I have achieved a few good photos of my Christmas lights in years past.....on accident. This year after reading Courtney's "How to Photograph Christmas Lights" I thought I would take the plunge, finally taking a photo of my Christmas tree using manual settings. Last night, Sam went out to get us a Peppermint Chocolate Chip milkshake from Chick-fil-A (have I mentioned that it is the greatest mik shake EVER). He came home to my tripod blocking the door, as I was set up trying to figure what shutter speed, ISO, and aperture I should use to photograph our tree. I knew I needed to have my aperture closed up if I wanted a starburst effect (Courtney has posted here about achieving star burst effect), so I tried shooting at f16, f18, f20, and f22. I was most pleased with the shot I got at f16.
Here is SOOC:
ISO 500, f16, SS2.5
I used various ISO settings and 500 seemed to allow enough light in to help with the warmth of the photo. Not only did I use a tripod, but I used my timer to avoid any potential blur.
Definitely better than the 2009 Christmas tree photo seen below.
(I am linking up to Pixel Perfect's Before and After, because I feel my last year's picture compared to this year's is much improved. I did not do any post-processing, but these two pictures are evidence of before and after).
I also took some ornament photos that I am not as pleased to display, but here is one SOOC that I hope to process a little differently and use in another photo challenge later this week.
This is one of my favorite ornaments, but I would like the picture to show a little more detail and be a little brighter, so I'll have to work on it. Feel free to offer critiques and suggestions.
By the way, if you have any interest in improving your photos and I stress ANY, be sure to visit Courtney at Click It Up A Notch. She has excellent tips that ANYONE can use. It doesn't matter if you are the casual point and shoot picture taker or a professional photographer. I believe you will enjoy her blog. If you stop by, follow along and recommend Click It Up A Notch to your friends who may need some photog assistance. I know it has encouraged me to begin shooting in manual, to try new techniques, and to LAUGH along with those who make the same mistakes or have the same frustrations as I.