Telling The Christmas Story (and Beyond)

Tell the Story This Christmas!

_MG_63341. FOCUS ON THE DETAILS – Christmas is a visual feast, and to capture it’s “Spirit” shoot all the little details, like the ornaments, the stockings, the lights, decorations, clothes, food, etc. These will make your photo narrative rich! And remember, fill the frame!


_MG_6824 _MG_68282. FOCUS ON THE INTERACTION – Christmas is a time when family and friends are together along with a wide range of emotions! Take five minutes to try and capture the interactions between people. Christmas is about relationships. Capture those moments!


_MG_6323 _MG_63413. FOCUS ON THE LIGHT – There are some great light sources during the season; candles, fires, Christmas lights. Watch for unique reflections, shadows, and colors that add interest to the image, especially reflected on people’s faces and in backgrounds. A shot with Christmas lights in the background is more interesting than one with plain wall…just sayin’. Find the angles that best capture that beautiful light.  And turn off the flash…


_MG_6599adjIMG_32834. FOCUS ON EXPOSURE – During this time of year there is a lot of white and gray (think clouds and snow). Usually you’ll have to brighten the exposure to make the image work. However, if you’re shooting with a fire in the shot, to make it “look right”, usually you’ll be subtracting light from the exposure. At any rate, the ultimate goal is to treasure the moments – even if it means putting the camera down and just being…

As always, I look forward to seeing some of your favorite photos from the season on the SiLVER HILL Facebook page, Happy shooting!

7 Small Reminders for Better Holiday Photos!

The holidays are upon us again, and during the hectic gatherings we dearly love to get great photos.  Here are some small reminders that hopefully will help you to do just that!

1.  Put your ISO in Auto – check your manual to see how to do that if you don’t already.  Since you’ll likely be in a variety of lighting conditions rapidly, it helps not to have to think about the ISO much.

2.  Put your White Balance on Auto – you don’t want to have to think about white balance either in the happy chaos of holiday season!

3.  Use Aperture Priority (Av or A) to try and capture shots with a blurred background – but remember to stay close to your subjects!

4.  Use Shutter Priority (Tv or S) and keep it on 1/60th sec.or faster to make sure you don’t get camera shake when shooting in low light situations (like inside around a dinner table).

5.  Use exposure compensation if you need to to try and get your subject the right brightness if the background is much darker or brighter than the subject. (think snow shots, sunset shots, backlit shots, etc)

6.  Alternately, use your AEL (Auto exposure lock) to get an exposure reading from something similar to your subject, then recompose your shot and take the picture.  This should help get a proper exposure on your subject.

7.  If al else fails put it in AUTO, have fun, don’t stress, and remember its not about the photos, it’s about the relationships!

Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas to all of you!

A Few of My Favorite Sites!

A Few of My Favorite Websites : I thought I’d take this month to share the links to a few of my favorite instructional websites – places where I learn a ton about cameras, techniques, and approaches to photography that help improve my craft.

They include shooting, editing, equipment, and business info. and have proved invaluable to my photography!  Hope you enjoy!

(In no particular order)

National Geographic Photo Tutorials (instruction, inspiration)

CreativeLive  (instruction, inspiration) (instruction) (equipment) (business and legal)

Pinterest (photo mania!!! Great for analysis of photos)

What are your favorite links??

Oh, and don’t forget the upcoming Landscape Photography Excursion!!