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    How to photograph Christmas lights: best camera settings to use (free cheat sheet)

    | Photography Tips | 13/12/2013 12:38pm
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    With the Christmas season in full swing, towns are awash with festive colours and textures. But it can be tricky knowing how to set up your camera to shoot bright subjects in low light. In our latest photography cheat sheet we’ve provided a very timely tips card explaining how to photograph Christmas lights and ensure a good exposure.

    How to photograph Christmas lights: the best camera settings to use (free cheat sheet)

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    Simply drag and drop the cheat sheet below to your desktop. You can then print it off and keep it in your camera bag the next you go out to photograph Christmas lights in your local area.

    How to photograph Christmas lights: free photography cheat sheet

    How to photograph Christmas lights: free photography cheat sheet

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    Most town centres are transformed by the sparkle of Christmas lights. When setting the exposure, watch out for lost highlight detail in the lights themselves. You may need a tripod for long exposures at lower ISO settings.

    Best camera settings to photograph Christmas lights

    Exposure mode
    Manual

    Focus mode
    Manual

    Shutter speed
    1/15 sec

    Aperture         
    f/5.6

    ISO
    800

    Lens
    18 to 24mm

    Drive mode
    Single shot

    White balance
    Daylight or Tungsten

    Final Tip
    Good high ISOs and image stabilisation mean you can hand-hold many night shots. Try bracing yourself against a wall to get sharp results.

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    Posted on Friday, December 13th, 2013 at 12:38 pm under Photography Tips.

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