Only two more sleeps and Christmas 2015 will be HERE!
I am so so excited for this Christmas as it will be my first Christmas as a ‘Mrs’ and I’m spending it with my husband and family (and the cats!). YAY!

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year, with pretty surroundings and lots of lovely moments, it’s a great time to practice taking some fab photos.
Lots of smaller cameras, which I tend to call ‘point and shoot’, are becoming more ‘techy’ and are offering manual settings as well as automatic.
So for those of you that already have, or who hope to receive a camera this Christmas, that has manual settings, I’d love to share with you a few basic tips to help you get started on taking better photographs over the festive season!
Light:
It gets light late, and dark early in December, which can cause some difficulty when taking photographs in December. If you want to take any family portraits during the Christmas period, I would recommend photographing these outside. For outdoor photography in good light, I’d recommend shooting on around 400 ISO (100 ISO if it’s really sunny!) and for large groups a higher aperture of around f/6 to ensure everyone’s faces are sharp.
Flash:
Once the light goes, your flash will become very important, unless you have a professional camera which can cope well in low light. Many SLRs come with a pop up flash, however you can buy flash guns for most types of cameras as a separate attachment. I would strongly recommend investing in one of these as you will be able to create much more natural photographs. If you have a flash gun, be sure to point it up at the ceiling. This bounces the light off and around the room rather than directly at your subject.
Children:
Christmas is exciting for all the family, and particularly children! Children can be quite animated at Christmas whether they’re playing with new toys or being excitable with each other. This will mean fast movement, so if you want to capture natural action shots of your children, be sure to up your shutter speed to a higher setting so that you can get sharp shots. Or if you want to add a feeling of movement to your images, you can slow your shutter speed a bit to get some atmospheric blur.
The Obligatory Christmas Tree Shot:
I have definitely had a photograph taken with our family Christmas tree EVERY YEAR…. and for a long time this would consist of us standing very closely in front of the tree! However, to get an even better shot, stand your subjects next to the tree as this gives a lovely soft glow to the side of peoples faces AND avoids the ‘branches sticking out of your ear’ look! Alternatively, bringing your subjects further away from the tree, with the tree in the background can look really lovely if you shoot on a low aperture. This will mean the tree detail will blur and you’ll have a gorgeous backdrop of colour and sparkle!
Memories:
There are lots of wonderful moments that happen during Christmas, so why not try capturing the general atmosphere as the day unfolds, as opposed to forced poses? My style of photography is more documentary or ‘reportage’ so that your images tell a story. Falling into the background and capturing the laughter, the cheers, the cracker pulling can be so satisfying and you’ll capture beautiful moments.
Prints:
Finally and most importantly, print those gorgeous photographs you take this Christmas! We live in a digital age which means nothing lasts forever so print your memories 🙂
That’s it from me for now, but I hope these basic tips will help you all this Christmas.
Have a LOVELY and merry one!!!
Love Philippa xx