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Top 10 tips for taking beautiful photos this Christmas

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One thing I want to learn about next year (a new years resolution really) is to get my photos more organised, and to actually take more – time goes by so quickly and if you blink you can miss it too easily.

I love my tradition of creating a photo book of the past year (which I try and get done over the Christmas holidays), but all too often I find that I haven’t got a great shot of an event, or I have missed a few people out who I would want in the book as well. Frustrating!

….and so my challenge begins!

My camera, and my news!

Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve been working on some projects in recent months, and I have some other blog news that will be revealed in early 2014 (exciting!), but for now its safe to say with that and my photo book firmly front and centre in my head at the moment, that any tips I can get for taking great photos would be very much appreciated!

There’s an issue with all this though – and thats that I am absolutely NOT a camerawizz….

In fact, until a few weeks ago, my phones’ camera has done me fine – but now I want to take things to a whole new level, and get some amazing shots.

Not only from a blog point of view, but I also want to have some amazing photos of my daughter as she grows up, and of places we visit, and I want them to look good – with the professional blurring of the background, some tricks with light etc…

As a family we have been using a Sony Cyber-shot camera over the past few years (see picture on left), and have been really happy with it – but now I want to upgrade and get a DSLR in the new year in order to take things a little more seriously (watch this space for some better quality photos on the blog in the future…. or maybe not ;o) ).

As such I will be looking at the range that Sony do within the mix. They have DSLR cameras, but I’m also interested in their range of NEX compact cameras which report to give DSLR quality images and have interchangable lens’ as well which may be a good portable option – I shall keep you posted on what I end up choosing!

Tips to get started taking good photos

This infographic has some great tips in – some parts of this are a little over my head and technical, and I will no doubt come back to them as I learn more about photography – but others are really useful right now to me as a newbie – and very inspiring!

Wherever you are in your camera and photo knowledge, take a look at this and I am sure that you will be inspired to get some great photos this Christmas!

Top 10 tips to take beautiful Christmas photographs - Infographic

Courtesy of Sony

I love the ideas for taking pictures of lights outside in dusk rather than darkness (Tip #4) – I always thought that darkness would make the lights stand out more – so I will try this at our Christmas Carol Concert in a couple of weeks, which is always lit up beautifully.

I also love the idea of using a tripod, as I always seem to get blurry photos , and not the good kind, and thats so annoying – and I quite like the idea of looking the part (!) – but I don’t know what my family would say if I started to carry one around with me all the time – so maybe just for a few shots here and there for now………

The one big WOW moment though when reading this was what was talked about in Tip numbers 8,9 and 10 – and thats something called Bokeh.

I don’t know about you, but I’d never heard of this and I was intrigued! – so a quick google search later and I found that this was the elusive blurred ambient lights effect that I crave. Wouldn’t a few of these style photos look fantastic taken at Christmas by the tree!

The bonus tip of making the lights different shapes is one that I am DEFINITELY going to try in the holidays, I can’t tell you how excited I was to see the effect it can have in pictures, so I will let you know how I get on (wish me and my very limited camera knowledge good luck!).

I really hope that some of the tips prove as useful to you as they have to me – and that you are inspired to give a few things a go.

As always, I would love to know how you get on, and if you have any other tips that you use when taking photos I am sure others would love to learn a few more, so why not add them to the comments below – thanks in advance!


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