Quite a few families love sending photo Christmas cards. They are personal and give recipients a glimpse into how family members have changed from year to year. Many people take their own photos instead of enlisting the services of a professional photographer. If this is you, here are a few tips to ensure you take the best pictures possible.
Improper lighting has doomed many a Christmas card effort. For optimum effects, take advantage of natural light, whether it is indoors or outdoors. Either way, avoid direct sunlight and using the flash. If indoors, wait for a time of day when there is no direct sunlight coming through the windows, but have the photo taken near a window. If windows are in the picture, clean them to avoid odd streaks, or open them. If you take the photos outdoors, aim for shaded areas; otherwise, an hour before the sun sets can be effective. The hour after sunrise is also a good time.
Start planning in October, if not before, for your photo Christmas cards. Factors to think about include the clothes everyone will wear, where you will take the photos and what you want the scenery and weather to be like. Have a plan for how you will get everyone, including you, in the photo. Options include asking a friend to snap the photos or using a self-timer.
While planning is often necessary for good Christmas cards, children can throw some elements of planning out of the window. That’s a good thing in many cases! Christmas cards are even more special when they are silly, humorous and/or genuine. Don’t worry too much about strictly arranged positions and poses.
If all goes well, you will have a good problem in that you have too many good photo candidates to choose from. If this is the case, one tip is to use personalized postage stamps or personalized address labels for images that do not end up on the actual card.
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