Have you a work Christmas party coming up? Will you or your partner spend a fortune on an outfit and an age getting ready? Maybe you should get some photos of you in your glad rags to mark the occasion…
Before you go
Check you have your camera/phone and the batteries are charged (good advice in all circumstances)!
Take some photos in the house after you get ready, and before you leave for the party. A plain background will set off your outfits well, but if you want to go really seasonal, why not pose in front of the Christmas tree (next year’s Christmas card perhaps…)?
Photos of you and yours shouting into the camera are great facebook fodder, but more flattering images come from the earlier part of the evening!
This is more important if there is a group shot you really want to get…once everyone has a drink it will be even more difficult to round them all up. When shooting a group, be sure to take a few shots – by the law of averages, the more people there are, the more likely you are to catch someone blinking.
If you are at a sit down meal, a quick run around the table photographing the couples/groups can be a good way to catch everyone there (preferably before there are messy used plates in the way).
You can also use your camera for ‘people watching’. Try and anticipate the punchline of a joke or in this case the reaction to whatever is being shown on the phone!
If the trimmings at the venue catch your eye, why not grab a couple of macro shots in an idle moment. Catching the venue name on the way in can help tell the story if you are very keen. (I have also been known to photograph the food as it arrives too!)
Murder on the Dancefloor
Disco lights are very tricky to deal with. There is nothing like over using flash to cancel out the atmosphere of the disco or band. If you are not a pro gig photographer, best to treat these images as experimental. Try using your camera’s night portrait mode and see what results you get (this is likely to do a slow shutter speed followed by a late burst of flash). Of course, your preferred course of action may be to safely abandon your camera and get on and join the party.
If you intend sharing your images on social media, try and do this as soon as possible after the event while it is still fresh in people’s minds. It can also help get your images seen if you post when you know most of your friends are online (if you post at 3am it is likely they will be buried by more recent news before your friends can see them). Facebook Tagging can also help get your images seen, but you can also use Instagram, Flickr and many other photo based social media to share.
Unless you are being paid to photograph the party, or have made a commitment to do so, you are not obliged to see the whole evening through a camera lens. If you have just got a new bit of kit, that might be exactly what you want to do, but otherwise don’t forget you can put the camera down.
Either way, have a great evening, I wish you the very slightest of hangovers the next day and a very Merry Christmas.
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