GEEK SQUAD ISSUES CHRISTMAS OFFICE PARTY ‘TWIT PIC’ WARNING
December 12th, 2011
As this year’s Christmas office party season kicks off, Geek Squad has issued its official guide to avoid the shambolic and embarrassing photos that surface in the wake of the annual work shindig. According to tradition, the height of Christmas Party season will fall on Friday 16th December this year and will see office workers across the country hit the town for a night of abandon. But revellers often fail to anticipate the photographic evidence that follows, posted on social networks and emailed across the company in the days that follow.
Here, Geek Squad offers tips on protecting your office party appearance using the latest features and tricks on smart phones and digital cameras.
- Say cheese: Moody colleagues? It’s almost impossible to get a shot of everyone looking their best, but if you’re set on getting a photo capturing everyone smiling, grab an Olympus FE Series camera, which utilises smile recognition at the flick of a switch. iPhone users can download the SmileDetector app direct from iTunes for a similar effect.
- Lights, camera, edit: Is the office idiot ruining your photos by poking up in the background of every shot? Try the Fujifilm Z900, which allows you to edit the photos you take straight away using the 3.5 inch touchscreen, before uploading them to your computer and firing off an email to all staff.
- Art attack: Those with a BlackBerry should take advantage of the Photo Editor Ultimate app, which will allow you to add filters and effects to your photos. This will become increasingly important as the evening wears on, and the make-up wears off.
- Shine a (little) light: It’s important to get the lighting right – it can transform a bad photo into the perfect pic. Those using a smart phone, make sure that the flash is turned on in the options menu, unless you want to see screen after screen of badly lit and blurred shapes. Get too close though and that flash can over expose the subject, making them as white as a ghost, and blinding them in the process! For taking pictures in low light without a flash, any of the current crop of D-SLR cameras such as the Canon EOS 600D or Nikon D5100 will give much better results than your typical ‘point & shoot’ digital cameras, but at a price! For those of us with more modest budgets, the Canon IXUS HS (High Sensitivity) range is optimised for low light conditions, cost a quarter of the price and happily fit in a shirt/pants pocket.
- Be prepared…but not too prepared: Our final tip is to turn off your Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, particularly if you’re using Apple’s iCloud. You don’t want to find your photos automatically streamed to your social network profile (especially any drunken encounters)! Allow yourself the time to check through the snaps in the safety of your own four walls.
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