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How to Take Memorable Christmas Photos

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Christmas is a time to gather with family and friends over dinner, drinks, and presents—and photos always serve as great reminders of all the fun you’ve had. Whether you want to take family Christmas portraits or capture the overall cheer during the Christmas party, these tips will help you achieve the perfect pictures.

Photo: “Merry Christmas to me!” by John Carleton, c/o Flickr. Some Rights Reserved

White Balance

The colors in photos sometimes turn out odd because the white balance wasn’t set properly. White balance arranges your camera settings to accurately distinguish the colors under a particular lighting, using the color white as the guide. Don’t forget to configure your white balance to ensure each shot mimics the actual colors in the room.

Shoot Continuously

Capture the excited faces of your family and friends come gift-opening time by setting your camera to shoot in quick succession. This is especially great if you have small children, since their reactions to gifts are often the most precious. You can either manually shoot in succession or set your camera on a tripod and program it to take pictures every few seconds. A tripod stabilizes the shot and you’d be able to capture your own reaction as you open or give presents.

Background & Lighting

If you want to take group pictures throughout the night, set up a great background. The Christmas tree, snowman on the lawn, and dining table laden with Christmas goodies are great backdrops to group shots. Take the time to decorate the area and design lighting that will help your camera take better photos. It’ll be such a waste to have such a beautiful background only to realize that you don’t have sufficient light to take a good photo.

Go Candid

While group or solo pictures are great, candid shots allow you to better remember all the silly events that transpired throughout your Christmas party. Not everything can be recreated in a pose, so mingle and snap away! You’ll be able to capture great pictures without having to coax smiles out of your family and friends. If you’re up to it, you can even use candid pictures as part of your family Christmas cards, instead of the usual studio pictures.

Keep these tips in mind when the Christmas party season begins. Fun, memorable, and well-taken pictures are the best keepsakes of any event.

About the Author
Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.
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