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10 Tips for Better Christmas Photos

(Last Updated On: March 1, 2020)

Christmas Photography

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and an excellent wonderful opportunity to capture Christmas Photos and precious memories with family, and friends. Christmas is also a time where children are the focus of our attention. It’s also a time to bond, catch up with one another and to share quality time with those we love.

Here are 10 Tips for Better Christmas Photos;

1. Clean you Camera Lens

Start by cleaning your camera lens. Watch this Lens Cleaning: Two Minute Tips video from Adorama TV for directions.

2. Format your Memory Cards

Memory CardDigital photography is so much easier than film photography and it’s far move convenient when you only have to manage memory cards. You may have heard in the past that it is better Deleting images off your card  Back up older images to your computer or whatever cloud storage service you’re using. Then reformat your memory cards.

Formatting your card is the best way to completely clear all files from your card and it can reduce the risk of data corruption. Formatting is irreversible, so be sure all your images are backed up before clean everything off the card.

3. Shoot RAW & JPEG

raw jpeg file formatMost newer cameras you can go into the menu and select one of several file formats. The default setting for most cameras is JPEG. If your camera can shoot RAW file in addition to JPEG, shoot using the RAW+JPEG combination. Be sure to read our article about RAW vs JPEG or watch the video below from Canon.

4. Recharge your Batteries

Duracell Quantum Alkaline Battery

Be sure to recharge your camera battery and batteries for your flash. If you don’t use rechargeable batteries, we recommend buying premium batteries like Duracell Quantum Alkaline batteries. Other rechargeable batteries to consider are the Eneloop Panasonic AA NiMH Batteries, Panasonic BK-3HCCA4BA Eneloop Pro AA High Capacity Ni-MH Batteries, and Duracell High-Capacity Rechargeable Batteries.

5. Bring a Tripod

Camera Tripod

If you own a tripod, bring it with you! A tripod is a perfect tool for eliminating the possibility of camera shake and will help you take sharp photographs. Using a tripod will enable you to shoot at slower shutter speeds without having to worry about blurry images. Also, turn off Image Stabilization and use a Self Timer set to 3 seconds or more so you don’t have to press the shutter. Be sure to get out from behind the lens and join the festivities.

6. Have a Very White Balance Christmas

white balance camera grey cardWhite balance is a setting in your camera that helps you produce a natural looking colors in your image based on the type of lighting (sunlight, fluorescent, or incandescent). The goal of white balance is to achieve the most accurate colors possible. Take a moment to read our article on White Balance or watch the video on what is white balance?

7. Shoot in Continuous Mode

Most cameras are set up to shoot one photo at a time. The Continuous Mode setting allows you to take several photos in rapid-fire succession. This setting can be especially useful when children open presents. Keep your finger on the shutter and get as many images per second as you can. You’ll be surprised to know the fraction of a second can make the difference between an average image and a great photograph.

8. Aperture Priority

One of the most important settings on your camera for Christmas photos is the aperture. Aperture Priority is a setting on your camera that allows you to set a specific aperture value (or f-stop) while your automatically selects a shutter speed resulting in a properly exposed image.  If you’re taking shots of Christmas decorations, you may want to use a large aperture (f/2.8) with a narrow depth-of-field. This will give you an image where your subject is in focus and the background out of focus. When taking group photos, use a smaller aperture like f/5.6 to f/11 so everyone in in focus.

9. Bounce Your Flash

Using a flash is sometime essential to get a properly exposed image. Direct light from a flash is considered hard light and can result in undesirable shadows or overexposure. An effective method to combating this is to point the flash in a different direction or to use a diffuser. Instead of pointing the flash directly at your subject, try pointing towards the ceiling the wall.

10. Christmas Photography Ideas and Inspiration

We put together a list of Christmas photo ideas and images for a little inspiration.

  • Decorations
  • Christmas Lights (indoors and outdoors)
  • Cups of Hot Cocoa
  • Nativity Scenes
  • Christmas Cookies
  • Children Opening Christmas Presents
  • Christmas Ornaments
  • Wrapped Presents under the Tree
  • Mistletoe
  • Christmas Trees
  • Christmas Reef
  • Grandpa reading The Night Before Christmas
  • Christmas Dinner
  • Christmas Cards
  • Portraits (Family, kids, couples, pets)

Christmas Tree SilhouettesNativity SceneChristmas 2014 silly kidschristmas ornament on tree

little girl decorating christmas tree

santa mug

santa claus hat with pet

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