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You’ve put all your creativity into decorating the best Christmas tree ever.

Now you want to take Christmas tree photos for posterity.

Here are 2 ways to take photos of your Christmas tree with all the magic of the holidays.


How To Take Natural Photos of Your Christmas Tree Lights As Seen In Real Life


how to take photo of christmas tree
DO NOT TAKE A PHOTO OF YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE WITH A FLASH!

It doesn’t do justice to all your hard work. Here’s how to take a photo with all the magic of Christmas.

  • Use a tripod to keep camera still or you’ll have blurry photos.
  • Use an ISO of 1600 – or as high as it can go.
  • Use an aperture of f/2.5 – or as low as it will go.
  • Shutter speed of 1/30 or 1/50.


How to Take Photos with a Bokeh or Blurred Effect


What is the Bokeh Effect & Why Do We Use It?

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How to Use the Bokeh Effect on Christmas Tree Lights

Photo of Christmas lights with a soft bokeh effect

Photo of Christmas lights with a soft bokeh effect

Photo of Christmas tree lights with a strong bokeh effect

Photo of Christmas tree lights with a strong bokeh effect

Use the bokeh effect to produce the kind of Christmas tree photos that you like, from an enhanced realistic view to a dream-like quality.

To get those big, beautiful, blurry lights, use your lens with the lowest aperture. Place your subject as far away from the tree as possible. To take the picture, get as close to the subject as possible.

  • Use an aperture of f/1.8
  • Shutter speed of 1/40 sec
  • Use an ISO of 1600.

For a softer brokeh effect, change the aperture to the next highest setting and so on until you get the effect you are looking for.

How to Create Custom Bokeh Effects

How to create bokeh shapes
  • Cut a circle in black cardstock the same size as your camera lens
  • Cut a shape freehand in the center with an Xacto knife or with a scrapbooking punch
  • Tape it to the front of your camera lens
  • Use an aperture of f/1.8
  • Shutter speed of 1/8 sec
  • Use an ISO of 800

Try all sorts of shapes until you get the perfect effect!

Source:
What is the Bokeh Effect infographic courtesy of PhotographyBirmingham.info
Bonus Tip for custom bokeh effect courtesy of Sony



Try using all the techniques to take photos of your Christmas tree lights – they’re so easy – and see which ones are your favorite.

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