5 Tips For Taking Photos During The Holiday Season

November 12, 2012

in Holiday Photography Tips, Photography Tips, Photography Tutorials

5 Tips for Taking Photos During the Christmas Holidays by iHeartFaces.com

With the Holiday season fast approaching, why not practice on taking better photos with your family while everyone is together? These are the times you will treasure and most want to capture with amazing Holiday photos!

We hope these 5 tips along with some items from our Holiday Wish List will help you get the most out of your photos this year.

1. Add Sparkle and Shine to Eyes

Catching sparkle in the eyes is what helps make a photo spectacular! A great tip is turn your subject AWAY from the sun, then use a light reflector to bounce light into your subject’s eyes. Or you can stand in the shade and get above your subject and shoot down to allow the light of the sky to sparkle in their eyes. Not outdoors? Move to a window to get some nice natural light. Get more tips in our tutorial here.

2. Be prepared ahead of time for group photos.

Have a large family and not sure how to pose them or how to get everyone together for a good photo this Holiday?  Be prepared this year with ideas like different angles, posing ideas and tricks to use if you have a lot of kids. Using a fisheye lens can make a group photo even more fun.

Try out these 10 Tips for Photographing Large Groups and look through some fun posing ideas for 3-8 people and ideas for posing older children,


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3. Get the kids involved.

Sometimes we are so busy preparing for the holidays that it’s hard to take photos when the family is all together. Why not get the kids involved by giving them a camera? Find an old camera or give them a new fun camera for an early present. Then give them a few “assignments for the day” and see what images you get out of them.

Sample photo assignments for kids:

  • Documenting what the adults are doing. Example; take photos of someone cooking in the kitchen.
  • Take photos without anyone knowing that you are doing it. Introduce them to Lifestyle Photography.
  • See how many smiling faces they can capture in a day.
  • Get detail photos of decorations, presents, food, etc.
  • Give them a color or letter theme.
  • Write items down for a photo scavenger hunt.

You might find that you have a talented kid and actually get in some photos yourself this season too!


4. Traveling this Holiday? Simplify.

iPhone Lens

Do you dread the idea of carrying a HUGE camera and heavy lenses around this Holiday? Check out the new compact mirrorless cameras and cool lenses for iPhones for traveling. We absolutely love high quality gear that will easily fit in our purses!

Also, you don’t have to bring every piece of gear when traveling. Just take your favorite lens and keep it simple. Using a good traveling camera bag for equipment will help simplify and keep equipment safe as well.


5. Make images looks their best with a bit of photo editing.

Holiday photos are images you will treasure forever. Make sure they look great! Try doing some post process editing with a few simple steps. We use Photoshop to edit our photos, but if you are a non-pro with a smaller budget, we suggest trying out Photoshop Elements.

  1. After uploading photos to your computer, many tend to be dark. Use the Levels Tool to simply lighten and brighten the tone of your image. Move the far white or middle gray slider to the left until it looks good to you. You can also do this with curves. It’s amazing the difference this easy tip can make in a photo!
  2. Sharpen the eyes with the sharpening tool. Just a little will do. You want to make sure to keep eyes looking natural by turning the brush strength percentage down to about 10-15%. Get detail instructions with these 5 Ways to Make Eyes Pop tutorial.
  3. If the photo looks dull, try increasing the saturation a bit to give it more color.
  4. If sharing on the web, re-size your photo to 800 pixels or less then sharpen the entire image.

You can find a lot of great free actions for more fun Holiday photo editing on our Free Resources Page.

Check out our Photography Holiday Gift Guide for more great products to help you take better photos this season!

I Heart Faces Holiday Gifts for Photography Lovers


 This post was sponsored by Best Buy, all opinions on products are our own.


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Asha Dornfest December 10, 2012

Great tips! RT @pdxphotogal: My favorite tip for taking photos this holiday season: Get the kids involved. http://t.co/sjNyqiNn


jillyrh November 29, 2012

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Tiffany S November 29, 2012

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nest of posies November 14, 2012

one of the funnest days to take pictures, but always so hard because the kids get up before dawn & it’s soooooo dark for pictures! lol

thanks for all the tips!



Dawn Lenz November 13, 2012

Thanks! Every year my brother, sisters, spouses and all the kids gather on Christmas Eve at moms house. I always take family Christmas shots of each family. Maybe we well try something different this year, pull out the remote and get the entire group! Thanks for the tips!!


jen@tatertotsandjello November 13, 2012

Those are great tips. I am trying to figure out our family photos for this year. I will definitely keep those in mind!!



Declan Mc Glone November 12, 2012

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Angie November 12, 2012

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Amy Locurto November 12, 2012

I really love the new compact DSLR cameras! Those lenses for iPhones are what I am hoping I get in my stocking this year:-)


Lee from Pear Tree Space November 12, 2012

Great tips for families using their own candids for Christmas Cards. Professional photos are always beautiful, but a lot of times so many special moments can be captured right in your own home! Thanks also for the link to the “making eyes pop” tutorials. I’ll be trying some of those out!


Tracy P. November 12, 2012

What a great collection of tips and links all in one place! Thank you!


Amy {The Idea Room} November 12, 2012

Great tips! I for sure will use some for our family holiday pictures! thanks so much! And we love Best Buy at our house!


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