#5 Get Creative! For an interesting shot of your kids opening up their gifts under the tree, use a tripod, turn up ambient lighting, turn flash off, and use longer exposure setting. Do this by setting the dial on the big P: Program Mode, focus on the tree (your kids should be ripping open their gifts). The result should be a great shot of your tree and children with motion blur!
5 Christmas Morning Picture Rules
Photographer Keith Pitts on how to make the most of the moment
Over the summer, photographer Keith Pitts took amazing pictures of my kids. Click here to view the shoot. No one has ever captured my children like Keith. He describes his style as improvisational portraiture and goes on to explain, "The best photography is like jazz, and must be played collaboratively and spontaneously, inventing a totally unique experience every time." He does just this!
Today Keith is sharing five rules for photographing your kids on Christmas morning. He's stresses that these are really just general guidelines. Feel free to break any of them, interpreted in your own way, or completely ignore all of them. This is one way he likes to do it, but it's but not the only way. Have fun and play around with what works for you, your family, and your camera.