The Christmas season is probably one of my favorite times of the year for staging indoor (and outdoor) photos. I like taking photos of both holiday decorations and holiday foods.
The lighting of a photo is especially a challenge during this time of the year. My favorite spot for well light photos is my dining room table in the middle of the afternoon.
If I want to make a photograph have a more Christmas lighting to it, I like using the living room where my Christmas tree is. I turn my low light setting on my camera and then usually take several consecutive photos.
Tip for finding the right indoor lighting: look for rooms/places that allow a lot of natural light in. Rooms with big windows or a lot of windows usually have good lighting in the afternoon.
I love planning photos. A lot of people think, what is there to plan about a photo? Well, for example, when I take a picture of a present, I don’t want just the present in my photo. I go ahead and gather everything associated with wrapping a present and include that in my photo. I think it gives a photo more character.
Now some things are best left simple. Like the following photo:
When taking outdoor photos it is especially important to have a focus. With snow pictures, focus is a must.
Imagine this photo without the snowflake. It would end up looking pretty dull in my opinion. Use indoor things (that you don’t mind getting a little wet) to create a focus for some of your outdoor photos.
Sometimes zooming in on a certain aspect of a scene helps create focus. In the above photo, instead of taking a photo of the entire barrel with the snowy pine boughs in it; I zoomed in and focused on only a portion of the snowy pine boughs. I also captured the rustic barrel in the background.
Capturing family traditions in photographs is also important to me. Like having cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. In the above photo I included a red poinsettia and pine boughs along with a festive table cloth. Those things remind me of Christmas. Now when I look at those cinnamon rolls, I remember I had them on Christmas, not at Easter or some other time.
The traditional photo of ‘stockings hung over the fireplace’ I also tried to capture.
Spruce up your Christmas cookie photos by not just including one type of Christmas cookie, but a variety! Add fabric, battery operated lights, tins, or greenery to improve the photo as well.
Sometimes, you just have to be creative in capturing those Christmas memories…
…or down right fun!
I hope you cherish your Christmas memories forever, no matter how you capture them!
Have a great week!