A photo of a Christmas tree is a reminder of special family time for many people, so I hope you didn’t throw it out without taking a picture of it!
But, if you did take a picture of your Christmas tree, are you disappointed with it? Well maybe you are.
So Here Are A Few Tips For Better Success:
- Put your camera on a tripod to stabilize it.
- Take your pictures in the RAW so that you can process each one exactly as you want to.
- Attach a dedicated off-camera flash unit and turn it “on” using the automatic mode.
- Set your cameras mode to “Aperture Priority” and use a small f-stop (f/16) for greater depth of field.
- Focus carefully and expose for the darker light on the Christmas tree.
- Be very careful when pressing the shutter so as to not cause any movement with the camera during exposure.
- Without moving either the tripod or the camera, take another picture while exposing for the bright light coming through the window.
- Do not allow any stray light to find its way through the view finder of your camera.
- You will need to watch the histogram on the back display of your camera, and take extra pictures using exposure compensation and/or flash exposure compensation to move the histogram graph into the center.
- After downloading your pictures, process them in a Adobe Photoshop CS6 program and combine the picture exposed for the darker tones with the one exposed for the lighter tones.
The result will be as you see above with both the Christmas tree and the light in the upper window both correctly exposed! Beautiful! Now, are you pleased?
Why Not Take Some Pictures of the Ornaments on the Tree Too!
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