The holiday season is upon us and if you haven’t already, it’s time to decide on your holiday greeting cards. If your choice in greeting cards includes one or more photos, you may be feeling a little intimidated when it comes to the photos. If you aren’t an experienced photographer, knowing how to get the best photos possible may seem difficult.
Today I thought I’d share some simple ways to take better photos for your holiday cards even if you aren’t a photographer. No fancy camera required. You can get good quality photos for your holiday card using just your phone camera if that’s all you have. Just follow the tips below.
Coordinate, Don’t Match
When planning what you and the family are going to wear, pick a color palette but don’t all dress exactly the same. This makes the photos look more pulled together without it looking overly planned.
Take Your Photos in Natural Light
Unless you are using a good camera and know how to adjust the settings, plan your photos for good daylight and take in natural light. Photos taken outside are the best for getting good light and will also require no flash which can make photos look too harsh.
Keep the Lighting Source behind the Camera
Getting creative with lighting placement can make for a great photo but the simplest way to get good lighting for an inexperienced photographer is keeping the lighting source behind the one taking the photo / behind the camera. By doing this, the subject(s) being photographed will be fully illuminated, faces will be bright and visable with no awkward shadows.
Keep the Background Simple
While lighting can make or break a photo, so can the background of a photo. If you choose a background that is too busy, the focal point of the photo may be difficult to determine and will distract from the subject of the photo. Take a little time before taking your photos to scope out some good locations with clean, simple backdrops.
Use a Tripod
If you aren’t the best at holding still to get a good photo, use a tripod. Not only will this keep the camera (or phone) from moving, it also allows you to get into the photo simply by setting the timer. I love using my phone camera and for just over $10 I scored a great tripod specifically for my phone. Not only does this allow for great photos, I can also use it for video for other things.
Getting good quality photos, perfect for your holiday cards can be a fun project to take on. It’s one that can be fun for your and your family to work through the process together. Even when using the camera on your cell phone, by following a few simply tips like the ones I’ve shared today, you can get quality, well lit, beautiful photos perfect to share with your family and friends!