How to Capture a Holiday Image That Puts Others in the Spirit
You’ve decorated the tree, baked the gingerbread cookies, sprinkled tinsel on the table, and the snow is starting to fall. The setting looks picture perfect — so how do you actually take that photo?
The Christmas season brings out the photographer in many of us, but it can be surprisingly hard to get the perfect shot which represents the season. So how do you do it? I decided to ask a few Unsplash photographers who have been submitting some of the best images we’ve seen, and I found that the advice they gave isn’t just great for Christmas, but any holiday you might want to capture.
1. Consider dimension.
Aaron Burden says he still feels as if he’s learning what it takes to capture a compelling Christmas photo, but he’s noticed that adding dimension to the photo as whole seems to make a major difference:
Keeping the setting simple is why this white ornament jump out against the green tree, and this green branch jumps out against the white background.
3. Don’t overthink it, and enjoy yourself.
Nathan Anderson reminds us that there’s a danger to worrying too much about getting the perfect photo, remembering his own struggle in year’s past:
It’s better to capture a moment that draws you in, or feels unique, than to capture something lifeless.
Which brings us to our last point:
4. Capture a feeling, not an object.
Brigitte Tohm makes a solid argument for remembering the emotion you want to convey: