Exploring Photography Christmas Photography – Christmas lights and ornaments

Christmas Lights and ornaments are very much a cliché staple in every Christmastime album and for this week’s Exploring Photography series we look at alternative ways to utilise them in a more inventive photographic way.
Extreme close ups of lights and ornaments dominating the frame where the ‘subjects’, the people, populate the background to give dimension and suggest depth, is a simple technique to avoid those very clichés. A useful tip is to turn off the lights that are directly behind a subject, but turn on in the opposite side of the frame – this balances the composition and avoids adding a distracting element.

Bokeh is the quality of the portion of a photograph that is not in sharp focus and the technique can be an interesting and effective way to capture Christmas lights and ornaments. When photographing decorations with Bokeh, you use the blurred or soft focus part of an image (outside the depth of field) as part of the image composition. To make this work in the most effective way possible and add character to your photographs, you can place a piece of black paperboard with a shape cut out of it in front of the lens – this will allow the soft-focus/blurred light halos take on the shape of what you cut into the paperboard.

Set your camera to…
Shutter speed 1/8 Aperture f/5.6 ISO Speed: 100 flash: Fired.

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We kicked off the Christmas edition of our Exploring Photography series last week by covering how to photograph the outdoors over the festive season. From the truly captivating and imaginative Christmas lights to a community festive spirit in the air, the natural elements of the outdoors provide one of the most picturesque and enchanting sights through the lens. To find out how you can encapsulate everything about the great outdoors, view part 1 of our Festive takeover here.

Completing the Christmas edition next weeks is the many ways to encapsulate family spirit over the Holiday season. Family portraits, relationships and the warmth of Christmas day can provide memories that last a lifetime.

If your Christmas Party is happening in the New Year there are still opportunities to book a Christmas photographer with the option of instant printing throughout and free Christmas props. View our photographer profiles here, alternatively you can contact us today.