While Christmas 2012 is still a few weeks away and you may be preoccupied with choosing gifts for photographers in your life, it’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas card photo ideas for 2013. In the tutorial below we show you step-by-step how to set up and shoot seasonal still life photography to use on Christmas cards, calendars and more. Our head of testing, Angela Nicholson, takes you through the process from idea to execution!
In the run-up to Christmas there are lots of festive decorations and treats around the house that could be perfect subjects for your Christmas card photo ideas, and because you have a few days off work, this is the perfect time to bag a shot to use next year.
There are lots of potential subjects around your house this season, and just about everything is fair game, from the mince pies under construction to your Christmas pudding in a blaze of brandy-fuelled fire or the presents under the tree.
Our first recommendation for a Christmas card photo ideas is a simple still life photography setup to keep things simple – at least at the start. Look for opportunities around your house which is already a set stage.
A Christmas tree decoration in situ, for example, may look less contrived than a photo of your tree in an elaborately organised still life photography set-up. Those candles on the mantlepiece or the holy wreath on your front door can also make great Christmas card photo ideas.
Of course if you fancy a little time to yourself then grab a few subjects and create a little festive scene to shoot, let’s take a closer look at how to get started. On the following pages we’ll show you step-by-step how we used common Christmas decorations to set up, light and shoot the simple Christmas still life photography scene in the image directly above.
By the time you’re finished with this tutorial you’ll be in good position to start making your own Christmas card photo ideas for next year!
PAGE 1: What makes for good Christmas card photo ideas
PAGE 2: Choosing the right background for your Christmas card photo ideas
PAGE 3: Lighting your Christmas still life photography
PAGE 4: Setting up your camera
PAGE 5: Use Live View for your Christmas still lifes
PAGE 6: Best white balance settings for your Christmas card photo ideas
PAGE 7: Best exposure settings