With the holiday’s fast approaching and twinkling lights galore, it is time to think about some photo opportunities to capture the memories of the season. Here are 7 tips for you to consider.
- Work with windows. Natural light does wonders for photos. If you can find a window or open door and use that light as front, side or back lighting it will give your photos a nice look and feel. It also brings natural warmth to your images.
2. Pay attention to your surroundings. While shooting photos inside a home gives you loads of great backdrops and props to work with, you might need to move a few things around before your session. Make sure that your space isn’t cluttered as this can shift the focus in the photo.
3. Check the light sources. It’s very important to only stick to one light source. If you’re shooting photos in a room with strong overhead lights but there are also several windows, rather opt for natural light and switch off any other light sources. If all you have is a light source other than window light make sure you turn those lights on.
4. The moment. Capturing a moment that will never happen again makes for incredible photos. Even if with just your phone, capture it. All the same rules apply – look for where your light is coming from and add a flash if needed. Just capture the moment.
5. Discover your space. If you’re shooting in an indoor setting, take a proper walk around the area and see if there aren’t areas that you can shoot in that you never thought of before. Get down low or get up high. This is your change to get creative.
6. What you wear still matters. You will often come across advice on what to wear when taking photos outside but what you wear to an indoor photo session matters just as much. Your clothing should complement your backdrop and the overall mood that you’re trying to create.
7. Play with colours when you take photos, match them up or emphasize specific colours to draw the eye to a certain detail in a picture.
Photography isn’t only for the professionals. Everyone has the ability to take a great photo by focusing on a few simple elements, getting creative and be ready to capture something beautiful everywhere you go.
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Have a wonderful holiday and be sure to capture those memories. After the New Year I’ll share some ways to get creative with your holiday photos and get them up on the walls!