6 Top tips for great shots over Christmas

1. Use your Olloclip Macro lens to create beautiful bokeh

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The olloclip macro lense is your best friend at Christmas – great for getting some really creative effects like Bokeh or beautiful details like Christmas berries. The olloclip macro lenses are really intended to capture tiny little subjects (which it does brilliantly) but point a macro lens at any ordinary lights and a whole new magical world will open.

Attach any of the macro lenses to your iPhone, point the lense at some festive lights and Voila – beautiful Bokeh – lovely on it’s own or try combing another photo for an interesting result. (as shown above)

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2. Contrasting colours
Certain colours will “zing” against each other like blues and reds and green and orange. In winter, clear blue skies can make great contrasts to subjects like the red berries below.

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Winter Berries by Nicki Fitz-Gerald

A snowy scene can make a great a great background to a subject that is brightly coloured. If you’re lucky enough to get snow, bright colours will look fabulous against the neutral white of the snow.

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Let it snow! by Nicki Fitz-Gerald

3. Indoors – use available light


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Use available light to light up your subject. When you start looking, especially over the Christmas period, there are plenty of light sources around. Use fairy lights, candlelight, light from fridges, ovens and even mobile devices to light up your subject.

4. The unexpected

Christmas Pooch

Mum’s gone to Iceland by Nicki Fitz-Gerald

The beauty of using your cameraphone is that you never miss a shot and you are more likely to get something unique. I took the image pictured above while waiting in a queue inside of the shop. The colourful snowflake stickers on the window linked nicely with the pattern on his little knitted jumper. I blurred a lot of the image to bring attention to these two elements.

5. Winter light

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Winter sun by Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Outdoors – The crisp, low winter light can make for great silhouettes. Point your camera lens (not your eyes!) straight at the sun with your subject between the sun and the camera lens. Have your camera set to burst mode so you don’t miss the shot.

6. Frame your subject


Baby, it’s cold outside by Paul Brown (Skipology)

Try going outside of your house and shooting the scene from outside the window. Windows make great frames for scenes such as this delightful subject by Paul Brown (Skipology). You can find more of Skipology’s great images on instagram and flickr.

Nicholas Xanthos  You might also like our festive roundup of tutorials including turning photos into a wintry scene

Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Co-author of The Art of iPhoneographyCentral. Founder of iPhoneographyCentral.com



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