Have you ever tried to photograph your family in front of your beautifully decorated and lit up Christmas tree only to get a bland green tree with no apparent lights?
If you simply turn on your flash, you're likely to get a nice green tree, but the lights do not show up.
The camera's flash is so much brighter than the lights on the tree that they simply do not have a chance in being seen. The tree also ends up being full of dark shadows and no life.
It just isn't worth wasting your family's time having them come out and pose just yet.
Here are a few tips for getting a more decent image.