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Take great family photos you’ll actually like

"This? Posed? Oh, no! We're a portrait-ready kind of family."
"This? Posed? Oh, no! We're a portrait-ready kind of family." (ArturVerkhovetskiy via de Deposit Photos/)

The holidays are one of the best times to take family photos: everyone is free, happy, and trapped in a house, so they can’t run away when you demand they all line up for a picture.

But if you’re going to do it, you should do it right. Here’s how:

Choose your tool: Smartphone or DSLR?

A few years ago, this was an easy question to answer: DSLR all day. Yes, you’ll still get better photos if you know how to use a (whether that’s a DSLR or mirrorless one), but you’re more likely to mess things up if, rather than having to transfer them to a computer, process the images, and then email them over two-to-four weeks later—if you even remember to.

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