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Christmas Pictures: How to Take Your own Family Holiday Portrait

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  1. Cesar- I made this video to demonstrate how to build this specific set I used for my client's holiday pictures. It's an easy one to make because it doesn't require a professional studio, just sheers, lights and a little ingenuity.
    If you aren't interested in putting up a backdrop you always have the option of a using more natural environment, cheap skate.

  2. I know what you're saying, but I assure you the set can be built for $30. I was shooting clients, so I used my pro lighting which is the only expensive part. You only need $15 worth of sheers (I already had some), a curtain rod to hang them, some white paper to put behind them, and xmas lights (you probably already have those, too). Next, find a place with good natural lighting or use an off-camera flash. You should give it a shot and improvise when needed. I'll call you cheap skate any time 🙂

  3. haha great bloopers! Lets you get to know your real personality! Great Ideas I'm most def going to buy the book soon. These little clips are great but they make me wonder what is in the book that I'm missing out on.

  4. How would you even notice, since the corners are the backdrop in all the pictures, which we deliberately threw out of focus? Also, the video is much lower resolution than the original pictures.

    The lens (a Canon 70-200 f2.8 mk II) is generally considered the sharpest zoom lens ever made, corner to corner.

  5. first i want to thank you guys for posting this videos. they help very much to people like me that i just got my first camera cannon (rebel t3) if its not to much to ask what are the numbers i should use? on manual settings for the my families Christmas portrait..thank you

  6. Unfortunately there's no settings that will work in any situation; it depends on your lens, the size of the group and the light in your room. However, Chelsea & I teach you how to choose the right settings for any situation in our book, "Stunning Digital Photography," chapters 4, 6, and 7. This video is just one of many in the book (more than 3 hours now). Check the links in the description for more info.

  7. Very Cute Ending Chelsea…..good job, nicely done! Thanks for this video…it helps me understand a simple setup. Gives me ideas to take picture of my kids. Txs

  8. It's hard to say because I don't know the environment you're taking pictures in. Chapters 3 and 6 have more in depth information on lighting (link in description) and how to work around the various challenges different lighting creates.

  9. Nice video! spot on information. Good thing I have a calculator with all that talk about " feet" (I'm in Holland). Yoy need quite a long room to do this.
    (I allready own the book)

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