Take better holiday photos on your smartphone or DSLR this year with these quick tips.
Whether you’re using a smartphone, a DSLR, or a point-and-shoot to take your photos, these tips should apply to any photographer.
1. Shoot Moments and Poses
Some of the best photos are taken when the subject isn’t expecting it. Look for moments that you can capture, like someone opening a gift, rather than just taking photos of your family posing and smiling for the camera. Not only will you get more variety in your photos, but they will look more natural.
2. Get Down to the Kid’s Eye Level
When you’re taking pictures of kids, try to get down to their eye level. You will look silly and suffer a little discomfort, but the results will be more personal and dynamic.
3. Photograph Items
The holidays are full of nostalgia. When you’re taking photos, don’t forget to take some time to capture the dinner table before (and after) you eat, the candles by the window, or something that has a specific memory for you.
4. Charge Batteries and Prepare Memory Cards Beforehand
I can’t stress this one enough; I’ve missed capturing so many moments because my camera’s battery died or I ran out of room on my memory card. The evening before an event is a great time to make sure that your camera equipment is ready for action.
5. Know When to Put the Camera Down
The holidays are a great time to take photos with your family, but don’t let this take away from the overall experience.