Photographing Fairy Lights at Christmas

Photographing Fairy Lights at Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot ‘light’ Christmas… … and here at iPhotography™ HQ, we are getting ‘fairy’ excited! The days are getting shorter, the weather is turning frosty and most importantly, the soft twinkle of fairy lights are in the air; so, let’s discover how to make your Christmas sparkle by giving you a few tips for photographing fairy lights at Christmas… The Family Tree Fir trees have been decorated at Christmas time for hundreds of years and nowadays they can be spotted all around towns, shopping malls, local parks and in neighbourhood windows. Putting up the tree is a great family activity, from unraveling tangled wires thrown away last January, to the inevitable debate over whose turn it is to place the star at the top! Transforming your house into a temporary ‘Winter Wonderland’ is an event to be cherished by the whole family each and every time. It’s also another rare opportunity not to be missed with our camera. After all, Christmas comes but once a year. Christmas trees are an enchanted addition to your family living room when dressed with their glowing fairy lights, twinkling tinsel, and jingling bells. There’s nothing worse than photographing such a sensation with your pop-up flash! We are going to help you throw away all the bad habits when photographing these magical moments and instead, create memories with a real WOW factor! Sparkle and Shine To capture the perfect Christmas tree, you will need a tripod. If you don’t have one you could try using a steady surface, such as a table or arm of a chair, to rest your...
Christmas Photography Tips

Christmas Photography Tips

Christmas Photography Tips The best part of Christmas is ultimately the countdown, this is just as important to photograph as it helps to maintain the memories. Make sure that you’ve got your camera ready when wrapping presents, putting up decorations, decorating cookies, enjoying hot chocolate by the fire, laying the table, decorating the tree and most importantly placing the star on the top. Ho ho-hold the right composition Photographs of people that really shine have the focus point set on the subject’s eyes; the eyes show genuine emotions, that will make your portrait shots soar. This is where we look when talking to a person, and the same goes in photography, we automatically look straight to the eyes, therefore it is vital that they’re in focus. For group shots, you’re going to be safest using a wider aperture (such as f11) particularly if there’s children in the shot who might not stay still for long enough. *Click here to read our previous blog post on how to make children smile naturally. To set the Christmas spirit in your shots, get up close with your subjects in order to fill the frame. One of the wonderful parts of Christmas is spending time with your family, who are more than likely already comfortable being photographed by you, so experiment! So that your images stand out from the rest of the year, try to include some of that dashing décor in the background of your images. Rehearse the group shot Who doesn’t love a great Christmas group shot? Whether it’s for next year’s holiday card or simply to remember the day, it...