Harry Guinness

Harry Guinness writes occasionally when he’s not busy skiing, sailing, partying, lifting weights, or otherwise dodging responsibility. His main areas of interest are himself, gin, and crazy people with interesting stories to tell. When people won’t pay him to write ill-thought-out opinion pieces, he covers photography, technology, and culture. You can follow him on Twitter.

Like Facebook, Instagram uses a feed sorting algorithm rather than have everything show up chronologically. This is great because it means you should see all the photos you most likely want to, but sometimes it means a post from a person you want to see everything from will get buried.

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One of iOS’ little annoyances is its need to pop up a notification every time it discovers a new Wi-Fi network. Here’s how to turn that off.

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The gig economy looks like it’s here to stay. Although Uber still has the occasional battle with regulators, for the most part smartphone app-driven gig companies are popping up for every service imaginable.

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Like clockwork, every couple of months some “fact” about Facebook goes viral. Facebook is going to start charging you money! Copy and paste this status or Facebook will cook your children! As soon as you upload them, Facebook owns your photos!

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Two-factor authentication is a more secure way of protecting your online accounts. You really should enable it on every service that offers it, and here’s how to turn it on for Instagram.

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Instagram is a pretty well designed app. The majority of features are where you’d expect them to be, though some of them are a little hidden. One feature that’s inexplicably hard to find is how to add line breaks or paragraphs to your Instagram captions on iOS. Luckily for Android fans, things are normal: just press Return.

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Lightroom is almost essential for serious amateur and professional photographers. It’s a filing system for all your photos, a RAW developer, and much more. Lightroom is best when used to manage every step of your post-processing workflow, including the very first step: importing photos to your computer from your camera.

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It’s really easy to like a photo on Instagram. You just double-tap on it as you scroll through your feed. I probably like at least a few photos every time I open the app.

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Facebook page can reveal a lot about you to anyone who visits. If your posts are Public, everyone can see whatever you share. There are ways to lock down your Facebook account, like making it harder for people to find or changing the privacy on all your old posts. But if you want to double-check what people can see, you can view your Facebook profile as someone else.

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Catalogs are one of Adobe Lightroom’s best features. They make it easy to categorize, sort, and edit all your photos in one location. And if things start to get a little unwieldy, there’s a lot to be said for having more than one catalog.

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In photography, ISO is a measure of how sensitive a piece of film or digital sensor is to light—the higher the ISO the more sensitive. With a low ISO you need to use a longer shutter speed or a wider aperture than you would if you’re using a high ISO. Most digital cameras have an ISO range of between around 100 and about 12,800.

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Unlike Facebook and Twitter, Instagram doesn’t have a way to share other people’s posts publicly on your own account. This is pretty annoying if, for example, you want to repost a photo that your partner has posted to their account.

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There are lots of reasons you might want multiple Instagram accounts. Maybe you need one for your personal life and one for your business. Or maybe you and your partner share a device, but want to post photos to your own accounts. Here’s how to do it.

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By default, when you Tweet, you’re broadcasting it to the world. You could make a bad joke to your 170 followers, get on a plane, and by the time you land, find out your Tweet went viral and now you’re out of a job—that’s literally what happened to Justine Sacco. Whatever you say on Twitter is in the public record. That is, unless you make your Twitter account private.

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Facebook is starting to become essential. From logging into websites to keeping in touch with old friends, it’s just become a part of everyday life. Everyone looks at you funny if you say you don’t have a Facebook account.

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By default, when you post a photo to Instagram, it’s visible to every other user. If you add any hashtags to your photo, like say, #landscape or #selfie, anyone who searches for that hashtag will be able to find it.

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Whether you’ve just gotten married, no longer identify with your birth name, or just want to change the overly formal “Robert” to “Rob” on your profile, here’s how to change the name you’re using on Facebook.

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There are many reasons you may want to remove a post from your Instagram account. Maybe it’s an old photo that doesn’t fit in with all the great photos you’ve been posting recently. Maybe a friend has asked you to remove it because they’re striking an unflattering pose, or maybe it just didn’t get enough likes. Whatever the reason, here’s how to do it.

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Facebook, as a social network, is a bit crazy. You’re interacting with hundreds of people at the same time; your main connection being that you’ve probably met them at least once. Unless you have your page locked down, everyone from your “psychic” aunt to your high school buddies are free to weigh in on everything you say.

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Twitter is great, but sometimes, in the heat of the moment, you can tweet something you shouldn’t have—perhaps an overly defensive reply to a follower or off-the-cuff comment you didn’t put enough thought into.

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Smartphones have been around for almost a decade, but even now, when I’m browsing the web on my iPhone, I run into websites that don’t work very well. Sometimes the problems are with the technologies used in the websites, but sometimes they lie with the apps I have installed on my phone. So with this in mind, let’s look at some of the reasons websites might not work properly on your mobile device.

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In photography, the aperture is the hole in a lens that lets light into your camera.

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Oh look, another Facebook app—this time Messenger—is adding its own version of Snapchat’s popular Stories feature, where photos you post to a feed get automatically deleted after 24 hours. Facebook did a good job adding Stories to Instagram, but they’re potentially a less natural fit for some of their other apps.

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In photography, shutter speed, also called exposure time, is the length of time the digital sensor (or film in an older camera) is exposed to light while taking a picture.

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As smartphone apps get more and more features, things start to get buried behind taps, menus, swipes and other hard to find spots. Instagram is no exception. While it started out as a simple filters app, it’s now grown into a decent image editor and social network. So let’s look at a few of Instagram’s slightly more hidden features.

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