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11-26-2011, 11:58 AM   #1
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Looking For Tips For Taking Pics Of Christmas Lights

They seem to never come out sharp.



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f/4
1/50 sec
ISO-6400
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18-55mm kit lens.

11-26-2011, 12:33 PM   #2
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Set to smallest F value available
Set to long shutter speed (start w/ 1 sec)
Mount your camera on a tripod
Use a remote
11-26-2011, 01:54 PM   #3
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Let me re-phrase. I need tips for taking pics of Christmas lights when using a tripod is not possible and they are moving (like a moving parade float).
11-26-2011, 02:25 PM   #4
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What mode are you shooting in? And what shutter speeds is the camera doing for you?

You're going to want to use a mode where you can both pump up your shutter speed (250 minimum), and shoot between 5.6 and 8, for DOF. The faster shutter speed will freeze any flicker in the light, and 5.6 to 8 gives you some DOF. Stopping down any more than 8 will severely restrict your ability to do anything in low light.

So, your only variable will be ISO--and don't be afraid to pump that up into the stratosphere.

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Best results can be achieved by shooting in the twilight or dusk hours. You can then underexpose to give the illusion of darkness and control the flare of the bright lights. This also allows you to shoot at faster shutter speeds to minimize motion blur. A tripod would also help greatly. If no tripod available. try bracing against a car hood, tree or other solid object.
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Good advice above, and Ira is exactly right. Use a fast-enough shutter, a tight-enough aperture, and let the ISO float. Don't worry about high-ISO noise. Noise can be fixed in PP; blur can't. And don't forget to bracket. BRACKET BRACKET BRACKET! You may find that being a couple f-stops away from what you and the camera thought was a 'correct' exposure will give a vivid image.
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