New Year is coming, and you know what this means: it’s going to be a blast at the New Year’s Eve party, and you’re bound to fill your camera roll with family snapshots. Remember last year when Uncle Fred was caught closed-eye in one of the family photos? How about that time when everyone danced so fast, their hands and feet were too blurry in the picture? Don’t make the same mistakes again. Here are some New Year’s Eve photography tips to make your photos come out postcard perfect!

New Year’s Eve Photography Tips #1
Plan Your Photos

New Year's Eve Photography Tips
You might be tempted to just go camera-crazy and capture every bit of happening in swift shots; after all, you want to enjoy the party too! But hold on. It’s better to move around and capture specific group shots so everyone gets to be in the picture. Our suggestion? Setup a photo booth. Make a list of who you want to highlight: the buffet table, the decor, your nieces and nephews, your friends dancing to Despacito, and of course, fireworks!

New Year’s Eve Photography Tips #2
Know Where The Lights Are

New Year's Eve Photography Tips
Make sure that your focus isn’t overtaken by lights (they tend to cast shadows on your subject’s face). At best, move away from the festoon and sparkly string of lights.

New Year’s Eve Photography Tips #3
Avoid Using Flash

New Year's Eve Photography Tips
Instead, learn to adjust the camera settings. The harsh brightness will wash out the guests’ faces especially in low indoor light – makeup is brighter, cast shadows are darker. And let’s also consider how it could be distracting too. What you need to do: pack on a flash attachment and latch it on your camera to help you capture the radiance you need.

New Year’s Eve Photography Tips #4
Make Sure You Have Enough Memory

New Year's Eve Photography Tips
Oh, sure; you’ve probably gotten a lot of snapshots fifteen minutes before midnight. But when the countdown starts – oh no – your memory is 98% full and you’ve got no more space to store those amazing fireworks! You don’t want to delete in a flurry, as you might remove the best pictures of the night. Here’s what you can do: plan a number of shots per group, or, at best, bring another SD card (or a phone) to capture the rest of the moments when your main memory card is full.

New Year’s Eve Photography Tips #5
Bring A Tripod

New Year's Eve Photography Tips
Your hands may be all shaky while holding a glass of champagne, but a tripod helps you get that stable photo, especially during the dancing, walking and eating around. Here’s a better use for it: you get to be in the picture too! Smile wide, and start the count-off as everyone gets into the frame!

New Year’s Eve Photography Tips #6
Prepare For The Pyro

New Year's Eve Photography Tips
Here comes the tricky part: fireworks! For those using manual settings, use a slow shutter spend and a smaller aperture setting to match your ISO requirement. Find a good angle and use your tripod to help you capture steady shots. Get ready to switch from landscape to portrait, depending on the composition. If you’re interested in this topic we have some great tips for fireworks Photography!

New Year’s Eve is all about having fun, so don’t be scared to switch up to different angles and play with various compositions. Shoot from above or below, or even by tilting! It’s a great way to learn about new settings and angles that will capture the moments in the best way possible.

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Hey, I’m Theresa! My motto? Try everything once! Traveling, taking pictures, working on DIY projects - I’m always up to something. In between I write down my tips and tricks on this blog - and capture all my crazy adventures on postcards of course!

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