How To Capture The Best Holiday or New Year Photo with Your Smartphone

How To Capture The Best Holiday or New Year Photo with Your Smartphone

This holiday and new year will present you lots of opportunities to capture some special moments with your smartphone. Everywhere you look the backdrop scenes are endless for Family functions, outings to New Years celebrations as all the lights and decorations are there for you to capture some memorable photos. I thought it would be fun for me to list some simple tips below to help you take some great holiday and new year's photos. 

  1. First get familiar with your phones camera options. Smartphone cameras have really advanced and provide a multitude of fun options.  Everything from burst mode, timed/countdown shot, HDR, slo mo and I’m sure the list can go on and on. There are many image editing functions hidden with the options as well that you need to locate and become familiar with - such as being able to lighten, enhance the contrast, etc.
  2. Sometimes you will also find the need to have some sort of accessory to help you get that perfect image.  We all have been in the spot where our arms just are not long enough!  There are many inexpensive accessories from tripods to selfie sticks that will work perfect with your smartphone. Take a look at all the options for your specific phone.
  3. Think about/Identify a photo op. Yep, you have to first figure out where your photo op is. Whether it’s planned out or candid shots you have to know the time and place to take the photo. Your phone is probably on you at all times like the rest of us. Shoot as much as you can.  Know when it is time to pull that phone out and get shooting.  Also, don't be afraid to fill the frame of the camera with your subject and eliminate unnecessary backgrounds.
  4. FORGET THE FLASH. I would highly recommend that you stay away from using your smartphone's camera flash.  Figure out lighting instead. I have yet to see a good photo with a phone camera flash. Work with the lighting you have. There are also lots of cool apps out there to help your touch up those darker photos after you take them. Remember filters are our friends!  A couple of my favorite apps are:   Snapseed, and Camera+
  5. Family shots! What better time to grab the entire family, Uncle Buck that you have not seen and probably only see once a year, now is the time to get those moments. Don’t miss a once in a lifetime opportunity. 
  6. Try creating your own photo booth setup. This idea I have seen a lot lately. You don’t need those professional photo booths you can create one yourself. Grab some probs and create a background that makes sense. This is so much fun and people really enjoy it. Makes the shy people not so shy anymore. 
  7. Keep a watchful eye for those non-posed photos, those candid shots are really what makes us know what our holiday function was all about. People interacting, opening gifts or cheering a glass of champagne in the moment is great fun to have as memories. 
  8. Finally, share via social media. Share to the world your photos. Let us see. There is nothing more joyful than seeing what our friends are doing during this time of year and how they celebrate.  Create an album on your Facebook page or continue to share on Instagram. Even create a special hashtag for your family so that they can find your photos on platforms using that hashtag. 

Enjoy your Holiday and New Year with whatever you decide to do. Just remember to have that camera pointed!