- Camera – it may sound obvious but it’s easily forgotten when you’re running out of the door
- Memory cards
- Spare batteries
- Camera bag – Use a small bag such as Vanguard’s Skyborne 45 and put all your batteries, memory cards and camera in it the night before so everything is together for the morning.
You’re not guaranteed to have brilliant light, particularly if you’re up with the kids at seven in the morning, so you may need your flash. Try to avoid the camera’s flash though as it tends to be a little harsh. Instead, bounce the light from an external flash off a wall or the ceiling to diffuse it. Keep an eye on your white balance too as you may need to switch it over to tungsten if you plan on doing all of your shooting indoors.
What to photograph?
Christmas day is a very exciting time and with so much happening it can be easy to just snap away at anything and everything. Try not to have too many subjects competing to be the main focal point as you’ll just end up with an image where the viewer’s eyes are constantly moving around the image, confused as to what to look at first. Instead, shoot the decorations, food and people separately or use the Christmas lights and decorations as backgrounds, blurring them out of view with a large aperture. Of course, smaller apertures will be needed at some points during the day such as when you’re photographing everyone sat around the table as you don’t want Uncle Joe on the end to be out of focus. Don’t forget you need to be part of the festivities too so to yourself in shot stick your camera on a tripod such as Vanguard’s Alta Pro 263AT
and set the camera’s self-timer to take the shot once you’re in place.
One more point about group shots; they’re great to have for the family album but don’t keep people standing around for too long as they’ll just look fed-up on the end result. Also, take your family photos at the start of the day when everyone’s still clean, tidy and awake.
For the most popular moment of the day – opening presents, set your camera to burst mode as you’ll stand a better chance of capturing the excitement of the moment, even more so if you’re with kids as they tend to do everything at high speed. Don’t forget to fill your frame with your subject by using your zoom or getting up and moving yourself closer.
Away from people there’s plenty of other shots for you to take that will shout Christmas day. Look for interesting table decorations, ornaments on the mantel piece, tins and bowls of colourful chocolates/sweets, Christmas crackers and bottles of Champagne and wine glasses you can make interesting still life shots out of.
Finally, make sure you have a brilliant day!
Happy Christmas from all the team at ePz towers!
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