Family Holiday Portraits – An Old Tradition Made New

The holidays have always been a popular time to capture memories through photos and videos; however, one thing that has changed is the way it’s being done. A 2014 Verizon Wireless and KRC Research survey of 1,000 Americans found that 68 percent plan to use their smartphones to record video of their families this holiday season. So, whether it’s capturing the perfect holiday video greeting or sticking with the tried and true family portrait, the latest smartphone features can ensure that the tradition continues – with a technological twist.

Spending time with loved ones during the holidays often features movie-like moments, and with the DROID Turbo™, those moments can now be captured in HD quality. The Turbo records and plays back videos in 4K resolution for a professional feel and also features a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera that launches with a simple flick of a wrist to capture photos just as the opportunity happens.

Taking videos and photos of family activities often means getting involved in the action and moving around, which can cause shaky videos and unclear photos. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a 16-megapixel rear camera that automatically uses optical image stabilization, meaning blurry photos taken in low-lighting and shaky videos are a thing of the past. The Galaxy Note 4 also has a front-facing 3.7-megapixel camera that features a 120-degree pan, so more family and friends can fit in holiday-themed selfies.

Plus, there are plenty of apps to edit and improve overall quality of videos and photos. VSCO Cam saves photos to an internal camera roll so users have the original version as well the altered version, allowing for creativity in adjusting the picture’s overall look. After shooting videos, Video Maker Pro provides an easy-to-use interface to trim and edit the length of videos, add title graphics and include a voiceover or music for an imaginative twist on holiday videos.

After the holiday season has ended, save those special videos and photos to the Verizon Cloud. Through the cloud, users don’t have to worry about losing content if they lose or change devices. Plus, to keep the holiday cheer going after gifts have been opened for families with multiple mobile devices, customers are eligible for 25 GB of free Verizon Cloud storage with the MORE Everything Plan.

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