We live in a neighbourhood where people love to decorate their houses with all sorts of lights, reindeer’s, Santa’s sleigh, angels and religious themes. Its such a fun and special times of year for those of you who are just big kids.
And photographically its a fantastic time as well, because those lights look absolutely beautiful; in a photo. This photo would have been taken using a tripod and a very slow shutter speed. When I take photos of Christmas lights I use a tripod (necessary for indoors) and use a shutter between 1/60 and 5 seconds depending on how much light you have coming from the tree itself. I recommend using a slow shutter of no more that this. By using a slow shutter you’ll be slowing the camera down so the lights are sharp and not blurry.
You can use an aperture of around f.8 or f.4/ F.4 is probably better considering you’ll always be shooting at night. These are just my recommendations, I urge you to try it yourself.
You can use a higher ISO if you find you are having trouble with getting more light onto the sensor. Sometimes I’ve used an ISO of 800 to increase the cameras light sensitivity. This can increase noise somewhat but you can use Noise Ninja to tone down any noise if you feel its too much. It will help clean up the noise in your image, leaving you with a sharper image.
For Christmas lights outdoors you can use the same types of settings. Remember also that dusk will be considered as darkness by your camera, so don’t be surprised if you end up shooting as you would at night time.
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