Get Yourself in the Photo, Too!
How many of us have a photo album full of Christmas morning pictures, but it’s always missing one person? Whether it’s you taking the photos, or another special family member, someone is missing out on the memories from behind the view finder! Why not use the interval timer on your DSLR to take those photos with you in them!
If you have a tripod this is a great time to use it to mount your camera in just the right spot, at the right angle, to capture those perfect shots.
Once you have your camera set in the right place, set your f/stop a bit shallower than you typically shoot. Once you’ve adjusted your f/stop, have someone sit in front of the tree to focus on. Once you’ve got the focus set you’ll want to go from auto focus to manual so it stays where you set it rather than changing when people move from the spot you set.
After your focus is set, it’s time to setup the interval shooting mode. You can have your camera take a photo anywhere from every 30 to 60 seconds for quite a while. You know your family best, so just estimate how long it will take your family to open gifts and set the interval timer for every 30 to 60 seconds for that length of time, such as an hour. You can always set it to be longer and stop it, this way you don’t have to reset the interval shooting mode up.
If your camera doesn’t have an interval mode, you can also pick up a remote and take a photo by clicking the button when you want a new photo taken! Stop by for more tips or to pick up a remote.