Capturing Your Memories is More Important than Creating a Masterpiece

Last week we talked about taking family photos at Christmas.

Just a reminder for you:

  1. Stick to what you know to ensure you get the photos that will be a reminder of your family Christmas
  2. Be sure to have your camera ready with batteries charged, spare memory cards and plenty of space on your hard drives to store your images.
  3. Any lens is good enough.  It's not what you use it's what you see and what you take with it that counts.  I use a 28mm lens or my 18-55mm kit lens for my family pics it's light and easy to pick up and shoot.
  4. Remember to get down to the kids level for better photos
  5. Avoid flash if at all possible to ensure you capture the ambience
Knoll House Hotel Studland Bay Olympus PenF 14mm F3.5 ISO1200

4 useful tips when photographing family portraits indoors

  1. If you're wearing a Christmas jumper/outfit, wear a white or cream colour.  This will reflect back on to your subjects and help with the light.  It will also reflect up on to your face when you're in the picture :)
  2. If shooting indoors allow as much light as is possible, with window light or room lights if necessary.  
  3. When you are photographing 2 people, to keep them both sharp ensure you have an aperture of F4.  More than 2 people use at least aperture F8 and push the ISO right up.  
  4. I often use Auto ISO when I'm snapping family indoors.  My advice is use it if your camera has Auto ISO capability.  

Christmas will be upon us very quickly now

I have had a bit of a surge on photoshoots with people suddenly realising it's nearly Christmas.  Consequently, once they are done and dusted it will be time for R and R for the Christmas and New Year.
May your Christmas be Merry and Bright
Have the most amazing Christmas and New Year.  I hope you will take many photos and perhaps even email me with some of the images you have taken.  I'd love to see how you're getting on.

I wish you good luck, good health and happiness for 2019 and look forward to seeing you all back here for the next Photography Monday learning.

I leave you this week with a Winnie the Pooh quote :)

'We didn't realise we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun'
Don't worry about creating a masterpiece but be sure to capture your memories

REMEMBER ........ Capturing your memories is far more important than creating a masterpiece.

Merry Christmas - hope to see you back in January 2019.

Jan x