3 Tips for Easter Pictures
| by Dawn Danko | Pictures By Mom | Learn How To Take Better Pictures |
Easter is such a fun time of year. The weather is just starting to feel like spring. There are so many beautuful colors around everywhere from blooming spring flowers, to budding trees, to pastel Easter eggs.
Creating memorable Easter pictures can be a challenge with all the hustle and bustle going on, but it is a great opportunity to take pictures of your family.
Here are 3 simple tips for Easter pictures. Hopefully, these 3 tips for Easter pictures will help you to create some fabulous and memorable photographs.
1. Zoom In!
There is often a lot of clutter around during Easter – from piles of chocolate bunnies and eggs, food and dishes, family members milling around, to decorations and nicknacks.
Zooming in and shooting tight will eliminate a lot of that clutter from your backgrounds and allow your picture compositions to focus on your subjects – instead of on distracting backgrounds.
Zooming in also has the added bonus of making your foreground and background blur (bokah), while your subject remains in sharp focus, creating an even better composition.
There is a lot going on in this picture. There is mom and her little girl, who are our subjects, and there is also a very cluttered, busy livingroom in the background. By zooming in, all that clutter is reduced and creates a much stronger composition that is focused on mom and her little girl, not the clutter.
To take zoomed in pictures with a lot of different elements, it is helpful to set your camera to “spot focus” – not “matrix”.
If you use “matrix” focus, your camera will have a tendency to focus all over the place in a scene like this – not necessarily on your subject. Using “spot focus” will allow you to focus precisely on your subject.
2. Take Pictures of the Details!
You’ve spent a lot of time putting together all those perfect, cute, fun and colorful Easter decorations. Don’t forget to take a few pictures of the details.
Here are a few beautiful detail photos of Easter eggs with colorful ribbons and matching Easter flowers.
Get in very close, and be careful to focus your camera on the detail of your scene, not on the foreground or the background.
Again, it is helpful to set your camera to “spot focus”, not “matrix”.
Use “spot focus” to precisely focus on the detail you want to highlight that is closest to the camera – in this case the closest part of the Easter eggs or Easter flowers.
Also, be very careful to use a nice clean background. In this picture, all of the backgrounds are nice and clean and compliment each individual photo.
3. Take Easter Pictures Outside!
By Easter, spring is just starting to sprout. Depending on where you live, the weather is usually bright and at least a touch warm.
Flowers are beginning to bloom and the trees are budding.
So Easter is a wonderful time to get outdoors to create beautiful pictures.
One fabulous way to get your kids outside at Easter is to plan an outdoor Easter egg hunt. The kids get outdoors for a while, and you have created an opportunity to create some beautiful outdoor Easter pictures.
Remember to pay attention to the time of day – it still gets dark pretty early by Easter, but that means that you will have great light available just before Easter dinner.
Spring flowers and Easter eggs add a fantastic pop to any picture – but when combined with colorful and stylish spring clothing, such as this girl’s cute dress, you have the opportunity to create very vibrant and colorful photographs.
The most important thing to consider when taking pictures outdoors is the time of day. You want to take advantage of the warm, soft pretty light about an hour or two after dawn and before dusk (there is no point trying to take pictures like this one at noon).
Fortunately, because you might want to do your outdoor Easter egg hunt early Easter morning you can take advantage of that pretty early morning light.
Or, because it still gets dark so early around Easter, you can head outdoors for a little while before your Easter dinner.
If it is a bright, sunny day, it is often helpful to find a spot that is in open shade. If most of the leaves have not quite come out where you live, finding shade in the spring can be a little bit tricky. Look for the north side of a building or steep hill for shade this time of year.
If you want your pictures to have a nice warm feeling, and to really pop the spring colors, set your camera’s white balance to either “shade” (the icon with a little house), or to “overcast” (the icon that looks like clouds). Take a look at the white balance icon list below.
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