You’ve put all your creativity into decorating the best Christmas tree ever. Now you want to take Christmas tree photos so you can always remember this tree, this moment. Here are 2 ways to take photos of your Christmas tree with all the magic of the holidays.
1. How To Take Christmas Tree Photos That Look Like Real Life
It’s happened a million times. You see this great Christmas tree that takes your breath away. You snap a quick photo. What you see on the digital screen doesn’t even come close to what you see with your eyes. Here’s how to take a Christmas tree photo that does justice to that awesome tree.
Tips on taking a realistic Christmas Tree photo:
DO NOT TAKE A PHOTO OF YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE WITH A FLASH!
- Use a tripod to keep your camera still or you’ll have blurry photos.
- Use an ISO of 1600 – or as high as it can go.
- Use an aperture of f/2.5 – or as low as it will go.
- Use a shutter speed of 1/30 or 1/50.
The same rules apply to outdoor christmas trees.
2. How to Take Magical Christmas Tree Photos with Dreamy Lights
You’ve seen the photos where the Christmas tree lights look blurred, like magical circles of light. Bet you thought that professionals did something special to create the effect. Nope. They just know the secret of fooling their camera with the Bokeh Effect, and now you will too.
What is the Bokeh Effect & Why Do We Use It?
How to Use the Bokeh Effect on Christmas Tree Lights
Place your subject as far away from the tree as possible. To take the picture, get as close to the subject as possible.
- Use an aperture of f/1.8
- Shutter speed of 1/40 sec
- Use an ISO of 1600.
For a softer bokeh effect, change the aperture to the next highest setting.
By changing the aperture you can create different illusions from an enhanced realistic view to a dream-like quality. Try different shots until you see one you love.
Star Effect is Different from Bokeh Effect
You can take photos outdoors with a bokeh effect too.
How to Create Custom Bokeh Effects
DIY Bokeh Lens Cover
- Cut a circle in black cardstock the same size as your camera lens
- Cut a shape freehand in the center with an Xacto knife or with a scrapbooking punch
- Tape it to the front of your camera lens
- Use an aperture of f/1.8
- Shutter speed of 1/8 sec
- Use an ISO of 800
Or you could use a bokeh kit with all different shapes such as heart, umbrella, bird, star, happy face & many more.
You can use the bokeh technique to create interesting photos.
Try both techniques and different bokeh effects to see which Christmas tree photos are your favorite!
What is the Bokeh Effect infographic courtesy of PhotographyBirmingham.info
Photo of Christmas tree with Christmas train by DR04
Photo of white christmas tree by MissBossy
Photo of Christmas tree in New York Rockefeller Square by Alsandro
Tree photo with star filter by MfisherKirshner
Bonus Tip for custom bokeh effect courtesy of Sony
Photo of christmas tree bokeh effect by Heather Katsoulis
Flying birds bokek shapes photo by Roni Amin