Shoot — it’s a good pet video

Dear Readers: Who doesn’t enjoy watching cat videos online? Or any animal videos, for that matter? Or kids’ birthday parties, vacation videos, etc.? Here are some hints to use when shooting video from your cellphone

≤ It’s usually better to shoot with your phone held horizontally (called “landscape” mode) to get more scenery in.

≤ Nobody can watch jumpy video. Hold the phone steady. Squeezing your elbows into your sides works to lock your frame.

≤ Zooming in and out and having the camera “bounce” will result in poor quality, too. Walking while filming is not only dangerous, but will result in a bad video.

≤ Lights behind the cat, dog or child can cause glare and make it hard to see the subject.

≤ If you are posting your videos on social media, keep them short (less than 30 seconds or so). — Heloise

Travel hint

Dear Heloise: Homeowners are constantly looking for a safe place to store their valuables when going on vacation. I place valuables inside a pillowcase, put them in the clothes dryer and place clothes on top.

I’ve never heard of thieves raiding a clothes dryer! — N.M., Warren, Ohio

I think you are right! I loved my visit to Warren a few years back. Say “Hi” to folks for me. — Hugs, Heloise

Makeup fix

Dear Heloise: When doing my makeup, I apply foundation first and then concealer to the under-eye area. This way, I find I use much less product around my eyes, which can age them. — Janet R. in Texas

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send money-or time-saving hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail: