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Friday, December 7, 2012

Taking Pictures by the Christmas Tree


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.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE:
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!!



8 comments:

  1. Thank you for the info! :) I don't think Ill ever be able to get my little guy to sit that still though! haha

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  2. Thank you for this!!! I love photography tips I am still in auto mode!

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  3. These are precious!
    Anna
    asweetsouthernmess.blogspot.com

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  4. I just barely bought a 35mm 1.8 aperture lens and got it in yesterday, so I can do this! Yay- I've been playing around with it. I'm excited to try this.

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  5. Hi Lindsey!!

    I have to say you are so inspiring!! You have a beautiful family- these pictures of your little one are breathtaking!! Especially with the gorgeous holiday background!! You take beautiful pics. Love it!! BTW- I'm stealing a button :-)

    XO Jenna
    Demureindiamonds.blogspot.com

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  6. I am so going to have to give this a shot with my two tonight in their pjs, I am still only learning with manual. It's far too easy to give up, but you make it sound really easy! Thank you.

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  7. these are gorgeous! what kind of camera do you have? i need to learn to use mine better!

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