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When we talk about Easter, we think of spring, the first flowers sprouting in the garden, colourful Easter eggs as far as the eye can see, delicious festive dishes and nice days with the whole family. Easter, through its traditions and activities with loved ones, offers many opportunities for great photographic motifs to capture the many impressions and memories. Later you can collect the best results for example in a personal photo book.
From atmospheric pictures of children or the whole family, food photos to lovingly arranged still lifes, everything can be found during the Easter season – we will show you how to take successful Easter photos.
Happy children for Easter
In addition to food, customs and small gifts, the time with the family is the main focus of such celebrations. When it comes to decorating, painting Easter eggs or, of course, searching for the Easter nest, it is rarely boring, especially for the little ones. The radiant faces and curious looks speak for themselves.
So take advantage of the moment when the children are absorbed in an activity to capture the joy in their faces photographically. Try not to distract the children to avoid an artificial smile or playful enthusiasm. Activities like painting or colouring the eggs, baking a sweet Easter plait, later searching for the Easter eggs or fun easter games provide enough excitement for the kids to take some pictures in peace.
Children are always on the move and therefore difficult to photograph without blurring. Especially when searching for eggs, things often get fast. Therefore, use the continuous shooting function of your camera to increase the chance of taking a photo without motion blur.
Usually the search for eggs takes place outside in the garden or on a meadow. Outside it can always happen that the ambient light changes quickly. It is therefore not always easy for a photography beginner to handle the manual mode in a spontaneous situation. In this case, automatic aperture control can be the solution. Use an ISO value between 200 and 400 to increase the light sensitivity of the sensor. In addition, when the subject is moving, you need short exposure times to capture the children without blurring. Play it safe and choose a shutter speed of 1/350 seconds. The automatic aperture control automatically adjusts the aperture and thus the brightness of the shot by the camera. This has the advantage that you no longer have to worry about the settings of the individual parameters between shots or when changing the ambient brightness. The disadvantage is that you cannot directly influence the depth of field.
In addition to the spontaneous, casual recordings, there are of course also a few posed recordings. This way the presentation of the Easter find is definitely worth a photo. A close-up of your child holding a few Easter eggs in his or her hands can also be a loving detail for a collage or a page in a photo book.
Decoration and delicacies – skilfully showcasing details
The lovingly adorned decorations and numerous sweet and hearty dishes offer further motifs for Easter. The table is prepared especially beautifully for a cosy get-together. If only one place at the laid table is to be targeted, photographing with a closed aperture is an advantage. By selecting small aperture values from f/11 it is possible to take a sharp picture of the entire detail. However, the closed aperture reduces the amount of light falling on the sensor. If the available light in the room is not sufficient, parameters such as ISO and exposure time help to counteract the low incidence of light. Since a too high ISO value often causes unattractive image noise and thus a deterioration in image quality, only a longer exposure time remains to correct the brightness of the image. Use a tripod to take blur-free shots despite the slow shutter speed. Alternatively, additional light sources can help. However, these should only be used with caution on glass and metallic surfaces, as incorrect use of the light sources can produce unwanted reflections.
The same procedure can be applied to the staging of food. Especially with cold dishes, which are prepared a while before consumption, it is worthwhile to build up a thematically suitable setting. For example, frame your homemade, sweet Easter plait with a small selection of matching baking ingredients such as a little scattered flour, eggs and egg shells and various discreet elements of Easter decoration. Add seasonal flowers and plants, such as willow catkins, to your setting. Don’t use flashlight in food photography because it can quickly make the food look fake.
Another possibility is to focus on a certain detail and blur the rest of the shot. Use a wide aperture to reduce the depth of field of the shot. To make sure that the correct part of your image is in focus, you should focus manually and focus on your favourite decoration. You can use the same method to take a picture of your finely laid blackboard. Select a table setting in the foreground and blur the others with the depth of field in the background. The open aperture also has the advantage that it lets a lot of light through the lens onto the sensor, allowing you to capture sharp and blur-free photos even indoors.
Easter offers many opportunities to live out your hobby as a photographer. Pictures of the children or the whole family, the staging of different still lifes or food photography – everything is included. A good mixture of all elements also offers the perfect basis for a photo book or a photo gift for your loved ones next year.
But there’s one thing you shouldn’t forget about Easter: Put the camera aside and enjoy the time with your family.