It’s the holiday season once again! If you are in the midst of preparing for a Christmas party at home, you’re not alone! Whether it’s setting up the Christmas trees with colourful ornaments, go Christmas shopping for loved ones, bake yummy treats or take family portraits for your very own personalised greeting cards, Christmas is indeed the best time of the year to be jolly!
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Christmas is also a fantastic time for family and friends to gather! Parties are the perfect way to bond over a scrumptious meal, sing carols and catch up. If you have Christmas party planned, you’ll definitely want to capture these precious moments of fun and laughter to look back on in the many years to come. Here are some photography angles that might come in handy when shooting at house parties.
- Zoom in on the decorations
A lot of work goes into party decorations and this is no different during Christmas! Don’t let your party decorations go to waste and remember to photograph them before your guests arrive. Ornaments, lights, garlands, wreaths, tinsels — put together, they create a joyful atmosphere that’s unique to this holiday, so focusing on these details will capture the essence of this joyous holiday perfectly.
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Canon EOS 60D | EF-S18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 IS
By getting close to the subject, or decoration in this case, and setting a large aperture creates a nice creamy bokeh effect in the background that leaves the larger Christmas setting visible in the photo.
- Catch your guests in action
Smiling, laughing, raising a toast, eating a slice of that yummy log cake — these intimate and candid moments are usually the ones that bring a smile to your face when you look back on old photos. Be that stealth-like photographer that weaves through the crowd and capture your guests in their most natural, joyful state.
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Canon EOS 6D | EF 50mm f/1.8 II
If you have strings of Christmas lights as part of your party decoration, try to capture your subject standing in front of them while shooting wide open on a low F-stop to incorporate the additional source of light as part of the picture-perfect moment.
- Plate your food with ornaments
What is a party without scrumptious food? Before your guests start digging in, take a variety of shots of the meal you’ve painstakingly prepared, or ordered and have delivered! Full table shots can be taken using a wide-angle lens or simply by climbing a chair and taking a birds-eye view shot.
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III | EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
Have some loose ornaments that didn’t make it onto the Christmas tree? Place those or any other festive decorations and spread them out sparingly onto the table to add a touch of festivities into your otherwise regular food shot.
- Take portraits of guests
With all the lights shining in the background from indoor decorations, subjects in the foreground may come off looking dark. Your tendency may be to extend the shutter speed to allow more light to enter, but this will only cause the background to be blown out and can create blurred subjects when people move around.
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The solution is to place the camera on a tripod to counter any shakiness and to put on a flash with an added lightsphere. This causes the light from the flash to illuminate the surroundings evenly and allows soft light to fall on your subjects, creating a beautiful ambience together with the Christmas decorations. Keep F-stop low, ISO relatively high and slow down aperture — this should eliminate any harsh looks on your subjects and takes into consideration possible movement.
- Get your kids (and even your furry friends) involved in gift-exchange
One special part of Christmas, and the most exciting one for kids, is the gifts! Capturing candid gift exchange moments, especially for kids and even your pets, create a cosy ambience and reflect the spirit of giving during this holiday season.
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This segment of the party could get hectic with lots of movement happening so make sure you’ve gotten your camera and tripod ready to take those candid shots.
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We hope you have a holly jolly Christmas this year! Share what you’re up to this holiday by tagging your photos with #EOSWorldChristmas. We can’t wait to see all the happy memories you have captured!