Holiday Photo Tip No. 1: Beware of Backgrounds

Don’t let the Christmas tree grow out the top of Uncle Jimmy’s head when making a holiday photograph. Be aware of the background as you frame the photo. It’s amazing how many snapshots might have been quality photographs if only the photographer had paid closer attention and instructed Uncle Jimmy to step right or left. After all, it’s a WYSIWYG situation. What you see in the viewfinder is what you get on the memory card. Same rule applies to wall lamps or sconces. Don’t let the lamp become a hat on the person you’re photographing. Look before you shoot.