy Ways To Go Green

Today marks the 46th annual Earth Day celebration, a movement that has inspired environmental awareness and change around the planet. It also marks a landmark decision of more than 155 countries planning to sign a U.N. agreement on climate change. Taking action to help our planet doesn’t have to be a momentous leap, but a few things in our daily lives can help reduce our impact on the planet.

Here are 8 ways to go green!

  1. Track Your Online Energy Use

Everyone thinks about their carbon footprint in terms of driving in a car, or flying in a plane, but did you know that browsing the internet also adds to our ecological footprint? A new Chrome plug-in called Earth Mode tracks your energy used online and calculates how many trees need to be planted to offset the energy used.

  1. Mobile Apps To Help You Go Green

Both Apple and Android app stores offer a variety of useful apps to conserve energy and help you go green.

Wunderlist (Free) – Instead of using paper to write down tasks, project details, or shopping lists use this very useful app to get organized.  https://www.wunderlist.com

Locavore (Free): Pinpoint nearby farmers’ markets and farms for local produce.  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/locavore/id306140158?mt=8

Get me Green ($0.99): Provides tips for recycling and reusing items in your home.  http://appshopper.com/utilities/get-me-green

  1. Eat Less Meat

The meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. To make a real dent in the world’s carbon footprint we need to eat less meat.

  1. Buy Local Produce

Did you know that the average piece of produce sits for seven days during its transit from the farm to the produce aisle? This means those “fresh” fruits and vegetables at the supermarket have already lost nearly half of their original nutritional value when you buy them. Buying from a local farm or farmers’ market can increase the nutritional value of your food and lessen your carbon footprint.

  1. Avoid Disposable Plastic

Sadly, only 10% of our current 300 million tons of plastic bags, bottles, packages, and other commodities are recycled. Landfills are bulging from plastic waste, where it leaches dangerous chemicals into nearby soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife.

  1. Start Composting

One-third of all food produced around the world for human consumption is wasted every year. A great way to reduce this waste is by composting. This natural biological process occurs when microorganisms, bacteria, and insects, break down organic materials such as leaves, grass clippings, and certain kitchen scraps into a soil-like product. Tips on how to compost check out HowtoCompost.org.

  1. End Junk Mail

Not only is junk mail annoying, but over 100 million trees a year are cut down to produce the paper. Want to combat junk mail and waste? Call the businesses and organizations and request that they stop sending you their mail. It’s time-consuming, but well worth it.

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Resource: http://www.earthday.org/take-action/

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#IDSDP2016 How Sport Can Have a Positive Role in Social Change

#IDSDP2016 How Sport Can Have a Positive Role in Social Change

The United Nations (UN) has declared April 6th the 2016 International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, to encourage the world to celebrate sport as a powerful weapon in tackling worldwide issues such as poverty, inequality, and hunger.

The UN’s 2016 digital campaign, “Let’s Play for the Sustainable and Development Goals,” expanded its original 8 goals to 17 in an effort to promote tolerance, respect, and empowerment of women, young people, individuals and communities as well as health, education and social inclusion.

The United Nations SDG’s

  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Climate Action
  • Live Below Water
  • Life on Land
  • Peace and Justice Strong Institions
  • Partnerships for the Goals
  • Who do you play for?

    Sport for Peace and Unity

    Rwanda footballer Eric Murangwa shares his incredible story and takes us on a journey to his home country to show how sport has become a “special pillar” of peace and empowerment.

    About Us

    Global Media Desk has been providing on-demand, high-quality, local production crews, photographers, and interpreters worldwide for over 15 years. We have seen and done it all, so please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about events in a specific country or region. Ready to hire the best local crew for you project? Fill out our free quote form and you can have access to the highest-quality crews. As simple as click. point. covered.

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    Resources:
    https://www.facebook.com/unosdp
    http://www.olympic.org/idsdp
    http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/sport/home/sport/sportandsdgs

    Our Top April Fool’s Day Office Pranks

    Our Top April Fool’s Day Office Pranks

    There is nothing we love more at Global Media Desk than a good laugh with our co-workers. And nothing makes us chuckle louder than April Fool’s Day office pranks. Check out this list of our favorite office pranks and be sure to share them with your team.







     

    About Global Media Desk

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    The Olympics Games- Rio 2016 by the Numbers

    The Olympics Games: Rio 2016 by the Numbers

    For 17 days this summer the world will come together to watch the biggest sporting event on the planet. Brought to you by over 140,000 TV and broadcast stations around the world, let’s take a look at the numbers projected to break broadcasting and social media records.

    The Olympic Games: Rio 2016 by the Numbers

    Need Coverage for an Upcoming Sporting Event?

    Global Media Desk has local crews, photographers, and satellite services in Brazil and throughout the world, who are ready to get you the coverage you need. Find out more about this year’s biggest sporting event and how Global Media Desk can help: http://videoproductionbrazil.com/sports-events-production-services/.

    About Global Media Desk

    Global Media Desk has been providing on-demand, high-quality, local satellite and up-link services, production crews, photographers, and interpreters in Brazil and around the world for over 15 years. We have seen and done it all, so please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about events in a specific country or region. Ready to hire the best local crew for you project? Fill out our free quote form and you can have access to the highest-quality crews. It is as simple as point. click. covered.

     

    DISCLAIMER: “Olympic”, “Olympic Games”, and “Rio 2016” are registered properties of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site. Any reference to “Olympic”, “Olympic Games”, or “Rio 2016” is used purely for editorial and informational purposes.

    Resources:
    ZenithOptimedia
    BMI Research
    OlympicGames.org

    Photo Credits:
    Antimarino Track Field by David Fulmer on Flickr
    FIFA FanFest Cuiabá by Paulisson Miura on Flickr
    Beach by Brazil Women’s Beach Volleyball on Flickr
    Morro do Pão de Açúcar by Rodrigo Soldon on Flickr

    International Day of Happiness 2016: What Makes the Employees of the Global Media Desk Happy?

    International Day of Happiness 2016: What Makes the Employees of the Global Media Desk Happy?

    Global Media Desk is proud to be part of the global community and sharing what makes our staff happy outside of work. From exploring the ocean, to family time, to playing outdoors, people all over the world are sharing their happiness on International Day of Happiness. Join us and share what brings happiness to your life.

    About Us

    At the Global Media Desk we specialize in bringing your visions to life. We only work with the top regional professionals in such varied fields as video production, photography, and film & video crews. Please contact us with any questions you may have about shooting in a specific country or request a free online quote to see how we can make your projects a complete success.

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    8 International Film Festivals to Get Excited About in 2016

    8 International Film Festivals to Get Excited About in 2016

    When it comes to popular film festivals two names usually begin every conversation, Cannes and Sundance.  Thanks to the popularity of these two events, an explosion of new genre-specific film festivals have cropped up and created endless opportunities for filmmakers to share their work. From female empowerment to science-fiction, here are our top eight international film festivals to get excited about in 2016.

    Hong Kong International Film Festival Society

    March 21 – April 4, 2016
    Hong Kong
    http://hkiff.org.hk/en/index.php

    The Hong Kong International Film Festival has an exciting reputation for promoting and launching new Asian talent. The film fest was founded in 1977, and has grown into one of Asia’s largest film events, screening over 300 films annually. Since 2004, HKIFFS has transformed the film fest from a local experience into an internationally prestigious event.

    Newport Beach Film Festival

    April 21 – 28, 2016
    Newport Beach, California
    www.newportbeachfilmfest.com

    Located in our backyard, the Newport Beach Film Festival continues to grow year after year, without losing focus on its local roots. The NBFF operates at multiple Orange County venues, including the Orange County Museum of Art, Lido Live Theater, and Big Newport in Fashion Island, one of the largest screens on the West Coast. Now in its seventeenth year, the NBFF screens well over 300 films in just eight days. Another unique component is its proximity to Los Angeles, where a myriad of film buyers, agents, distributors, and artists attend this prestigious film fest to participate in panels and free seminars.

    Female Eye Film Festival

    June 14 – 19, 2016
    Toronto, Canada
    www.femaleeyefilmfestival.com

    This international film festival is Canada’s only competitive international female directors’ event. Showcasing high-end independent films and honoring women from around the globe in the categories of best-of-debut, emerging, and established.  FeFF is also bridging the gap between written, visual, and media arts with a newly established program called FeFF Photo Exhibits.

    For three consecutive years (2013-2015) the FeFF was voted, “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee,” by Movie Maker Magazine. While this film festival celebrates women, a program called Script Development is open to both men and women.

    Edinburgh International Film Festival

    June 15 – 26, 2016
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    www.edfilmfest.org.uk

    Established in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is the world’s longest continually-running film festival. Though it may not boast the A-list premieres of other European film festivals, the EIFF has developed into a crucial hub for the UK and international film industry. The EIFF emphasizes on new talent, innovation, and development.

    Fantastic Fest

    September 22 – 29, 2016
    Austin, Texas
    http://fantasticfest.com

    Fantastic Fest started in 2005, focusing on genre focused films such as horror, science fiction, fantasy, and action from around the globe. This annual event takes place in September at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, and fills eight screens over eight days. Hosting both established and new talent, the Fantastic Fest was recently named “25 Coolest Film Festivals” by Movie Maker Magazine.

    Oaxaca FilmFest

    October 7 – 15, 2016
    Oaxaca, Mexico
    www.oaxacafilmfest.com

    Oaxaca FilmFest was founded in Mexico in 2010, and since then has grown to be one of the largest international film festivals in Latin America. Nearly six years later, attendees continue to boast about the opportunities to mingle with well-known directors, writers, and producers from around the world. OFF recently allied with Sundance Film to create a variety of workshops covering everything from digital distribution to project marketing. OFF also offers budget-friendly rates and assistance to filmmakers in need.

    American Film Festival – US in Progress

    October 25 – 30, 2016
    Wroclaw, Poland
    www.americanfilmfestival.pl

    American Film Festival’s US in Progress is a unique film industry event connecting European buyers to American independent filmmakers. The initiative started back in 2011, and is hosted in a two-market event. The first taking place in Paris, France in June, and the second in Wroclaw, Poland in October. This film festival aims at strengthening trans-Atlantic relationships with distribution and post-production contracts. Top prizes include $40,000 in post-production services and film premieres at Sundance and Cannes.

    Citizen Jane Film Festival

    November 3 – 6, 2016
    Columbia, Missouri
    citizenjanefilmfestival.org

    With women directing just 2 percent of the U.S.’s top 700 films in the last seven years, Citizen Jane Institute is aiming to reverse the trend with a film festival focused on female filmmakers. The CJFF is an international four-day retreat attended by a mix of experienced professionals and up-and-coming talent. The CJFF is known for screening narratives, documentaries, and short films.

    The CJFF has also set up pre-festival summits, runs a filmmaking camp for girls, and holds free workshops year round.

    Want to find out more?

    At the Global Media Desk we specialize in bringing your visions to life. We only work with the top regional professionals in such varied fields as video production, photography, and film & video crews. Please contact us with any questions you may have about shooting in a specific country or request a free online quote to see how we can make your projects a complete success.

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    Photo Credit: Karlovy Vary https://www.flickr.com/photos/brighton/2709262303/in/faves-123024826@N06/

    Non-profits Helping Us Make Meaningful Human Connections Globally

    With the holidays fast approaching it is the perfect time to remember what this time of year is all about. While decorations, festive dinners, and non-stop shopping sprees are icons of the season, connecting with people is at the core of what makes any holiday special. Below is a list of notable organizations that help touch people’s lives in areas of health, human rights, education, youth outreach, and disaster relief. Giving to those in need is what brings us all a bit closer together throughout the year.

    direct-relief
    Direct Relief works to improve the health of people living in high-need areas by strengthening fragile health systems and increasing access to quality health care in 70 countries around the world.
    Donate: https://secure2.convio.net/dri/site/Donation2

     

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    Doctors Without Borders help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care.
    Donate: https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/onetime.cfm

     

    friends-of-fondation-de-france
    Donate to victims of the Nov. 13th Paris Terrorist attacks. Donations made in honor of the victims will therefore support Foundation de France’s new program “Give For France” dedicated to support organizations addressing the needs of the victims of the attacks and their families and healing from terrorism and radicalization, through educational programs and citizenship initiatives.
    Donate: http://fdnweb.org/ffdf/donors/how-to-give/

     

    helen-keller-international
    Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. They combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition.
    Donate: https://secure2.convio.net/hekein/site/Donation2?df_id=1860&1860.donation=form1

    map-org
    MAP International is a global health and relief organization that partners with people living in conditions of poverty to save lives and develop healthier families and communities.
    Donate: http://www.map.org

    unicef
    UNICEF works to give a fair chance in life to every child, everywhere, especially the most disadvantaged. From distributing lifesaving aid to children in the aftermath of World War II to fighting Ebola, UNICEF has been working for children for almost 70 years.
    Donate: http://www.unicef.org

     

    united-nations-foundation
    The United Nations Foundation dedicates themselves to reducing childhood mortality from disease, advocating for the rights of women and girls, improving disaster relief, creating a clean energy future, and ensuring a strong, well-funded UN.
    Donate: http://www.unfoundation.org/how-to-help/donate/

     

    A few organizations that are near and dear to the Global Media Desk team:

    national-marrow-donor-program-be-the-match-logo
    Be The Match is a global leader in bone marrow transplantation. They conduct research to improve transplant outcomes provide support and resources for patients, and partner with a global network.
    Donate: https://bethematch.org/Support-the-Cause/Donate-financially/
    Volunteer: https://bethematch.org/Support-the-Cause/Participate/Volunteer/

     

    Caterinas-Club-logo-1
    Caterina’s Club serves over 1,800 low-income children a nutritionally balanced meal of freshly made pasta and vegetables 5 nights a week all year long. Over 1 Million meals have been served and rapidly counting.
    Donate: http://www.caterinasclub.org/how-to-donate/
    Volunteering: http://www.caterinasclub.org/getinvolved/

     

    friends-helpers
    Friends & Helpers provides support and encouragement for the women, teens and children (and sometimes men), all of whom are trying to help themselves out of a violent, hurtful situation.
    Donate: http://www.friendsandhelpers.org/donations/
    Volunteering: http://www.friendsandhelpers.org/volunteer-information/

     

    global-giving
    The objective of Meet Kate is to support needy children and their families in the area of Gomoa and Agona district (Ghana) in their basic needs and right.
    Donate: https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/9259/meet-kate-foundation/

     

    international-medical-corps
    International Medical Corps is working to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease by delivering vital health care services that focus on training, helping devastated populations return to self-reliance.
    Donate: https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/donate

     

    ICRC_Logo
    The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the largest humanitarian network in the world. Its mission is to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and uphold human dignity especially during armed conflicts and other emergencies
    Donate: http://www.icrc.org/eng/donations/

     

    moas-logo
    MOAS (the Migrant Offshore Aid Station) is dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea by providing professional search and rescue assistance to people who find themselves in distress on high sea or trapped on unsafe vessels.
    Donate: http://www.moas.eu/donate/

     

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    Filming Incentives Scotland

    Scotland Announces New Incentive For Film and TV Projects

    Scotland has been luring filmmakers for decades with its varied and lush landscapes. USA Today even named Scotland as the Best Cinematic Destination for 2015. It that wasn’t enough to have you breaking out your kilt, then perhaps the announcement of a new incentive scheme will.

    Recently the Scottish government announced its commitment to supporting the screen-sector growth, by creating a Production Growth Fund in the amount of $2.7 million. The fund is meant to lure more film and TV projects into the country.

    The fund, announced by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, is designed to stimulate growth in film and TV production by providing an additional incentive for major international productions to come to Scotland. The government is also increasing funding for local Scottish productions. The fund will run through the year 2017 and is available to both international co-productions, and Scottish-based crews, facilities and production companies.

    For more information on the Production Growth Fund please visit the Creative Scotland website.

    Additional Filming Incentives available in Scotland

    UK Film, High-End TV and Animation Tax Credit Advance Facility

    • For films of all budget levels, the Film Production Company (FPC) can claim a payable cash rebate of up to 25% of UK qualifying film production expenditure.
    • For films with a core expenditure of more than £20m ($21.7 million), which completed principal photography before 1 April 2015, the FPC can claim a payable cash rebate of up to 25% on the first £20m of qualifying UK expenditure, with the remaining qualifying UK expenditure receiving a 20% tax rebate.

    Filmed in Scotland

    Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. The West Sands beach in St Andrews was used for the iconic scenes in this Oscar winning film.

    Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. The sweeping landscape in and around Glen Nevis and Loch Leven provided the backdrop for this Oscar winner.

    Trainspotting is a 1996 British black comedy crime drama film directed by Danny Boyle. It launched the international career of Ewan McGregor and was filmed in Edinburgh (Princes Street and Calton Road), Glasgow and Rannoch Moor.

    Entrapment is a 1999 American caper film directed by Jon Amiel and starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Filming took place on location at Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull, Argyll.

    The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery-thriller film produced by John Calley and Brian Grazer and directed by Ron Howard. The beautiful Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin, Midlothian, played an important role in this film adaptation.

    Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America. Parts of the opening scenes in Norway were actually filmed in the picturesque Royal Burgh of Culross in Fife.

    The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 British-American epic superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan. Villain Bane’s dramatic escape from one aircraft to another was filmed above the Cairngorms.

    Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel Craig in his third performance as James Bond and was shot in and around Glencoe.

    World War Z is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. Glasgow was used to recreate the streets of Philadelphia for a zombie apocalypse.

    Harry Potter is a British film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling. The famous Glenfinnan Viaduct railway was featured in four of the films.

    Find Out More

    Global Media Desk has been providing on-demand, high-quality, local production crews, photographers, and interpreters in Scotland and around the world for over 15 years. We have seen and done it all, so please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about events in a specific country or region. Ready to hire the best local crew for you project? Fill out our free quote form and you can have access to the highest-quality crews. As simple as click. point. covered.


    Sources:
    USA Today: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-cinematic-destination/
    Creative Scotland: http://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2015/08/growing-film-and-tv-production-in-scotland

    Photo credit:
    By de:Benutzer:Nicolas17 (Self-photographed) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

    Global Media Desk Video Production, Photography, & Interpreting Highlights

    As autumn approaches for our team here in the northern hemisphere, we find ourselves feeling nostalgic for those long days of summer. Take a trip down memory lane to just a few of the amazing places we visited while providing the highest-quality video production, photography and interpreting services this summer.

    Our local video production crew in action at a conference interveiw & shoot in Ibadan, Nigeria

    Our local video production crew in action at a conference interveiw & shoot in Ibadan, Nigeria

    Our local photographer photos jet-setters at Frankfurt Airport in Germany for our client in China

    Our local photographer photos jet-setters at Frankfurt Airport in Germany for our client in China

    Our interpreters in action – Mexico City, Mexico

    Our interpreters in action - Mexico City, Mexico

    Our local sound engineer had a smooth ride through Austria while assisting an Australian film crew with a luxury train segment

    Our local sound engineer had a smooth ride through Austria while assisting an Australian film crew with a luxury train segment

    Our local photographer in Chicago can sit back and enjoy a brew after a two day shoot

    Our local photographer in Chicago can sit back and enjoy a brew after a two day shoot

    Greetings from Tokyo! Our local Japanese interpreter provided his stellar skills for an Award Ceremony in Tokyo

    Greetings from Tokyo! Our local Japanese interpreter provided his stellar skills for an Award Ceremony in Tokyo

    Multi b-roll shoot with our local videographer in the heart of the Lion City (Singapore)

    Multi b-roll shoot with our local videographer in the heart of the Lion City (Singapore)

    Our local event photographer & videographer had a great time shooting in Oslo, Norway

    Our local event photographer & videographer had a great time shooting in Oslo, Norway

    Find Out More

    Global Media Desk has been providing on-demand, high-quality, local production crews, photographers, and interpreters worldwide for over 15 years. We have seen and done it all, so please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about events in a specific country or region. Ready to hire the best local crew for you project? Fill out our free quote form and you can have access to the highest-quality crews. As simple as click. point. covered.

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    Photo credits:
    By Haneburger (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
    By Cors (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
    By fad3away. [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
    By Kon-Tiki Museum (Kon-Tiki Museum) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    Simple Tips for Better Nighttime Photos with a Smartphone

    Simple Tips for Better Nighttime Photos with a Smartphone

    Lit up by fireworks, stars, and the glowing moon, the summer night sky can be a pretty spectacular sight. But capturing those breathtaking views when you don’t have your trusty DSLR can be more than a little frustrating.  With just a few simple tips you can photograph the night sky with your phone like a pro and say goodbye to grainy dark photos.

    Find the Perfect Spot

    For the best pictures, finding your ideal photo position is the first step. If you are photographing fireworks, scope out the area beforehand and find the best vantage point. Be prepared if it’s a windy night. Smoke could affect the look of your photos.

    Keep It Steady

    Using a tripod can keep your phone steady, which is essential in low-light conditions. There are numerous smartphone adapters and tripods available on the market ranging from $10 to $50 depending on your preference.

    Keep in mind we don’t recommend the ‘selfie-stick,’ since plenty of places have chosen to ban them. Just check the rules before packing for your trip.

    Turn Off Flash, HDR or Zoom

    The flash on most smartphones only lights up about 10 feet in front of you, which can turn the crowd and the night sky into an abyss of darkness. The HDR setting will only slow down your camera phone, which is exactly what you don’t want during a fireworks show. Try avoiding the zoom feature, as it will reduce the image quality and add more graininess to your photos.

    Night Camera Apps

    If you are using an iPhone’s native camera app with iOS 8, there’s a new tool for manually adjusting the exposure of your photos. Simply tap and hold the screen, when the AE/AF LOCK pops up, scroll up or down for your desired exposure.

    AE AF Effects IOS8 360

    You can also try downloading a third-party app like NightCap or Night Modes for iOS, Camera FV-5 for Android, or CameraPro for Windows Phones, offering more flexibility.

    NightCap: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nightcap/id486414195?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8
    Night Modes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/night-modes/id572215621?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8
    Camera FV-5: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flavionet.android.camera.pro&hl=en
    CameraPro: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/camerapro/ee7b9093-62ec-48f5-9364-1b192509c86f

    Set ISO to Low if Using a Tripod

    Some phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy, already offer a night mode or manual control of ISO settings. If you are using a tripod, set the ISO to a low value such as 100 or lower to get the best results.   If you are not using a tripod, then a higher ISO would be a better option.  Experiment beforehand to make sure you get the most out of your nighttime photos.

    Bonus Tip: Accessorize Your Phone

    If you are really serious about photo taking with your phone, there are tons of add-ons to make your smartphone camera act like a DSLR. From fisheye to optical zoom lenses, these extras can offer both versatility and quality to your phone’s camera.

    Share Your Best Photos With Us!

    Whether you are photographing fireworks this weekend for a Fourth of July celebration, or just inspired by a clear night, we want to see your photos! Use the hashtag #GMD_NightLife to share your favorite photos with us.

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