Photo Courtesy of Guilherme Stecanella
Everyone loves the jolly man when he’s coming down our chimney dropping off presents, but getting children to sit on his lap, still, and smiling? Oof. Below you’ll find three pieces of gear that will make Santa photography a little easier, and leave you feeling full of holiday cheer.
Set Up a Laptop Workstation to Make the Shoot Efficient with a Pro Tethering Kit
Make sure you can quickly see the images, ensure you got the shot and be able to show mom or dad the images for quick approval by setting up a laptop workstation. Using tethering software allows you to see whether Santa has fallen asleep or the child is looking the wrong direction. The software can also be used to apply presets, add a holiday frame and quickly process the image for printing on site.
Look Here! Get and Keep a Child’s Attention with the Look Lock
Place a smartphone in the Look Lock, put your favorite Christmas cartoons on loop, and you’ll capture and keep the child’s gaze just long enough to take the perfect holiday card picture.
The Look Lock is a camera-mountable universal smartphone holder with an articulating arm for mounting small devices (like a smartphone) above your lens or camera body. The Look Lock’s spring-loaded SmartClip can hold any device up to 3”(76mm) wide and non-skid pads protect your device while holding it firmly in place.
Simple to install, the Look Lock quickly positions directly into any hot shoe or on a RapidMount Accessory Extension Bar when multiple devices need to be secured.
Step and Repeat with Ease with the Tether Tools “Tether T” Set-Up
Want really happy children (and parents) while shooting Santa at the mall? Keep the line short!
Ideal for step and repeat photo shoots, the Tether Tools “Tether T” set up allows for efficient adjustments to your camera without the need to raise or lower your computer.
The “Tether T” mounts to a tripod leg’s 3/8″ screw and allows the computer to remain at a constant height as adjustments are made to the camera’s horizontal plane. Your line will flow smoothly as you simply adjust the vertical bar to the appropriate levels as subjects enter and exit the frame.
If you have a horde of kids ready to meet Santa, share their wish list, and take a picture to remember the memory, you’ll need the right gear to get the job done! Shop now at TetherTools.com.