You – and all your friends – are decked out in red, white, and blue. The sun is shining. An American flag is blowing beautifully in the wind, and you mastered the perfect ketchup zig zag on your hot dog. (How patriotic of you!)

It’s July 4th in America (aka Independence Day) – which means you’ll obviously want to share these moments on your social media. Here’s how to get some “Likes” with your mobile device:



Turn off your flash.

If there’s sun or fireworks involved, odds are you’ll have enough light. Adding a flash will blow out your picture, making the details and the colors a lot less bright.



Focus the shot.

Where do you want people to look? Touch the screen on your device where you want to focus the picture.



“Shoot wide.” 

Leave enough room around the edges so that you can crop it into a square – and keep all the important details in the frame.



Choose the right filter.

For daytime photos, try softer filters like Mayfair, Rise, and Valencia. Night shots will pop in X-Pro II, Lo-Fi, and Hefe.



Celebrate freedom with your followers and friends! Happy 4th of July!