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Take Beautiful Christmas Tree Photos With 3 Easy Tips


christmas tree photos with 3 easy tips


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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:


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!)


Photography tips on how to take christmas tree photos


 ( 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.


christmas tree photos bokeh

Settings: Aperture: f/2.8 Shutter Speed:0.4 sec  ISO 400


Bonus Tip:

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!


christmas tree photos
christmas tree photos

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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  • Reply
    December 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

    You know I don’t have a tripod…..I had one but took it back cause I wanted my 40 bucks back *cries. I will stop being cheap and go get one.

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      December 15, 2014 at 9:14 am

      LOL! you can also use a flat surface or even a bag of rice! You just want that camera not to move! And Kita, I’m going to need you to go ahead and invest in a tripod……..

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    Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life)
    December 15, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Thank you so much for these tips! I can’t wait to experiment with my Christmas tree.

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      December 15, 2014 at 11:30 am


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    December 15, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I am here for this! Just finished the tree yesterday and I would love to get a few shots of the girl before the holiday’s. Late Christmas cards. I am going to give it a shot. Wish me luck.

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      December 15, 2014 at 11:30 am

      you can dooooo it!!!!

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    K. Elizabeth (YUMMommy)
    December 15, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Off to play around with my camera and see what I come out with.

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    December 15, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    I am bookmaking now. I’ve been trying to take pics for days and can’t seem to. Gonna try your tips

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    December 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    So I finally got a tripod months ago and have been wanting a pic like this. I’ll be practicing this weekend and will share! Thanks for the tips!

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    December 16, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Great tips you have. I did a blog post on my Christmas decorations and I know I took about 15 pictures trying to capture that “perfect” tree picture. And, I used my camera phone so you can imagine how that went.

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    December 16, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Great tips. I definitely have to play around with my aperture settings more.

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    December 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    This is such fabulous advice! I only recently started shooting in manual mode and I absolutely love my pictures. One of my goals for 2015 is to really improve my photography skills. Thanks for the tip on using the tripod, I’ve only used it for videos but this makes sense since some my manual pictures were blurry. I’ll also reduce aperture in the future. Now, you going to have all my Christmas pictures rockin’ 🙂

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    December 17, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I just bought a DSLR and have a lot to learn. Seems a bit overwhelming. I actually like the p&S tree pics better!

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    Janeane Davis
    December 17, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    These are good tips for new photographers like myself. My favorite thing is that you encouraged people to experiment and try things for themselves.

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    Vashti (Veepeejay)
    December 18, 2014 at 12:12 am

    You all have the best tips LaShawn! I need to experiment more with my camera. Love your Christmas tree photos

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      Tracey Warbey
      July 27, 2016 at 8:23 am

      I totally agree Vashti, LaShawn’s tips are the best! Hopefully we will see a lot more helpful tips and advice on photography in the future 🙂

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    Christine @MomsNCharge
    December 18, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Ok…so I will NOT be showing you my Christmas tree pictures. Wow, yeah I definitely have a lot to learn. And Santa is bringing me a new camera for Christmas (made the nice list) so I will definitely be bookmarking these tips and save myself the embarrassment LOL Seriously though, great photos especially the closeups 🙂

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