It's just as important to capture the countdown to Christmas as it is to photograph the big day as it helps you to maintain memories. To get started with Christmas photography, make sure you have your camera at the ready when your wrapping gifts, decorating the tree and having a hot chocolate with the family in front of the fireplace. There are many opportunities to take the perfect photograph this Christmas (even if it is going to be slightly different) and frame the memory, have a look at the points below to see how you can get creative.
The Christmassy photographs that always stand out are those that have the focus point set on the eyes, the eyes show genuine emotion, which will make your photographs resonate with the viewer.
Think about it, whenever we speak to anyone, we tend to look them in the eye and when it comes to Christmas photography, we automatically look into the eyes of the subject, therefore it is vital that they are in focus. When it comes to photographing groups, your best bet is to use a wider aperture (such as f/11). This is especially handy when you are photographing something with children in the shot who might not stay still for too long.
A perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit in your shots is to get up close with your subjects so that they fill the frame. Christmas isn't just about receiving gifts but a fantastic period to spend time with your family, who are more than likely to be comfortable to be photographed by you, so don't hold back and experiment! One way that you can push the boat out is by taking pictures that include some of that dashing Christmas decor in the background.
Everybody loves a great Christmas photography group shot. Whether it is a picture that will sit on your mantlepiece of you and your family or just an image that you took to remember the day, it is essential that you get it spot on. To truly set the scene, position everyone by your Christmas tree and surround them with presents, this will create the perfect shot.
To involve everyone in the shot, take advantage of the use of a tripod and self-timer, that way, everybody is in front of the camera. Once everyone is in position, make sure that there aren't any large gaps between you as this can give the impression of omission. It's also handy to plan where everyone is standing before pressing the shutter.
Throughout the day, try to take some more natural group shots such as family members laughing, the children's reaction to brandy being poured onto the Christmas pudding or even pulling the crackers. These in often cases, turns out to be a real Christmas photography favourite as it shows the emotions of the day.
Harnessing the correct lighting can make a huge difference to the effectiveness of your photos, especially if you are trying to emulate that magical atmosphere. Do bear in mind that indoor lighting can be quite tricky because of the warmth given off by the Christmas lights and general lightbulbs, if you balance this with the right amount of white light then you can capture some truly stunning images.
In general, the higher the kelvin number, the cooler your photograph will look, this will differ in every home as not everyone uses the same lightbulbs. If you're unsure about white balance, then utilise the useful pre-set on your camera which will help balance out your colours. If you are shooting indoors. the most effective lighting setting to use on your camera is called tungsten. This will cool the warmth that household lighting usually gives out.
There is no finer sight in life than seeing the reaction of your child on Christmas morning upon discovering that that Father Christmas has been in the night, eaten the mince pies that have been left out and the sack of presents that have been left. Father Christmas' visit is obviously very important to younger children, therefore capturing the joy is a must!
So that you don't miss an important shot, turn your camera setting to burst mode (continuous shooting) so that you capture every detail. You can photograph them from the moment they wake up to the very last gift they receive, each snapshot will capture their glowing faces, their beaming smiles and overall feelings of joy that can be photographed to serve as a lifelong memory.
Any good framers will be able to show you a vast range of different solutions and advise on what might be the most suitable given the work and its proposed location.
Let us know how you get on, be creative and remember to enjoy the occasion. Merry Christmas!
Article Posted: 07/12/2020 14:16:52