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Take Winning Pics for Holiday Lights Contest
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Nothing makes Christmas more contagious than those sparking Holiday Lights, which is exactly why we're asking you to share your pics with us and with Calagaz Photo.
But whether you're using your camera or your camera phone, there are certain things you can do to make your picture better, just by how you approach the subject.
"I think the composition has a lot to do with that, and really showcasing the lights," said Pauline McKean.
She and her staff at Calagaz offer something you don't always find in a big box store... experience.
She offers advice on making every photo a holiday classic.
Composition, the way you place subjects within the photo and the angle you use, can make or break a shot.
"One thing I would do is get it from different perspectives," she said, "Get low, go at an angle, or even from above. Sometimes it looks good just to have something in the center. Let's say you have a wreath on a door. That would be nice to have it right in the center."
But Pauline also suggests using the rule of thirds, breaking the scene into three parts and letting you main subject, like the tree, dominate two thirds of it.
And get the family and pets involved!
"If you want to have it a little more unique, she suggested, "have the children looking at the lights and not have them as the main focus!"
And when it comes to light's at night, some advice here, too.
"A lot of the point and shoot cameras will have scene modes on there," said Pauline, " and if there's a fireworks mode or a nighttime mode, you'll want to use that."
But if your photos still come out black?
Check the lens cap!
You can find out more about Local 15/Calagaz Photo's Holiday Lights Contest on our Facebook page!