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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..
So by now, you’ve got your christmas tree up and you’ve been itching to get your camera out to take beautiful Christmas tree photos .
What You Need:
- Christmas Tree
- Tripod( or a flat sturdy surface)
- Camera ( DSLR or Point and Shoot)
- Lens( if you have a DSLR)
Step 1: Set Up Your Tripod.
The main reason I suggest using a tripod is that you are going to need a steady surface. If you are shooting in manual/or aperture mode( which you are aren’t you???) you will need your camera to be steady so you won’t get blurry christmas tree photos.
Plus, how else are you going to get in the photo?
**quick tip: but if you DON’T have a tripod, find a sturdy surface**
Step 2: Close Down Your Aperture
To get that twinkle to your christmas tree lights, you need a small aperture. So, set your camera to manual or aperture mode and change your aperture to f/16 to f/22.
( If you are in aperture mode, your camera will choose the other settings for you. You will notice very low shutter speeds which is why step one is using a tripod!)
( settings: Aperture: f/22 Shutter Speed: 4 sec ISO:400)
Step 3:Take your lens off of auto focus and manually focus your lens to get bokehlicious photos!
This time, set your aperture as low as your lens allows. For instance, I shot the photos for this post with my Tamron 24-70 mm 2.8 Lens The aperture I used was 2.8. Take your camera lens off of auto focus and manually focus your lens. As you do, you will notice that beautiful sought after bokeh.
SNAP THE PHOTO!
Settings: Aperture: f/2.8 Shutter Speed:0.4 sec ISO 400
If you are shooting with a Point and Shoot, this will be harder for you! BUT with a little patience and persistence, you can do this too!
- Set your camera in macro mode( usually the little flower on your camera or flower mode).,
- Turn off the flash!
- Distance from your tree can make a difference!
- Experiment and see what works for you!
Both of these photos are shot with my Canon Powershot D20
**Xtra Xtra Bonus Tip: Notice your photos coming our more yellow than you like? set your white balance in camera to Tungsten!
Doesn’t that sound easy? Go forward and SHOOT!
I can’t wait to see your Christmas Tree Photos!!!
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