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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tips to taking the BEST photos of your family on Christmas Day! {San Antonio Family Photographer}

Here are some great tips to getting the BEST photos of 
  • The NIGHT BEFORE: Charge the battery and be sure you have a fresh memory card!
  • Start your storytelling images with Christmas Eve (such as Santa's milk and cookies, the tree as it waits for the BIG morning reveal and mom or dad reading them a bedtime story)
  • In order for the images to look similar to the way your eye remembers it, turn on all your lights, open window shades and turn up the ISO on your camera (this is the speed of the camera). Depending on how much light is in your room, that could be ISO 1600, 3200 or higher. Too high, and there could be a lot of digital noise.
  • Try to have your shutter speed at 1/125 or higher so that your photos are not blurry.
  • If your photos are blurry, raise your ISO or turn your flash on if necessary. 
  • If there are windows in your room, do not use them as a background to your subject (or they will be in silhouette). Instead, stand in front of them and use them to illuminate your children.
  • If possible, stand by your tree so you get your kids faces as they see what Santa has brought instead of their getting photos of their backs.
  • Zoom in on kids expressions as they open their gifts!
  • Get down on the kids level when they are opening gifts for a better viewpoint.
After you have created some wonderful images that create a story, make a STORYBOOK from an online source such as Shutterfly or Mpix and continue to relive the day for years to come.

If you are getting a new camera for Christmas and want to learn a little more about HOW to WORK your CAMERA, keep an eye on FACEBOOK and our EMAILS for dates for our  Amateur Photo Classes.

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