Tips for Photographing the Thanksgiving Dinner

By Matthew Bamberg / Nov 22, 2007

Let’s give thanks to the people who lived in Mexico 7000 years ago. They developed corn.

What do you think was on the menu when the pilgrims and the Indians had their feast.

Not sweet potatoes, not cranberries, but corn, lots of corn.

In the picture above you see flint corn, better known as Indian corn. I believe this is the most photogenic of the many kinds of corn.

The Close-Up

When you’re photographing this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, catch some close-ups of the turkey, not only just after it’s cooked whole, but also the parts, the dark meant and the white meat.

Catch friend’s and relative’s faces close-up. Catch the dog close-up.

Come to think of it catch everything you see close-up.

Close-ups reveal texture and expression from the fine lines (come on there’s character there) in people’s faces to the color of the kernel’s of Indian corn.


When you can, avoid using the flash. Instead of using your flash, use the natural light in the room. You want to catch that ambiance of the celebration.

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About the author

Matthew Bamberg

Matthew Bamberg has provided photographs and written articles for various Southern California newspapers and magazines, including The Desert Sun and The Press-Enterprise. More recently, Matt has been teaching at UC Riverside while also authoring several books like the Quick and Easy Secrets book series (Cengage), Killer Photos with Your iPhone (with Kris Krug and Greg Ketchum, Cengage), the 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco (Cengage) and Digital Art Photography For Dummies (Wiley).