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Old Nov 29, 2003, 10:27 PM   #1
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Default Photographing Christmas Lights

I am interested in photography homes with their Christmas decorations. How should I go about doing this? I do own a tri-pod. Thanks for any help!
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Old Nov 30, 2003, 1:25 AM   #2
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It all depends on what camera you will be using. The general rules will be:

1. Tripod
2. no flash
3. low iso
4 . use the cameras noise reduction if available
5. the sharpest aperture (if you know at what f.stop this is) else
I would use around 8-11 on a DSLR wideangle. (general speaking)
6. Long shutterspeed - but be aware of noise.
Then I would do a couple of tests with different EVs. You will proberly have to use EV -1 to EV -2 to compensate for too many burned out highlights.

Shoot just between daylight and the rising darkness.

Good luck.
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Old Nov 30, 2003, 7:39 AM   #3
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I would have said basically the same stuff as Klaus did above. The most important point is not to use your flash, and this obviously leads on to requiring the use of a tripod. It's really just a case of using this advice as a starting point and then experimenting though, that is after all one of the huge advantages of using digital rather than film cameras ... you can experiment all you like and then delete the photos without wasting any film.

If you want to be a bit more creative (and if you camera accepts lens attachments) you could also try playing with a star filter too. Used well these can add a great effect to photographs, and pictures of Christmas decorations are an obvious candidate.

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Old Nov 30, 2003, 3:13 PM   #4
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thanks for the help. I'll see what I can do! Thanks again.
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