Christmas and New Year involve lots of family and friends getting together; the ideal time to get some great photos and capture some memorable photos to share. Here, I share some of my favourite festive tips to help you capture those memories.
A simple way to get started is to take candids. You can get some great photos of your friends and family when they don't know the camera is pointing at them, meaning you get some nice natural smiles and laughter. Don't hide the fact you have a camera though, people will be at ease once they get used to you snapping away - my family expect it from me now!
Photographing people opening their presents is always a nice, especially children. Photos of children are always best when you get down to their level, so get down on the floor and get that perfect shot! Play festive music when doing the dishes - you'll be surprised the difference having some music on relaxes people, even when doing this boring chore!
The formal poses
Everyone is there - get that family shot that you'll all look back on for years to come! Have fun with it! If you have some photos from years ago with your mum sat on her dads knee, recreate it and have a laugh while doing it!
If you are having the big family shot, don't forget that many cameras have a timer, just put your camera on a tripod and set it for 10 seconds which means you too can be in that photo and not left out. If you don't have a tripod, pop your camera on a couple of books or a box on a table
Lighting is key
Lighting is important when taking pictures, but you don't need expensive proffesional equipment, just stand by a well lit window and that will change the feel of the picture instantly. Sometimes though, the pictures that are dimly lit can add a greater sense of feeling, like a child blowing out the candles on a birthday cake.
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Have a merry Christmas and a great new year!