iPhone photography tips at home: Backlit photos, FaceTime hacks, and more
Despite the downer that is the COVID-19, Hari Raya celebrations have still been creatively in full swing. We've seen heartwarming posts on Instagram as families gussy up in stunning garments for their Zoom visits, to make the most out of the unconventional Eid Mubarak this year. And sure, even when we're cooped in most of the time, that doesn't mean a good picture can't happen anymore.
Your living room could be turned into a photography studio if you're armed with the right tricks. Above, leading local photographers Yudhi Aristan, Melissa Patrice, and Javan Ng make a case for #stayhome photography, while illustrating a tip or two. To get started, here are some basics to play around with — even from your bedroom window.
Step 1: Find natural lighting
Lighting can make or break a photograph. Golden hour selfie addicts will swear by the difference that good, natural lighting can make. Try facing a large window if you're indoors, or open shade outside your home (just remember to abide by your local social distancing guidelines). Harsh lighting or backlight won't do you much good, so be sure to find natural light to help you achieve that effortless glow in your photos.
Step 2: Know your angles
When you're using the front-facing camera for selfies, hold the iPhone at arm's length and try out different angles. Once you've found your good side, feel free to snap away. You could even whip out your selfie sticks or tripods to take pictures with bigger groups, and experiment with framing. Don't forget to include your loved ones in your photos too!
Step 3: Props to make you a pro
If you're afraid of looking awkward in photos, grab a prop. A house plant or a mirror adds depth and dimension to an image, and makes it way more interesting to look at. Now you won't have to worry about where to place your hands in your photos.
Step 4: Try out filters
Filters are like ice cream flavours, and you get to determine which one you like best. The App Store will leave you spoilt for choice when it comes to photo editing apps with filter presets that can salvage even the least flattering photos. Add contrast or a lo-fi look to your photos, or even a black and white filter to amp up the dramatic element.
Step 5: FaceTime photography
On your device go to Settings > FaceTime and allow Live Photos to be captured during video calls. Then, start a FaceTime video call with anyone and you can get right into your remote photoshoot. Images will be automatically saved to the Photos app. FaceTime even allows you to capture Live Photos, so you can choose a different keyframe. Go to Edit > Live to select the perfect frame and edit away.