How to Photograph Holiday Lights

Capturing Christmas lights on your camera can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help get a good shot.

It takes time and dedication to string all those lights across rooftops. And it’s not easy to capture those lights on your camera either. Here are three tips for the amateur photographers out there that could be worth $100,000.  

  1. Turn off your flash. If you use a flash, your automatic settings with respond to the light of your flash and your holiday lights won’t show up.
  2. Use a tripod. You just turned off your flash. That means that your camera is going to try to make up for having less light but leaving the lens open longer. This means any tiny movement you make will likely blur your picture. If you have no tripod, improvise. Set your camera on a flat surface and take the picture or lean your body and arms against a tree or car to keep yourself as steady as possible.
  3. Shoot at dusk, not full dark. Most of the time, you can do better with that little light left in the sky and still see the lights.

Use these tips to take a picture of your holiday lights. Post the picture to Upper Southampton Patch’s Deck the Halls contest page and you could win $100,000 for your school district.

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