Take beautiful smartphone photos this Christmas.
Christmas is just around the corner... Its a wonderful time for families to connect and create special memories. However, for some, the holiday season hides dark secrets....
Smartphone photo shame!
If you find yourself in this situation, I have a few smartphone photography tips for Christmas that might turn your shame to joy.
Your smartphone has a powerful camera that is capable of producing beautiful photos and can out-perform some DSL models. It is lightweight, convenient and is probably one of the few things that you take with you everywhere you go, including Christmas gatherings.
Before you start shooting, ask yourself a few questions...
What is your intention in taking these photos?
Is it to record attendance at an event, think school class photos? Or is it to capture special moments?
I'm hoping you chose the latter...
We all know that when families get together, most people try to create a large group photo... I call this an 'attendance' shot and they don't work. They are difficult to set up- especially if Uncle Bob has had a few pre-photo drinks and they don't show personal connections. Unfortunately, they do show unnecessary elements like feet and backgrounds. Instead go for smaller groupings to capture facial expressions and more intimate moments. Your smartphone camera is ideal because its small and inconspicuous. If you must record attendance, make sure you have at least one photo of every person there.
What mood do you want to create?
Let's face it, we all celebrate in different ways. Uncle Bob might do his yearly dance on the table, however, regardless of your family's 'special traditions', think about ways you can include them in your smartphone photography ideas. What is special and different about your Christmas get-together?
What are you going to do with your smartphone photos?
Many people go nuts at Christmas, shooting willy-nilly, just-in-case something good happens, especially if there are small children involved. The result is a huge pile of photo files that clog up your phone and cloud memory, and that eventually you forget about because they get buried under the New Year photos.
DELETE the bad ones or the repeats that are similar. Be brave!
If this is too stressful, move them into a specifically named folder or album, "Christmas 2017". You can review them at a latter date when it will be easier to hit the delete button.
My Christmas gift to you is this most important tip!
Get into the habit of deleting bad photos and creating folders or albums as you go.
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