How to take the best St. Patrick's Day photos

iPhone 11 Pro Midnight Green cameras
iPhone 11 Pro Midnight Green cameras (Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

St. Patrick's Day is upon us once again, folks! That's right — March 17, 2020, is the day when you can celebrate all day long by wearing a lot of green, enjoying some green colored beer (or your favorite green cocktail) with friends, and just have a good time. But of course, you're going to want to capture those memories through pictures and video, because you may end up having too much of a good time (don't forget to be responsible when you're done and need to head home). Here are some tips on capturing this boozy holiday to remember forever.

It's all about green

Patrick Fore Irish Green Beer Unsplash

Patrick Fore Irish Green Beer Unsplash (Image credit: Patrick Fore @patrickian4 / Unsplash)

St. Patrick's Day is all about the green, so let's get as much green as possible in your photos! This is also relatively easy to do — just wear some green clothes, put on some green eyeshadow, use green-colored props, have some green accessories on (like a green Apple Watch band), be in a green environment, and anything else that's green. Just take a look around you, green is bound to be around somewhere, so make use of it for St. Patrick's Day photos!

I mean, you could maybe even find a lucky four-leaf clover if you look hard enough. Plus, you can always use filters and adjust color settings in a picture in post-editing to really bring those greens out, or even highlight them.

Top of the Boomerang to ya

A Boomerang gif

A Boomerang gif (Image credit: iMore)

Boomerangs are a popular format on Instagram Stories that allows users to create quick GIFs or animated pictures to share with their followers. They're super short and consist of a fast burst of photos that are stitched together into a mini video that plays forward and backward on a loop. Honestly, they're definitely made for the younger crowd, but hey, I enjoy them all the same. They're just fun!

For St. Patrick's Day, Boomerangs can be great for capturing that moment when you or your buddies chug down a green beer, doing a dance at the Irish pub, kissing someone because they're Irish, or whatever other St. Patrick's shenanigans you come up with.

Leprechaun spotted

The mascot for St. Patrick's Day is...the leprechaun! If you really want to up your St. Patrick's Day festivities, then you can dress the part when going to the local pub or bar.

But if you're too shy to be the leprechaun, then maybe you will find someone else who stepped up and took one for the team. If that's the case, make sure to get some pictures with those amazing leprechauns! After all, they only come out once a year.

Have a selfie stick

Adonit V-Grip Stand Selfie Stick

Adonit V-Grip Stand Selfie Stick (Image credit: Karen Freeman/iMore)

When it comes to St. Patrick's Day, chances are high that you'll be with your good friends while enjoying that green beer. You'll probably be capturing a lot of shots of your friends, but what about getting a group shot of everyone together, with you in it?

That's where a selfie stick, or even a gimbal, would come in handy. There are a ton out there on the market, and they all operate via Bluetooth, and some come with remote shutter controls. We would recommend the Adonit V-Grip, which also doubles as a stand.

With a selfie stick, you can extend your iPhone far out enough to get you and all of your buds in the picture. Now smile and show off your Irish side!

Experiment with lens accessories

iPod touch 7 with Hit Case lenses and clip

iPod touch 7 with Hit Case lenses and clip (Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

If you're aiming to get some St. Patrick's Day photos from a different perspective, then try some lens accessories. There are many different brands out there, but you can always look for wide, ultra-wide, fisheye, and even macro lenses — these are always fun to experiment with.

For example, take a look at that green beer. It probably has some bubbles on the surface, right? Take a macro lens to it and you're sure to get something cool to photograph! Or use a fisheye lens on a group of happy drunks to imitate the art of beer goggles (combine this with photo editing apps for the full effect).

How are you remembering your St. Patrick's Day festivities?

These are just some tips to help you capture and remember your St. Patrick's Day tomfoolery with friends. What are your favorite tips? Let us know in the comments!

Christine Chan

Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.