It’s that time of year where we’ll see loads of badly taken photos of Christmas meals and gatherings, with images having been edited to within an inch of their life, taken in extremely poor lighting conditions, or perhaps even worse, just utterly bland. But it doesn’t have to be that way because Sony has teamed up with renowned photographer David Loftus to provide some top tips on how to take a great picture with a minimum of fuss.
Needless to say, Sony says that the tips provided by David Loftus, who has shot photography for Jamie Oliver and produced editorials for Conde Naste Traveller and Red (yes, I Googled him), are best suited to making the most of the Xperia 5’s cameras, but really they apply to everyone with any brand of smartphone. If you are taking an average of six shots before getting that perfect picture of friends and family, a dinner table shot or perhaps your favorite four-legged companion, why not take a look at the tips listed below:
Shoot your Christmas dinner near a window. Allow as much natural light as possible to ensure the details are captured. However, when shooting in low light, be sure to keep the camera as steady as possible, using a vase or bottle as a quick and effective tripod
PROPS FOR SHOTS
As many as 64% of millennials claim they will be adding some decorative additions to the table to ensure the most social media-worthy shots including sequins, velvet ribbons & Christmas figurines. Try using props as reflectors or diffusers, such as white napkins, books, or greaseproof paper from the kitchen drawer, to diffuse harsh lighting or create interesting shapes and shadows on the table
THE LAW OF THIRDS
Use the law of thirds to frame your shot; position the subject so that it fills approximately 1/3 of the image, allowing for 2/3 of negative space. This creates a much more interesting composition, ensuring the eye is naturally drawn to the detail. The Xperia 5 has a built-in option which brings gridlines up on your screen, to make taking a perfectly proportioned shot as easy as possible
PLAY AROUND WITH BOKEH (AND OTHER EFFECTS)
Play around with features such as ‘bokeh’ which really help to elevate your subject matter, focusing the viewer’s attention on the thing you want to stand out the most, helping to produce stunning, professional-standard photography using your smartphone
KEEP IT REAL
When uploading shots onto social media channels, don’t over-edit. Keep the images authentic and avoid using too many filters to ‘hide’ how the food really looks
Let us know in the comments how your festive photoshoots turn out.
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