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Thanksgiving Photography Tips

It’s that time of year again where we get to kick off the holiday season by celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and family. It’s also that time of year where photographers are presented with various opportunities because of all the festive nature, and all the decorations that come out in full force. As photographers, we can capture the memories that invoke emotions which will be enjoyed for years to come.

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Photo Credit: Jesse757

With all the chaos that goes on in the home before the meal begins, it’s sometimes difficult to capture that perfect picture. We’ve put together some ideas that will help you capture the moment over Thanksgiving.

Set up the Scene
Let’s be honest, the kitchen is probably the worst place to hang out in before Thanksgiving dinner begins. It’s time to set up the scene. Gather everyone before the meal starts and bring them over to the freshly set Thanksgiving Table. Don’t forget to get a great shot of the beautifully-set table before everyone digs in!

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Photo Credit: Aleks Clark

Zoom in on the Details
Thanks to Instagram, we’re all pros at taking shots of our lunches. But, this is Thanksgiving. This is the big leagues! This is the one time a year you’ll be taking photos of the turkey, wine glasses and pumpkin pie. You want to go in for that dramatic impact. Grab your zoom lens and get to work.

Photo Credit: Henry Zbyszynski
Photo Credit: Henry Zbyszynski

Be on Call
Set your camera for taking action shots. Carving the turkey is a great example. Then, look around the table and capture some candid shots. This is where you can catch your family enjoying being together, without noticing there’s a camera there. These priceless moments can be captured and cherished for years to come.

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Photo Credit: taoofcoffee

Thanksgiving is the time we are most thankful for what we have. It’s a time where we celebrate with a family gathering. Be prepared to snapping pictures the moment the first guest arrives. It’s just you and the camera out there, so remember to have fun! Finally, think of the turkey as Norma from Sunset Boulevard. “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” Don’t forget, you might be stuffed after Thanksgiving, but your hard drive doesn’t have to be. Put your photos on a diet by using JPEGmini! Your hard drive will thank you.