11/29/14: This post has gone crazy on Pinterest this year, and I am so happy to have you all stop by to find out how to take great pictures of your trees this holiday season! I’ve noticed that some of the information I originally posted is no longer available online and I want to bring you the most accurate and up-to-date information as possible, so I’m updating this post. Thank you for stopping by! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
I love taking pictures of my Christmas tree. It’s up for such a short while and I like being able to revisit pictures of it from time to time throughout the year. My husband bought me my very first DSLR for my birthday last year, and I was anxious to start using it to capture anything and everything. And once we put up our Christmas tree I really wanted to try my hand at taking beautiful pictures of it. But, I didn’t know how. I didn’t want to use Auto Mode because the flash would make the picture look horrible. I knew that the only way to take a great picture was to use Manual Mode, and I hadn’t learned anything about that yet! So, I went on an internet search to see what advice other people had for beginners like me, and I found some pretty awesome information!
These tips are all my favorites from around the world of Pinterest. The general consensus is that you need a wide lens (like a 50mm) with a high aperture (anywhere between 1.4 and 2.8 should do the trick), a tripod, and patience. If you don’t have a 50mm lens or even a lens with a low aperture of 1.4 or 2.8, don’t worry! I didn’t have that last year and my photos came out great! I was very happy with them. So my advice to you is to work with what you have. When you finally get that perfect money shot it’ll all be worth it.
Must-Get Christmas Pictures from Kevin & Amanda | Take Great Pictures of Your Christmas Tree from Backdrop Express | Photograph Christmas Lights from Jordan Brantley |
Christmas Tree Lights from CM Blog
Last year I used my kit lens (18-55mm) and I loved the way my pictures came out! All the advice on Pinterest really helped me capture the beauty that was our tree. And since my husband got me a tripod after Christmas last year, I had to improvise and use a lamp to hold my camera instead. I will warn you that I didn’t think it was the most sturdy thing to hold the camera up so I was always right beside it just in case, but it did do the trick!
Do you have any tips for taking great photos of your Christmas tree? Let me know in the comments below!