Pro-qual­ity pho­tos with your phone!

Whether you’re snap­ping can­dids, group shots or self­ies, take your pics to the next level with these lit­tle-known se­crets from pho­tog­ra­phers

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Chil­dren can be tricky mov­ing tar­gets for pho­tog­ra­phers. The se­cret to cap­tur­ing them in the per­fect pose? Take a video in­stead of a still shot. “It’s a quick way to get a lot of op­tions,” says Amanda McConnell, a pho­tog­ra­pher who has spent the past 24 years tak­ing pho­tos of her nieces and neph­ews. To find the win­ning shot, watch the video clip, hit pause when you see the op­ti­mal mo­ment, then take a screen­shot. “Ta-da!” says McConnell. “Per­fect photo—no yelling or re­takes needed.”

ALSO SMART: Switch off your phone’s noise alerts. Noth­ing ru­ins a video (or photo) more than try­ing to cap­ture a mo­ment at the ex­act sec­ond your phone be­gins to ding from an in­com­ing text mes­sage or call.

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