Home Movies: The best ones tell a story. Take the camera outside for an established shot of house decorated, then inside decorations. Get some footage of the kids huddled excitedly at the top of the stairs & include a shot of the clock. However, avoid snapshooting (filming just a few seconds of each clip). Let the story tell itself without making anyone behave. Photojournalism is just film in the middle of the experience.
The Seven Deadly Camcorder Sins Headhunting--placing every subject in the center of your frame. Motorzooming--overuse of on-screen zooms. Rooting--staying in one spot instead of looking for interesting angles. Firehosing--panning all over the scene. Upstanding--shooting everything from standing eye-level. Snapshooting--taping only two or three seconds per shot. Backlighting--too much light falling on the background instead of on the subject.