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Want to find your balance this Ramadan? Apple have teamed up with these regional talents to show you how

Want to find your balance this Ramadan? Apple have teamed up with these regional talents to show you how

These images are so captivating...

Text: Meeran Mekkaoui


Image: Supplied | Apple

Apple have teamed up with these regional talents to celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan...

Let's be honest. Finding balance during Ramadan can be quite a challenge. There's plenty of staying up too late and over-eating (those sweets included) and that's without taking into account of how the lack of physical activity and spiritual connection affect your daily routines.

So, Apple have decided to celebrate the concept of balance in a forward-thinking way. The tech giant have teamed up with talented photographers from the region to take part in a campaign, titled Finding Balance.

Going beyond just photographs, Ola Allouz from the UAE and Mansour AlSofi from Saudi Arabia, captured a slew of captivating images that highlight moments of reflection, family connection and physical activity — all delivering one message: "Finding balance during the holy month of Ramadan".

All taken on the iPhone XS, look at how beautiful this imagery is...

Speaking of the concept and collaboration, Emirati Ola Allouz said: "I enjoyed working on this collection of photos as it reflects a personal principle that I try to follow every year. I strive to achieve balance during the month of Ramadan by spending time nurturing my spiritual side and connecting with family and friends while ensuring that this time is of quality and away from external influences".

In addition to that, Ola shared her personal tips for how to stay balanced: "During Ramadan I pay a lot of attention to my health, I watch my diet, sleeping hours and try to maintain a good level of physical activities."

Speaking of his own personal gallery of images, Mansour AlSofi said: "This collection of photos felt really special to me since it reminds of the importance of achieving balance and focusing on important things in all aspects of our lives especially during these holy days." He later added, "The month of Ramadan is based on the principle of balance. Unfortunately, there are many who go against the values of Ramadan by over-eating, staying up too late, and watching TV excessively."

If you're looking to capture similar images on your iPhone, the photography duo have shared some tips on how to 'Find Balance'...

1. Planning and location

Plan your photo session, as arriving at a location without a plan won't help you achieve the desired results. Once you identify the subject you want to shoot, choose the appropriate location that has the elements needed to help you capture perfect photo. For example, if you'd like to photograph a reflection, choose a place that has water pools to help you capture a nice reflection on the surface of the water.

2. Team spirit

Having a healthy team spirit is essential to getting a job done quickly and easily. If you're subject includes people, convey the idea and the scene you have in mind to them and share it with the team to achieve better results.

3. Use Smart HDR

Using this technology allows you to get the appropriate lighting for your shots by combining the different brightness levels in the scene and integrating them to get the correct lighting, especially in images that include a bright sky. And if you want to take a picture of a moving object, the faster sensors, Smart HDR, and zero shutter lag combined will let you freeze a moment in time and capture a clearer image.

4. Activate the Grid feature

Since we're looking for balance in these shots, the Grid feature is best suited to get the desired sense of balance in composition. This feature divides the screen into horizontal and vertical lines to help you keep your lines straight and ensure that the spaces are evenly distributed in your shot.

5. Adjust focus on your phone

You can adjust the focus on your phone by touching and holding the screen to close the focus point, which helps control the brightness level by raising or lowering it.

6. Shooting reflections

As mentioned earlier, you can get beautiful reflections by shooting water pools, and you can add water to create pools to get the right reflection. You must hold the phone horizontally and get close to the water pool to get a balanced reflection and capture the scene.

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