The holidays are here, and that means one thing Christmas lights.

And while many avid photographers will hit the streets with full gear this festive season, the rest of us will probably shoot with what's in our pockets.

Thankfully, phone cameras keep getting better and better at low-light photography, although there are some things to keep in mind for even more striking photos.

Singapore-based photographer Ivan Kuek shared some of his photos and tips on night photography with Mashable.

"Keep the phone's face parallel to the building," he said.


Portrait mode can make objects stand out
The latest iPhone 7 Plus also comes with "portrait mode," which uses its dual cameras and some software processing to fake some nice and often impressive depth-of-field effects.

Kuek said portrait mode requires a bit more light than the regular camera mode to work well.

"There should be a clear distance between the background and the subject in the foreground, to create a better bokeh effect," he added.

And because the effect is done with software trickery, it can get confused. Kuek noted that the iPhone can miss little patches of background areas in a photo, such as the triangle that's formed in the crook of the arm when someone poses with their arms on their hips.

The iPhone has also had trouble figuring out what to blur out with transparent materials or reflective surfaces.

This is the same scene as the one above, shot with the regular camera mode