When I used the flash, it was just plain boring...no glimmering lights, too much overall light...a very harsh looking tree. It's a bad look all around...
Without the flash they were blurry, and man was my white balance off!! Here is a typical "no flash" shot.
So, thanks to the wonders of the internet I found some great tips for photographing your tree! And as you will see at the end...they really do work! ;)
- Use a tripod. This is probably obvious to most, but it wasn't to me! I often forget about my awesome tripod that lives in the front closet!!
- Let the light of your tree be your only light. Don't use any overhead or table lighting.
- Use Manual or Shutter-priority (Tv) mode on your camera.
- Use a high f- stop and a low shutter speed. I will put the exact exposures under each photo. I messed around with the shutter speed. If it was too long, the lights were almost too bright...too short and they didn't sparkle enough for me!
- I happened to use a high ISO on these...1600. I tried some with a lower ISO, but to be honest, I wasn't as happy with the results.
- Be sure to listen to some good Christmas music and eat some cookies while photographing the tree. Okay, that's not really a rule...but I really think it makes the whole experience better!