How to take great Raya photos for the 'gram

With the iPhone 7, these photographers show you how to make the most of your Instagram feed on Hari Raya week

Raya time is family time - and one with many photo opportunities to flood your Instagram with.

If you're clueless about how to shoot great Insta-worthy Hari Raya photos, it's not too late. Armed with an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus as their camera of choice, four photographers share great smartphone photography tips and tricks you can use for this festive Raya week. 


Husband-wife Malaysian photography couple Ahady Rezan (@huxsterized) and Shaz Sharif (@moksva) are better known for their minimalistic approach to photos on Instagram. This Raya though, they took their iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 back to their hometown to capture the Raya spirit.

For taking great photos of friends and family, Ahady says light is key – there should always be sufficient light in the photo. Framing is important too, basic rule of thirds helps a lot (enabled by heading to Settings > Photos & Camera > Grid).

Don’t forget to autofocus. Tap the screen on your subject’s face so you’ll get a pleasing blur that separates the foreground from the background. Once that’s done, adjust the brightness of the photo by sliding your finger up and down the screen. Do it slowly and moderately, so the photo doesn’t end up over or underexposed.

Your subject of choice should be positioned properly, making the most of the surrounding colours as that helps establish the mood of the shot.

And speaking of the surrounding colours, here’s an example of Ahady and Shaz’s idea on playing with rich fabrics amid an earthy, rustic surrounding.

This is how great composition and subject framing is key when taking a photo. Shoot multiple times, and try different poses so you can choose the best framing later.

(Raya) food photography

Shaz loves her traditional kampung delicacies, especially when dressed up in a fantastic flatlay.

She says style and placement is key, noting that you might want to add extra props to suit the mood. And shoot in natural light – hold your iPhone high in the air to get a straight shot looking down from atop.

Shaz adds that exposure should kept moderate. Look at the white subject in your frame as a guide so you’ll know your photo isn’t over or underexposed.