GREAT IDEAS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON PHOTOGRAPHY

unrecognizable female person in winter clothes making photo of decorated christmas tree
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Holidays are great times for getting pictures of family and friends. Everyone is together, and normally having a good time; it is people at their best.

It’s also important from a historical perspective. You might be tempted to skip taking the camera, but think about how many times you’ve looked back on old photos of family and friends. For better or worse, those pictures mark the progression of your life. I’ve never looked back on any family event or place I’ve visited and wished I’d spent less time taking pictures—it’s almost always the opposite.

So take the camera. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your holiday pictures, whether you have a Cell phone or the finest DSLR on the market.

CONTROL CAMERA SHAKE:

When you can, brace yourself against a wall, a chair, or something sturdy to give yourself a little extra stability, particularly when shooting indoors. This is a bigger problem with small cameras using an LCD screen at arm’s length than with larger cameras, which you’re holding closer to your eye.

WATCH YOUR FINGERS:

Yes, even pros get fingers in the way of the flash sensor and the lens, especially with those little point-and-shoot cameras, and cell phones. Stay aware of how you hold the camera.

TAKE PICTURES AT ODD TIMES:

Everyone does group pictures before going their separate ways, so think of something different. Shoot pictures at the breakfast table, while traveling somewhere, or at other times.

a family sitting on a couch
Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko on Pexels.com

USE ODD ANGLES:

Experiment. Lie on the ground. Find a higher perspective or some other unusual angle. I once took a picture from the perspective of the Thanksgiving turkey being carried to the table; it’s one of our family favorites. It costs nothing to delete digital pictures, so don’t be afraid to be creative.

christmas baby photo
“Reading” captured by Mish Mish

USE NATURAL FRAMES:

Use doors and windows as natural frames. Framing adds visual impact, so use doors and windows to your advantage.

a happy family smiling near the wooden frame window
Photo by Anastasia Shuraeva on Pexels.com

Look for Details and Texture:

Sometimes it’s textural details that spur the most vivid memories: a close-up of someone’s hands, the colors of a favorite shirt. Get in close and emphasize the details and textures of your subject.

thanksgiving photo
The Christmas Turkey

USE LEADING LINES:

Try to find a perspective where a road, path, or other picture element leads your eye to the subject. Instead of standing over there by that house, take a perspective farther back and use the path to lead in to the subject.

Go Out in Bad Weather

Take pictures on bad weather days, too. Every day does not have to be a sunny day. Rainy days have their own special appeal, and dark clouds can add drama to any scene.

Photo by Andre Taissin on Unsplash

Mainly, just have some fun. As I look back at my pictures, the ones I like the best are sometimes just pictures of nothing special. A grove of trees outside our old house, a picture of my mom in the kitchen with my nephew and his fiance, candid moments when I just pointed the camera and pushed the button without really even thinking about it.

Today’s article appeared first in “PICTURE CORRECT.COM” AND WAS WRITTEN BY: PETER TIMKO. PHOTOS ARE COLLECTED BY: SMARTPHONE-SMARTPHOTOGRAPHER.

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I have been a photographer for many years. Worked in retail selling cameras and accessories for over 20 years. Taught many photo classes, and have even been a judge in several county fairs. Now, I want to share photo instructions and entertainment with all other photographers around the world.

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