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Standing in front of Christmas trees?

 
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Nov 04, 2012 20:07 |  #1

Any advice on how to shoot people in front of indoor Christmas trees so my photo lights don't overpower the lights on the tree? In all of my tests, I doesn't look like my tree lights are even on. . . Should I shoot on a tripod, then take another shot exposing for the tree . . . then combine them? Any suggestons or help is appreciated.

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Nov 04, 2012 20:22 |  #2

Shoot in Av on a tripod. Av seems to want to include ambient so it slows the SS way down. Or shoot in M, And play with slowing down the SS and bumping ISO a bit. Hope someone corrects me if I am wrong :)


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Nov 05, 2012 11:24 |  #3

You want a slow shutter speed and as wide of an aperture as you can use while still having your subject in focus.


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Nov 05, 2012 11:37 |  #4

Camera in manual mode. Chimp until you get the tree to look like you want. Turn on flash in ETTL mode. Keep in mind that if you put the subject right against the tree the flash will overwhelm the lighting, as even the least powerful strobe will be brighter than twinkle lights.

are you looking for something like this?

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IMAGE: http://kevin-jones.smugmug.com/Other/My-Family/i-85L7sn6/0/L/Hannah1-L.jpg

I was going for a bokeh ball look but a smaller aperture would have made the tree show more detail and less blur.



  
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Nov 05, 2012 14:38 |  #5

Those are great gonzogolf. Gonna try to do some like that this Christmas.


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Nov 05, 2012 14:55 |  #6

Yarik wrote in post #15210347 (external link)
Those are great gonzogolf. Gonna try to do some like that this Christmas.

Thanks, its really an easy way to make a fairly dramatic photo. In the top one I wish I had gelled the flash so that the "white" tree lights had been white instead of tungsten gold, although its not an entirely unpleasant effect.




  
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Nov 05, 2012 15:49 |  #7

on christmas trees, try to use the traditional lights, not the LED ones. LED lights tend to have a directional light (you'll see a hot circle if aimed at the wall, traditional lights have a soft glow with no hard edge). Some shots look really nice with kids just facing the lights and having the glow light up their face... also adds a warming effect since the lights are yellow/orangeish. always look forward to christmas photos


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Nov 06, 2012 00:35 |  #8

Those are great gonzo!


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