Tutorials: Christmas Portrait Photography

Chris Dodkin

West Coast Correspondent

Our friends at Canon have posted a great online guide to getting great portrait shots this Christmas.


What makes a great portrait? There are no hard and fast rules but there are some useful tips. This tutorial will cover:

• Candid camera shots
• Formal families portraits
• Using the self timer and remote controls
• Flash photography
• Using ambient light
• Composition
That's a good guide Chris.

I've never tried arranging a "formal family shot" like they describe.

What does make me laugh is the old chestnut "After a while they will be at ease with this " as you keep shooting. In my experience I very rapidly get scowls accompanied by "For G*d's sake Tim stop pointing that f*****g camera at me! Enough is enough!".
Tim - you need to add more sherry to the equation! LOL