Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Getting Funky with the X-mas Tree

I like to have fun with photography. I always look for ways to be creative and I have found a good way to make some neat photos with the X-mas tree.  Most photographers take the same photo of the Xmas tree every year. They place it in a corner and set up a tripod with their camera on top and shoot a few photos.  I'm not saying anything bad about that but sometimes it's nice to switch things up and get funky. So while you are taking these photos turn on the disco music (or Xmas music).  So, what I did was:

1.Got rid of the tripod, handheld the camera.
2. Turned off the lights in the room.
3. Set my camera shutter speed to 1 second. You can adjust this to your liking. Also, change the fstop for different shots to get the effect you want.
4. Moved the camera while the shutter is open.

Some people actually toss their cameras with the shutter open. You get a cool effect this way too, but I am not taking responsibility for broken cameras.

Hope you enjoyed the tips. Let me know if you have any questions:)


  1. Hi I read your blog and tried to make my own light shots. Thanks so much for the education it sure has been fun.I wonder what would happen If you tried this on city light? I Better head downtown tonight. Thanks again Scott

  2. Thanks for the comment Scott. It will work outside at night also. It will look a little different though. For a cool star effect take a piece of mesh(the stuff that is on screen doors) and place it over your lens while shooting.