With all that is going on during the holidays you may find getting out the camera doesn’t rank so high on your priorities. Here are a collection of tips on how to use capture some precious moments with your smartphone.
Lifehacker reminds us that it starts with light.
You can capture some of the most spectacular sunsets during winter.
Of tasty food:
iPhone food photography can turn ugly pretty quickly if you don’t light things properly, so if you are in a dimly lit room or restaurant, instantly add light by using photo flashlight (a continuous light source).
Or even pictures of lights:
The best time to capture outdoor festive lights with an iPhone is during “blue hour” just before it goes completely dark. Catching the lights while you have enough ambient light will help you avoid getting blurry photos.
Cambridge In Colour has a nice intro (or refresher) on the rule of thirds.
The rule of thirds is all about creating the right aesthetic trade-offs. It often creates a sense of balance — without making the image appear too static — and a sense of complexity — without making the image look too busy.
Ken Rockwell shares his techniques with any camera.
Try new things:
There are 150 years of photo technology programmed into your 35mm camera. Use it.
Even if your smartphone isn’t 35mm, it still has all of the same technology built it, and probably new stuff as well.
No photograph is an exact reproduction. All photographs distort reality. As you become familiar with how your materials interpret reality you will learn to recognize under what conditions you get the results you want. Knowing that, you will start to photograph more under the right conditions, and also seek out those conditions.
You will learn what things need to look like to your eye to get the results you want in a photograph.
One hint is that the contrast needs to look very low to your eye to look OK in a photograph. Photographs pick up contrast.
Prepare to take bad shots along with the good:
There is no right and no wrong. The rule of thirds is not a rule and rules are for idiots. Just go make good photos. A good photo is one you or someone else likes. There are no formulas or grades or scores.
Finally, head to your App Store / App Market and find some cool photography applications.