Taking Christmas Pictures
The holidays are a time for festivities and bright, brilliant colors and lights. They're moments you'll want to capture and share with others for years to come. Most people want to use both cameras and videos for still photographs and live action footage.
So what's the best way to catch those special moments in time? You don't need to be a professional to produce stunning photos. We offer some simple tips to get you started. Remember to stock up on color film or memory cards before the holidays so you can snap pictures spontaneously to remember fun and humorous times you wouldn't have otherwise.
Traditional 35mm cameras with color film are still popular, but most people are not professionals and opt for digital cameras or use their smart phones for casual pics. The benefits of digital photography are outstanding. You can review your shots and choose to delete and re-shoot the image for a better shot. Special effects are a bonus too, and can make your pictures stand out.
What's also great about digital cameras is that you can plug them right into your computer and edit the pictures with software if you wish. Then, you can share them to family and friends via email or social media. If you have a color printer, you can print them off on special paper. Most televisions have a jack or memory card slot you can use for presenting slide shows for special events.
Another alternative is to upload Christmas photos directly to your blog or a photo service such as Instagram, Photobucket, Flicker, and scores of other places. Then, all you have to do is send the link to people so they can view the photographs at their leisure. Keep in mind that by doing this, your pictures are there for the world to see. Even if your settings are on private, they may get out.
Don't wait until Christmas day to begin photographing. Prepare for the holidays in advance by taking practice shots of tree lights, outdoor lights, decorations and candles so you can determine when you need a flash, the flash range of the camera, and what shutter speed to use. Be creative and decorate areas specifically for the family to pose. Backgrounds are very important. Avoid direct sunlight, busy surroundings, and too-dark backgrounds.
Be sure to get some pictures of the children playing outside. It's unfortunate how often outdoor photography is neglected because it's cold outside. Imagine looking through your photo album years from now and you have the weather conditions for Christmas and New Year's Day of every year documented, right there in the pictures with the kids. It will jog memories and tell you if it was sunny or cloudy, or whether there was snow on the ground.
For group photos, nitpick if you need to. Most people are not aware of where you want them to stand, the angle, and poses. Consider adding humor to your shots with props. This will be sure to get some smiles and laughs when revisiting the past. When you tell them exactly what you want, you'll end up with better photos.
Developing & Printing
When it's time for printing, get double prints to send out to friends and family. Save the images for those who want more copies and enlargements. Many places have do-it-yourself print stands where you can make copies without assistance. Just take your time and read the directions carefully. Once you get the hang of it, you'll be the guru photographer for all Christmas celebrations!