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. 

The golden hour

Ivan Kuek (@phonenomenon) is the man behind Instagram Singapore (@sgig) and shoots only with the iPhone, capturing everything from street, portraits to architecture. This Raya, he set off on an evening stroll around historic Arab Street in Singapore, aiming to share his tips on taking photos at dusk – the magical yet slim window between light and dark. 


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.