This is probably the 3rd most popular question I get asked around the holiday season. I know many of you own a nice dslr camera and want to get a great photo of your favorite pet or children in front of the Christmas tree! There are several things to consider, but is fairly easy!
1. Place your subject in a window light. If you do not have a window I would consider a video light, lamp, off camera flash for anyone feeling fancy and confident!
2. Shoot in Manual- Set your camera on manual mode. This allows you to have full control over your settings.
- Shutter speed- 1/40 sec (Make sure to hold steady as to not blur your subject) If you have a subject that might move such as a toddler- you may consider a faster shutter and more ISO.
- F stop- Open your aperture (aka F stop) as wide open as possible. A prime lens is best because it allows you to shoot at 1.2, 1.4 & 1.8 Shoot as low as your lens will allow you. For those of you who do not own a prime lens- I have shot at different apertures in the photo below to show you what happens. The lower your F stop- the bigger the bokeh (blur) // The bigger your number (f 4.5) means you will need to add more light by bumping up your ISO
- ISO- I use this to control the light on my overall image. It is the last setting I change.
4.- Lens- I choose to use the 50mm or the 85mm 1.2
I shot these images with the same lens. I changed my F stop (aperture) to show you how it affects the type of bokeh you will get. I then changed the ISO to add light to the image.
1/40sec f 1.8 ISO 320 1/40 sec f 2.8 ISO 640 1/40 sec f 4.5 ISO 1000
Hope this helps! Feel free to ask questions or leave suggestions of your own! Happy shooting.
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