The Right Way to Travel
October 29, 2009 – “Better Holiday Photos” Tip #1
Christmas gets earlier every year. Stores are already pulling out the red and green displays, the Santa Hats, the lights and… yes… playing Christmas music on loop.
A month ago it was still summery outside. Personally, I’m not yet ready to think about eggnog.
However, Halloween and Thanksgiving aren’t so far away. And right now — during the calm before the holiday storm — is the perfect time to start planning for holiday photos.
So for the next three days, I’ll send you a new Halloween, Thanksgiving, or general holiday photo tip, plucked from our popular Holiday Photo Guide.
3 Quick Tips for Better Halloween Shots
Maybe you plan to sell your photos. Or perhaps you’d like to frame them and keep them in the family. Either way, here are three things to keep in mind before you start snapping shots of your little ghouls and goblins this Halloween:
** 1. Move in close.
Use your camera’s zoom or a telephoto lens to give your subject some breathing room, but make the child the dominant feature in the photo, filling 50% to 70% of the frame.
** 2. Catch them in action.
Let’s face it: kids are all about action. Sure, there’s something endearing about a snaggle-toothed youngster grinning from underneath her princess crown. But you tell an entirely different story when you photograph your princess racing across the room with the werewolf from next door.
** 3. Play with your angles.
Don’t always take eye-level photos. Think “bird’s eye view” and “worm’s eye view.” Lay on the ground if you have to… or use a ladder, but push yourself beyond the normal “snapshot” mentality.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s tip, with three ways to take better family and turkey photos amid the cooking, eating, and general merriment this Thanksgiving.
Editorial Manager, Great Escape Publishing
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