The 6 Things You Should Do (And 5 You Absolutely Shouldn’t) While Taking a Selfie

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With the advent of the selfie stick, Kim Kardashian’s coffee table book Selfie, and the preternaturally catchy pop song Let Me Take a Selfie, it’s clear the age of the selfie is here to stay. Even the most camera-shy are embracing the selfie trend, and as a Tapper you always want to be ahead of the curve! Read on for tips on taking smashingly successful selfies:

DO Snap a Photo From Above

The corollary of this, of course, is never snap a photo from below. If you’ve ever accidentally turned on your camera while looking down, you know why. So arms up! Get that higher angle and look your best!

DON’T Go Straight Forward

Go ahead – play with angles! We’ve got three dimensions so you may as well use them. Trying a variety of different angles – above, to the right, slightly tilted, etc. – can yield some flattering results.

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DO Use Lots of Good Lighting

Lighting can make or break your selfie. Make sure you have soft light that doesn’t overwhelm the camera, or else you’ll get all blurred out.

DON’T Try Too Hard

You’re snapping a photograph of yourself, not securing world peace (although it’d be pretty impressive if your selfie had that kind of power). Anyway. No need to get all dour and serious-pants! Relax, be natural, have fun, and snap away.

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DO Show Off Your Best Feature

Everyone’s got a best feature. Whether you’ve got a strong jawline or real purty eyes, position yourself in a way that puts your best foot forward.

DON’T Assume Background Has Nothing to Do With It

The background of your selfie tells just as much of a story as your face does. For instance, a selfie with you chilling at the zoo with a tiger behind you is WAY more interesting than you hanging at home, doing nothing. The first example feels like we’re sharing an experience with you. The second feels a little lonely!

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DO Use the Back Camera

The back camera actually has better resolution than the front camera. It’s a little harder to reach, and you can’t preview your face, but you’ll get a better picture in the long run.

DON’T Pretend Someone Else Took the Picture

It’s 2015. It’s ok to admit you took a selfie. Pretending someone else took it will just get you labeled as a big fat phony! Bae did not catch you slippin’, friend! I BID YOU GOOD DAY.

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DO Have Fun!

As a general rule, the more fun you have doing something, the more fun people will have experiencing/watching/sharing it. Have a blast! The rest will take care of itself(ie).

DON’T Take a Selfie at a Funeral

Stop it.

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DO Upload to All Your Social Media Channels!

The best way to get mileage out of your selfie? Pass it around to everyone! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – get that photo out there!

And Lastly…Don’t Take Selfies at the Dentist

Share Better: Say goodbye to Buzz Bonus!

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Part of the fun of social media is sharing things you love with your followers and then seeing how they respond. After all – why keep that cat gif to yourself when EVERYONE MUST SEE IT? But here’s the thing – sharing works best when it comes from the heart. You need to really mean it.

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That’s why, in the spirit of promoting authentic social sharing, Crowdtap has decided to do away with the Buzz Award & Buzz Bonus. Not sure what this change means? Here’s the 411:

Presently, Tappers receive Buzz Award points for likes, comments, or reshares on any content they share from Crowdtap. If the post receives a combination 10 likes, comments and shares, then the Tapper receives 100 Buzz Bonus points and a star.

But, we’ve found that Buzz Award and Buzz Bonus seems to get in the way of your genuine expression on social media, so it no longer feels like a good fit for the Tapping community.

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What does this mean for you? Well, if you share frequently, you may see a slight drop in your points as well as star count, but don’t worry: there’s a ton of other ways to earn points on Crowdtap!

Most of all, your creative autonomy over your own social media presence is important to us. We want to make sure that you don’t feel any pressure to share content that doesn’t fit YOUR lifestyle and interests. So, if you see something you love on Crowdtap, by all means share it!  …But don’t feel compelled to share anything that isn’t up your alley.

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20 Tips for Taking Photos Like a Top Tapper

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Photo Challenges – you love ‘em, we love to see your pics. But what if you could crush the competition every time you logged on to Crowdtap and uploaded your latest masterpiece? We’ve got 20 sure-fire tips to make that happen!

Subject (or the object or person that’s the focus of your photo)

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1. Make sure the subject is easy to see
2. Remove irrelevant or distracting items from the frame
3. If you’re taking a picture of a product, shoot from the side or angled rather than above
4. Holding the product works, but be sure your hands and nails are clean
5. Use the focus tool on your camera or phone to pull the subject into focus, objects in the background should blur slightly.

Bonus Tip: If you’re the subject, use a tripod, a camera timer app, or have a friend take the picture!

Lighting 

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 4.02.42 PM6. Use multiple sources of light and ideally natural light
7. Avoid indoor bulbs – they tend to look yellow
8. Try not to use a harsh flash
9. If using an iPhone, focus the image & control the amount of light by tapping on the screen
10. Do not over photoshop or add filters
11. If you’re taking a series of photos, be sure to keep the light consistent throughout

Framing

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 3.55.48 PM12. Be aware of the subjects positioning in the frame
13. An off-center photo often appears more dynamic
14. Avoiding direct eye contact creates more drama & allure and makes the shot feel more candid
15. Avoid “mirror selfies”
16. Choose a setting that compliments the people/objects/theme of your photo & does not distract them
17. Always pay attention to lighting!

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18. Make sure the background is not cluttered and distracting
19. If you’re trying to take a mirror selfie, do not cut off your legs & feet
20. Use natural facial expressions rather than exaggerated ones, but show your personality!

Finally, although we live in the age of the iPhone camera, we always recommend using a real digital or DSLR camera to shoot your precious moments.

Ready to say “CHEESE”?

8 Tips for an Awesome Oscars Party!

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300 Tappers will host Oscars viewing parties sponsored by Neutrogena Hydro Boost this Sunday! We sent them all awesome kits including:

  • 1 Large Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel
  • 10 Sample Size Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel
  • 1 Pack of Silver Balloons
  • 1 Pack of Blue Balloons
  • 1 Hollywood Movie Scene Marker
  • 1 Hollywood Star Award
  • 1 Pack of Silver Star Cutouts
  • 1 Pack of Silver Star Confetti
  • 1 Pack of Metallic Blue Star Confetti
  • 2 Pack of Popcorn Boxes

We know, it’s a pretty rad pack of swag, and while we wish we could have sent a kit to every Tapper, we only had a limited number of spaces for the biggest Neutrogena brand fans. Still, we’re betting that you want to get in on the action this Sunday, so here are a few tips for a glamorous awards party!

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Will you be our Tweetheart? 7 Tips for Twitter Success!

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We ask you to tweet a whole lot on Crowdtap, but why? How are Twitter and Crowdtap connected? What kind of Tweets make you a better Tapper AND a better Twitterer?

Read on for the answers to all these burning questions and discover 7 tips to Tweet like a Top Tapper:

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Sweep your Valentine off her feet!

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Flowers wilt. Chocolates disappear. Bears with candy hearts just betray you.

The only gesture that really counts this Valentine’s Day is one that lets you kick up your feet and take a load-off. So if you want to show some one you love them this year, don’t say it; spray it – the Zep All-Around Oxy Cleaner, that is.

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Zep invites you to impress your sweetheart by cleaning up your act, or rather, cleaning up their act. Snap a pic of you cleaning up for your sweetie and enter to win a $50 gift certificate – so you can sweeten the deal with dinner! Enter here

Not sure where to start? We got you covered, Tapper! Here are 7 Tips for the Beginning Cleaner!

Is your sweetheart a busy mom? Take a cue from In the Know Mom and tackle the kids’ bathroom!

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5 things we’re crushing and crushing on for #CrushIt February on Crowdtap

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Welcome to February: winter’s longest shortest stretch.

Here’s 5 things we’re crushing & crushing on this month… take it away, listicle!

1. Crushing: The Super Bowl

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We asked; You answered!

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Did you Tap in to answer a few fun questions on your holiday shopping habits? We’ve got your answers all prettied up & ready to share with the world right here! Check out this info graphic on your holiday shopping habits:

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#GivingTuesday: Crowdtappers Tap Back

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Today we’d like to express our gratitude for the thousands of Tappers tuning in each day to score points for their charity of choice.

Each year Crowdtap donates a percentage of its earnings to the charities you have selected on your Crowdtap profile. Presently, Tappers may choose between 12 different charities and the more you tap, the more you earn for your charity!

Think of it like this: Crowdtap donates a whole pie to charity, but your activity on Crowdtap determines how big a slice of that pie your charity of choice receives!

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OK, well not that kind of pie!

This year, we’re proud to announce your earnings for the following charities:

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Thank you for being awesome, Tappers!

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Who’s that brand? The Drink Club

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You might have noticed a few of the Crowds you’re tapping into don’t seem to have a specific brand associated with them… What gives? Is anyone actually listening to all that, tip-top-Tappin?  Fret not, gentle Tapper! These “mystery” Crowds are actually driven by brands that want feedback so real, so raw, so honest, they won’t even show their faces.  The “Who’s that Crowd?” series will draw back the shroud of mystery surrounding these anonymous Crowds & reveal to you, the master Tapper, how your Tap-Happy habit impacts the brand and the products you shop every day!

How do you quench your thirst?

Are you a craft soda kinda guy? A juice-guzzling kid? A smoothie connoisseur? We all get our beverage fix in different ways, and the major beverage brand behind the Drink Club wants to craft the perfect drink for you!
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