After a week full of Black Friday and other holiday deals, we kicked off December with some great content to enhance your photography this winter!

What a great week leading up to Christmas! We brought you several holiday-themed tutorials this week to make sure you capture all the magic that happens next week!

Lauri Novak kicked it off, showing us different ways to get creative when it comes to photographing Christmas lights. Levi Sim took us into the world of black and white portraits, while our team put together a list of great last-minute stocking stuffers! Erin Holmstead showed us how to create custom bokeh shapes for the holiday season and finally, Julie Powell took us into the world of festive food photography.

We wish you the happiest of holidays! Stay tuned for more in the coming week, including some Christmas-specific special features.

snowflake lights bokeh Getting creative with holiday light photos - They are everywhere this time of year — lights. Big, small, all sorts of colors, in windows, on trees and illuminating the world around us for the holidays. It’s a great time to get the camera out and play. Here are a few ways you can get creative taking photos of the holiday lights. Funky […]
Portrait Tips: Ruin the color for better black and whites - When you make a picture with a digital camera, even if the camera is set to black and white, it records the picture in color and then converts it to black and white (unless you use Leica’s M camera, which only shoots in monochrome). And even if you shoot with black and white film, the […]
Last-minute stocking stuffers for photographers - Christmas might only be six days away, but there’s still time to get some last-minute presents for your favorite photographer’s stocking! Here are some ideas to get you started. Be sure to check our complete Holiday Shopping Guide, full of deals and more gift suggestions. Platypod Ultra Gooseneck combo and Lume Cube Airs Recommended by […]
DIY bokeh shape photography - The holidays are upon us and it’s time to take out your camera and make some fun images. I thought I would share how I take pictures of out of focus highlights and change them into different shapes using cardboard, scissors, tape and a pencil. Creating the cap First, we will create a cap that […]
Creating movement with festive food photos - Add a little pizazz to your festive food photos with some movement and even an element of human touch. A little movement in a still image is easier than you think and can really bring your images to life. Here’s how to add an element of human touch and really make your festive photos sing. […]

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