Christmas Photography Tips

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. I would like to share with you a few Christmas photography tips that I have learned over the past two years.

Christmas Photography Tips- Capture your Christmas memories this year like never before!

1. Lighting

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.

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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.

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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.

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2. Plan

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.

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Now some things are best left simple. Like the following photo:

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3. Focus

When taking outdoor photos it is especially important to have a focus. With snow pictures, focus is a must. dsc_2144

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.

dsc_2150Sometimes 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.

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4. Capture Traditions

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.

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The traditional photo of ‘stockings hung over the fireplace’ I also tried to capture.

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5. Add Props

Spruce up your Christmas cookie photos by not just including one type of Christmas cookie, but a variety! I like adding fabric, battery operated lights, tins, or greenery to improve my photos as well.

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Sometimes, you just have to be creative in capturing those Christmas memories…

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…or down right fun!

I hope you cherish your Christmas memories forever, no matter how you capture them!

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Have a great week!

by Alexa