Photography tips for the Holidays

As a professional photographer many people ask me why their pictures came out bad. I can usually figure out the problem by looking at the photo in question. It is usually bad lighting or camera problems to blame. Here is a list of tips to help you with your holiday pictures this year.

  • Charge your batteries and have extra memory cards on hand.
  • Download your memory cards to your computer and file them by event. Make a folder 'Christmas 2010' and store all your pictures in that folder so it can be found easily. The same with New Year's Eve 2010.
  • Check the resolution of the images you are shooting. Keep them hi-resolution if you can.
  • Be creative, try different exposures and turn off your flash sometimes to capture available light.
  • The average point and shoot camera flash will only reach 20'-30' so if your child is 50' away on stage you will have a great picture of the peoples heads in front of you and the stage will be underexposed.
  • Christmas trees are so beautiful with out the flash. If your camera flash is on automatic try putting your finger over the flash and see how the picture comes out. The flash is brighter than the Christmas lights so they will not appear lit in the pictures.
  • When outdoors in the daytime use your flash. You will be surprised how nice it can look.
  • The most important thing to keep in mind when photographing groups and families is this: you absolutely must take a lot of photos.
  • Take a lot of pictures of kids opening presents. They move fast and you do not want to miss those special moments.
  • Take pictures of the presents and decorations before guests arrive so you can remember how pretty everything looked.
  • Zoom in if possible, many emotions are shared during the holidays. Capture some great ones.
  • Upload your photos and share them online with your friends and family.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!