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How to Take the Classy Portraits Your Pet Deservesd

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Judging by the amount of pet photos on social media, you’d assume taking a good one would be pretty straightforward. But if you’ve ever attempted to take a picture of a cat, dog, rabbit, hamster or other creature, you know that it’s actually kind of tricky. In motion, your pet probably looks cute most, if not all, of the time. But when you’re scrolling through the camera roll on your phone, you may notice that not all the photos truly capture your precious pet’s essence.

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It’s not that you need expensive equipment: you can absolutely take decent pet portraits using your smartphone. In an article in the New York Times, J.D. Biersdorfer breaks it down for us. Here’s what to know.

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1. Pick a time and a place

You’re going to want your pet to be calm, so pick a place they’re used to. Also, Biersdorfer notes that some pets are most relaxed right after they’ve eaten, or right before a nap, so these might be the best times for a photoshoot. If you’re going to attempt to recreate the magic of a Sears Portrait Studio, put up a sheet or some fabric, or take the photo in front of an uncluttered wall. For action shots, head to the park or your backyard. Regardless of location, prepare to spend some time snapping many different options in the hopes that one will turn out.

2. Turn off the flash

Not only can the flash startle your pet, but it can also give your furry friend some creepy red or bright green eyes. Though natural light is best, if you’re indoors and need a boost, try adding some clip-on lights or lamps.

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3. Adjust the settings

At this point, most newer smartphones have some version of a “portrait mode,” where the focus is on an object or person (or pet, in this case). If you’re going for the indoor still shot, this is a good option. Another option Biersdorfer calls out is a “burst mode,” which takes many pictures in rapid succession when you hold down the shutter button. Though it doesn’t guarantee a perfect shot, it does increase your chances of getting one.

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4. Set up the shot

Similar to taking pictures of babies and other small children, having someone else there to distract your pet or get them to focus with toys and/or treats can help. If there’s no one else around, use the self-timer and do the distracting yourself. Biersdorfer also suggests playing with different angles—including getting on your pet’s eye level—and using a tripod if that would make things easier.

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5. Edit

No, you don’t have to find and then learn Photoshop—just use the editing software that comes with your phone. You’ll be able to make adjustments to the light, background and color, use a filter, or crop and straighten the image. Ideally, you’ll end up with something you’re proud to post to your main grid.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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This 55″ 4K TCL Smart TV Hangs on Your Wall for $200

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TCL 55″ S434 4K Smart TV | $200 | Best Buy

Best Buy has an insane deal going for a brand new 55″ 4K TCL smart TV. It’s the S434, which is pretty baseline for TCL’s lineup, but at just $200, there’s little to complain about. TCL’s panels are plenty sharp and accurate, and with this set, you’ll get HDR10 compliance for enhanced color and brightness in supported games and video content. This model has Android TV onboard for all your app needs, and with an included voice remote, all your favorite content is just a shout away with the help of Google Assistant.

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