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Photographing Christmas

Everybody loves this time of year, not for the presents or the food, but to spend it with family. Christmas brings a lot of joy to many, and if you’re an avid photographer, you’ll want to capture those moments. Below are a few tips to get the most out of your Christmas photographs this year.

Using the Flash

While using the flash on your camera comes in handy sometimes, in low light situations such as Christmas Day, where people rely on their Christmas tree lights and fireplaces for light to create a cosy feel to the day, using a flash can create some harsh-looking photographs. Use the light around you and make some dynamic and relaxed photos to look back on.

Bring life to your photos.

We all have obligatory family photos in front of the Christmas tree, where we all smile and get blinded by the flash. Instead of capturing posed photos, why not capture the candid shots. Your mom opening her present, the dog ripping up all the wrapping paper, your children playing with their new toys, and if you want that particular group family photo capture it without them knowing when you’re taking the shot. Take multiple pictures, take continuous shots, and capture them whilst they’re talking, laughing, or getting into position. You’re sure to find a favourite. Taking less structured and posed photographs can capture your families true Christmas.

Continuous Mode

Continuous mode on your camera can be a perfect way of capturing multiple photos of the same subject in short spaces of time. Perfect for reaction shots to your family opening their presents and seeing their faces light up with excitement and joy.

Capturing the details

Many families go ‘all out’ for Christmas. The fancy plates come out of hiding that only get used once a year, the table is decorated with crackers and candles and multiple glasses and utensils, the tree is filled with baubles and homemade tree decorations that have been accumulated over the years, and now it’s their debut! Sometimes it’s those little details that bring Christmas together, that bring happiness and laughter. So don’t forget to capture those little details!

Merry Christmas!

From all of us at Wessex Photo, we would like to wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas, and we will see you all in 2022! We look forward to printing your Christmas photos!