As the final days drop from this year’s calendar, we’re shifting the focus of our New Year’s planning to the important issue of photography! We collected a few of our favorite photographic trappings and tips, so that you can capture every detail of the evening.
For a bit of expert advice, we turned to several of our in-house shutterbugs for their pointers for getting the perfect shot:
- Be Candid — “Candid photos can instantly convey the story of an event,” says Principal Decor Photographer Joseph. “Try to become a photo ‘ninja’ who can anticipate great images and take them without being detected. In low light conditions, try to accomplish this by adopting a high ISO film or camera setting and opening your aperture (smaller F-stop number). Remember, a true ‘ninja’ never stages the shot!”
- Practice this Card Trick — “If you do use a flash, do it wisely! You can direct and diffuse the light from a flash with a simple white business card,” says fashion and blog writer Julie. “It’s not always the most polished approach, but, in a pinch, will make indoor shots shine!”
- F-stop It — “When shooting with a flash, choose a lower F-stop (or cloudy day setting) for a more detailed background, or a higher F-stop to create a more punchy image with a near-black background,” says ModStylist Mandy.
Another tip? Don’t forget to outfit yourself with proper equipment — if you don’t already have a signature shooter, develop your array of accessories with one of these stylish film cameras or cases!
Clockwise from the top: La Sardina Lomography Camera in El Capitan, Safe Trip Diana Mini Case, Diana F+ Clone Camera in CMYK, La Sardina Lomography Camera in Cubic, and Special Edition Diana Mini Camera in Fern Green.
If film isn’t your thing, we’ve still got a few suggestions in store — employ apps such as Instagram to instantly share every sparkling detail of your ensemble and the elegant decor of the dance party, or a panorama-stitching smartphone app to record the entire setting, or create an animated .gif that relays the radiance of the festivities, like we did above!
However you choose to chronicle this year’s celebration, we can’t wait to see — don’t forget to drop us a line to show us how you welcomed 2012!