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Taking some great Christmas photos – tips and techniques (Part 3)

In the past 2 posts in this series (Christmas photos tips and techniques), I have enumerating some tips and techniques that related to improving your photos of Christmas events. Here is the third post in the series:

Tip 1036 (Take test shots of the location): If you have the ability to be in the location beforehand, go there at the same time period and with the same light settings as you expect at Christmas party night, and take practice shots. These will help you get a better grip with the light settings, with exposure and so on, and should ensure that you are able to get better shots.

Tip 1037 (Avoid using the standard flash): The flash is probably one of the most misused accessory for the camera. The flash on a camera allows you to throw more light on the object, but when you want to get some soft and nice looking photos at the time of Christmas, you instead get some harsh photos when you use the camera flash. If you do want to use a flash rather than the available light, see whether you can diffuse it in any way.

Tip 1038 (Avoid people with food when it does not look nice): People don’t like having their photos taken when they are eating, or have food in their mouth. It would seem funny, but these photos invariably never come out in a flattering way, and you end up having to delete most of these photos. If you want to take such photos, then shoot when people are seated around a table, or have plates in their hands.

Tip 1039 (Get some photos of the preparation): The Christmas party seems great, and photos of those can be very nice. At the same time, there is a lot of effort that goes into preparing the food and drinks for the party, and getting some photos of the preparation happening can produce some great photos.

Tip 1040 (RAW photos for white balance): Shooting indoors can lead to White Balance issues. If you are shooting with a camera where you do not have RAW mode, then you need to adjust your white balance for the type of lighting before taking the photo, otherwise you can just shoot in RAW and then adjust the white balance later on the computer on the RAW image without losing any quality.

Next post in this series (Part 4 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

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