Tips for Photographing Christmas Lights 1. Set your ISO high – 1600 or higher 2. Close your aperture (f/14 or higher) for a starburst effect 3. Slow down your shutter speed 4. Use a tripod or set your camera on something safe and steady 5. Turn on ambient lights in the rooms surrounding the tree but turn off lights in that room
If I could only teach you one thing in this photography basics series, it would be to set your camera in aperture priority for the next six months. When you want full depth-of-field, choose a high f-stop (aperture). When you want shallow depth of field, choose a lower f-stop. Your pictures will DRAMATICALLY improve when you learn to control the depth-of-field.