The holiday season is officially upon us, and our phones have made it easier than ever to capture special moments from our time away.
Here's our five top tips on how to capture the most envious holiday photos on a smartphone.
Get closer to the action
Whether your mates are surfing the waves, or waving from the top of a theme park ride, the action may sometimes seem far away, Never fear, however, as smartphone camera tech has seen some terrific advances in Optical Zoom.
Get up close and personal to your subject matter with the iPhone 7 Plus, which offers 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom, letting you snap clearer photos from even further.
If your subject is only a stone’s throw away, the iPhone 7 Plus also has amazing sensors which result in a larger depth of field, meaning that the phone is able to get a sharper focus of nearby subjects.
It’s all about the angles
Angles are just as important in holiday snaps as they are in selfies. Millions of people will have snapped the same iconic landmark as you, so to really make your holiday pictures something special get creative with angles.
The HTC U11 is a great phone for trying out different angles as the new squeeze technology allows users to capture pictures just with the squeeze of a hand – perfect for keeping steady in tricky positions.
The rule of thirds is great for capturing the full beauty of the scenery and subject matter all in one photograph too, especially when experimenting with angles. All iPhones have the grid mode too which can be turned on in settings, and allows you to line up the picture within the intersecting lines – which is great for shots where the subject is off-centre.
Let there be light
Lighting plays a pivotal role in the quality of any photograph and can be quite problematic when in a country where the sun is extremely bright. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has a brilliant HDR (High Dynamic Range) capability, meaning it's able to capture high quality shots in bright conditions, as well as stunning 4K video.
For a cool halo effect around your subject, shoot them in the direction of the sun rather than away from it– not only does this add a nice effect but it also eliminates the issues of squinting from your holiday companion.
Make the most of features and editing tools
Smartphones now come with a wide range of great features to give photographs a professional feel and finish. The iPhone 7 Plus now has depth of field capabilities on par with DSLR cameras which allow users to be able to focus on the subject and blur the background – which can give the photograph a very professional look.
There is also nothing wrong with using a few apps to enhance the beauty of your photographs. Photo editing apps such as Snapseed have a multitude of filters and tools to improve the quality of your holiday pictures. But remember not to go overboard, as you don’t want to lose the true beauty of the memories from your time away.
Store your stunning snaps
The physical photo album is a rare sight these days. We mostly store our pics on our phone, ready for a scroll whenever we're feeling nostalgic for that special holiday. Our handsets can only house so much, however, and microSD cards, USB drives, and external hard drives all come with a price tag. The smart way to store is with cloud based services, which allow you to save your cash.
Many cloud services will offer a start-up account for free, with a fee required if you want to upgrade your space. The snap-tastic Google Pixel however, not only comes with a stunning 12.3MP camera, but also free unlimited phone storage too - perfect for all your special memories.
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