…and now for something completely different: Digital Photography at Christmas

My sisters and I standing in front of our Christmas tree circa 1967. This photo was taken on a Kodak Brownie Reflex camera using 127 mm film and retouched to adjust color and contract fading using Adobe Photoshop.

One of the best parts of Christmas–or vacations, reunions, or maybe life in general–is looking at photos to remember the good times. Thanks to technology, creating those memories is easier than ever. Most cell phones take better pictures than the point and shoot Kodaks of previous eras, but knowing how to use them and how to shoot a visually strong photo makes all the difference. Getting great shots involves both knowing how to use your equipment and knowing how to compose a memorable picture. The articles below offer suggestions that may help.

The basics, especially for shooting with a phone:  https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/good-pictures-phone-tips   Different brands of phones offer different features, but there are many commonalities so this is a good start. This article explains some basics. Looking up articles or videos about the camera on your specific phone will offer more specific directions.

Photographing Christmas lights:  https://www.nyip.edu/photo-articles/photography-tutorials/how-to-take-great-photos-of-holiday-lights  Photographing lights can be challenging. This article offers a variety of practical hints for getting the shot you want

Pictures of groups of people:  https://expertphotography.com/great-group-photo/ Holiday get-togethers lead to pictures of people gathered together. Candids can be fun, but learning how to take an outstanding group picture makes the memories even better.

This adorable picture of Mrs. Claus reading to my young cousins would be better if I had taken it from a slightly different angle so the Christmas tree was in the background.

Google photos: here are guides for Google photos, which you are probably using if you’re shooting with an Android camera or you have your photos backing up to Google.

                             The Beginner’s Guide to Google Photos https://www.theedublogger.com/google-photos-guide/

                              Get Started with Google Photos https://support.google.com/photos/answer/6220402?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

Apple (iPad/iPhone) photos: A variety of hints and how-tos specifically for Apple users is on the Apple site https://support.apple.com/explore/taking-managing-photos  

 

 

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