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Photographing Christmas Lights Outdoors

 
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Dec 04, 2015 14:03 |  #1

Hoping to try and take some photographs of the many great outdoor christmas setups outside in my city. My gear is a D7200 with the Nikkor 50mm AF f/1.8D, I do have a tripod that could be used. I tried doing this last year with a D50 and the same lense handheld but it didn't work out so well. Looking for some tips on settings, I am comfortable with the camera and shoot mostly landscapes; wildlife etc during the day but have not done much night shooting. Thankyou for any tips or help.

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Dec 04, 2015 14:16 |  #2

Some good tips on the strobist blog here - http://strobist.blogsp​ot.com …aph-christmas-lights.html (external link)


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Dec 04, 2015 14:58 as a reply to  @ sporadic's post |  #3

Thanks, will read this.




  
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Dec 04, 2015 17:40 |  #4

Managed this one a little earlier this evening.

f/2.5
50.0mm
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ISO 100
Flash Off
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Dec 04, 2015 17:49 |  #5

Matching a photo to what your eyes see with christmas lights is tough. Variations in white balance and the limit in dynamic range within a scene make things difficult. Your eye/mind corrects for color conflicts so incandescent bulbs dont stand out in your mind like they do in a photo. Fortunately led bulbs are rapidly replacing old lights and they have truer colors and they are brighter.




  
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