Since getting my first ever DSLR camera a few months ago, I’ve become a bit obsessed with taking perfect photos. I spend a long time setting up shots, getting down on the ground to get the perfect angle and fiddling with my camera settings to see what difference it makes to the photographs. It’s pretty tricky, when you’re trying to take photos of a small, quickly moving object (a child) and I seem to be on an eternal quest for natural light. My house has plenty of windows, but being a Victorian terrace, there are lots of dark corners. And of course, it’s winter, and therefore dark when I leave the house and get home from work every day *dramatic sigh*.
This perfect photo obsession has only grown in the lead up to Christmas. I see other friends and bloggers posting beautiful Christmassy shots and wish I could do the same. I try taking photos of my three-year-old decorating the tree, and get loads of blurry photos of hands moving with artificial (yellow) light in the background. I try taking a bokeh shot (you know, where you have something in focus, in the foreground and all the blurred twinkly lights of the tree in the background) but can’t quite get it right. On Christmas morning, I’ll be the one snapping away, trying to capture that expression of joy as my daughter rummages in her stocking.
One of my 2014 New Year Resolutions is to learn more about photography. I’m going to read books, attend seminars and use my camera as much as I can. I’m going to start right now, with these tips from Sony on how to take beautiful Christmas photos. I’ll keep you posted on how I get on…
Courtesy of Sony
Whether you’re after an automatic point-and-click camera, or something with manual controls, the Sony Cyber-shot range has lots to choose from. One of my first ever digital cameras was a Sony Cyber-shot – I think it was 4 mega pixels, which back then, was as good as it got – but now, you can pick up a 14 mega pixel camera for £79. Seriously good value, if you ask me. If you want to fiddle around with shutter speed and the likes, the Professional Cyber-shot range starts at £649. Happy snapping!