Question of the season: How do I photograph my Christmas tree? Sure, anyone can take a picture of a Christmas tree, but everyone wants one that makes their Christmas tree have that extra special “Christmas Glow” that makes the tree seem like it is untouchable and indestructible.
A Camera (preferably DSLR, but I’m sure you can manage with a point and shoot, find your users manual and read up on how to set your self timer)
Tripod (or a chair, a tall stack of books – some steady surface to put the camera on)
A fantastically decorated Christmas tree
Set your ISO to 100 or 200
Use a small aperture – f/16 smaller
Turn off or dim the lights in the room
Set your camera up on the tripod/stack of books – the point of this is to prevent shake on your camera so the image is super sharp and crisp.
Shoot away! I suggest setting the self timer and stepping back. The shutter will be open for what will seem like forever since the aperture is so small in a dimly lit room – but it will be worth it, promise. This may require some trial and error on your ISO/aperture, but if you stick close to what is listed above you’ll be A-Okay
Let me know how it worked for you!
I’ll be in PA around lots of Christmas lights and my parents’ wonderfully decorated tree for the holiday – I’ll be sure to take some photos of my own and share :)