Last Christmas I was DETERMINED to capture a beautiful moment with my kids and my ginormous Christmas tree. I posted my photos on my personal facebook page and got a lot of great comments so I thought I’d share how I did it, so you can do it too. All you need is a DSLR camera and a great lens. I used my Canon 5D Mark II and 50mm 1.4 lens.
1. The set up involved turning off all the lights in the room and nearby rooms, leaving just the tree lights on (of course).
2. You won’t be using your flash for this photo. We can all agree that camera flash and Christmas trees don’t play well together.
3. You’ll want to turn your camera on Manual Mode (It’s the “M” on the dial)
4. You will need to set your ISO as high as it will go. I had mine set at 3200
5. Turn the shutter speed down to around 1/40 sec. With that being set so low, any fast movements will blur so it’s super important to get the people in the photo to be as still as possible. That’s really the hardest part when you have kids or animals. You also have to be as still as possible. I used a tripod but you can use a piece of furniture to stabilize the camera for the shot.
6. Set your aperture value to f/2.0 (if your lens doesn’t got that low, try the lowest number). You can play around with this.
7. Make sure the children involved understand what the amazing prize will be if they cooperate;-) This was the ONE time I told my 2 year old to touch the ornaments. Girl got focused and I hit the jackpot.
8. Take lots and lots of photos!
The photos above were not edited, other than being resized and slightly sharpened for web.
So, now you’re ready to take a beautiful Christmas tree photo that your facebook friends can ooooh and ahhhh over:-) Feel free to comment if you have questions and let me know how it turns out for you!