It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
I LOVE everything about the magic of the holiday season. That is, until January 2nd rolls around and I’m immediately ready for spring.
Winter in Chicago seems to never end. Sunset at 4:00 in the afternoon, wind so chilly that you don’t dare bring your camera outdoors for fear that your fingers may break off.
What’s a photographer to do? Put our big girl pants on and embrace it.
If you’ve learned anything about me throughout this series, it’s likely how much I love sun-filled images. But unless you’re fortunate enough to live in San Diego (anyone want a house guest?), we need to learn to embrace photographing indoors for part of the year.
So I’ve put together 3 quick tips for capturing your families during the cold, winter months.
QUICK TIP 1: Take the time to capture the Hallmark moment.
Want your pictures of Christmas Eve to look like something out of a Hallmark commercial? Yep, I do too. Note: These two pictures were taken about 4 months in to my photography journey. I DID NOT get it right the first time, nor are they perfect. But they are perfect to me. Lesson? Give it a try even if the instructions sound difficult. Read back through the previous tutorials – you can do this!
Now why do they look so different?
Picture 1 was taken in Automatic mode. With the flash on. Which means… I let the camera do the thinking for me.
Remember, you’re smarter than your camera. I repeat, you are smarter than your camera!
Now why did my “camera’s brain” fail? My camera tried to get most everything in focus. The tree is SORT OF in focus. My little one… SORT OF in focus. And it tried to read what is admittedly a tricky lighting situation.
The result? Baby girl is very underexposed. The tree/lights are well exposed. Problem is… I want sweet little first Christmas girl to be the highlight of the photo… and she’s not.