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camera 101: use natural light

A shot is as great as its lighting. Find a setting with multiple light sources—a bright light near the camera; a filling, ambient light that softens shadows; and a back light behind the subject that adds depth. Windows on sunny days often act as perfect on-the-go key and fill lights. Just turn on a lamp behind your subject for depth.

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shop savvy: AT&T’s new Chicago flagship store

Watch this video for a glimpse of this 10,000-square foot retail experience with an apps lounge, offering the chance to demo new products in development from the AT&T Foundry and shop exclusive accessories designed by Chicago artists.

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smart follow: inspiration

Missing that spark lately? These social media accounts can help you get it back.

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Tips & Tools

use less data to do more

Three good habits can help you save data.

By now you probably know enough to turn off your phone’s GPS, email and app notifications. And not to stream an endless loop of cute kitten videos, tempting as it may be. Here are a few other ways to make the most of your data plan:

Size up your data needs. A good question to ask is, How much data do I typically use? Most of us probably have no clue. Think about what you do with your device on an everyday basis. The AT&T Data Usage Calculator can help you examine your daily routine and see where you might be more efficient. Sliders for email, apps, social media, video and other typical tasks guide you in thinking critically about how you use your device.

Get in the practice of using Wi-Fi. Streaming music, watching videos and downloading apps are three of the biggest data hogs. Make the most of the extensive AT&T Wi-Fi Network by adjusting your phone’s settings to automatically check for Wi-Fi. AT&T has more than 30,000 Wi-Fi locations across the nation. And if you have an Android phone, the free AT&T Smart Wi-Fi app can help you find and connect to any nearby hotspots, not just AT&T’s.

Track your data usage in real time. Caution can go a long way in averting costly overages. Download the free myAT&T app and eyeball your data usage throughout the month. This way, you’ll know if—and when—you need to play it safe. There are a number of smartphone apps available that will even emit alerts at varying points in the billing cycle. Others offer analysis of the data each individual app on your phone consumes.

Compatible device required. Data rates may apply for download and app usage. Wi-Fi: Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations. myAT&T app requires online account registration for activation Access to the myAT&T mobile web site is dependent on device operating systems, mobile browser, and device attributes.