Thread: How to Shoot Christmas
12-22-2010, 06:57 PM #1
How to Shoot Christmas
There are many ways.
1. Using Soft Focus Filter:
a. Set camera to long exposure, 1 sec or longer
b. Expose your subject (person or still life with flash)
c. Adjust Shutter speed to expose for Christmas Lights (Usually 1sec or 2 sec Exposure at iso 100, f5.6)
d. Insert a Soft Focus or Star filter over the lens , right after the flash pop, this will only alter the way Christmas lights appear, not your subject.
You can see my video using Santa Ornament as example:
Also if you are interested in specifics how to mix continuous light and flash you can read soft focus filter effect article
These were introduced and posted by Evan the PhotoExtremist:
You can use panning, spinning and zooming:
Zoom in (or zoom out) on your Christmas tree during the long exposure:
you get something like that:
2. Star Filter:
Simply use star filter over your lens and you will get the star effect:
You may like to see Evan's video for exact details:
More Christmas tutorials I found for Inspiration:
- Must to Capture Christmas and New Year Shots: Must-Capture Christmas & New Year Shots
- 40 Christmas pictures to get you into holiday spirit 40 Christmas Pictures To Get You into The Holiday Spirit | Psdeluxe
and if you missed one by Darren:
- 16 Christmas Photography Tips: 16 Digital Photography Tips for Christmas
Happy Holidays Everyone !
01-11-2011, 08:36 PM #2
I love the star filter one, it just screams, Merry Christmas!Shawn
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