Top 10 Tips to Take Beautiful Christmas Photographs

top10tipsIt’s always been important to me to take plenty of pictures of the children, especially on special days or occasions to help preserve the memories. From one year to the next, they grow so much! Although I take a lot of pictures, I do wish my photography skills were much better at times, and I have had a look at some better cameraΒ ranges hoping that perhaps a better piece of kit may give me better results.

Tips for taking better christmas photos of your familyI have been wondering about a DSLR but the cost and high file size makes me hesitate a bit. The high performance cameras from Sony’s Cyber-Shot range look like a good option though with wider lenses to capture more light, and a powerful zoom. When upgrading my camera, I will also want to look for a camera with that can take a sharp crisp photo even in low light. A wide lens will help with this to allow in plenty of light even when taking a photo with a fast shutterspeed, this should hopefully help to capture my kids who do not stay still for so long!

My husband was telling me about his friends camera which is from this Sony Cyber-Shot high performance range. They used it on a long exposure to take pictures at night time and it let in so much light that the picture came out brilliantly despite the dark and difficult conditions, so he was really impressed with it so I’m sure he would be happy with this choice. It would certainly make life easier when trying to capture some of the moments which I find challenging like getting great shots of Christmas lights after dark.

I always find the changing seasons give some great opportunities for photographing the kids, and Winter is no exception – with Christmas giving the perfect opportunity. I love all the twinkly lights and reds and golds. If it snows, that also gives the chance to get some fantastic shots with a real sense of fun! Sometimes I have to remind myself that it’s not just pictures of the children or family that will preserve the memories, it’s also worth while taking photos of the food or decorations as these can result in some really effective pictures and will still bring back plenty of memories in the future!

A camera is an ideal gift at Christmas too, not just for grown ups but even for children who are starting to show an interest in photography. Mr Z was given a camera in the summer and he felt so grown up taking pictures himself and being in charge of his own camera. It’s also great to see the pictures and find out what parts of the day your child has seen it most important to focus on! Once he gets a little bigger, one of the portable and powerful range from Sony Cyber-Shot would be ideal for Mr Z as its a lightweight camera which is not too bulky for him, but is still a very good camera at 18.2 megapixels.

Below are some great tips on how to take better photos at Christmas. I found them really useful myself. I had always wondered how to create bokeh in photographs, I think they look gorgeous! So sparkly and effective!


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I will definitely be trying to put some of these into action and improve my photos over the festive season – what about you?

If you have any more tips to add, please let me know in the comments!

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29 thoughts on “Top 10 Tips to Take Beautiful Christmas Photographs”

    • bokeh are those circles or heart shapes of light that you get on the picture, you can see some in the pictures in the post.

  1. These tips are amazing!
    I have a cyber shot but Allways end up using my camera phone.
    Will definately be getting it out for Christmas and using your tips. Going to share also! I have lots of photo fanatics on my Facebook
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  2. I have a range of cameras and I feel they all have their uses, I still can’t use my DSLR correctly and I tend to use the lazy auto mode on my point and click rather than fiddling with the settings. There are some great tips here and I’ll try to implement some in my festive pictures.
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  3. These are some great tips! If you can believe it, I still haven’t tried the bokeh shape thing yet and am dying to! I’ll definitely have to try it this holiday season :o) Thanks for linking up to The PINcentive Blog Hop, and I hope you’re having a great week!

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