First off, a huge thank you to all who entered to win the Domino Book Giveaway. My husband drew Claire Cuevas’s name from all the entries. You can see the video on my Instagram of the drawing but I had problems posting it here on the blog. Now, on to today’s post.

The holidays are here and that means most of us will be taking lots of photos. In order to get the best photos possible I have five quick and easy tips for better holiday photos using your iPhone or other cell phone camera.

  1. Check battery and storage. Okay, I know this sounds like a no brainer but I have been with friends twice in the last couple of weeks who either had a dying phone battery or saw the dreaded “Cannot Take Photo” window pop up on their screen.

img_7148So before you head out to the party or celebration take a minute to check your available storage in settings. If you are running low then delete some old photos to make room for new. Don’t forget there are two steps to free up storage and you can read about the two steps HERE.

2.  Turn off the flash. Nothing kills a good photo faster than a harsh unflattering flash. Turn on the room lights (even if only for a minute), get near a window or do whatever it takes but do not use the in-camera flash.

3. Move in close. Don’t be timid. Cell phone cameras have a very wide angle lens so to get great shots move right in and get up close. Decide what the subject of your photo is and then move in as close as possible to fill the frame with your subject. For example if you are taking a photo of someone opening a gift it’s not important to see the sofa they are sitting on or the room they are in or much of anything else expect the gift and the expression on their face as they open the gift. Remember too…never use your two fingers and pinch to get in close. Zoom with your feet not with your fingers.

4. Get the correct exposure and focus before you shoot. If you are using an iPhone and the image looks either too dark to too light then manually adjust the expose until it looks good.


Simply place your finger on the screen until a yellow box appears with a little sun icon to the right. Then move your finger either up or down the screen to lighten or darken as desired. You can read about it in more detail Here.

5. Take lots of photos! One of the biggest differences between an amateur and a professional photographer is the number of photos they take. A professional will take multiple shots of the same photo. They will try different angles, move things around,and look at the screen to see what might be distracting in the back ground or how the photo can be improved. An amateur however takes one maybe two shots then wonders why their images don’t look that great….which brings us back to tip number one!


I want to wish you all a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year. I am grateful beyond words for each and every one of you who take time out of your busy lives to read my blog. I’ll be taking a short break over Christmas and New Years but back in early January with plenty more design inspiration and iPhone photography tips.

May 2017 bring you Peace, good health and prosperity.




Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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