Try these 5 tips for great iPhone photos this holiday season.
Tip #1 change your perspective
If you are taking a picture of the Christmas tree or a subject that you want to emphasize, kneel down and flip your phone upside down. This will give the appearance of your subject being bigger than it actually is and will be taken from a perspective that is different from all the other Christmas tree pictures you see this time of year.
Try this unique way of capturing a holiday photo. You'll love it!
Tip #2 Capture outdoor lights
If there's a Griswold Family Christmas style house you definitely want to snap a photo of this year, try photographing it just before it gets dark outside. Their lights are likely to be lit and you will capture a beautiful blue color in the sky behind their home. This will really make the lights pop in the picture and make the home more aesthetically pleasing in the photograph.
Hold the phone in a landscape orientation and steady it close to your body with two hands for the best results.
Tip #3 Get Close Ups
Snap some close ups of your favorite details about the holidays. Do you have a fond memory of Christmas from your childhood? Think about the details and then go photograph them. Some examples might be a close up of your Christmas stocking, holiday cookies or an ornament on the tree.
Position your iPhone camera about 2 inches away from your subject, tap the screen on the subject to focus and take your photograph.
tip #4 Include some bokeh
Have you ever wanted to know how to make the background blurry behind your subject and make the lights of the tree circular and dreamy? Normally one would use a DSLR camera with a large aperture lens, but you can get a similar effect with your iPhone too!
Place your subject 6-8 feet away from the tree lights. Tap on the screen to focus on your foreground subject and make sure the background lights appear blurry. If your background is still in focus, simply move your subject further away from the lights to achieve that dreamy, bokeh effect.
tip #5 get more advanced
Instead of using the native iPhone camera app, download Adobe's FREE Lightroom CC for iPhone and experience the power it lends to your creativity. Try a few photos on the automatic setting. Then once you get the hang of the app, switch it over to professional mode.
Play around with Adobe Lightroom CC's settings for exposure, shutter speed, ISO and white balance as you capture your subject. This will open up a whole new world of possibilities for you.
Have fun experimenting and telling your story this holiday season!