Tips and tricks on mastering iPhone photography during home lockdown

Due to recent Covid-19 social distancing rules, nobody can gather in confined spaces. But technology defies this restriction, allowing us to connect digitally. Live Zoom calls and mobile snapshots are some of many ways to network in real-time. Hence, there's no excuse for you to skip birthday parties and festival celebrations.

Here's how you can create photos via FaceTime on Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad and Mac:

– On your device go to Settings > FaceTime and toggle 'allow' to capture Live Photos during video calls.

– Make a FaceTime video call with one person or a group and start creating. Images will be automatically saved to the Photos app.

Alternatively, hone your indoor photography skills while you're stuck home. Take cues from these prominent local photographers to capture unforgettable moments happened at home or the scenic view outside your apartment window.

Yudhi Aristan

Credit: Yudhi Aristan. Shot on iPhone 11 Pro
Credit: Yudhi Aristan. Shot on iPhone 11 Pro
Credit: Yudhi Aristan. Shot on iPhone 11 Pro
Credit: Yudhi Aristan. Shot on iPhone 11 Pro

Showcasing how easy it is to take amazing photos from home, Aristan edited all photos using native iOS editing features with just slight enhancements. His tips for shooting at home include:

– Remember to switch off the lights in your house to avoid glare, Tap your screen on the brightest spot and slide the brightness cursor down to create the silhouette effect, you will immediately notice that the ambient colour is enhanced. When you are shooting In backlit condition, remember to switch on smart HDR function in your camera setting.

– Use props, find an interesting angle to create story and drama. You can make use of the curtains, reflection from the glass window or your hands.

– Turn on live photo while shooting food preparation, you don’t want to miss the perfect moment!

Melissa Patrice

Credit: Melissa Patrice. Shot on iPhone 11 Pro
Credit: Melissa Patrice. Shot on iPhone 11 Pro
Credit: Melissa Patrice. Shot on iPhone 11 Pro
Credit: Melissa Patrice. Shot on iPhone 11 Pro

Better known for her food photography, Patrice shows she is just as talented when it comes to landscape photography, sharing Singapore has been blessed with epic sunsets lately.

She used the Wide Angle Lens to capture these amazing sceneries and did simple edits on the VCSO app.

Javan Ng

Credit: Javan Ng. Shot on iPhone 11 Pro Max
Credit: Javan Ng. Shot on iPhone 11 Pro Max
Credit: Javan Ng. Shot on iPhone 11 Pro Max

Ng shares the recent effects of less pollution and moisture in the atmosphere during the Circuit Breaker period—clearer skyline and beautiful sunsets in Singapore.

Taken from the window of his apartment, Ng uses Wide Angle and Telephoto lens as well as Night mode and Smart HDR to capture the intense colours and contrasts shown in these photos.

Adobe Lightroom Mobile edits and fine-tunes the horizon while adding some additional clarity and contrast to the photos.

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