I've already ordered my Christmas card, but would like some comments on how I can improve these shots in the future. There are a lot of things going wrong. I don't have any lighting equipment, and propped a lamp behind us to try to help eliminate shadows being cast. It just caused a weird yellow glow and didn't really help that much. These were taken using a timer on my digital rebel xt. I pushed the button with my camera on the tripod and then jumped into the picture. I give permission to edit these photos. #1 - taken without a flash and I just used the auto setting. #2 Here is the same photo color corrected in photo shop. I may have gone a little too cool with the coloring. #3 I'm posting this one because I want to know how to avoid the shadow that is being cast behind my husband. I believe I used the flash in this one. #4 and just for fun, here's the final card design.