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    Christmas Photo Ideas

    Hello everyone!
    I have been requested to shoot some 'Christmas Photos' of my niece and nephew when they visit for Thanksgiving. I'm looking for some ideas!
    The goal will be to make a wonderful portrait of each kid, them together, and maybe even a family photo (all 4 of them).
    The family is supposed to bring some 'outfits' for the kiddos.....
    I'm getting fairly comfortable with lighting, though still struggling with...
    I'm a little stuck on backdrop ideas - I always struggle with this with my beige walls and beige carpet :\
    I could always get a red or green or similar type cloth from Hobby Lobby. Any other ideas?
    As for props, I have thought of the usual santa hats, candies, garland, ornaments, xmas stockings, and/or christmas lights.

    I know this is a little vague, but this is what I have to go on and where I'm at.

    Thanks in advance for any ideas/suggestions.

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    Re: Christmas Photo Ideas

    Perhaps photograph them with something that's meaningful to them eg Aunt Betty with her knitting needles, nephew John with his air rifle etc. Nothing too complicated, just an interesting background - good lighting etc. This is one I took of my Mum - My sister - my sisters daughter - and my sisters daughter's daughter. Nothing fancy - no "loop lighting" - no kicker lights - no makeup ... but they loved it.

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    Re: Christmas Photo Ideas

    Was this done with light on a stick?
    I'm working on a ghetto version

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    Re: Christmas Photo Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    Was this done with light on a stick?
    I'm working on a ghetto version
    Hi Brian,

    I had a couple of 580EX IIs firing into a shoot-through umbrella on a boom arm/light stand to camera right, but not hard to concoct something just as effective very simply.

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    Re: Christmas Photo Ideas

    Colin, I have an umbrella and a stick, now a 580 and a 430 that I'm sure I can rubber band together
    I need to test my 60D wireless commander function outdoors - it actually worked pretty well indoors when tested last night

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    Re: Christmas Photo Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    Colin, I have an umbrella and a stick, now a 580 and a 430 that I'm sure I can rubber band together
    I need to test my 60D wireless commander function outdoors - it actually worked pretty well indoors when tested last night
    Hi Brian,

    - Just the single 580 will probably be fine for fill flash.

    - The normal Canon comms can get tricky with umbrellas, although if it's a transculent, you'll probably have more luck. If in doubt, just get a dirty great big long PC cable

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    Re: Christmas Photo Ideas

    Yes, one would probably do fine, but i want to try using two! There are some advantages...

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    Re: Christmas Photo Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    I have been requested to shoot some 'Christmas Photos' of my niece and nephew when they visit for Thanksgiving. I'm looking for some ideas!
    Hi Brian, I did a search for "family christmas photos ideas" and found thousands of family picture taking idea photos to select from. Might give you some additional thoughts on what might work for you.

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    Re: Christmas Photo Ideas

    Thank goodness for google!
    I looked at several on yahoo as well, thanks Frank.

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