Thursday, December 10, 2015

How to Photograph Christmas Lights

I love to decorate for Christmas. A project that began with a tree in a cosy corner and a few garlands over doorways, has grown to encompass most of the house.

Now my den is dedicated to snowmen, while a variety of Santas hold their place of honour in the living room. They come together in the kitchen and bathroom, with a few favourites hanging out in the hallways. Welcoming guests as they enter my front door is an adorable elf.

These decorations, to my mind, all bring warmth to my home. Yet what appeals most to me are the garlands with strings of light that adorn the top of the hutch, kitchen and down the staircase.

There is something awfully cosy about sitting in a room lit simply by a few twinkling lights snuggled amongst some greenery.  It begs for hot chocolate and a good book, quiet conversation over a glass of wine, or the closest of snuggles with a sweetie.

After a long day, my guy and I enjoy nothing more than to be greeted by the tree lights as we make our way up the street towards home.   Set to a timer they are the perfect welcome as we transition from work mode to our time.

Often I have tried to capture the beauty of Christmas lights in a photograph,  but it never quite lives up to the reality. Over the years I have been helped by some expert advice and continue to work towards a perfect photo memory we can draw on some winter night to brighten the cold dark season. If only for a brief moment.

If you too have struggled to get a picture of your Christmas tree or of sparkling lights throughout your house during the holidays here are some helpful hints:

How to Successfully Photograph Your Christmas Tree

Christmas tree Photography With Your DSLR

Christmas Light Photography Tips

How to Photograph Christmas Lights

Take Great Photos of Holiday Lights

Take Beautiful Bokeh Christmas Images
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