Five Tips For Taking Christmas Light Pictures With A Smartphone

One of my favorite aspects of the Christmas season is seeing all of the lights. It’s fun to see how the places I normally visit are turned into bright displays during the holidays. As with everything else in my life that I think is cool, I always find myself wanting to take way too many pictures of Christmas lights so I can bomb my friends’ phones with more photos than they could possibly want to see.

But what I’ve learned over time, and what you’ve probably seen if you’ve ever taken a photo during the holidays, is that it’s not necessarily easy to get a good picture of Christmas lights. I’ve picked up on a few things that make a big difference for these types of photos, so I’m going to share a few tips for taking Christmas light pictures.

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Long-Term Thinking

I’ve recently been overhauling my photo backup process (look for an upcoming post on it) and it made me start thinking about the general idea of backing up files. We’ve all heard the horror stories of people who lost an important document the night before it was due, but do we actually respond to that by backing up our own files regularly? I’d bet that most of us don’t.

But do backups really matter? Unless you’re a college student or writing a novel, do your files really need to be stored indefinitely?

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Holiday Gift Guide: Tech Gifts Under $50

We’re solidly in the Christmas season, and that means it’s time to start thinking about buying gifts for friends and family. Christmas shopping is generally fun, but it can also be hard to find the exact right gift, especially if you’re trying to buy for someone who’s into tech. We thought we’d help you out by creating a gift guide of tech gadgets that we can confidently recommend.

All of the items in this guide are under $50, so they’d be perfect for gift exchanges or Secret Santa gifts, too. Read on for the list!

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This Isn’t a Car Blog…

This isn’t a car blog but sometimes I just can’t help myself.

Tesla held its press event to introduce the new Tesla Semi, which is incredible. When Elon Musk presents he makes it sound like the future. After the announcement though, after everything seemed to be done, Elon surprised announced the new Tesla Roadster and it is incredible.

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Should Amazon Be Able To Unlock Your Front Door?

Amazon announced a new service a few weeks ago that has resulted in a lot of jokes and commentary around the Internet. It’s called Amazon Key, and it’s a way to make package delivery better for you by allowing Amazon’s couriers to unlock your front door and set packages inside.

It’s easy to see why this would be a controversial service. Some people love the idea of having their packages dropped off inside the house, while others see this as an enormous security and privacy issue. I’m going to talk through the issue a bit and try to help you figure out what your thoughts are on Amazon Key.

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iPhone X First Impressions: Is It Worth Paying $1000 For A Phone?

It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I woke up at 2AM on October 27 to preorder an iPhone X. Even with the rumors about the phone being in short supply, I managed to get my order in quickly enough to get my phone on launch day. So I have an iPhone X now!

I thought I’d write down some first impressions from the past few days, and try to help answer the question on everyone’s mind: is a thousand-dollar smartphone worth it?

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Expect A New Entry-Level GoPro Camera Next Year

We heard some interesting news today about new cameras from GoPro in their Q3 earnings report. It sounds like they’ve got big plans for 2018, including one bit of news that particularly caught my eye: a new entry-level camera with a new design. This is something I’m going to be keeping my eye on, and I think GoPro is making the right choice by making a new affordable camera.

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You Can Buy The New Amazon Echo Today. Should You?

A few of the products from Amazon’s recent Echo announcement are starting to become available. You can buy the new Echo and Echo Plus from Amazon today. Are these the Echoes you’re looking for? Only you can answer that, but I’ll give you my opinion about each and whether I think they’re worth buying.

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