Today's tips are for helping you shoot the best pictures you can at family gatherings in low light.
With a little forethought and an understanding of low light situations, you can capture wonderful memories this Thanksgiving and at all you holiday events.
I have a huge family. I'm one of 6 siblings and when we all get together, there are 37 of us. Even if a family or a few people can't make it, we have a big family gathering! And I love every crazy minute of it.
Let's get started with learning how best to photograph indoor family events.
TIP 1: Remember your technical settings.
Use a higher ISO of 400 - 800. This setting needs less light to capture clear shots.
Use a more open aperture of f/4.0 to 8.0. This allows more light into the camera.
Use a wider lens. If you use the 28 to 70 mm range, you'll need less light and can capture a wider swath of the action around your home.
TIP 2: Go into the kitchen and get the behind the scene shots.
|Behind the scenes kitchen photos|
TIP 3: Take close-ups of the food.
|Salad, two kinds of sweet potato casserole, and homemade cranberry sauce|
TIP 4: Quietly capture tender moments.
This was the first Thanksgiving without my mom. As my dad prayed for us, I raised my camera and took a couple of shots. No flash.
It's a precious memory. His voice quivered. More than one of us teared up. Why is that precious? Because my mom was that special. Losing her is one of the few times in my life I've seen my dad cry.
TIP 5: Take informal shots of the family interacting. Catch the fun, goofy moments of life.
|Individual family groups, cousins together, and individual photos|
TIP 6: Take individual shots of your family or shots of cousins together.
TIP 7: Take family groups together.
Get each family unit together and have them pose, especially with their parents or grandparents.
TIP 8: Take the entire family together. Start with the grandkids and add the adults.
|Getting ready for the grandkids photo|
So how to I get the whole group to cooperate? Especially the ones who HATE having their picture taken....I always promise a goofy shot after the good one!
We started with my dad and had the grandkids gather. I love the movement in these "before the shot" shots. But, because of the lighting, I used a flash in the final photo to stop all the motion. (Because of the limited space and since I didn't take any reflectors, the back of the group is darker than I'd like. I can fix that in post-production if I want to.)
|The entire family and goofy shots|
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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