A couple of the creative people at bonusprint have been playing with how to take the best photo of your Christmas tree (can also be used for decorations). Here’s some fun tips for really capturing the Christmas spirit. These are just taken in the office, so imagine what you can do in the ambience of your home!

What do you need?
• A camera that lets you choose the shutter speed and aperture can be set (no need for it to be an SLR).
• A stable surface (preferably a tripod). Hot tip: If you don’t have a tripod, try resting your camera on a bag of dry raw beans, this should help steady your camera and allow you to tilt and position.
1. Christmas lights: The trick is an open aperture setting and not sharp. This ensures that the image will be slightly blurred, creating the perfect backdrop. Take your time, it might take a while to acheive the setting you want!

For this picture we used:
• Mode: Av (Canon). (If you have a Nikon, try using Mode A)
• Aperture: F2.8 (or at least minimize)
• Shutter: 1/8th sec
• ISO: 100 Lens
• Focus: set it to manual focus and set it deliberately blurred

2. A Christmas tree ‘tunnel effect’:
The trick here is to zoom in while taking the picture. Step 1: Zoom all the way out and keep your hand on the zoom ring on your camera. Step 2: Press the shutter button and zoom now (during recording) in. This will create the funky tunnel effect you can see.

For this picture we used:
• Mode: TV (Canon) (If you have a Nikon, try using Mode S)
• Aperture: F6.3
• Shutter speed: 2 sec.
• ISO speed: 100 or 200
3. Christmas tree movement: To create this effect, get rid of the tripod and use the below settings. Be creative and try all kinds of patterns. Again the trick is to be as patient as possible – it might take a while to get the effect you are after! The good news is you don’t need a steady hand, so that glass of wine in one hand may help!

For this picture we used:
• Mode: TV (Canon) (If you have a Nikon, try using Mode S)
• Aperture: F9
• Shutter speed: 2 sec.
• ISO: 200
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