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How to Photograph Holiday Lights

By Michelle Ecker on December 04, 2015


It’s Photo Fact Friday at NYIP! Every Friday afternoon, tune in right here on our photography blog for a new piece of advice from NYIP’s photography mentors, a team of successful photographers that works with our students to help them grow.

How to Photograph Holiday Lights

For many people, driving around the neighborhood to enjoy holiday decorations is a much-anticipated December tradition. If you’re planning to photograph the lights this year, here are 3 things to consider:

1. Be mindful of your exposure- If you overexpose, the composition might lose that enchanted nighttime effect and give off more of a midday vibe.

2. Adjust your aperture- Consider adjusting to a more narrow setting if you’re hoping to achieve an individual twinkle effect for every light on a strand.

3. Regulate your white balance- Again, if you keep your white balance in automatic mode, it could result in a more yellowish daytime appearance. Experiment with different settings until you achieve a level of darkness you’re comfortable with.

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