5 FUN THINGS TO PHOTOGRAPH OVER THE FESTIVE SEASON
The festive season is a great time to shoot portraits for a number of reasons. First, the abundance of interesting lighting indoors allows for fantastic opportunities. This includes open fires, lamps, candles and Christmas lights, all of which make dynamic lighting for portraits. Second, there’s the availability of great subjects. When you have family and friends around you, it’s the perfect excuse to shoot a few portraits that everyone you’re close to will enjoy and be able to remember.
Shot by Al Rau with an Olympus PEN E-PL5 & M.ZUIKO 45mm F/1.8 lens
Oh, and if the family aren’t being compliant, you can always try to interest your pets into a portrait sitting. Best of luck!
Shot by Mike Beck with an Olympus E-5 & Olympus 50mm Lens
With lots of tasty treats lovingly prepared over the Christmas period, it would be rude not to turn the camera on these. People tend to go the extra mile at this time of year, so it’s a great opportunity to try some food photography.
Shot by Don Campolongo uploaded to our Flickr group.
Pro tip: If you say you want to photograph some Christmas food, there’s the chance someone will be kind enough to bake you a selection of cookies or something equally delicious. So that way, everyone’s a winner!
Light is the photographer’s best friend. Without light there would be no photographs! When the colourful Christmas lights are turned on, there’s a chance for you to take great photographs of them. The best thing about Christmas lights is that there are untold ways to capture them and be creative.
Shot by Norm Lanier on an Olympus OM-D E-M5
Why not try a long exposure and slowly zooming in or manually focusing up close until the lights become beautiful coloured bokeh shapes.
Shot by Marco Silva Navarrete with an Olympus E-520
At this time of year the mornings are dark, the sun is low, the ground can be icy and there’s the chance of mist and fog. Capturing the ambience of winter landscapes makes for beautiful pictures. It may be a total drag to get out of bed in the freezing cold, but chances are the resulting images will be fantastic.
Shot by Flickr user Lucie
This follows on from point one, portraits. Candlelight is very flattering to subjects and makes any type of image look atmospheric. It doesn’t matter if you’re photographing a still life, a portrait or a whole indoor scene – it will look great by candle light. Just make sure you have a fast enough shutter speed or a steady tripod.
Shot by Benjamin Ballande with an Olympus OM-D E-M5
It’s all about playing with light and dark with candlelight, so be sure to manually adjust your exposure metering to get the best shots.