According to professional photographer and creator of some of the original Instagram filters, Cole Rise, however, 'everyone is now a photographer in their own right' (stock image)
Christmas is a time to remember - the family are together, the festivity is high, and having an embarrassing image of your sibling asleep in a party hat is always going to come in handy.
With smartphones having replaced traditional cameras though, we're all becoming a bunch of lazy photographers.
Instead of waiting until the middle of February to develop Christmas photos only to find out your thumb covered the lens in half of them, we can now snap, see, share, repeat in a matter of seconds.
HOW TO TAKE BETTER PHOTOS ACCORDING TO A PRO
Professional photographer and brains behind some of the original Instagram filters, Cole Rise, has shared his advice on taking pictures with MailOnline.
These are the tips you should follow to ensure you capture super shots this Christmas.
1. Learn what all the setting and features on your phone's camera do.
2. Try and frame your photo, using the background to enhance the main point of focus.
3. Download photography apps to enhance your camera's core features.
4. Think outside the box and use feature in ways they weren't designed for.
5. Don't just point and shoot, work unusual angles to get a unique perspective.
6. Just because you have dozens of filters at your disposal doesn't mean you have to use them all at once.
7. When sharing your photos, don't overdo it. This will make them all feel less special.
According to professional photographer and creator of some of the original Instagram filters, Cole Rise, however, 'everyone is now a photographer in their own right.'
If that's the case, it's time to up your photo game and start getting the best shots possible. How? We asked Cole to find out.
1. GET TO KNOW YOUR KIT
Whether your handset's an iPhone or an Android, first you need to get to know your phone's camera.
Hit that camera 'Settings' button and start taking a look at the options hidden within.
Each phone will differ, but they'll be a few ever-present additions.
One of these, HDR, will help enhance your shots in a variety of settings.
Taking a number of stills simultaneously, each with a different exposure level, HDR mode instantly merges these together.
The result is a photo with more pop and colour.
Bright areas will be brighter, darks darker, and previously unseen nuances will appear in the middle.
2. THINK BEYOND THE PHOTO
It's easy to look through the screen of your phone, press the shutter button and think 'yeah, that'll do'.
Try building out the image beyond just the point of focus though.
Framing is key, and bringing elements of the background or surrounding area can help build a narrative beyond the static shot.
According to Mr Rise, that's key to a good shot.
'Think of the story behind the photo,' he told MailOnline.
'Every photo is a story in itself, it's not just an image. It has to say something.'
Ever wonder how Santa manages to deliver all those Christmas gifts in only one night?