Christmas Illuminations and Christmas Lighting Displays
| Christmas Illuminations - Christmas Lighting Trees,35pics, 1600x1200 |
| Christmas Illuminations -
Christmas Trees, 36pics, 1600x1200 |
| Tokyo Disneyland Christmas Fantasy 2007, 58pics, 1600x1200 |
| Christmas Decorations at Night , 40pics,1024x768 |
| Christmas Illuminations, Christmas Night Photography (Vol.2)|
Digital Photography Tips for Christmas
Fill your Frame
One of the most common mistakes I see in Christmas photos (or any party/even photography) is that people often end up with shots of their subjects off in the distance on the other side of a room with lots of space around them. Fill your frame with your subject either by using your zoom or getting up and moving yourself closer. While this is one of the simplest tips I ever give it is one that can have the most profound impact on your shots.
Diffuse/Reflect Your Flash
Another common problem with Christmas shots is ending up with shots where the flash is so bright that subjects look like rabbits in a spotlight with harsh shadows behind them. One way around this is to use some sort of a flash diffuser or reflector. If you¡¯re lucky enough to have an external flash try bouncing it off walls or the ceiling. Another way to reduce the impact of your flash and to create some interesting effects is to switch your camera into ¡®night mode¡¯ (slow sync mode). This will tell your camera to choose a slower shutter speed but still fire your flash. In doing so it¡¯ll capture some of the ambient light of the room as well as freeze your subject. Be warned, you can end up with some wacky shots doing this (but they can also be lots of fun).
Most digital cameras come with a macro mode and an increasing number of DPS readers are buying macro lenses so flick to that mode, attach your lens and photograph the smaller things around your party. Ornaments on the tree, table decorations, sweets in the bowl on the table, a nativity scene on the mantle piece, holly above the doorway - sometimes it¡¯s these small things around your party that are the real ¡®money shots¡¯. Don¡¯t forget our Macro Hacks for compact cameras.
I quite often shoot in Aperture Priority mode on a day like Christmas and am constantly changing the aperture depending upon my subject. For example when taking shots of a Christmas decoration on the tree I¡¯ll select a large aperture (a small number like f/2.8) so as to throw the background out of focus, but on a shot taken from the end of the table of everyone sitting down eating I¡¯ll choose a small aperture (like f/8 to f/11 or more) so as to have a larger depth of field and keep everyone in focus.