Shed Some (Natural) Light on Christmas Day

Today in several parts of the country and the world, it’s Christmas.  It’s a wonderful time to celebrate with family, friends, food and gifts.  Today is not a day to be reading long blog posts, unless they are written by your favorite new blogger, ME! so, I promise this will be short and sweet!

Whether you are celebrating Christmas for biblical reasons (Happy Birthday Sweet Baby Jesus!) or enjoying the traditional holiday, one thing is for sure, you (or someone you know) will be taking pictures.  You want to remember this Christmas and capture it in photos just like you did last year!  So, here’s a quick tip on how you, Mr. or Miss Amateur photographer can take better photos during all the joyous and perhaps crazy events of Christmas day.

Shed some light.

It doesn’t matter if you’re taking pictures with a camera phone, a point-n-shoot or that brand new DSLR you just unwrapped, you will need light to take the best photos.  Obtaining that light is as simple as opening the blinds (or curtains) and shedding light on your subjects.

Here’s another example:


But if you really want to make those whom you’re taking pictures of look their best, take it outdoors.  Natural light outside is amazing!



That’s it.  I told you it was a quick tip.

Now go and take some great photos, and if you’d like to share a few, please leave a link in the comment section below! 🙂

Have a very Merry Christmas!

{NOTE: All images were shot with a Canon 5D Mark II with the same settings indoors and the same setting outdoors.  Other than resizing and minimal sharpening, photos are unedited.  Special thanks to my AWESOME neighbors for allowing their kids to be great subjects to shed light on!}