How to take great christmas photos

Whether it’s the happy eyes of children unwrapping presents, the whole family at the festively decorated table or the atmospherically illuminated Christmas tree: there’s probably no other day – except perhaps on vacation – when you take as many photos as on Christmas Day. To ensure that you still enjoy looking at them later, you should follow a few basic rules when taking photos.

The five most important tips for Christmas photos

– Take photos without flash
– Set night program or longer exposure time
– Use a tripod or rest the camera on it
– photograph several small than one large group
– Photograph people at eye level, do not "crop" feet
– Capture details

The right camera setting

Let’s go: The best way to take photos in the evening is, depending on the type of camera, either with the automatic setting "evening" or. "Night" or the motif program "Candlelight". If these functions are not available, simply select the automatic program (A) for your Christmas photos. This has each camera.

Capture some details for your Christmas photos as well

Get close to the subject, because clearly recognizable facial expressions convey more closeness and are much more interesting than people further away. For your Christmas photos, however, keep your hands off the zoom, which only makes the pictures darker and makes them blur easier. Unusual shooting positions from below or above are very appealing, as are detailed shots of candles or Christmas tree baubles.

No flash for Christmas photos

Christmas – that means lights, glitter and soft candlelight. However, the flash of the camera can do nothing with this mood and illuminates everything mercilessly, the lighting mood is destroyed and does not come across on your Christmas photos – the cozy living room looks on the photo like the waiting room of the registration office.

Areas in the foreground are often overexposed, while anything further than three meters away from the photographer simply disappears into the darkness. The solution is a longer exposure time, as offered by the night or evening program of your camera. evening program of your camera. You can turn off the flash in the camera menu.

The soft candlelight is preserved in Christmas photos if you shoot without flash. Photo: Stefan Thurmann

However, since no one has such a steady hand to shoot at long exposure times without shaking, place the camera on a table or other stable surface and then still shoot with the self-timer so that the camera is completely still when it releases. Because even pressing the shutter button can blur long exposures.

Increase the ISO value

If you want to take snapshots of the family, of course you can’t keep putting the camera somewhere all the time. Then simply increase the light sensitivity of the camera, which is in the menu the item "ISO". Set the ISO number of a small compact camera to ISO 800, better cameras even allow high ISO values up to approx. 3200 – then hand-held photos without flash and of moving subjects are also possible. However, you should always keep in mind that as the ISO number increases, the image quality also decreases due to increasing image noise.

Thanks to high ISO settings, sharp photos succeed even in low light

If flash can’t be avoided for your Christmas photos, tape a temp cloth or thin napkin in front of the flash, it will soften the light and not create harsh shadows. In addition, there should be no window in the background of the picture. In this plays the flash light, an unsightly glaring spot in the photo is later the result.

Photographing people correctly

No Christmas photos without grandma, grandpa, child& Cone. If you want them to be in the picture, don’t be tempted to focus on their faces with the autofocus and then pull the trigger. Because then the face is exactly in the center of the picture, the feet or even the legs are "cut off", and at the top the ceiling almost fills the rest of the picture. Rather, target the face, press the shutter button only halay down, and then pan the camera lower before pressing the shutter button all the way down.

With people, the general rule is to always stay at eye level. If the children unpack their gifts with shining eyes before the Christmas tree, it means also on for you, off on the knees!

Photograph children at eye level

Group photos

Group photos are always posed, of course, and often all family members crowd in front of the Christmas tree to fit into the picture. However, individual faces are usually lost in the picture. Rather photograph smaller groups of two or three, on which the people are then really recognizable.

If it should be a large group photo, then let some persons sit on the ground or on chairs, this looks immediately much looser. Always take several shots when taking group photos. Someone always has their eyes closed or is looking to the side.

Christmas photos at the Christmas market

Also for the many lights and the magic atmosphere on Christmas markets applies: Put on camera and photograph with self-timer in the night program or with longer exposure time. If you don’t want the sky to be completely black, take your Christmas photos at dusk, just after the lights come on.

Christmas photos in the cold, however, have another peculiarity, because in frosty weather, the camera’s battery dies faster than in summer. If possible, charge the battery completely before visiting the Christmas market again. If the battery does get out of breath, you can revive it in the short term with a trick: take it out of the camera and rub it between your hands. Then you can take two to three more pictures.

Great effect for Christmas photos: frosty frame

For those who like to experiment: Christmas photos get a frosty frame if you breathe on the lens of the camera and rub a small hole free with a cotton swab.

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