iPhone® Device Photo Tips for The Holidays – From Greeting Cards to Family Photos

iPhone Photo Tips

The holidays are right around the corner! Are you getting ready to send out holiday greeting cards to your family and friends? Is your family putting the pressure on because you have not sent a holiday card yet? If you haven’t made holiday photo arrangements yet, don’t fret! Having a great holiday greeting card doesn’t require an expensive photo shoot, photo prints or even having to label and mail out cards.

Make the most of your phone this holiday season and use these iPhone device photo tips on holiday photo taking as well as some of the top apps for turning ordinary photos into holiday photos and greeting cards. These tips and apps are sure to help.

  1. Selfie-Stick

    First and foremost, if your family does not have a selfie stick, invest in one now. They are an inexpensive solution to fitting your entire family in one picture for a great holiday photo and you’ll wonder why you didn’t buy one sooner. Selfie sticks are common and finding a good but cheap option is relatively easy.

  2. Grid

    Making sure your photo is well balanced is key to making a family selfie look like a professional holiday photo. iPhone devices offer a grid option which is designed to help users maintain balance and make sure that the image is taken from a flattering angle. Go to the camera section of your iPhone device’s settings in order to enable the grid.

  3. HDR Auto

    The “High Dynamic Range” setting, also known as HDR Auto, is a feature that enables users to improve lighting for your pictures in dark settings without distorting the image. You can have this set on automatic, or turn it off and select times you want to turn it on. This makes taking a family holiday photo next to a Christmas tree, a menorah or holiday lights easy and aesthetic.

  4. Burst Mode

    Snapping a good family holiday photo means getting a picture where you, the kids and maybe even the pets are all standing still. Give yourself an opportunity to catch a photo with everyone in a good pose by using burst mode. This setting enables your phone to take many photos within a few seconds, catching any slight movement or stillness. You’re also likely to get a good laugh from some of the resulting images.

  5. YouCam

    Beautify and optimize your photos with this free app designed to make the most of your selfie. You can make edits or use filters to show off your family.

Holiday Greeting Card Apps

You’ll surely want to take a look at these apps for turning your holiday photo into a holiday greeting card.

  1. Ink Card: Holiday Greetings

    This app received high ratings on Apple®’s app store and is a great way of turning your iPhone device or iPad® tablet pictures into festive holiday cards for only $1.99 and they offer free shipping. They have a variety of illustrations, styles and layouts, and you can also add text to your card.

  2. Shutterfly: Photo Gifts and More

    Another highly rated app, Shutterfly, enables you to make holiday cards as well. This app provides unlimited 4×4 or 6×4 prints, making printing holiday cards an easy option no matter how tight of a budget you are on this holiday season. They also offer a large variety of inexpensive photo gifts such as calendars, mason jars, mugs and more so you can get some of your shopping done here as well.

  3. Red Stamp

    Another holiday card app that can be helpful this holiday season is Red Stamp. This app allows you to not only design cards in minutes, but allows you to have them directly shipped to loved ones for $3 including postage! You can also have them emailed, texted, Tweeted or even posted to Facebook and Instagram for loved ones to check out virtually.

If you are having trouble with the camera on your iPhone device or with any of the features, Experimac can help. Bring your phone to your local Experimac store and our highly trained techs will take a look at your camera and all of the settings to make sure you can get that great holiday photo taken.

Master iPhone® Device Photography: Top 10 Tips, Apps and Filters

Want to be an iPhone device photography expert? We’ve put together Experimac’s tips for taking the best portraits, landscape and action photos along with the top editing apps and filters. It’s time to take some epic summer pics!

iPhone® Device Photography Tips

  • Save time and use the camera shortcut
    The perfect moment to snap a picture can happen at any time. Isn’t that why we use our phones to take them? Do not waste time unlocking your phone to take a picture, simply swipe up from the bottom of your lock-screen and snap a shot. Don’t worry about privacy, your stored pictures cannot be accessed if you lock your screen.
  • Use the volume button to take pics
    The iPhone device’s thin design, while sleek, can make taking pictures difficult, particularly selfies when you want to be sure you have a good grip on the phone. You may find it easier to use the volume buttons to take pictures instead.
  • HDR Auto
    High Dynamic Range, or HDR, could drastically improve your pictures by allowing you to take pictures that may have high contrast light, such as a bright sunset, without distorting any part of the picture. You can turn this feature on or off at any time, but many find it helpful to rely on iOS 8’s HDR Auto feature which leaves it up to your iPhone device’s sensor to turn it on or off.
  • Burst Mode
    Summer time typically brings adventures and trips out and about. That doesn’t mean your pictures have to be blurry. Use Burst Mode when chasing after the kids, going for a ride or for any picture you try to capture in motion. By taking pictures in burst mode, the quick succession means a better chance of getting a clear shot of the image you want in addition to more options to choose from.
  • Grid
    iPhone devices have a grid option installed. It is designed to help you keep your pictures balanced, straight and on-point. You can enable this feature by going to the camera section of your iPhone device’s settings.

iPhone® Device Photography Filters

  • Filters
    There are many applications that you can use to spice up your photos and edit colors and crop any image. These apps can be particularly beneficial if you plan on uploading pictures to social media accounts. Some apps such as Snapchat or Instagram offer their own fun and colorful filters for pictures and videos. Test them out and see what you come up with!

iPhone® Device Photography Apps

  • Snapseed
    This free photo editing app easily handles any of your iPhone picture enhancing needs. You can use it for processing techniques, including exposure, color, cropping, sharpening and perspective correction. You can even remove unwanted objects from your photos, or use the Brush or Selective tool to adjust the color and brightness of just one part of your photo.
  • PicsArt Photo Studio (iOS)
    PicsArt is a free app that delivers in an easy-to-use format for editing photos. With this app, you can create fun layouts, collages and mashups of all your fun summer pics. Make your social media picture posts more interesting this summer with this app.
  • Boomerang
    This free app from the creators of Instagram makes everyday moments fun and unexpected. With this app, you can create captivating mini videos that loop back and forth, then share them with your friends. Make a fun short video by finding something that’s moving, or create a video-selfie by switching to the front-facing camera.
  • YouCam
    Designed to help you optimize your selfie-game, YouCam has the easiest-to-use beautification tools that provide amazing results, plus other editing options and collages. Anyone who is serious about their selfies will love this app.

Having trouble with your iPhone device’s camera? Get that fixed before summer kicks into full swing at your local Experimac store. No appointment is necessary and most repairs are completed while you wait.