Prep your equipment Itís going to be a busy day ahead, so best to check now that your camera batteries are charged, your memory cards clear and ready for lots of shots, and that your favourite lens is on and raring to go!
Capture reactions when opening presents Youíll need to be quick on the shutter speed with this one! Have your camera ready in your hand to capture the moment when someone sees what they have been gifted. There are usually some priceless expressions!
Use self timer for family shots in the morning
There are plenty of camera and phone accessories and settings that can allow you to take selfies these days. If you donít have a tripod, you could prop up the camera on a table and use self timer to take a shot of you and the whole family. Some cameras also have voice activation controls that allow you to snap the shutter remotely.
Food Photography So much thought and planning can go into an Xmas lunch, so why not take a few minutes to capture some photos of the preparation. There are lots of ways you can get creative with food photography , such as getting in close to the details with a macro lens and using a shallow depth of field.
Remember to consider your background and lighting when shooting food, to make the subject stand out and look as tasty as possible! Always good to pay some compliments to the chef tooÖ
Capture some photos of the decorations
Although not everyone likes to admit it, a lot of careful consideration and curation can go into the decorating of a Christmas tree or home! Shiny baubles and fairy lights can also be fantastic props and challenges to photograph, so make it your mission to shoot them as creatively as possible. Use techniques such as creating bokeh with a low aperture, or with fairy lights illuminating a portrait.
Itís always good to grab a few shots before the kids decide that baubles and tinsel look better on the floor and strewn around the house.
Create a Christmas photo booth Whilst on the subject of little ones...creating a mini photo booth is a great and inexpensive way of capturing the kids attention whilst also capturing fun portraits of them. Plenty of shops sell festive photo kits that contain props to hold or pop over your face, so you could allocate a corner of a room with some Xmas decor (enlist the kidsí help!) and away you go!
Snap some candid shots
Christmas is a time to catch up with family and friends, and it can usually result in lots of heartwarming moments with lots of laughter. Have your camera ready to photograph candid and natural moments between loved ones, that will create fond memories to look back on in years to come. Bonus points if you manage to photograph someone falling asleep in their chair too!