Capturing the Festive Spirit: Festive Photography Tips


Streets buzzing with excitement, a time for friends and families to grow closer together, full of smiles, laughter, stories, and heartwarming reunions shared over dinners — these are the snapshots of life that we cherish deeply.

When you peel away the layers, the festive season is all about those precious, fleeting moments we share with our loved ones. And what’s a more heartfelt way to preserve these memories than by turning them into lasting snapshots? 

This blog is your ticket to capturing the heart and soul of the festivities. From candid photos to family portraits and more — with these photography tips, you won’t need the best camera phone to take stunning images.

Capturing the Festive Colours

The festivities are full of vibrant hues like red and opulent gold. Capture these colours and make them pop with these phone camera settings:

Saturation: Increase slightly to make your reds redder and get your golds to glow.

Contrast: Boost slightly to add depth to your images, making colours stand out against each other and the background.

HDR (High Dynamic Range): Activate this mode to capture a wider range of light and dark in your photos.

These settings are effective on any camera phone. Whether on Android phone or iPhone, you’ll be able to capture the best of the festive season colours with clarity and brilliance.

Perfecting Your Portraits: Family and Friends


Family portraits and photos with friends are more than just images; they are timeless keepsakes that encapsulate the joy and unity of the moment. A well-captured photo becomes a cherished memory, allowing us to relive the warmth and happiness of these gatherings for years to come. Follow these photography tips to take the perfect shot.

Seek Natural Light: Always aim for natural light to illuminate your subjects. It flatters features and brings out the genuine warmth in everyone's faces. Position your family or friends where the light is soft and even, avoiding the harsh midday sun that can cast strong shadows. 

Find the Best Angle: Experiment with different angles to find the most flattering perspective. Sometimes, a slight elevation (like shooting from eye level or above) can make the portrait more engaging and lively. 

Use Background Blur in Portrait Mode: Activate portrait mode to blur the background, focusing attention on faces.  Many camera phones will allow you to play around with this setting to find the best balance to highlight your subjects against the background.

Savouring the Flavour: Food Photography Tips

Half the fun of the festive season lies in the amazing, mouth-watering dishes that grace the table every meal. But wait! Before you eat, why not capture these culinary memories with your smartphone camera?
Macro Mode: Get up close with your dishes using macro mode. This lets you capture the intricate textures and vibrant colours of the delicacies, so good you’ll almost taste the flavours through your photos!
Play with Angles: Experiment with different angles to showcase the food’s best side. A top-down view is perfect for capturing the full feast, while side angles can emphasise the height and layers of a dish, adding drama to your shots.
By following these straightforward food photography tips, you can create images that not only showcase the beauty and detail of your dishes but also capture the warmth and joy of the festive, preserving your delicious memories for years to come!

Celebrate and Capture with Smartphones from M1

As we usher in each festive season, dive into the festive spirit with M1’s impressive lineup of the best camera smartphones to immortalise your celebrations. Featuring some of the best Android phone cameras on the market, like the Oppo Find N3 with its cutting-edge triple-camera setup with an impressive 50MP main sensor. The latest Samsung flagships with the best camera are available too, like the Galaxy S24 Ultra with its 108MP main camera, handy S-pen remote photo-taking function, and new Galaxy AI photo assist features. 
Plus, with M1’s irresistible smartphone deals, it’s easier than ever to up your photography game. This festive season, don’t just capture images, capture the emotions, stories, and vibrant essence of our traditions. Embrace the best in camera phone technology to help you transform fleeting moments into cherished memories, ensuring the spirit of the season stays alive in your heart and in your photo album forever.