So let's pass it on over to Rachel and check out what she's sharing with us today!
Hi! I'm Rachel and I take pictures. And stuff. I also blog
Do you want to take a cool photo of your Christmas tree? I know I do! It's super easy to get great results as long as you follow a few simple rules. I took this photo at night because I really like the tree to stand out.
- Turn your camera to manual. Don't be afraid, just do it.
- Set your ISO to 100 (even if it's dark, don't worry about it, we will compensate with a slow shutter speed). If your ISO is higher your photo will turn out "noisy" or grainy.
- Set your aperture as wide as it will go (this means the smallest number)*.
- Use a tripod. If you don't have a tripod use a table or a ledge, or something that isn't going to move. We are going to need to use a slow shutter speed which is going to make your tree blurry if your camera isn't completely still.
- Set your shutter speed relatively slow. Start with 1/2 second and see what you think. If it's too dark, try slower (maybe 1 whole second). If it's too light try faster (maybe 1/3 or 1/4 second). Don't look at your light meter because it's not really going to be accurate in this situation.
ISO 100 | f/3.5 | 1 sec
*Alternatively, you can set your aperture as small as it will go (the largest number) and your lights will look like little starbursts. With this method your shutter speed will need to be even slower, which is fine, but you may end up with more in focus which I personally don't like as much. It's totally your choice though, play around with it and see what you like the best.
Now get out there and try it. You won't be disappointed.
Thanks to Lish for having me over here to visit today, now you come on over and visit me at my own blog:
Thanks for sharing these great tips with us Rachel! I can't believe Christmas is less then a week away!!!! :D