Tips for getting the best holiday decoration photos

Christmas is one of the most magical, wonderful times of year and we love celebrating with lights, decorations and tons of festive apparel. We also love capturing those memories on camera, right?

Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your holiday decoration photos.

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One major tip for photographing snow is to photograph it falling in front of something dark (like my garage door). You won't be able to see the snow otherwise. Also note that by taking a picture from this angle, I was able to show how the wreath was not only beautiful, it fit into the entire scene with the lamps, etc.
One tip for photographing snow is to photograph it falling in front of something dark (like my garage door). You won’t be able to see the snow otherwise. Also note that by taking a picture from this angle, I was able to show how the wreath was not only beautiful, it fit into the entire scene with the lamps, etc.

 

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For photographing outdoor Christmas lights, do it right as the sun is going down. You get best results before it is completely dark. 

 

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It is important to use a fill flash so the face is lit.
When photographing in front of Christmas lights, it is important to use a fill flash so the face is lit. Move your subject at least three feet in front of the decorations so you can get better depth of field for your image.

 

Another tip on getting pretty bokeh Christmas lights is to manually focus until you get the right amount of blur like in this photo. You can put your focus point on a person or object in front of the tree and you will get the same results.
Want great bubble lights? In order to get pretty bokeh Christmas lights you will want to manually focus until you get the right amount of blur like in this photo. I love using this as a background image for scrapbooking, wallpaper, and digital Christmas cards.  You can put your focus point on a person or object in front of the tree and you will get the same results as in the picture before.

 

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Don’t just focus on getting pictures of an entire decoration piece, like your favorite wreath or tree. Take pictures of the details that make it your favorite! As time goes on and decorations are replaced, you will be able to remember the details of what made specific decorations special to you and your family. It also makes for a more interesting scrapbooking page or collage on social media! 

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I like to take photographs of decorations like this from my tree and turn it into a social media holiday message or profile pic.