I find the holiday season a very special challenge to produce good photography. It’s also a challenge because of ever-present crowds that can make taking good shots difficult. I’ll show you some photos that prove it is possible to capture the holidays in a better way by picking a quiet time of day and by often closing in on your subject.
I look for a slow time (mornings are usually good) to visit this mansion in a near-by town where they go all out for the holidays. You can see in this view of the entrance that it has been a good year for Spanish Moss in North Florida.
The entrance is imposing but the best is inside. Here are shots of the decorations in the dining room and of a Christmas scene in the living room. By visiting at an off time it is easy to compose. Also, it may help if you use a mono-pod or tri-pod on indoor scenes such as this.
Another way to capture the holiday spirit is by moving in and taking close-ups of items on display. I liked these next two photos so much that I ordered the folded cards from Shutterfly for both last year and this year as my Christmas cards. I can’t think of a better way to send a personalized greeting, and the cards and envelopes are of the highest quality. And don’t forget to place another of your photos on the back cover of the card.
You may be surprised to find that a near-by state park has ways to add to the holiday spirit. Stephen Foster State Park in Florida adds thousands of lights. I like getting to the park when it is still light and then seeing how the colors get richer and richer as it gets darker outside. Again, you may get clearer photos with a mono-pod or tri-pod.
Of course, great food is also an important part of the holidays. Be sure to include close-ups of some specialized foods such as Brezels (Vienna’s version of pretzels) and hand-decorated cookies such as these sold at a fare in the Czech Republic.
Many of the Christmas Markets that are so popular in Europe will include items such as these shown in the next photos. Again, be sure to add close-ups like these of hand-painted wooden soldiers and of tree decorations as seen in these photos taken in Vienna.
My your holiday photos reflect the joy of the season.