Hello everyone! Welcome to Blogmas Day 23! I can’t believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve already! And the last day of Blogmas too!
Anyway. How many Christmas have you spent with a camera on your hands, running behind everybody and not getting the perfect shot? And in the end, losing your time taking bad photos instead of enjoying the day with your family? I bet many many times.
That’s why today I’m sharing with you how to take Christmas photos, so you know exactly what you’re looking for behind the lens. And can actually enjoy your dinner/party afterward.
TAKE PHOTOS OF THE CHRISTMAS DECORATION
I don’t know if this is a personal tip, but I really love looking back to Christmas galleries and seeing photos of the decorations, the ornaments, the lights. It helps to keep the theme of the day accurate and really showing how everything was set up. I would even go outside for a bit and capture the decorated and lit streets of your neighborhood to really capture the general ambiance of the day.
CAPTURE THE PREPARATION STAGES
Hunt the cooks of the day. Take photos of how they prepare the meals. Capture your cousins setting up the table. Try to capture the moment your mom yells at your dad for sticking his finger in the pudding! You know what I mean, capture the moments before everything is set and picture perfect!
PUT YOUR FAMILY IN SMALL GROUPS
Since everybody will probably have a task at hand to help with the Christmas preparations, it’s going to be really difficult to take a complete family photo at first. So gather your family in small groups first. If you see your brother and sister together tell them to pose for you. Then go after your cousins. And like that, until you have several photos of small family groups.
A TRIPOD IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
When the time comes for you to actually take the complete family Christmas photo. Of course, you’ll want to be in it too! That’s why a tripod is your best friend! Gather your family together, set the tripod and your camera with a 2-second or 10-second timer, and shoot away! With every single member of the family in the photo! And no “who’s taking the picture next?”.
HUNT THE CANDID MOMENTS
The best photos are the candid ones, that’s no news. So after you got all of your pre-planned pictures out of the way. It’s time to just start observing your surroundings and try to get ahead of the moments so you can capture the rawest moments!
And now you can just continue to enjoy your dinner without having to worry about how the pictures turned out in the end!
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