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5 Top Tips for Great Holiday Photos
Take plenty of photos during the holidays. With all the cooking and baking, decorating and gift giving, there are lots of fun family events to shoot. Experiment with different Scene modes if your camera has them.
For great shots of a decorated Christmas tree that’s or lit Chanukah or Kwanzaa candles, don’t use a flash. Put the camera on a tripod or steady surface, and use a slow shutter speed to pick up the warm glow of the lights or candles. The same holds true when photographing outdoor decorations. Experiment by changing the shutter speed until you get a photo you like. The longer the shutter speed, the more the lights will glow.
Ever hear the phrase “Dress in your holiday best”? When your kids or family are dressed up for Thanksgiving dinner or holiday parties, that’s the best time to pull them aside for a quick portrait.
Go outdoors. Bundle up and keep warm while capturing all the holiday fun that’s had outside, from carolers to holiday parades. Use the camera’s flash to capture the smiling faces.
Close-ups of decorations make for unique images. Use a macro lens, macro mode (If your camera has one. Most COOLPIX cameras have a Macro mode), or telephoto lens. Take your inspiration from the colorful ornaments and other holiday decorations, tasty treats and fancy wrapped gift boxes.