Want to know how to get great pictures at Thanksgiving this year? Here are 5 easy quick ways to do that.
1. Plan Ahead: Pre-planning is the key to getting good shots thinking about what shots you want to get, and making sure you have a list of what you don’t want to forget. When the dinner starts you won’t be thinking about what you want pictures of.
2. Zoom in for details: Fill the frame with details that will evoke the spirit of the holiday. For Thanksgiving what strikes your fancy could be the turkey when it comes out of the oven or when it’s placed on the table. Wine glasses, the wreaths on the doors and autumnal flower arrangements around the house are all great details.
3. Family Group Shots: You’ll want to position the family in such a way that you take into consideration the height and width of your frame (you might want to get a step ladder or stand on a chair to get a different/better vantage point) and position your family so they fill the frame. Since you need to be in some of the photos too, use a tripod and the auto-timer to get the composition you want. Most importantly make sure no one is getting their heads cut off! Everyone has group photos like that and you don’t want to be the one that took “that picture”!
4. Candid Shots: Candid shots are where the fun is! Posed and constructed shots can get a little tedious especially for young kids. Try to get pictures of them when they aren’t paying attention and you will get much better results.
5. Use creative angles: Composition is super important for the best images, so that’s what your goal is. Another part of “using creative angles” is deciding how to crop the subject with the frame to emphasize the composition and angle.