Photography

5 Tips for Creating a
Festive Holiday GIF

Filmmaker Iz Harris shows you how to raise the bar on your holiday cards.

A young boy in pajamas crouching on a window sill, there is a brightly-lit christmas tree on his left. A young boy in pajamas crouching on a window sill, there is a brightly-lit christmas tree on his left.

This year, dare to be different and make your holiday card a crowd favorite. Iz Harris is revamping the traditional season’s greetings and getting into the GIF-giving spirit. Check out her tips on how to make a GIF for Instagram that dazzles your followers.

A mother, father and a son  getting ready to put up decorations in the family home. A mother, father and a son  getting ready to put up decorations in the family home.
1

Set the scene

Make your surroundings magical. A well-lit tree and some twinkling lights will give you some dreamy bokeh effects while showing off your home’s glittering holiday vibe. Wondering what type of lights work best? “I love the vintage, colorful, ceramic bulbs and the bokeh they create, so I always use these,” says Iz.

There are two images overlayed on top of eachother of a mother, father and their two sons taking a selfie. They are sitting in front of their decorated window sill and there's a brightly-lit christmas tree behind them. There are two images overlayed on top of eachother of a mother, father and their two sons taking a selfie. They are sitting in front of their decorated window sill and there's a brightly-lit christmas tree behind them.
TIP
Don’t miss the moment—use Auto Focus on the Galaxy Note10 to lock in on your scene.
2

Start capturing

Gather your people and get ready to record your video. If you’re filming with a group, then Ultra Wide is the way to go. “We found the Ultra Wide lens to be invaluable when trying to squeeze each of us into a shot together,” says Iz. Another option is to record your video from a distance using your S Pen as a control.

A young boy playing with holiday lights viewed through the Galaxy Note10's screen. You can see grid lines and  lens options on the phone's screen. A young boy playing with holiday lights viewed through the Galaxy Note10's screen. You can see grid lines and  lens options on the phone's screen.
Background Blur
Use Live focus video on the Galaxy Note10 to add bokeh and depth of field to your videos.
3

Add some holiday flair

A little motion can add energy and visual interest to your video. For Iz, a simple way to do this is playing with what’s around you. "I love capturing the real moments, the hanging of ornaments, placing the star on a tree, or playing house with the toy reindeer,” she says.

"I love capturing the real moments, the hanging of ornaments, placing the star on a tree, or playing house with the toy reindeer.”

Two shots side by side. The image on the left shows the variety of clips available on the phone's photo gallery and the image on the right shows the editing tool. Two shots side by side. The image on the left shows the variety of clips available on the phone's photo gallery and the image on the right shows the editing tool.
4

Make a GIF

Now that you’ve captured the magic, it’s time to transform your recording into a GIF. Simply launch your Gallery app and press “play” on your video. Once the video starts rolling, select the GIF icon in the upper-right corner of your screen. From here, you can edit playback speed and trim the content. Once you’re satisfied, just hit save.

An in-phone view of the "share to Instagram" option on the Galaxy Note10. There are bokeh holiday lights in the background. An in-phone view of the "share to Instagram" option on the Galaxy Note10. There are bokeh holiday lights in the background.
5

Share instantly

All done? Tap “share” straight from your phone’s gallery and post your GIF directly to Instagram. Now the only thing left is coming up with a great caption.

Spread the holiday magic

Whether you’re looking to create the perfect holiday GIF or just searching for an awesome gift , the Galaxy Note10 and our holiday gift guide have you covered.

A moody drone shot of Iz Harris laying on a bed of dark green grass, she is wearing a tan jacket, black top, denim jeans and black sandals. A moody drone shot of Iz Harris laying on a bed of dark green grass, she is wearing a tan jacket, black top, denim jeans and black sandals.

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Iz Harris

Filmmaker and #TeamGalaxy member based in Washington DC.

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