So, to help you create excellent Christmas images during this season of lights, we've compiled a list of four suggestions from our photography classes: Unless you have a compelling cause to use it, turn off your flash. Use a high ISO—we recommend ISO 800. Camera shaking should be avoided. Use a tripod... or at the very least brace the camera. You may rely on your camera's built-in meter. If not, check manual.
The key thing is to relax and have some fun with it. Good luck!
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The solution is simple: shoot at a slower shutter speed so that you capture all of the lights on at some time throughout your image. If you're in the United States or another nation that utilizes 110 volts of AC 60 Hertz electricity, you should shoot at 1/60th of a second or slower. In Europe, where 220 volts DC 40 Hz power is standard, you should use a shutter speed of 1/50th of a second or faster.
There are two types of flash used in photography: direct and indirect. With direct flash, the light source is located right next to the camera lens; this is the most effective way to use flash because it allows for the most control over how much light is cast upon the subject. Indirect flash uses a diffuser to spread out the light from the flash head. This type of flash is more common than direct flash, and it's usually enough to illuminate a small area. It can be used to supplement the lighting in a scene or to even expose film if you don't have access to a dark room.
Shooting with LED lights requires a different strategy because they are not easily placed close to the lens. Instead, these lights need to be hung from a stand or tripod in order to create an evenly lit scene. They can also be used as fill-in lights if necessary. These lights last very long when bought individually, but they do lose strength over time if not used properly.
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So let's get this party started!
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