Do you have a photo that you take each year of your children at Christmas?
For us, it is the children by the Christmas tree with only the lights from the tree illuminating their faces.
Looking back at the photos you can see how they change each year.
This is an easy photo for you to start taking each year.
Let’s talk about how to get a photo like this one shooting in manual mode.
Christmas Tree Lights Photos
- No.01Turn off ALL the lights but the tree.
You want your house to be pitch black. You want the only lights on are the lights from the tree.
- No.02Crank up your ISO
- No.03Meter off the light hitting their face
You are going to have very little light to work with so it may be a challenge but you want to make sure their faces are illuminated.
- No.04Set your white balance
This one is extremely important. Christmas lights can have some crazy colors and that is reflected onto your child’s face. Instead, set your white balance prior to taking the photo so you have less of a headache in post-processing.
Not sure how to set your white balance? Check out some different white balance methods here.
- No.05Tell your subject to FREEZE
Because you may need to lower your shutter speed to get a properly exposed image you do not want them to move.
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
* Christmas Tree Lights Bokeh
Snap a couple Christmas tree lights photos and then don’t forget to take time this year to put your camera down and enjoy the moments you are capturing!