Christmas Photos

Night Time Meeting: Dec 8th, 2016: 6:00 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will be working with long exposures, Star Filters and Night Time Portrait modes (). Bring your tripods...or check one out from me.

 

Also: Flashlights, glow sticks and/or reflective clothing as we will be walking a short distance along the street.

 

Picture from previous year. Sorry...no hay or trailer this year...but better lights, and the houses are closer together so we can easily walk to them.

 

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Taking photos at Christmas time can be a lot of fun as every where you look is abound with wonderful colors and lights. But it helps if you know what setting to use on your camera...and how to just play around. And don't forget...when it rains, you might get your prettiest pictures from all the reflections on the concrete.

 

There are several different strategies you can try when shooting Christmas Lights at night.

 

1) Long exposures. Turn the flash off.

 

Night Time Portrait Mode: Below is a technique that almost all P&S digital cameras have. Set your camera to Night Time Portrait Mode (). In this mode, the camera's shutter will stay open for an extended time AND the flash will fire to expose the foreground. In these two pictures below, a Night Time Mode with flash was used on BOTH...but the exposure time was even longer for the 2nd picture (right) AND the zoom lens was moved during the exposure.

 

 

Here is another example of Night Time Portrait mode. In the first picture, the flash was NOT turned on. For most cameras, you would have to OVERRIDE the flash by pressing the flash button until the flash icon goes OFF (). To get this type of picture (with out the flash) you are going to need a tripod and/or higher ISO setting and/or Image Stabilization turned on.

 

 

The following picture is just a normal exposure. Camera Image Stabilization helped capture this image with out a tripod.

 

Image stabilization only works to a certain degree. As you can see in this picture, it is a little blurry from camera shake despite the IS. Try zooming out as a wider picture is easier to hold steady. If you don't have a tripod, you can always just place the camera on something steady.

 

Shoot from an angle to get some leading lines and also minimize the excessive amount of foreground and background. The following picture is not all that neat...but I like the reflection in the gutter created from the fresh rain. So, when it rains, be on the look out for some EXTRA neat pictures.

 

 

In the following photos, the streaked lights are from zooming out while a long exposure is made. If you don't have a manual zoom...you can try just moving the camera around...to make the wonderful zig zag lines.

 

HOWEVER, if you do NOT WANT the lines to be blurred...you will need to use a tripod.

 

One of the reasons to show ALL 16 photos is to show what it looks like to shoot enough pictures to get enough to choose 1 good final picture. Which would you chose as the most interesting from these photos?

 

 

 

 

      

 

Christmas time is a time of family get-togethers...so be sure to capture the Christmas spirit. Look for the special moments that capture the time.

 

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PREVIOUS Christmas Night Light meeting,  at "The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints" on Weaver (just off of Shakespeare...B on the map below).