Happy New Year!

I wanted to share a quick holiday tip that I learned The Hard Way. Exhibit #1 Above.

Yikes right!  One little bump the wrong way while unpacking this beauty last year was all it took to shatter. It was right then that I decided to take a photo of all my ornaments. So my big tip is: Photograph your ornaments!  Well, the special ones anyway. Which ones are special to me? The ornaments from my childhood are especially sentimental as my parents gave me one each year that coordinated with my unique interests that year. You can imagine the memories that flood back each year when I decorate the tree!

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I didn’t worry about small reflections and even the change in color temperature from image to image… If you have the time I suggest be a bit more critical with your photos before you pack those gems up. Some photo tips are below.

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Other ornaments that made my photo list were the ones I have given to my daughter each year.  I also included any breakable ornaments and any treasures my daughter has made.  I didn’t worry about plain glass balls or the accents I put on the tree such as the $1 plastic candy canes, the ribbon or or the glittered snowflakes. It is enough for me to see those in the images I take each year once the tree is decorated.

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The photo of my Christmas tree was taken with my cell phone. Sometimes I use my DSLR, but usually I will grab whatever camera is close because during the holidays my schedule is so packed like everyone else’s that I don’t want to add stress to the season worrying about getting out  my big camera. I use an iphone and it does a good enough job for me for my photos of daily life.

Anyway, the last couple of years I got organized and put a reminder in my phone (bonus tip! LOL) to capture a photo of my daughter with her ornament.  I used to think it was a given I would remember to take such a photo, but a look through past Christmas photos says otherwise….

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So now a few tips for you to ensure your photos are the best they can be without much effort:

  1. Shoot during the day with plenty of natural light.
  2. Position the ornament so it has even lighting. Since I have windows on both sides of my tree, that means I have enough light to photograph the ornament from the front of the tree. The Strawberry Shortcake and Baby’s First Christmas images were both examples of what not to do. They were on the side of the tree and had light from the window falling directly on them while the image below was shot with even lighting.
  3. Zoom in close and tap (on a smartphone) on the ornament to make sure that part of the image is in focus.

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I hope you’re inspired to preserve your Christmas treasures in photographs . . . the stories behind them will be cherished by future family members!

 

 

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