Even if you're only the occasional Snapchat user, chances are you'll whip out your phone when you're out doing something really, really awesome. So, why not make the most of those awesome moments, to make your followers at home even more jealous?
If you're heading to the US Open this year – or any big sporting event, for that matter – we've got some pro tips that will turn up the quality of your Snapchat Story. Simply charge up your phone, grab your sunscreen and read the following list to serve up the best snaps from Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Tell your audience where in the world you are. There should be some cool US Open-specific ones, in addition to the usual Flushing and Queens offerings. For those who will be in NYC but not necessarily at the tournament, there will also be some special Snapchat geofilters available in Times Square starting on August 25th, so be sure to look out for those. It's a good idea to check out which ones are available before you really get to snapping, so you can position some of your images to include particular geofilters.
Bitmoji makes things better
If you're not already a Bitmoji maven, download the app in advance and create your own unique character. Then, simply link it to your Snapchat account in the Settings section. With this integration, you’ll be able to better express all of the #feels that you feel while watching the pros absolutely kill it.
The zoom function is your friend
In fact, the zoom functionality is your best friend at the US Open, especially if your seats aren't courtside. But no matter where you sit, getting your snaps a little closer to the action creates a fun perspective that your Snap-friends will love. Don't worry if you've only got one hand handy, either: for videos, while you're holding down the record button, move your finger up on the screen for easy zooming.
Ssslllooowww-motion the action
Those tennis balls fly around pretty quickly, so it may be helpful to catch one in a video mid-trajectory, and then slow down the clip for a better view. It’s like you’re your own instant replay. If you want to add any additional filters to your slow-motion snap, just hold one finger down on the screen while another finger swipes through the other options.
Emojis bring your snaps to life
Whether it’s the standard selection or Snapchat's exclusive sticker options, work some emojis in to really customize your snaps. You can also pin them to moving subjects in your videos by holding your finger down on the emoji sticker until you see the screen darken. Also, if you change your mind, simply drag the emoji into the top right corner's trashcan icon to remove it.
Take some panning shots of the courts
The most impressive thing about the entire USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center is that when it’s packed, it is beautifully packed. Hold your phone steady and pan around the stadium for some visually stunning snaps.
The people make the party, so snap 'em
Take a break from capturing the tennis players and take a video snap or two of the spectators sitting on either side of the court. Notice their heads going left, right, left, right, following the tennis rally (much like in Wii Tennis). It’s a pretty funny sight to watch, and it'll add some comic relief to your Snapchat Story.
It's okay to snap a photo outside of Snapchat
There's a lot going on at the US Open, so you might find yourself using other apps on your phone during the match-ups. Have any other photos and videos that were shot on your regular camera app? No problem – you can upload those, too, thanks to Snapchat's new Memories feature. Click on the smaller, circular button underneath the main button to access your phone's camera roll, where you can select a photo and edit it like any other snap.
Save your snaps to Memories and/or your camera roll
Just because you're capturing these moments using the most ephemeral social platform doesn't mean they are lost and gone forever. You can also save your snaps using the Memories feature — and even alter your Settings to save them automatically — so you can cherish them after you've left the stadium.
Add your snaps to the US Open Snapchat story
Snapchat gathers and curates the best snaps from major tentpole events like this under one big story, and if your snaps are good enough, they just might make the cut. But if you follow the wisdom provided in the aforementioned tips, we believe your chances of being featured will go way up.