Photo Tip & Assignment #22 – Season’s Greetings Card
No other months see as many celebrations around the world as December and January. Winter festivals (in the northern hemisphere) date back several centuries and have been present in numerous civilisations.
To name just a few: Christmas Day (Christian), the Bodhi Day (Buddhist), Eid al-Fitr (Muslim), Hanukkah (Jewish), Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish), Omisoka (Japanese), Chinese New Year and, of course, New year’s Eve.
Most of these celebrations have striking similarities, being a time to spend among loved ones, exchange presents and well wishes. Decades after e-mail substituted paper post almost completely, it is still common practice for many to send Greetings cards to family, friends and work colleagues.
Have you ever sent a card made with one of your photographs? We challenge you to show us in images the spirit of the season according to your own culture. Look for symbols, lights, colours or situations that translate this time of the year for you. Think about traditional food and drinks. Cards sent in name of the whole family can include a beautiful portrait.
Quick tips for photographing season motives are:
– use a tripod (for low light situations)
– if you are appearing in the picture, use the self timer or remote control.
– switch the flash off (to capture ambient lighting)
– increase the ISO (for low light conditions, a little grain can be a great effect too).
– think abstract as well and don’t be afraid of experimenting with unusual settings.
– check and use a few different White Balance settings.
– Photograph the preparations, in a reportage style.
Using your photographs will add special meaning to your greetings and designing your card (and envelope) is fun and just a few clicks away.
Our favourite personalised stationery website is Paperless Post, but a lot of options are available as, for example, Vista Print where you can upload your image and check how it is going to look on several card designs. Other websites are Photo Box and Moonpig.
Upload your SEASON’S GREETINGS images to the Flickr Gallery: ASSIGNMENT #22 for a chance to win an Evening Workshop Voucher at LSP*. Deadline: 31/December/13
Photo: Antonio Leanza
Text: Luciana Franzolin