Merry Christmas!! Just though I’d give you a few tips on how to photograph your family this Christmas.
- FIND THE LIGHT
I talk about this a lot in my workshops, but the easiest way to take advantage of good light is to simply sit yourself right next to the window. The light is your best friend and you want it bouncing off your subject’s face. Don’t bother shuffling everyone into the good light, sit yourself in the hotspot and people will naturally come over to chat and the kids will come over to play…. boom! You will have a perfectly lit photograph!
You don’t always have to put your subject in the middle of the frame. Think about shooting high as in birds eye view, or really low, so you are lying on the floor.
3. KEEP YOUR CAMERA CLOSE AT ALL TIMES
I keep my camera on the kitchen dresser, ready to grab at any moment. This means it’s not in a case, the lens cap is off and it’s switched on. The same applies when we visit relatives, I place it out of reach from little mucky hands but ready to be grabbed at any moment.
4. SHOOT OFTEN
People respond authentically to normality, so if you shoot often it shouldn’t be a big deal and your photos will look more natural.
5. NEVER SAY ‘CHEESE’
One of my pet hates is a photo of people with a “cheese” face! If you are on the hunt for storytelling moments, document your family without asking them to even look at the camera. If you’d like a shot with them looking into the camera think about getting them to engage with you (not your camera) by asking them questions, this way you’ll achieve a real expression instead of a “cheese” face!
6. SHOOT WITH THE CAMERA YOU HAVE ON YOU
It doesn’t matter what camera you take photos with, your fancy pants DSLR or just your phone. As long as you think about light, composition, and the story you’ll be able to achieve fantastic results. If you are using your phone, by tapping the screen you can change the exposure from light to dark, this simple tool will dramatically change your phone photography.
If you have your own DSLR and would like to find out more about photography, come and join one of my workshops, or better still – get a voucher for one this xmas! For more information check out this blog post or just contact me here