The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner for many of us and it is also the perfect opportunity for me to photograph it with a different approach. Frankly, I do get a little tired of shooting the same old Christmas tree every year, so this year I am going to concentrate on using my macro lens more.There are so many bright colors and small decorative details that make it extremely interesting – it’s just the perfect time to practice my close-up shots.
I’m too lazy to take out my tripod so I often just wing it, but it would be a great idea to use it in low light, especially if you are indoors. Stability is key in macro photography; however, sometimes a good motion blur can surprise me!
The bright colors are always beautiful, especially the classic greens and reds. I try to find those that are really shiny, or I look for a black or white background where I know they can stand out. Getting real close to the different colored tree lights will give you some cool abstract effects (like when the tree needles get in the way). Oh, how I’d love to live close to some snow so I could try shooting snowflakes too!
Ornaments are one of my favorite things to photograph. It’s great to use my macro lens to remind me of what some of them mean to me. Other times, I just like to photograph them because they catch my eye.
This year, I’m also going to focus on getting that sparkle in my children’s eyes right. I tried it a few years ago to get the tree lights reflected in the pupil, but I feel I need to practice more. Maybe if I bribe them to freeze for five seconds I may stand a chance!
Go ahead, join me in giving your macro lens (digital or mobile) a try this Christmas and remember to tag your photos #viewfindersio and #macrochristmas on Instagram and/or Flickr.