But the holidays are upon us and we wanted to get the Christmas tree up so the kids could enjoy it. That gave me a chance to get out the camera and practice some Christmas light pics.
- I set the white balance on tungsten
- I used a tripod (well, a stack of books, whatever), the shutter speed has to be slow, so the camera has to be stable
- My ISO was set to 400, but I'm thinking I should have made it higher. A higher ISO makes a grainier picture, but also allows you to increase the shutter speed in lower light settings.
- Which leads into shutter speed. I used 1/5 second. That's pretty slow and obviously toddlers aren't known for sitting still. Next time I'll try higher ISO and faster shutter to see if I can get the same lighting, but stop her motion better.
- My aperture was set at f/4, which is pretty open and helps let in the light.
- I used partial metering mode so the exposure was based on her face, not the bright lights at the edge of the frame.
The first picture, I tried turning up the shutter speed to 1/8 second. That didn't work so well
Then, of course, I had to play around with the shaped bokeh trick. It took me an unreasonable amount of time to understand how to do this, so I was thrilled when I finally got it work. I put up a shaped bokeh for dummies tutorial last year after I put all the pieces together.
Do you have any holiday photography tips to share? What do I need to learn about and try out before Christmas passes us by?