Hol­i­days are a great occa­sion to cre­ate some­thing unusu­al. Every­one will prob­a­bly post monot­o­nous pho­tos against the back­ground of Christ­mas trees, so that the most cre­ative ones will have a chance to stand out and excel. It is for such pho­tog­ra­phers, ama­teurs and those who want to shoot or cre­ate their own hol­i­day card, that we have com­piled this selec­tion of unusu­al pho­to shoots for the New Year hol­i­days.

Pho­to: theconversation.com

Family photo on vacation

The most pop­u­lar series of hol­i­day pho­tos are fam­i­ly shots at home. Every­one sits down in the same sweaters in front of the Christ­mas tree, fake smiles and take a few shots. But why not diver­si­fy this clas­sic but uno­rig­i­nal for­mu­la?

One of the best options is a pho­to ses­sion at the rink. It does not mat­ter if you are shoot­ing a cou­ple or a whole clan with chil­dren. Every­one will be able to have a good rest and have fun, and in the end you will get nat­ur­al and unusu­al pho­tos. You will have to shoot in street pho­to mode, and if your mod­els are good at skat­ing, then you will also need con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing. So such a pho­to­set will allow you to try your­self as a sports pho­tog­ra­ph­er — such a skill is use­ful to any pro­fes­sion­al.

Do not for­get that the skat­ing rinks are always beau­ti­ful­ly dec­o­rat­ed for the hol­i­day, which means that you will not need to wor­ry about choos­ing a back­ground.

At home

At home, the heroes of your shoot­ings will feel as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble. Pho­to: thedatingdivas.com

It is not nec­es­sary to take New Year’s pho­tos in the stu­dio. Noth­ing reflects the inner world of a per­son bet­ter than his imme­di­ate envi­ron­ment. There­fore, if your mod­els agree, you can shoot at their own home.

In order to cre­ate a fes­tive mood, you don’t even need to put up a Christ­mas tree: pret­ty Christ­mas lights, gar­lands and, pos­si­bly, plates with hol­i­day cook­ies are enough. It is the details that cre­ate the nec­es­sary atmos­phere.

Try to rent a fam­i­ly cook­ing treats or just dec­o­rat­ing a Christ­mas tree.

When shoot­ing at home, you will need to make the most of nat­ur­al light or, if there is not enough, take light sources with you. There­fore, a portable illu­mi­na­tor, such as the Ray­lab RL-LED08, can come in handy — it has 120 LEDs that can change the light­ing shade accord­ing to the select­ed set­tings. One such illu­mi­na­tor can pro­vide enough light for por­traits, and sev­er­al can replace stu­dio lamps.

In a symbolic place

Do not be sur­prised if the icon­ic place also turns out to be pop­u­lar among tourists. Pho­to: theparisphotographer.com

If you want to cap­ture not just a fes­tive pho­to, but a land­mark frame for a fam­i­ly or a per­son, then the place has a spe­cial mean­ing. The spir­it of the hol­i­days can be sup­port­ed by a cos­tume and props, and the val­ue for an unfor­get­table pho­to shoot will in any case take place.

If a cou­ple met in a cafe or walked along the prom­e­nade on their first date, this is where the most beau­ti­ful place in the city will be for them. Or maybe the fam­i­ly has a favorite place in their home­town, so go film­ing there.

And you can use it for more than just tak­ing pret­ty pic­tures. You will cre­ate a real hol­i­day sto­ry that will remain on the film (or on the mem­o­ry card) for­ev­er.

In a snowy forest or park

It’s great if there is a Christ­mas tree near­by. Pho­to: andreawagnerphotography.com

Not every­one has the oppor­tu­ni­ty to get out into nature, espe­cial­ly on a snowy day. But if you choose good sun­ny weath­er and go to a park or for­est, then you will sure­ly be able to take great pic­tures in the fresh air. The snow itself pro­vides a lot of great pho­to shoot ideas: snow­ball fights, snow angels, and snow­man mak­ing. All this will cre­ate a won­der­ful fam­i­ly or roman­tic atmos­phere.

Do not for­get to take a reflec­tor with you, if you sud­den­ly decide to dilute the gen­er­al shots with por­traits, it will soft­en the exces­sive bright­ness of the shots. And keep in mind that shoot­ing sur­round­ed by snow requires prop­er white bal­ance and the use of fil­ters. Ray­lab just has a great set of fil­ters, which includes the nec­es­sary ND8, UV and CPL.

Night city decorated for the holidays

Christ­mas mar­kets are also great loca­tions for urban film­ing. Pho­to: imageprofessionals.com

Any­one who lives in large cities, every win­ter, every fes­tive sea­son, observes the streets rich­ly dec­o­rat­ed for the New Year. It is always a mass of lights, ele­gant Christ­mas trees and light­ing on build­ings, music from speak­ers and New Year’s shop win­dows. The city itself cre­ates a back­drop for you that can be used for a fes­tive pho­to shoot. All this will look espe­cial­ly impres­sive in the evening and at night.

Add light reportage — do not focus on staged shots and shoot unusu­al styl­ish pho­tos. As a basis, you can take your favorite New Year’s movie of your mod­els. Take freeze-frames of suit­able scenes and you have a sto­ry­board ready to shoot.

You will def­i­nite­ly have to shoot at night or in the evening with a tri­pod. The Fal­con Eyes tri­pod is suit­able for shoot­ing in the city and will per­fect­ly cope with pho­tog­ra­phy in nature.

Surrounded by symbolic objects

Impor­tant events are what deter­mine whether the year was suc­cess­ful. Pho­to: fixthephoto.com

Some­times you don’t want to go any­where, you don’t want to invent some­thing new, and you don’t even feel like dec­o­rat­ing your house. But I want to arrange a pho­to ses­sion that will reflect the out­go­ing year. Sum­ma­rize it by talk­ing about how time has flown for you. In that case, our final shot will suit you: shoot­ing sur­round­ed by peo­ple and things that have become the main thing this year. There is some­thing big about this. In addi­tion, moments, both sad and hap­py, you still want to remem­ber.

Sur­round your­self with every­thing that you will asso­ciate this year with. Have you start­ed play­ing the gui­tar? Frame her. Learned to dance? Show me your suit. Trav­eled to the land of dreams? Attach a mag­net or a sou­venir from it at the back.

Your hol­i­day pho­to shoot can be any­thing. The main thing is that it con­veys pos­i­tive emo­tions and a good, solemn mood well. Don’t for­get that the best and most effec­tive pho­tos are tak­en when your mod­els are relaxed and com­fort­able. Your task is to catch their com­mu­ni­ca­tion and atti­tude towards each oth­er.


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