How To...Take Great Holiday Lights Photos

How To...Take Great Holiday Lights Photos

Dec 18, 2007

You've spent a long time getting your holiday lights just right, maybe even timing them to music--or, you have neighbors' displays that you want to photograph, for posterity, for fun and the holiday spirit. How do you do it so that you get the best options?

Lifehacker has the guides you need to make a holiday lights picture worth year-round display. Tips include:

  • Don't wait until it's too dark...dusk is your best option. Otherwise, you'll have to choose between properly exposed lights, or properly exposed surroundings, and you don't get both.
  • If you want try white and true blue, use the tungsten setting for white balance; if you want more saturated colors and the sky to reflect it's true color, use the daylight or cloud cover setting for white balance.

Do you have any cool pictures to share with us of holiday lights? Link to them in the comments--and share your tips if you've had good luck taking pictures, too.

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