A Professional Photographer's Advice on How to Take Memorable Holiday Photos

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LIGHTING

It can be a little daunting to know how to best utilize light in a photograph, but the main thing to understand is that you do need light. Lots of it, in fact. It's what makes this wonderful photography world go round. The first thing to do is to turn off or disable your pop-up flash. It will most likely wash out your subjects and is too harsh for holiday photos. Natural light is often best, so position your subjects close to and/or facing a window, and even go outside if you can! Put on heavy sweaters, hats and coats and find open shade if it's a very sunny day. If it's overcast, you will probably have the same amount of light anywhere you take pictures. If it's night out or inclement weather, turn on as many lamps as you can indoors. If you can change the ISO on your camera, using a high ISO will give you less grainy photos than you would get from not having properly lit photos. For extra light, I have an external flash unit as well as an inexpensive lightscoop, which can fit on top of many DSLR cameras.

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