I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but Christmas, however well planned always has an edge of chaos attached to it! That’s why I need my photography survival guide for Christmas.
In the midst of all the present wrapping, cooking, kids bouncing off walls, and family meetups I try and capture it all in photos. My worst fear being sitting down at the end of a hectic but lovely Christmas day and realising I’ve hardly lifted my camera (it’s happened 🙂 )
It’s a hard balance to get just right… I like to enjoy the day and all the excitement with my family. But I also don’t want to be stuck behind the camera?
So what do I do to make life easier…
Photography survival guide for Christmas
1. One of the last things that I do on Christmas Eve, once all the food’s been prepared and the presents wrapped is to put my camera (with empty card and full battery) in the middle of the coffee table in easy grabbing distance for the following day.
Although very simple sounding, I generally find that the smallest details make the biggest difference, yes? It’s really easy to forget where I’ve put my camera in the excitement. And saying ‘just hang on a minute I want a photo’ and going off to find it, never goes down very well…
2. I want to capture the moment but not miss the moment? Do you know what I mean, when looking through a camera all the time you can feel a little detached from what’s going on.
So for that reason I tend to just go for a before and after shot of present opening, one before sat with their presents and one after…
3. Use a tripod/books/beanbag and take a group shot. I never end up in any family photos at Christmas because I’m always taking them! So make use of the self timer on your camera and get in the photo!
4. Another variation on this is to put the camera down altogether and set up a time lapse camera. If your camera has that function, then stick it in the corner of the room on a tripod and set it to take a photo at intervals all day and it will give you a great story to look through later.
If your camera doesn’t have that function then you can get time lapse apps for your mobile phone or use your computers web cam.
5. Most importantly – Enjoy! And Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I look forward to 2016 and Thank you for all your support this year…