Great Tips for Better Holiday Photos
This year, you don’t have to worry about making your holiday photos stand out. Here are some great tips that are sure to improve your pictures!
Tip: Plan Ahead
If you’re like me, you’re surprised by the sight of holiday decorations at the mall when most people are still wearing shorts and flip-flops. It seems too early to drag out once-a-year decorations just so you can take a holiday photo before the snow flies. But it’s never too early to think about the perfect image to accompany the annual "year in review" letter that describes your nearly perfect family. The solution: Go generic. How is such a thing possible? Find an object that says "holiday."
For ideas, check out the Office Live Clip Art Web site. Do a search for "holidays" or "Christmas" and browse through the results. Find subjects that are festive and non-denominational: for example, an ornament, a sprig of holly, a poinsettia plant. Then try to duplicate the scene for the camera.
Tip: Less is More
Keep it simple. Save family photos for your family. For a non-family card or mailing, consider a straightforward, evocative image. For example, freshly fallen snow on ornate stone buildings and oak trees suggests the beauty of the season. If you don’t have fresh snow on hand, gargoyles on buildings and other architectural ornaments are compelling, too.
Tip: Get Candid
Tip: Light the Way
Keep mirrors, glass, or other reflective surfaces that can cause distracting light flares away. And ask your subjects not to look directly at the camera to prevent red eye. There are also several helpful tips for lighting in numerous articles on the Windows Vista Web site. The Windows Vista: Pictures and video page contains plenty of tips on printing, editing, and organizing digital images.
Tip: Find a New Angle
Tip: Edit Your Images
Windows Photo Gallery, which comes with Windows Vista, is a convenient yet powerful tool for editing images.
Above: An unedited photo shows potential of turning something good into something great.
Above: The edited photo shows a clear focal point with less distractions, resulting in a stronger image.
Tip: Don’t Forget Presentation
With PowerPoint, you can assemble a multimedia greeting card, including festive images and sound clips of your family singing their favorite holiday songs.
Jump start the process by using one of the greeting card templates. Since one picture is worth a thousand words, consider weaving your holiday photos into a narrative, complete with music and your own commentary, using Photo Story 3 for Windows.
Tip: Share Your Holiday Moments
By Greg Holden