Like I mentioned last week, I’m trying to answer some of your questions you had regarding taking photos around Christmas. One of the popular questions was about capturing Christmas tree light bokeh. It is very similar to capturing regular bokeh and may be easier than you thought.
You need to shoot on manual mode for this one.
Often times you want to take a picture of something or someone in front of the tree and have the Christmas tree lights bokeh in the background.
One easy step to Christmas tree light bokeh
1. Set your aperture wide open.
You will need to have a very low now to create those big circle bokeh you are trying to achieve. The wider the aperture the better the bokeh. It’s that easy. The 50mm f/1.8 and 35mm f/1.8G are great affordable lenses that will help you achieve this look. Treat yourself to an early Christmas present…you know you want to :)
Make sure your image is properly exposed. It is better to raise your ISO and have a properly exposed image than to keep your ISO low for the sake of preventing grain or noise. Remember the noise/grain is worse in an underexposed image.
Another fun thing to do if you just want to create some bokeh is to play with your manual focus.
These two images are taken with the same settings – f/2.2, ISO 800, ss 1/100. The difference is I took it off auto focus and did manual focus.
Instead of actually focusing on the tree I turned the focal ring until the tree was out of focus. This creates that great bokeh. You can still tell what the subject is but it’s a different way to photograph your tree. Just something to play with. The blurrier the focal point the bigger the bokeh.
If you liked this post, you don’t want to miss these other Christmas posts:
* 16 Tips to Photograph Christmas morning
* 5 steps on how to photograph Christmas lights
* Tips to make your Christmas photos more than snapshots
* How to create beams of Christmas lights
* Christmas Tree Lights Photos: 5 Easy Steps
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