Holiday Photography: Tips for Capturing Family Get-Togethers
Getting the family together throughout the year can sometimes be difficult, so the holidays make for a perfect photo-taking opportunity when all or most are gathered. Even those of us who are the least photographically inclined find ourselves reaching for our cameras to take the annual portrait or capture that perfect Kodak moment. Our holiday photography tips aim to help.
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- Compose creatively and move in close. Whether you’re photographing classic holiday symbols or family and friends at your next get-together, it’s important to pay attention to all the elements. Instead of placing your main subject in the center of the scene, move your camera until the subject is off to the side. Try balancing your main subject with something in the background. Whether you center or off-center your subject, moving in close is the one thing that will make the biggest difference. If the entire frame is filled with your subject, it will inevitably result in a photo that has a true impact on your viewer.
- For better family and group portraits. To get good group photos, it’s important to take a lot. The more photos there are the better chance you have of finding one with everyone looking their best.
- Shoot first, ask questions later. You can never time the perfect Kodak moment, but by always having your camera at the ready you have a better chance of capturing those unplanned moments.
- Use flash outdoors, not indoors. If you’re shooting indoors during the day, put your subject by a window, but don’t include the window in the composition. If at night, turn on as many lights as possible. Using your flash for outside shots during the day will fill in the shadows and even out harsh contrasts.
- Look for reflections. One of the quickest and easiest ways to add an artistic touch to holiday photos is to focus on capturing reflections. Keep an eye out for interesting splashes of color, and reflections from Christmas lights and other holiday decorations.
- Don’t photograph blue snow. If your goal is to photograph snowy outdoor scenes, it’s important to utilize your camera’s exposure compensation feature or a manual exposure mode. These exposure options will help turn the snow from a bluish cast to a bright white.
Be prepared for dim surroundings by utilizing a Pelican ProGear 9420 LED Work Light handy. This multi-purpose, self-standing LED light will brighten up every nook and cranny, both inside and out, to provide all the necessary lighting that you need to make your pictures glow.
Tell us, what are some other holiday photography tips?