How to fake it: Taking the perfect holiday shots

In our How to Fake it series, we seek to simplify art topics into bite-sized nuggets to enable you with the tools to be an art conversationalist.

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Credits: https://static.pexels.com/

For this ‘How to Fake it’, we explore the world of photo taking and show you how to capture the best photos this holiday season!

Taken with Canon EOS 700D

Taken with Canon EOS 700D

Get to their level
It may be a little hard, and you’ll probably get in people’s way, but the best photos of people are usually taken at their eye-level. Especially when taking photos of children, sit on the floor or squat down to get a good shot of your young nephews and nieces. It helps give a fascinating perspective of their world-view and makes for more personal photographs down the road!

Taken with Pentax K1000, ISO 1600

Taken with Pentax K1000, ISO 1600

Flashing lights should only come from the Christmas tree
Turn off auto mode on your camera and play around with your ISO setting! Avoid using your camera’s flash or you’ll end up with flat and unflattering photographs of your family members. Try setting your camera to Program mode (P) and increase the ISO 800 to 1600 to capture good indoor shots at night. But remember, the higher your ISO, the grainier your photos may turn out. Try to practice before hand so that you’ll be comfortable with adjusting your camera and also know the limitations of it.

Taken with Canon Powershot G7 on Auto

Taken with Canon Powershot G7 on Auto

Capture the best moments
We find that the best photographs are always taken when people are in their most natural – be it eating, talking or laughing! It is tempting to grab attention by shouting, “Smile!” but by capturing candid moments, it makes for better memories in the years to come.
You can still get everyone together for a posed shot, but leave it for the end of the party, just before people start making their exit . In the meantime, keep your camera busy by taking snapshots throughout dinner. That way, people will receive a happy sense of nostalgia when they walk down memory lane years later.

Credits: Canon Europe

Credits: Canon Europe

Better in multiples
When trying to capture candid shots of people, it’s always best that you take a few shots rather than just one! It can be quite hard to capture the best shots in just one frame. Be it the new baby niece cracking a smile or the surprise on your brother’s face when he opens the present you got for him, don’t hesitate and snap multiple shots of this moment! You can always filter out the best photos later on.

Taken with Canon EOS 700D

Taken with Canon EOS 700D

Don’t forget the scenery
Don’t forget to take snapshots of your surroundings! Take photos of the decorations, the weather, the food, and anything else that adds to the mood.  That way, your photos will be able to tell a complete story of the event rather than just the attendees.  Putting these together in an album would make for a great visual treat!


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