Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. A day that many come together with friends and family. Around the world, we are entering into times of holiday, reflection, and get togethers.
This is a great time to bring your camera to functions. Shooting candid portraits helps preserve memories for all who come. You might not thinking of yourself as a portrait photographer, but you’re likely the most qualified in the room.
Here are a few tips.
- Pick up a Prime Lens. Opening up the aperture will give you a pleasant shallow depth of field and let you shoot in lower light.
- Leave the Flash at Home. While I use my flash plenty, its time to blend in and not stand out.
- Bump up the ISO. Chances are you’ll be shooting in lower light… cameras have gotten much better at using higher ISOs. Take a few test shoots and be sure to zoom into 100% to check the noise. You might be able to use a higher ISO than you’re used to.
- Pack Light. Do you really need five lenses? I typically pack two lenses. One prime at portrait length (either a 50mm or 85mm). I also pack a zoom for flexibility. Toss in an extra battery or two and a large memory card and you should be good to go.
- Give Your Brain a Rest. Try using a mode on your camera that’s at least partially automatic. Perhaps its Aperture Priority to control depth of field or one of the Intelligent or Creative Automatic modes.
- Occasionally Hand Your Camera Over. While you’re spending time with friends and family, don’t forget to actually get in front of a lens. You’ll want some memories preserved too.
Do you have any other practical tips for shooting holiday candids?
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