Why do I care what pictures of other people's Christmas trees look like, you ask? I am a giver, that's all. Spreading Christmas joy wherever I go, one photo tip at a time.
Seriously, though, this will be the first and last photo tip, cause I don't know jack about taking pictures. Plus, my "tip," if you can even call it that, is simple verging on ridiculousness. And I didn't even steal it from Pinterest, though there is no shortage of tree-photo-taking tutorials there:
However, all of said tutorials would require me to read them, internalize the information, and then use it properly when taking a picture. I can't be dealing with ISO, shutter speeds, F-stops, aperture openings, and shit like that! I have two small children to ignore and a filthy house to avoid cleaning. No, no, no. What I do is just PIN the tutorials and then take the easy way out. Which will explain why my photos don't look quite like the ones above.
But my tip is for morons/really lazy people, so if you qualify - read on. (And if you don't celebrate Christmas, I apologize. There is a remarkable dearth of menorah-photo-taking tutorials on Pinterest. Perhaps you should get on that. Just sayin')
Full disclosure: the Before and After photos are from last year.
Again, the only (ONLY) thing that I did was switch to the mode that has the little photo of the lightening with a bar through it - the NO FLASH setting. And then maybe I had a drink. I mean, I don't remember exactly, but it's a pretty safe assumption. What're the holidays for if not over-indulging in seasonal alcoholic beverages?
Here is this year's tree:
which is fortunate since it may be the photo we use on our holiday card as our efforts to take a decent one of the family have been... well, "unsuccessful" is probably the kindest way to put it. We're making another attempt tomorrow night. Wish me luck.