Turn That Phone
Banish the vertical black bars on each side of your photos. Every time you take a photo or video with your phone, take a moment to turn it to the horizontal position.
Avoid blurry pictures by keeping your elbows close to your body. Better yet, prop your elbows on a steady surface, or purchase an inexpensive tripod like this one.
Try not to use the zoom feature on your phone. A better option is to get close to your subject. Trust me, you'll be happier with the results.
Try a New Perspective
Think outside of the box. Instead of taking a picture of your subject straight on, move to the side, above, or below your subject to get a different perspective. You'll make your photos much more interesting this way.
Take Action Shots
Posed pictures are fine, but try taking action shots. Children and pets typically do not like posing for pictures. Catch them in action instead, and you will be delighted with the results. Rule of thumb - take pictures, lots of pictures!
Ditch the Selfie Stick
Selfie sticks are so 2014. Want to take an awesome group shot? Set up the shot using a tripod or a pop socket on a steady surface. Then, either utilize the timer feature on the phone, use that fancy new smartwatch or a Bluetooth remote.
Own an Android watch? Instructions for using your Android watch as a remote here. Have an Apple Watch? Instructions for using your Apple Watch as a camera remote here.
No smartwatch? Purchase a Bluetooth remote for your smartphone here.
There you have it. Six tips to make your 2017 holiday photos the best ever!