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    Christmas Card Photo Ideas: simple seasonal still life photography at home

    | Photography Tips | 05/12/2012 11:26am
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    Best exposure settings for Christmas still life photography

     

    Christmas Card Photo Ideas: best exposure settings

    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.

    Christmas Card Photo Ideas: read your histogram

    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

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