4 Tips While Photographing This Holiday Season
There is no better way to capture the holiday season than with lights, coffee, and fireplaces. To accomplish this with a smartphone, seek out where the source of light is coming from (lamp, menorah, tree, fireplace) and focus your camera on the light. Reduce the exposure of the photo by creating the mood of peace and tranquility.
With the snow glistening, this maybe the best time to photograph the sunrise, or perhaps you want to capture photos of your family opening presents on Christmas Day. Photograph the morning by looking for the little moments (kids walking down the stairs, opening presents, the coffee being poured into the mug, etc.) These are moments we cherish, but don’t always capture on camera.
Candid photos are wonderful, but when you have all your family in one place, it’s so nice to have a family portrait. Sometimes you don’t have someone around to take this photo, so that's when self-timers on cameras come into play perfectly. To do this, rest the camera against a mantel or bookshelf and have the group stand or sit 10 feet away. Have one person tap the self-timer and you’ll have the picture you’re looking for. Sometimes it takes a few tries, but the outtakes can be some of the funniest ones!
(Hint: Taking photos with the camera at a slightly higher angle than the subject is aesthetically appealing!) Most people will think they look better in a photo from this angle and it's an awesome way to capture holiday moments as they happen. Stand on the stairs and photograph the candid movement of family and friends talking, laughing or opening presents. Or stand on a sturdy chair and have everyone who is sitting on the couch, turn and look at you for a photo. Think of this as bird's-eye view of your holiday appearance.
Wishing all the happiest of holidays and memorable photos!