Chistmas light photography
Here are some useful tips for photographing Chistmas house lights at night time.
The end of the year when all the Christmas light decorations go up in the street, is a wonderful time for getting out your digital SLR camera and doing night photography.
With Christmas lights flashing and people randomly walking around the decorations, it's important not to set a too slow of a shutter speed. The last thing you want is a decoration or person seen in your photograph as a slow motion blur. To get around this, you need to keep a low aperture and higher than normal ISO.
Recommended SLR camera settings for Christmas lights at night
Example of Christmas lights taken at night time
Digital SLR Camera: Nikon D40
Digital SLR Camera settings for photographing Christmas lights
This shot was taken with the camera sitting on a tripod. This helped to avoid blurring due to camera shake. The lowest aperture for this particular lens was f/4.5. The photographer chose an ISO of 200 so he could retain high photo quality and he exposed the shot evenly at 2/5th of a second.
Another example of Christmas house lights
Digital SLR Camera: Canon 400D
DSLR Camera settings explained
Again, the camera was on a tripod. However this time, a macro lens was used with the lowest aperture f number for the macro set at f/2.8.
Another useful setting for photographing Christmas lights at night
Put your camera on aperture priority and set the lowest f number your lens will allow, for example f/2.8 up to f/4.6. Again, it's a good idea to use a tripod.
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