Tuesday, December 15, 2009

How to photograph a Christmas tree with lights.

Camera on tripod at low angle, room lights off, expose for tree lights, shooting at a slow shutter speed to burn them in to the image, use cable release or self timer, white balance set to tungsten. Experiment with turning a room light on for a bit of fill light if you like. This was shot with one room light just left of camera, and it was a torchiere so the light was high and bouncing off the ceiling, with a 3 way bulb on the lowest setting. ISO 400, f4, 1/4 second. I lightened the tree top angel in post processing to give it some glow, added saturation, and applied high pass sharpening.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Baby?

Meredith is due December 24, so we'll soon find out. A sneak peak of a few images before the big show.