How to Photograph Christmas Trees

You've got a model that will help you practice your photography, and it doesn't even complain! That's your Christmas tree. Treat it much the way as you would treat any low light situation.

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    Don't use a flash. If you want the environment to be natural, do not use one. If you want a full color, no character shot, sure, use the flash. But otherwise, don't.
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    Use a tripod. There is no way around it. Without the flash, you will have to go with longer exposures. You have to have a tripod.
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    Set your ISO as low as possible. Since you have the tripod, an exposure that encompasses a few seconds is fine.
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    Shoot with Aperture Priority. You want to control everything with the aperture.
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    Open up your fstop as much as you can. You want the background to be blurred and this can help shorten your exposure time.
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    Alternatively, shoot to create star bursts. To do this, shut your aperture down to about F16. This will cause your camera to choose a longer time for the shutter value.
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    Get up close and take shots at a closer, more intimate distance and angle.
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    Use a remote time, or delayed timer (if you know how to use it). You don't want any camera shake (unless that is what you want), to interfere with the shot.
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    Give your tree a sense of context. To do this, you could:
    • Include people in the photograph
    • Step back far enough to include more than the tree
    • Include something to give it meaning for that event. Be sure something is separating that Christmas tree from any other.

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