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Monday, December 12, 2011

There's something about the Christmas season...

One of the most peaceful times of the Christmas season for me is enjoying the beauty of Christmas tree lights.  There is nothing more relaxing after a hectic day than quietly sitting in front of the tree as it lights up the room with a soft glow.  When kids are tucked in, backpacks and lunches are packed for the next day (ok, I'm really not that organized) and the house is quiet, I love nothing more than to enjoy the Christmas lights on the tree as they reflect onto the window.  To me, this is such a peaceful photo.

Here are some tips on creating beautiful Christmas tree light photos:  Use only the lights on the Christmas tree when capturing your image.  You can accomplish this without a flash if you slow down the shutter speed and use a tripod or steady surface.  You can open the aperture of your lens as wide open as possible to allow more light into the camera.  This image was shot at 1.8f, 50mm and a slow shutter speed of .4 seconds.  Experiment with your camera and have fun capturing the beauty of the lights.

1 comment:

Mary Lou said...

Gorgeous tree.....fabulous lighting! Thanks for sharing the photo tips, Colleen!

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