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Tips for Holiday Photo Shoots That are Sure to Impress

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The holiday season is upon us. You are sure to be taking more pictures than ever. Here are some tips that will ensure your collection looks even better than last year’s.

Go Outside the Box

Lights make for a terrific photo subject matter. You can make them look even more dazzling with the right techniques. For example, you can hold a DIY filter over the lens to enhance the color, provide a 3D effect or make them look like they are dancing.

3D glasses that you get at a movie theater or an amusement park ride will work perfectly. If you don’t have these on hand, try using a light gel or any other type of translucent, colored material.

'Tis the Season to Use Bokeh

Bokeh is a photography technique that involves blurring parts of an image while keeping others in focus. It is achieved differently on different cameras but involves playing around with your aperture and focal length until you create the desired effect.

The holiday season is a great time to integrate bokeh. Think of blurry, glittering lights that serve as the background for a smiling family member or a champagne glass. If you haven’t yet mastered this effect, now is the time to do it.

Use Macro

We typically think of macro when capturing nature scenes. Getting in tight can produce an amazing effect when your subject is a flower or an insect.

But during the holiday season, macro can be used in a whole different light. You can use it to take close close-ups of holiday bows, decorations, jingle bells, and more. It will make a unique addition to your Christmas collection.

Go Outside

The holiday season means winter. Now is a great time to capture those precious outdoor shots.

The snow and ice make for terrific subject matter. The way they glisten on the trees, move, and add purity in the air just begs to be captured on film. And even if you don’t live in an area that’s snowy and icy, you can still take pics of the naked boughs of the trees and the way the flora and fauna are affected by the colder temperatures.

Change Your Perspective

During the holiday season, you are sure to get some terrific holiday shots of friends and family. But when you want to change things up from the norm, it can be as simple as changing your perspective.

Instead of a traditional shot taken from the front, use an unconventional angle. Shoot from the side or from a low or high vantage point. Instead of capturing faces, shoot interactions of legs, hands, and other body parts.

Tell a Story

Instead of simply capturing a shot, try telling a story. Don’t just take pictures of decorations, show the decorations being hung and set up. Capture the bloopers and funny moments as well as the finished product.

During the holiday season, you are sure to be taking a lot of photos. These tips will ensure they come out unique and looking great. What techniques do you use for getting the best seasonal shots possible?

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