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Taking some great Christmas photos – tips and techniques (Part 2)

In the first post in this series (Christmas photos – tips and tricks), I had enumerated some tips for improving the quality of photos. In this post, will continue with more tips on this subject, hopefully these will help you.

Tip 1031 (Assorted Gathering): This is not exactly a Christmas photo tip, since it extends to every such gathering. When you get an occasion such as Christmas, you get an assortment of friends and family coming together, and which may not happen everytime. It could be that some people came who may not come again for years and you may end up with a great group for the festivities. In such cases, getting a photo of the group or gathering will be great for your collection, and distributing such photos to the people who attended will be great as well.

Tip 1032 (Use the Christmas tree as a backdrop): At Christmas, the tree is a great accessory to every photo, forming a very suitable background. The tree, with its lights and ornaments, looks great, and do make sure that you get photos of a lot of people posing with the tree as the background.

Tip 1033 (Look for the best spot): If you are not a guest at the Christmas party where photos have to be taken, and can do some planning, then you have the ability to scout the location in advance and find the best places for taking photos. There are certain points in any location, certain backgrounds and light levels which come out best in photos; and if you are able to plan for these, you will be able to get some great photos.

Tip 1034 (Get photos early in the evening): When there is a big Christmas party happening, it is always good to get the party and gathering photos earlier in the evening, before the festivities get into high gear. It gets more difficult to get the posed photos once the festivities are happening.

Tip 1035 (Prepare a list of photos you want to take): You should have a list of the photos you want to take, and then start planning about the time period in which each photo would be taken along with the background and foreground for each such photo. This may seem like a lot of planning, but it really does not take too much effort and can result in some great photos.

Next post in this series (Part 3 of Christmas Photos)

Amazon books that will help your photography skills:

Take Your Best Shot (Popular Photography) Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos

Videos from youtube on photo tips at Christmas:

3 Minute Photo Tip #3: Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights Photoshoot

How to photograph Christmas lights

Christmas lights with a twist of Time Lapse Photography by Gina

Next post in this series (link)

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