5 tips to get professional quality Christmas pictures without hiring a professional
It’s that time! Get your cameras- or camera phones- ready to snap a few pics of you and your family in cute, traditional, or even quirky poses to make great Christmas photo cards and/or memories for a photo album. If you want great Christmas pictures without hiring a professional photographer, though, you may be at a loss as to what you should do. Check out these tips to help you get professional quality photos (no matter the occasion) every time.
Learn to focus
No, we don’t mean your attention- we mean your camera! Almost every camera already has an auto focus feature, but you shouldn’t just rely on this to do the focusing for you. Have your spouse or one of your children sit where you’d like to have the photo taken. Focus on them and snap a few pictures to see what the focus looks like. If you choose to use auto focus after this, set it to “spot focus” after focusing on one person. This will ensure the camera focuses clearly on the center of the picture each time afterward.
Check out the flash
Just like auto-focus, flash is built into most cameras, but you shouldn’t just rely on it to get the flash quality you need. Use the manual flash to help brighten faces, and always make sure your area is well-lit to get the most of your flash. Try to take your photos during the day so as to get the most natural light in your picture as you can.
Learn to white balance
If you have decided to take your Christmas photos inside, you will need to white balance to keep a color from being cast across the photo. Auto white balance does exist, and usually works well, but there are times when you might need to manually white balance to get a better photo quality. Check your camera’s manual on how to do this properly.
Choose the best background
Many people are concerned with what’s in the foreground of pictures- the color coordinated clothing your family wears, how your makeup looks, and if your husband shaved. But the background can really make a difference in how your picture looks. Be sure to find one that is well-lit and compliments your outfits. Clashing colors always look terrible, as do bland backdrops.
Many people have a hard time getting gets to pose for pictures. Many people have a hard time posing for pictures, themselves. If this is the case for you and your family, practice poses together. Giggle, have fun, and look at yourself in the mirror. Taking Christmas pictures doesn’t have to be boring and lame- have fun with it to get everyone in on the action. Plus, you never know when one of those hearty laughs from being silly will make the perfect picture for your Christmas card.