first of all there are about a million different ways to photograph your tree.
each time of day will change the look & feel of your picture.
Here are some simple tips on how I captured my Christmas Tree Pictures with a little one:
I did NOT use a flash nor did I use a tripod,
I did use a DSLR camera (Nikon D7000)
and I was careful and tried to make my hands & my subject were as still as possible!
I shot at night & only had lighting in the room from the trees & garland
-turned everything else off
I shot in manual - and raw- but I did not need to touch up anything on the computer
so shooting .jpg is just fine!
the images below are straight out of my camera
& the ones below are the ones i edited.
I bumped up my ISO no higher than 1000..
any higher and you will get lots of noise (grainy look)
which i tend to HATE.
The lower you go on your shutter speed
the more likely you will get blur.
I shot anywhere from 1/10-1/20th of a second depending on the shot
You can notice in some of my images, that they are not fully in focus
- but it was so subtle & i liked them regardless.
Keep your aperture on the lowest setting possible
-I chose my 35mm lens b/c it's lowest is f/1.8
This allows you to take your shutter speed even lower.
keep your subject as STILL as possible,
this might be impossible with your little one...
but mine is pretty busy.. and i managed to get a couple good ones!
how i edited:
removed some unwanted lens flare,
and added one of my Florabella Actions- and reduced opacity to my liking
(i shot on manual- & my settings are on the top right)
just added an action
i scooted back as far as i could - which allows more light in
after I brought it up in photoshop,
i cropped in the image & cloned out some unwanted lens flare around her elbow
and added an action
to see the rest of the pictures I took go here
go here to check out my Pinterest Board for Christmas with Kids
for more fun ideas with your little ones!!