If Santa brings you a camera this Christmas or if you got one last year, then why not make Christmas your photography project? With all the different colours, lights and sparkly objects you will have plenty of great subjects for your photos. Unfortunately, my knowledge isn't advanced enough to provide you with technical advice on photography (such as applying information from your camera manual). I can however share some inspirational ideas with you of what to photograph. These ideas are split in to 2 sections; indoor photos and outdoor photos. Hopefully this will help you get started with your project.
Shopping Centres – This is a great starting point because most indoor shopping centres are panelled with glass windows and have plenty of lighting in the evening. Your photos will come out good simply because of the well-lit surrounding environment. Most indoor shopping centres will have some Christmas decorations or even a Santa's Grotto that you can capture. You will be able to see from this photo, taken in Lakeside last year, that different colours really do stand out in pictures.
Tree Decorations – Inside most shops there will be an assortment of Christmas tree decorations. Often they are arranged in an eye-catching manner to make them particularly appealing to customers. For example this photo was taken in BHS, the owls are quite quirky. Some shops do have signs saying 'no photography' so it is always best to be mindful of these.
Don't worry if you are not comfortable taking photos inside a shop, you can always focus on your tree decorations at home. Or even whilst visiting friends or family, they will be more than flattered with you applauding their tree decorating skills by photographing it.
Shop Window Displays – There are certain shops that really push the boat out every Christmas with their window displays. Some shops to look out for are Clinton Cards, Selfridges, Harrods and Debenhams. The window display shown in this photo depicts London covered in a blanket of snow.
Christmas trees – Now the reason I have put Christmas trees in the outdoors category is simply because outdoor trees are likely to be much more spectacular. Places you might find them are in the middle of the High Street, in Christmas markets, in public parks, outside of shopping centres and the list goes on. This particular Christmas tree was outside the Covent Garden markets last year.
Frosty the Snowman and Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer – You will see Frosty and Rudolf everywhere you go. What you will also see is some really extravagant versions. This giant lit-up Rudolf was photographed near Covent Garden last year.
And as for Frosty I'm sure there will be that enthusiastic neighbour who will have one on his roof or front garden.
Christmas markets – Some markets are specifically opened for Christmas whilst others are dressed up for the festive occasion. This is a perfect place to pick up last minute Christmas gifts and to take some wonderful pictures. These gigantic red baubles can be found in Covent Garden.
Once you have taken your photos there is so much you can do with them: - Print your pictures and make a project scrap book, this is a great idea for a family activity. - Set it as your laptop background and make the most of the festivities. - If you are a fan of sending personalised Christmas cards then have a look at moonpig.com, where you can upload your photos. Or if you are quite good at arts and crafts you can print the photos yourself and turn them into Christmas cards. - Make your own gift tags, again if you are quite creative this could be an option. - Simply save your photos on the laptop and go back to them to reminisce about Christmas 2012.
Regardless of what you decide to do with your photos, good luck and enjoy the surrounding festivities.