It has been an amazing experience for me to be a part of Str8shot Photo on the web and am thankful everyday that I get to contribute to it. It is like a Christmas gift that gives all year. So I would like to say thank you to all of our readers who support our little Mag and keep us going. We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Make sure you get that camera out and take some pictures. The holiday lights afford a photographic experience that is not available at others times of the year. The Memories you capture are that much more special because of the festivities surrounding the images.
Simple Christmas tip.
Get back from your subject and use a longer focal length if you don’t have a fast lens, This will allow you to blur out the background and make the ethereal lighting that your looking for. Telephoto lenses can make this possible.
The picture above was shot on a 70 to 300mm telephoto lens but cranked down to 70mm, ISO 800 (dog wouldn’t hold still), and 1/125th of a second. I used the on camera flash as a fill light for the dog. Play with your settings and get that image you have been looking for. The farther back you go and the longer the lens setting the more that background will increase in brilliance. The lights will start to take on a more glowing effect. But keep in mind eventually the bouquet will take on the shape of the lens aperture petals. This may or may not be to your liking.
Now if you just can’t get the picture the way you want it I would recommend trying a Star Filter for your lens. This will automatically add the Brilliance lines coming out of the lights for you, with out degrading the image all that much. A very nice affect at a pretty reasonable cost too. They come in 4,6 and 8 point version to suit your needs. I have included a link to them a the end of the article.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Keep shooting Str8!