The days of clunky cameras, posed photographs and waiting for your prints are long behind us. High quality mobile cameras mean that everyone can snap away spontaneously, capturing those special moments we want to remember – with all the family together and enjoying themselves. But in the rush of Christmas excitement, flurries of opening presents and haste to pop Champagne corks and pour the fizz, phone photographs don’t always capture the festive ambiance we’re enjoying, ending up blurry, dark or confused.
To celebrate the Christmas season, Corinthia Hotel London teamed up with Laurent-Perrier to invite us along to a very special festive iPhone photography masterclass with talented photographer and lifestyle blogger The Rollinson London. If you follow The Rollinson on Instagram (and an awful lot of people do!), you’ll be aware of his uncanny knack of snapping sublime images of beautiful places – always the right angle, impeccable lighting and faultless composition. So who better to give us a few pointers on how to take the perfect iPhone photographs this Christmas?
Find Your Focus
What’s the focal point of your photo? Work out what you want to draw the eye to and focus in on that area by tapping on your screen, which helps to blur out the background. Less is more when it comes to successful photographs so make sure your shot isn’t too busy with lots of things going on all at once.
All About The Background
What’s in the background? In the rush to capture the moment, it can be easy to overlook what’s in the background of your shot. Bright lights? People sitting around and chatting? Move around and test out your shot from different angles so that you ensure that the background isn’t too hectic. Avoid photographs with too many colours in as this ends up looking messy too.
It can be oh-so-tempting to stick a filter on your pics and press ‘post’. But take a little time to explore the tools on offer and you’ll find that adjusting the brightness, warmth and contrast or adding highlights can make a real difference to your photo. You’ll end up with something much more natural – and interesting – than you would with a filter.
Of course, spontaneity is key, but don’t forget those festive details. Taking a family shot on Boxing Day? Get the Christmas tree in there! New Year’s Eve pic before you head out for the evening? Champagne or cocktails add that festive party feel. Step back, take time to look at the shot and see what’s missing.
Day To Night
Photographs always, always look better in natural light – and during the day. Whether it’s a picture of your Christmas tree or a snap of friends and family, try to remember to take the photo during the day, when you’ve got the advantage of natural light. If you are taking pictures at night, tools like Snapseed are highly recommended, allowing you to selectively change an image’s exposure and lighting.