Planning your photoshoot at home? Nowadays, there are all kinds of DIY backdrop ideas you can throw together using everyday household items and a bit of imagination. “I wanted to emphasise the joy of graduation despite celebrating in my little dorm room,” Lee says. If you have a small space to work with, try repurposing your home decor as scenery. “I used my curtains as a fabric backdrop and used my wall art to supplement my portraits.“ A flattering background could even set the stage for a grand entrance to your virtual graduation ceremony.
Hint: If there’s too much going on in the background, hit the ‘Blur’ icon on the lower right-hand corner of the viewfinder in Portrait mode. Then, adjust your blur to see the effect in real time. You can also do this after you’ve taken the photo by clicking ‘Change background effect’ to adjust the blur, then ‘Apply’ to pop against your surroundings. “You can click on specific areas to refocus after shooting, which is a feature I look for on DSLRs,” Lee explains. “I’d never imagined a phone camera doing it in post-process.”