|Christmas at Missouri Botanical Garden|
Everybody enjoys looking at photographs from the holiday season. It is the time we gather with friends and families, decorate for the occasion and celebrate the birth of our Savior. What a great time to document these wonderful memories with photos. Here are a few tips to get you started.
- Before the season is upon us check out your camera. Make sure it is in good working order and that all your lenses are clean.
- Make sure your batteries are charged and recharge them after each use.
- You may want to consider purchasing an extra memory card to use for your holiday photos.
- Make a list of things you want to photograph during this Christmas season.
- Every year I try to photograph something different for the holiday. This year I plan to go to my church after the decorations are up and take some photographs of the nave. I'm thinking they may make a nice card for the following year. What can you try new this year?
Special events are always a great time to take photos. In the photo at the top of this article I photographed a tree at Missouri Botanical Gardens. Since the photo was taken in the evening I used a tripod and a remote shutter release. If you don't have those items available to use try to find somewhere to stabilize you camera. A post, the top of your car, a bench and other stationary items will help you to avoid camera shake and capture some beautiful evening shots.
Try a Photo Walk
A photo walk through a decorated area is a great way to capture some street shots and decorations. In the photos below I walked through historic Main Street in St. Charles, Missouri. This historic town on the banks of the Missouri river served as the first capitol of the state.
Below are a couple of the photos I shot.
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Group photos are a great way to preserve the memories of the people that attended the gatherings during the holidays. Although candid shots can be fun, a planned group shot is a great way to include everyone. Take the time to check the background in your photo. You wouldn't want to end up with a candle sticking out of someones head.
Be sure to have your camera ready for those special moments. Here is my husband with our oldest granddaughter, Rachel. In these shots the background are not always perfect but I zoom in on the faces and capture the moment.
Kids and the Tree
Kids under the tree is always a good shot for Christmas. Remember to take some shots before the presents are unwrapped. In these photos you see our youngest granddaughters.
Zoom in on the Ornaments and Decoration
Along with the photos of family, friends and events, I like to take some artsy photos. Christmas decorations and ornaments are always good subjects. I like to use a little Bokeh ( a term that refers to keeping what is important in focus and blurring the rest). In the first photo I was sitting on the sofa right in front of the candle in the foreground. I set my aperture to 1.8 and zoomed in on the candle. I was hand holding the camera so I steadied it on my knee. I got the effect I wanted with the candle in focus and the fireplace blurred. The second photo used the same principal but was taken of an ornament on the tree during the daytime.
Another fun Christmas shot is to take a photo and then edit out all of the color except the red. I did that in the photo below of our Christmas tree and fireplace.
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