Best exposure settings for Christmas still life photography
Set your digital camera to aperture priority with an aperture of f/8 and select a low sensitivity setting to get a nice noise-free image before taking a shot.
In most cases your digital camera’s evaluative or matrix metering will produce a good result, but if your subject is especially bright or dark you may need to dial in some exposure compensation to get a the image looking right.
Read your camera’s histogram to check that no large areas of highlights are being burned out and that the shadows aren’t excessively dark.
As your subject is static you’ve got time to check the image either on your digital camera’s LCD screen or on a computer.
As a mid-range aperture f/8 is a good starting point, but if you decide that you need more depth of field use a smaller aperture like f/11 or f/16.
Conversely, if you want to blur the background further open up a little to f/5.6, f/4 or f/2.8 if possible.
What next for your Christmas card photo?
Once you’ve captured and processed the image, save a version as a JPEG ready to upload to an online lab.
Then sit back and wait until a suitable enticing discount offer for card printing arrives from your favourite lab.
PAGE 1: What makes for good Christmas card photo ideas
PAGE 2: Choosing the right background for your Christmas card photo ideas
PAGE 3: Lighting your Christmas still life photography
PAGE 4: Setting up your camera
PAGE 5: Use Live View for your Christmas still lifes
PAGE 6: Best white balance settings for your Christmas card photo ideas
PAGE 7: Best exposure settings