Christmas lights addendum

There’s still a few more days left in the holiday season and with them a few more opportunities to take some photos of some Christmas light displays if you haven’t already.

Once you’ve got the basics of shooting Christmas lights down, here are a couple of other techniques that are a bit more advanced.

First don’t only look at the lights themselves but also at what they could be reflecting off of. You can find reflections of the lights in the shiny surfaces of a neighbor’s window or a car’s windshield or even a rain puddle. Reflections tend to be a little darker than the original light sources so be sure you adjust your exposures accordingly.

Secondly, during a long exposure try zooming your lens (provided you have a zoom lens) in or out. This will turn the points of colored light into colorfully glowing streaks making the photo look like the Starship Enterprise or the Millennium Falcon making the jump to light speed. The longer the exposure, the slower you can zoom the lens thus reducing the risk of camera shake.

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