The holiday season is here, and with it, come along breathtaking décor and lights. City streets, houses, office buildings, and malls everywhere bathe in fun and festive lights during this time of the year. Even they may be pretty easy to see and enjoy, Christmas lights and spirit can be a bit tricky to capture in the form of photographs. However, with the help of these 4 timely tips, you will be properly able to capture the real essence of the holiday season.
1. Bring Along The Right Accessories
Since you will probably be using a slow shutter for shooting in the low-light setting, bringing a tripod may be a good choice that will help you avoid blurry images with shaky hands. A tripod will also help if the lights are flickering or timed to music.
2. Prepare for Action
After you have set up your accessories, watch the sky. As it gradually darkens into a deeper shade of blue, you will notice that the lights will appear to be brighter. The best time for this is the fleeting 10 to 15 minutes, so shoot away without pausing, and make sure to check the photographs on the back of your camera and see if everything is tuning accordingly.
3. Pay Special Attention To The Light
When shooting Christmas lights indoors, try turning on the lights in your room in order to increase the ambient light, instead of using the flash. This is because flash can produce a high-contrast, harsh quality that dilutes the light’s brilliance. A carefully placed incandescent light can boost the ambient light without overpowering your holiday lights.
4. Turn off Automatic White Balance
In numerous photographic circumstances, white balance can be lifesaving. However, not all photos need white balance. Simmer down the saturated, rich colors of a sunset and you are left with practically nothing. Try to white balance fireworks display and you will be left with de-saturated, dull and lifeless streaks of light. Bu turning off the automatic white balance option and you will surely capture the exaggerated colors and spirit of Christmas.