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As photographers, we love the holidays because they provide us with plenty of amazing photo opportunities. A challenge that we face as photographers in any situation is capturing the essence of an event, whether it be a wedding, a 90th birthday celebration, or the holidays.
Just like you would photograph the details of a wedding in order to capture the feeling of the day, photographing the details and decorations at Christmas works much the same!
Here are 7 great tips to help you photograph beautiful decorations this holiday season:
The most common way to take picture of Christmas decorations would probably be at night when everything is beautifully lit, but for sharper images, try shooting during the day, in natural light. Also, photograph your subject from several different angles, and experiment with getting closer to, and further away from your subject. Its fun to experiment with different perspectives.
If you are shooting in low light to capture the ambiance of the evening, you may want to try using a tripod so that your images will be sharp, allowing you to use the lowest ISO setting in order to avoid noise in your images.
Abstraction is a really fun way to experiment when you are photographing holiday decorations. It allows you to play with color, line and shape... and in the process, create some really beautiful abstract images.
Don’t be afraid to play with color, either. Depending on what type of holiday decorations you are photographing, you may see a variety of colors.
Holidays are the perfect time to experiment with depth of field. The lights from the decorations, as well as candlelight, provide a wonderful backdrop when using a shallow depth of field.
I think it’s safe to say that the majority of us get really excited about the food at the holidays. Not only is it just plain delicious, but it is also one of the things that brings everyone together.
When photographing food, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind, because, if not approached correctly, food photography can be unappealing to the eye.
Photograph the food as it is being prepared, so that you can capture the ingredients on their own, as well as interesting preparation items, such as cookie cutters and cookware.
Arrange the food/ingredients/cookware just like you would arrange a model at a photoshoot. It sounds silly, but it putting in that little bit of extra effort will go a long way towards capturing a compelling image.
In terms of photographing the food, bright, even light tends to work the best. Refrain from using your on-camera flash as much as possible, because it can create unappealing, harsh shadows on the food. If you need to use your flash, try pointing it towards the ceiling in order to bounce the light so that it diffuses evenly, rather than hitting the food directly.
Don’t forget to photograph the dinner table before everyone sits down for dinner. Photograph things such as centerpieces, place settings, and holiday dinnerware.
Details are a lovely part of any holiday story that you don't want to miss! Sometimes they are just as important as capturing the full scene. No matter what holiday is coming up look for beautiful details around you and photograph them. Your holiday story will be more beautiful if you do!
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Anna Gay is a portrait photographer based in Athens, GA and the author of the dPS ebook The Art of Self-Portraiture. She also designs actions and textures for Photoshop. When she is not shooting or writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband, and their two cats, Elphie and Fat Cat.