Snapshot 30 Class: Learn How to Take Better Photos {Day 3}

 Snapshot 30: Learn how to take better photos with your smartphone.

Included in this class:

– Fun daily photo challenges for 30 days.
– Tons of app reviews so you know what is worth your time and what isn’t
– Tips and tricks for how to take sensational photos with your smartphone

*If you don’t have a smartphone you can still participate in the challenges with a regular camera. The tips and tricks should be useful to you as well. 🙂

Sign up for this class here (if you haven’t already done so)

Each day for 30 days you will receive an email with that day’s challenge, tips & tricks and app reviews. Only the emails will have certain tips and tricks – so that is the bonus for signing up for them 🙂

Also I have decided to give away a couple prizes!

2 class participants will get a spot in my upcoming brand new techniques class: Techniques 104 – debuting in December! Also they will get access to my 3 other Technique classes (101, 102, and 103).

How to win:

All you need to do is participate in this class 🙂 Easy right? For every comment, question, or photo that you share with us you get one entry. So the more you participate, the better chance you have of winning! You can comment/post on our facebook page, the actual Snapshot 30 post of the day on the Homeketeers site, on a Snapshot 30 related post on my site, or through Instagram (each time you tag us).

Ready to get started? If you have any questions please comment below on this post, and chances are if you are wondering about something, then someone else is too 🙂

Today’s Lesson:


Let’s get up close! Today we will be focusing on taking photos up close – real close without using a zoom. If your smartphone has a zoom function. pretend it doesn’t have it. Unfortunately by using the zoom on camera phones, the quality of the photos gets sacrificed.

A lot of the time when we take photos with our phones, the main subject of our photos tends to be small and far away in the shot. Don’t be afraid to get up real close to your subject. See my examples below:

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A very scruffy Angus taken from several feet away.


A close up of Angus. I was holding the phone literally inches from him.

A close up of Angus. I was holding the phone literally inches from him.

Today’s App Review is on: Snapseed   Cost: Free (available for both iphone and Android)

The good: 

– The app is free (yay!)

– It includes many filters to alter the look of your photos in fun ways

– Includes frames, grunge looks, vintage film looks and artistic effects to add to your photos

– You can easily (and quickly) enhance and adjust your photos

– You can share your photos directly through here via email,

– You can take new photos directly though this app or you can adjust photos from your camera roll


The not so good:

– if you are trying to adjust a photo from your camera roll, this app loads your photos in the reverse order. Therefore if you are trying to adjust the latest photo you took, and you have hundreds of photos on your phone (always my problem!), then you will have to scroll through all the photos.


This is an awesome app! Since it’s free, I really recommend installing it and just giving it a try. There really is so much you can do with this, I’m sure you will love it!

Some example screen shots of what this app does:

The original photo

The original photo

Using frames

Using frames


Adding a grunge look

Adding a grunge look


Using HDR Scape

Using HDR Scape





Today’s Task

– Experiment with taking some very close shots of various things: people, animals, stationary objects, food, etc.

– Share your favorites with us via instagram & facebook! (#snapshot30 @jessacs @homeketeers)

– If you decide to try Snapseed, edit the photos you take for today’s task & challenges using that app. Try new filters, cropping, and play around with some of the cool artistic effects they offer.

Today’s Challenge

Take a photo of something unique (close up). Remember there are bonus challenges in the daily emails.   Be sure to tag us (#snapshot30 , @jessacs & @homeketeers) so we can see your photo. You can also post your photo on our facebook page for everyone to see. (and you’ll get bonus entries into the contest!). I’ll also be playing along so you can see my daily challenge photos on my blog and also my Instagram account.


Please leave any comments or questions below and I will be sure to answer right away 🙂

About Jessica Acs

Originally from Victoria BC, Canada, I'm now living in Chicago IL. I mostly just make mini albums now, and I’m the author of Memory Makers Book: “Outstanding Mini Albums”, 2009. I am a Certified Ranger Educator and I previously taught classes in Vancouver BC, as well as at Scrapbooking Conventions around the USA. I'm also an Exotic Animal Trainer/ Wildlife Educator and with my husband we do educational live animal shows for schools, parties and events. We literally have a small zoo at our home, with over 70 different animals. To add even more excitement to our lives, we recently became new parents when we welcomed our baby girl, Ava, in July 2012. As well as here at Homeketeers, I can be found over on my other 2 sites: and


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