PHOTO-ME IS DELIGHTED TO PROVIDE YOU WITH USEFUL TIPS TO HELP YOU MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY OVER THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD
CAPTURE THE PREPARATION STAGES
Families come together at the holidays, but not just for the main event; they come to help decorate, wrap gifts, prepare food, and set the table. These are exciting, fun-filled moments, so they’re full with photographic opportunities!
OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
The best time to capture outdoor festive lights with an iPhone is just before it goes completely dark, when the sky has got a dark blue colour. Catching the lights while you have enough ambient light will help you avoid getting blurry photos. You can also avoid getting blurry photos by using both hands to steady your iPhone while using the stabiliser mode or by pressing the volume button on your headphone cable remote.
INDOOR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
One way to get impressive Christmas photos from your iPhone is to position an object in the foreground of a lit tree or some fairy lights. The lights in the background will become small out of focus light circles called “bokeh”. You need to position the object at least 5-10ft away from the lights, tap to focus on the object and make sure the lights in the background are out of focus, then adjust the exposure by tapping with your second finger. If you aren’t getting any bokeh, you need to move the object further away from the background lights.
TIME-LAPSE CHRISTMAS SERIES
Put a camera or computer webcam in the corner of the room and set it to go off every 5 minutes throughout the day. You will capture some wonderful, natural shots.
CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE
The beauty of shooting with a smartphone is that you can easily move it around and even position it on the floor to get really interesting shots. Changing the angle that you shoot from changes the size of your subject and also plays on the light, shade and patterns on objects. Get low and make presents look huge as your kids tear open gifts. Play with perspective by shooting from underneath the tree or below a plate of cookies.
Photographs of your friends and family are the most precious Christmas memories. When a photo looks good, it’s usually due to the composition; the visual elements of the photo, such as the placement of people and objects. It’s easy to forget to compose shots with an iPhone, so turn on the grid mode and use the ‘rule of thirds’. Take 2 vertical lines, and 2 horizontal lines and divide your photo up into 9 equal squares. The goal is to place your subject, along a vertical or horizontal line and a point of intersection. Fill the frame with your subject by getting close and cropping out any background distractions.
KEEP THE MEMORIES
Photo printing used to be one of the most meaningful things to do with our family, friends and loved ones. From taking pictures, sending them for development and most importantly, viewing the photos together. Sharing the joy and laughter again and again is simply magical.
Here’s 3 reasons why you should print photos.
1. Prints connect and create stories
Printed photos connect people. When your friends visit your house, those photos on display allows them to dive into your life and understand you more. It will also spark conversations around those beautiful experiences.
2. Technology is not reliable
Photos stores on CDs can be affected by heat. USBs and hard disks are not reliable and can get corrupted by virus’. It’s not worth losing years of memories when technology fails. So, print your photos!
3. Platform changes
Many may argue that social media is doing a good job keeping those photos, but bear in mind platforms change, and they come and go. Our memories are best kept staying with us, in the (physical) albums and frames.
With Photo-Me, it’s quick and easy to develop your photos using one of our instant kiosks. You can also create personalised and meaningful gifts at one of our Asda Photo Centres. Click here or contact us for more details.