How to take great holiday pictures on your I-phone
When you are heading off on an adventure that involves trekking chances are you are looking for every opportunity to save on space and weight. At the same time, you are wanting to capture some incredible pictures to look back on for years to come to remember the time you conquered that mountain and felt like you were truly on top of the world. Thankfully phones cameras have improved hugely and when you really don’t have the space for your digital camera your I-phone can be a fantastic fill in. Here are some tips and tricks to get the most out of your I-phone camera.
Use the Grid Function
Turning your grid function on is key to taking shots that are aligned perfectly, which gives your photos a more professional look and feel. If you go to settings and then camera you can turn the grid function on. It is generally agreed that to make a photo appear more aesthetically pleasing the subject of the photo should not be in the centre grid but to one of the sides, preferably in a cross section with another grid.
Do you get frustrated when you are trying to take pictures of something that is moving and find that none of the photos you have taken are quite right, they are too blurry or just not taken at that exact right second? Using burst mode will take a quick succession of photos and you should be able to capture that exact moment perfectly. All you need to do is hold down the take picture button and Burst Mode will automatically engage.
Play with your angles
Most of us take photos from where it is most convenient and just hold the phone out in front of us and snap away. Try squatting down and see what that does. Does the light change? Does the subject look different or more interesting? Have you now got a big blue sky taking up a large amount of the photo that makes the subject really pop?
Learn how to make the light work for you
While bright blue skies might be ideal while you are on holidays, they can be your worst enemy when it comes to taking a great photo. The best time of the day to take photos is the few hours after sunrise and the hours just before sunset. Of course, we want to take photos at all times of the day so if it is a glaring sunny day the most important rule is to take a photo with the sun behind you if shooting a landscape. If you are taking a photo of a person you don’t want the sun going into their eyes and making them squint so this is a good time to either find some shade or create some shade behind you so that they are not looking into the sun. The exception to this is if you want to create a silhouette effect and then you are best to take a photo with the sun in front of you and also to take the photo from a low angle.
Focus on the Subject
Once you have played around with taking photos you may have realised that your images look better when your subject is not front and centre but is to the right or the left, however you still want the subject to be the focal point of the image. With an I-phone once you have your photo lined up you can tap on the screen to tell your phone what you are wanting to focus on. Your phone will know that this subject is the priority and will direct its light towards the object or person and focus on it.