With the holidays just around the corner, your calendar is going to fill up soon. Between festive cocktails, family dinners, and the office’s Secret Santa exchange, you’ll be a jolly social butterfly in the upcoming weeks. You’ll also be in your fair share of group snaps, as a camera’s never too far away at these holiday get-together.
If you’re tired of looking like a hot mess in pic after pic, it’s time you learn how to put your best face forward. Keep scrolling to learn the basic rules of taking a great holiday photo. These tips will help you pose like a professional.
1. Get the right Equipment
We know, the old excuse that it’s, “not you, it’s the camera!” is an old one, but sometimes, it’s true. Taking pictures with an old Moto G, equipped with just an 8MP camera, doesn’t do anyone favors — even if you’re an Instagram model. The iPhone XS Max, on the other hand, helps everyone look their best.
Its dual 12MP True Depth camera, True Tone Flash, Smart HDR, Image-signal processor, and sliding Bokeh work together to create the best looking photographs taken on a smartphone. Admittedly, this list of features is quite a mouthful. Basically, all you need to know is the XS Max ushers in Apple’s new era of mobile photography.
2. Hold Steady
Finally, you managed to snap a shot in which everyone is throwing lewks and no one has their eyes close. It took several pics and a few rearrangements to get, so you’re desperate to send this off to the group chat. Only — you realize it’s blurry because whoever was holding the camera was shaking like a leaf.
Blurry photographs ruin an otherwise perfect picture. Same with those pics where you manage to lose your grip on the phone.
The sleek XS Max is far too easy to drop when it’s without an iPhone skin. Serious photographers know that they need some help from a company like dbrand. They produce the best holiday photo-proof iPhone XS Max skins out there.
Their latest design comes with a pattern of individually textured honeycombs to create the best grip possible, making it easier to hold tight and steady throughout any photoshoot.
You should put a skin on your iPhone XS Max, and think about adding a selfie stick into your holiday repertoire. Together, these accessories can banish blurry photos from ruining your snaps.
3. Take Advantage of Decorations
If you were to show someone pics from last Christmas or Hanukkah, would they know the photos were taken during the holidays? If not, that was a serious misuse of setting.
You can inject an easy sense of holiday cheer by snapping pics by the tree, menorah, or garlands decorated with stringed lights.
Just be careful to adjust the Lightroom app on your XS Max. This gives you the ability to manually adjust your exposure to balance bright bulbs in dark rooms.
You may also want to turn on a few extra lamps than normal to brighten any shadows the XS Max can’t improve through its Smart HDR.
4. Switch up the Angles
When you’re the star of several, frighteningly bad photographs, it’s easy to get in a funk. You stand in one spot, taking pic after pic hoping you’ll eventually nail it.
You know what they say about doing the same thing expecting different results. It can drive you mad!
Stave off holiday photo insanity by shaking things up. Move around and try different angles. They won’t always work, but you might find something that suits you.
You could do with learning something from the queen of selfies, Kim Kardashian. Have you noticed you rarely see her facing the camera face on? That’s not just a coincidence. Most people look better in a slight profile — particularly their left side according to science.
Another trick Kim K uses is a downwards pointing camera angle. By having to look up to meet the lens, she has to straighten her neck and jut out her chin, creating a more angular look to her jawline.
Stay away from a camera that points up. This will force you to look down at the lens, potentially creating an unflattering double chin in the process.
Bad holiday photos aren’t a perquisite of the season. You can banish awkward and ugly snaps from your holiday tradition with a little time and effort. Just put some thought into your next photograph and remember these tips to help you iron out the kinks.
These four basic steps will lead you to the perfect pic this season. You’ll look so good, you may even want to use it as the header of next year’s holiday email chain!