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How to Capture the Joyful Holiday Moments in a Snap!

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How to Capture the Joyful Holiday Moments in a Snap!

2 Comments 30 October 2012

 Thank you Gladys Hedaya for insights into capturing those fleeting glorious Jewish holiday dinners! It always seems that we prepare our meals forever and then its over in a flash. I love Gladys’s photo tips! Check out her new website Picsaloo.com for more ideas and ways to keep the memories in our hearts and on our bookshelves for many years to come! It’s time to start thinking about our Hanuka parties!!

“As I look through my old albums, I notice that some albums are more exciting and revealing to look at than others.   I realized that the albums I love the most have one thing in common, they tell a full story with a combination of photos that capture the many facets of that particular event.

Hanukah time is near, and is such a fun holiday to photograph. From your family standing before a flickering menorah, to an excited child tearing open a present, to the wobbly spin of a dreidal as it begins to slow down, there are many moments you can mindfully capture with your camera.

The most effective way to capture your Hanukah festivities fully is to write out or think about the following checklist before the holiday.

Before the party starts…

1. Preparation of the party: An example would be your daughter frosting the cupcakes or your four year old son smashing a cookie cutter into sugar cookie dough, your husband placing the candles in the menorah, or even half arranged flowers in a vase with the remaining resting on the side.

 

2. The décor: Back up and capture the room with all its holiday decorations, snap a photo, then step closer to capture that pile of gifts on the coffee table, the scattered dreidals and chocolate money, the table settings, the flowers. You can be creative with angle, and the specific parts of the scene you focus on.

During the party…

3. The action: what types of activities are taking place? Action shots may be a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat, a bunch of children playing dreidal, or a child tearing open a Hanukah gift. Capturing the action gives you an opportunity to snap candid moments.

4. The people: Family group shots, and kids smiles are must-haves for your Hanukah photos. A group shot can be some people sitting on the couch, or around the table. You can capture genuine kids smiles because Hanukah is naturally so much fun!!

After the party:

5. If you are one of the last guests to leave or if the party took place in your house, you can photograph the torn wrapping paper on the floor, the strewn toys, the empty dessert platter…all hints that a good time happened here.

Follow the above suggestions and  ensure that your Hanukah holiday festivities are  captured more fully! Imagine how much more compelling your Hanukah photo album will be!!!” Gladys Hedaya

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How to Transform  Holiday Centerpiece Snapshots Into Art

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How to Transform Holiday Centerpiece Snapshots Into Art

4 Comments 31 May 2011

Did you ever wish you could capture all of those gorgeous memories of your centerpieces during holidays past? Consider photographing them using interesting camera angles. Besides having a tangible visual reference that you can refer to, you may surprise yourself and create a work of art worthy to be enlarged and printed on plexi-glassto be hung on your walls.

During Passover, I hired Bettie Esses to create my flower arrangements. They were absolutely gorgeous and a few days later, I took the opportunity to practice my photography skills on these organic floral spring centerpieces.

Below are the centerpieces that were in the center of each square table. Simple trapezoid vases held orchid buds resting on a bed of colored rocks and stones. In trapezoid  vase # 1, I  arranged them in a row and photographed the vases in an angle to practice an interesting depth of field using a small aperture. For point and shoot users, the portrait setting may help create a similar affect of gradual blurring in the background. I photographed trapezoid vase # 2 from above using a small aperture. Again, point and shoot cameras on the portrait setting may give you that blurring effect.

 

Trapezoid vase photo #1 (above)

 

 

 

Trapezoid vase photo #2

Cylinder  photo # 3 is a simple photograph of what the two main centerpieces on my dining room table looked like. Each two foot long cylinder vase held a lone orchid stem completely immersed in water.  I took the photograph up a notch by standing on a chair to capture the circular shape of the mouth of the vase for an interesting perspective (cylinder photo # 2). Cylinder photo # 1 shows a closer perspective of the buds inside the vases.

Cylinder photo # 1 (above)

Simply shifting your position and photographing your centerpieces from different perspectives  may wow you with an image your certainly proud of . Plus, don’t forget to play with your camera settings (like portrait setting or smaller apertures) for added interest.

Cylinder vase photo #2

(above) Cylinder  Phot0 # 3

Gladys Hedaya loves to capture the extraordinary details in the everyday, awesome vacations, and special moments, through writing, photography and digital coffee table book creations.

Gladys graduated NYU and majored in English with a minor in fiction writing.
She taught scrapbook lessons for about four years and creates premium coffee table books and family legacy books.

Gladys currently contributes to the crafting section of the Alphabet Kids monthly newsletter.

Photos were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, SLR camera, and 50 mm 1.4 lens.

 


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