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Robert Park
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member since: 6/21/2005
 

how to shoot Christmas lights


 
 
hi. my family and I have just put up the Christmas lights and I wanted to take a picture of our house. I have a sony dsc v1 digital camera.

i took some photos but found out that the lights get blurry and aren't crsip. also, the whole picture is a bit orange reddish. maybe I should use the light bulb or tungsten mode?

the lights only turned crsip when I used a fast shutter, but the house was very dark.

how can I achieve in shooting crisp Christmas lights on our house? ill provide you a picture.

thanks and any help is appreciated!

12/5/2005 8:34:32 PM

 
Robert Park
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 6/21/2005
 
 
  blurry
blurry
lights are too blurry and blown out
© Robert Park
Sony Cyber-shot DS...
 
  dark
dark
lights are crisp and clear but house is waaaaaay too dark
© Robert Park
Sony Cyber-shot DS...
 
 
sorry these are the pics

12/5/2005 8:41:07 PM

 
Joe Jarosz

member since: 10/13/2004
  Hi Robert, first of all, yes, please put the white balance to tungsten mode. Worst case you can always color correct that in photoshop later, but tungsten should get rid of some of that orange color. As for the blur and dark. I'm assuming the blurry one is a slower shutter speed and also you are hand holding the camera. You can do one of two things. First recommendation is to use a tripod. That way those slower shutterspeeds won't blur the lights when you take the picture. If you don't have or can't use a remote release, use the timer function on the camera to take the picture so you don't have to push the shutter button and risk shaking the camera when you take the picture. Second would be to increase the ISO (400, 800, etc). If you increase the ISO, you should be able to shoot at a faster shutterspeed and have a brighter image. The downside to that is the image will have a little more noise.

One other thought...Take the picture a little earlier, at dusk instead of after dark. That way you will get a nice dusk sky along with the lights and it will make for a nicer picture instead of just the black hole of the sky..

Hope this helps.

12/6/2005 5:08:11 AM

 

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