Christmas Light Photography ( 3 ways to photograph Christmas lights!)

Christmas Light Photography ( 3 ways to photograph Christmas lights!)


so we’re getting into the holiday spirit
here at Live Snap Love because today I’m gonna teach you how to photograph
Christmas lights so I’m going to show you three different ways that you can
photograph Christmas lights and this is kind of for in your home which means you
don’t even have to leave the warmth of your house to go outside if you don’t
want to but if you do you can use these exact same tips and steps to photograph
lights outside too so my name is Audrey and I’m the founder of Live snap love
where we teach you the ins and outs off your camera and editing so you can
beautifully capture your children your family and the world around you if
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which is every single week where right now let’s dive into the three different
ways you can photograph Christmas lights and be sure to stay until the end of the
video because I’m gonna be giving you some general tips for photographing
Christmas lights with your camera settings and so on so do stick around to
the end of the video so the first way to do this is to make any points of light
into a star so you can see that in this two examples here any points of light
that you have for example the lights on your Christmas tree they are going to
turn into starbursts of light now there’s two ways to get this one is by
using a filter and the other is by using your camera settings so let’s start with
how to do this using your camera settings so the trick here is to use a
small aperture now that’s a large F number so you want to be using something
on the lines of f-22 so I could go to f-18 f-16 you can go to F 26 or F 32
roundabout f-22 where you have that really small aperture that’s gonna give
you that bursts of light wherever you have points of light so for all the
lights on your Christmas tree they’re gonna turn into that little star lights
if you have your aperture set to around 22 now obviously you need to take
control of your camera to do this if you can shoot in manual mode out the ideal
go and shit in manual that will really help you with all your other settings as
well if you can then you need to switch to aperture priority mode where you can
choose your own aperture number now I do have an aperture priority mode cheat
sheet you can find a link to it underneath this video so go there
grab that come back here and then watch the rest of the video so you definitely
want be shooting in either manual mode or aperture priority mode so you can
choose your own aperture number so the second way of doing this is to actually
use something called a start filter now it’s just a filter kind of like this one
just sits on top of your lens just threads into it and they have this kind
of little cut marks into it there’s like little cross marks and what that does is
that’s going to create those starbursts for you regardless of which aperture you
use so you can actually then instead of having to use something like f-22 or
f-16 you can use something like a 4.5 or a 5.6 and you’ll still get those star
bursts of light because the filters creating them rather than the aperture
so if you struggle with getting enough light into your camera by using an
aperture of say f-22 then you can buy one of these start filters now I have
one and I bought the cheapest one possible and I have to say the cheaper
crappier ones are they make your images kind of soft so you know if you’ve got a
really sharp L lens and then you put a four dollar crappy filter on top of it
it kind of makes your images much softer so what I recommend is just get one
that’s a little bit more expensive there’s still not expensive at all you
can pick them up for under $15 and that will help you create those points of
light so I’ve actually linked to a star filter underneath this video so you just
go to the description underneath this video you’ll find a link
to a star filter that’s going to help you create that star burst of light so
let’s move on now to the second way that you can photograph Christmas lights and
that’s by making them out of focus now this is a really creative way of
photographing Christmas lights they’re not that many people do so we’ll give
you something that little bit different and it’s really simple to do because all
you need to do for this is to set your lens from autofocus to manual focus so
on the side of your lens you’ll see a little switch that says AF and MF and
all you’re gonna do is switch it from AF to N and that’s gonna stop your camera
from focusing and you are going to make sure then that is out the focus so
you’re just gonna set the shot up as normal but instead of focusing you’re
going to use this focusing ring on your lens and you’re gonna move that out of
focus now you can determine how much you want that to be able to focus you can
just move that ring around until you get that perfect amount of bloodiness in
your Christmas lights so let’s move on now to our third and final way which is
to create light bokeh and that’s when the points of light turn into that small
circles of light like you can see in these examples now you can do this with
any subject in front of these circles of light so you can use this as we’ve done
here with the jars of cookies you can do that with people you can do that with an
ornament a teddy bear absolutely anything you’re simply going to focus on
the subject and that is going to throw the background after focus and if you
have light points there they are going to turn into these pretty circles of
light so to do this all you need to do is place your subject in front of
something that has lots of lights so for example your Christmas tree but it also
could be like a wall of fading lights for example anything that has lots of
these little points of light the more little lights
you have the more of these circles of bokeh you’re going to get in the
background now again you want to be shooting in either manual mode or
aperture priority mode for this because you want to be able to choose a large
aperture that’s a small F number and that’s going to give you this light
bokeh now again do remember that we have the
aperture priority mode cheat sheet that you can download there’s a link to it in
the description underneath this video so if you’re not yet confident cheating in
aperture priority mode do make sure that you grab that now you do want to use as
I said this larger aperture so I would be using something along the lines of
around F 2.2 F 2.8 it really depends on the other factors that affect your depth
of field and what you’re photographing but around that amount is going to give
you that light bokeh now we do actually have another video on how to blur out
the background you’re going to use that exact same steps only difference here is
that we’re going to have these lights in the background so do watch that video I
will link to it underneath in the description again and at the end of this
video so do make sure that you watch that now the other thing you can do with
this light bokeh is turn the Booker in to different shapes so you can choose to
turn the Booker from circles into something like heart shapes or star
shapes or you could even do festive tree shapes pretty much anything your little
heart desires and you can do this just by creating a DIY filter that slips on
top of your lens come by next week so I’m actually going to show you how you
make one and you really hardly need anything just some black paper scissors
and some tape and you’ll be able to create this DIY filter and create shaped
bokeh so that’s our three ways to photograph
Christmas lights leave a comment below this video letting me know which one of
these you are going to try I really love to hear from you
and let me know which one you’re gonna put into practice so I also promised you
some general tips on your settings for photographing Christmas lights so here
we go so the first tip is to use as low an ISO
number as possible so this is going to help keep your noise and green to
minimum just get sharper cleaner photos now if you’re not sure about grain or
noise or how to kind of keep that down to a minimum we do have a video on that
also again I’ll link to that below in the description the second tip is to use
a tripod especially if you are using a shutter speeds are under 1 over 60 so
for example when you’re shooting may be using that aperture of f-22 to get that
star lights the chances are you’re gonna have to really slow down your shutter
speed to let enough light into the sensor to take the image in which case
use a tripod you’re gonna find that your images turn out so much sharper tip
number three is to not use your on-camera flash that is going to ruin
any mood or ambience you can get with your Christmas lights so do whatever you
have to do to not use your on-camera flash so in exactly the same way is
photographing anything do make sure that you have plenty of light when you do
this so that you don’t have to resort to own a camera flash which leads me on to
my next tip which is to experiment between daylight and nighttime shots so
the easiest way to capture Christmas lights is actually shooting the day
because you have more light available so all the images that you’ve seen here
were taken during the day and that’s because it’s just easier to get the
settings that you want but also experiment with taking photos at night
it gives it a different look and feel but do be aware they’re gonna struggle a
little bit more to get the settings that you want so a tripod usually is an
absolute must so we have more videos on photographing Christmas coming up so be
sure to hit the subscribe button and the notification bell and you’ll get
notified when those go live but for now don’t forget to watch that video how to
get blurred background if you’re going to be photographing that light Booker
that we spoke about that’s going to help you with that step-by-step and you can
also download that aperture priority mode cheat sheet you’ll find a link to
it in the description below this video along with links to other videos that I
like and for the things mentioned in this video
like the steric filter but that’s it for me thank you so much for watching and I
will see you guys next week when we’re back with another Christmas themed video
see you then

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