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12/15/2006 10:08:25 AM · #1
I found this useful article:

How to shoot Christmas Lights

It is apparently a good time to take architectural shots as well.
12/15/2006 10:36:21 AM · #2
good article, thanks for posting
12/15/2006 10:38:36 AM · #3
fantastic time to shoot anything that you think should be a 'night' shot, other than stars, really. It is how I got the colour in the two shots below. Works particularly well if you switch to a tungsten white balance too - the sky glows (like in the neon entry)

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12/15/2006 10:50:17 AM · #4
I don't have time to read the article right now but it looks to help me for an upcoming shoot, thanks for the link.
12/15/2006 11:04:07 AM · #5
thanks for that
Happy Christmas!
12/15/2006 11:08:11 AM · #6
thanks ... that's great to know!
12/14/2007 10:35:29 AM · #7
Just thought I would revive this thread for anyone else interested in shooting lights at night :)

-dave
12/14/2007 11:55:50 AM · #8
I second what Gordon said about using tungsten as the white balance, even if you shoot in auto white balance, in raw, try switching to tungsten in the conversion to jpeg. I shot in tungsten while capturing much of the night lights in Vegas, and what a difference:
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12/14/2007 11:57:57 AM · #9
Originally posted by Brad:

I second what Gordon said about using tungsten as the white balance, even if you shoot in auto white balance, in raw, try switching to tungsten in the conversion to jpeg. I shot in tungsten while capturing much of the night lights in Vegas


I like switching to tungsten, in camera, even when shooting in RAW for this - then the previews give me a better idea of what I'm getting and might make me change the composition to suit.
12/14/2007 12:12:34 PM · #10
Originally posted by Brad:

I second what Gordon said about using tungsten as the white balance, even if you shoot in auto white balance, in raw, try switching to tungsten in the conversion to jpeg. I shot in tungsten while capturing much of the night lights in Vegas, and what a difference:
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Ok I'm hoping to go to our local zoo for their zoolight festival but does the tungsten wb still work if their all LED lights? Their supposed to have over 2mill lights on this year...

-dave
12/14/2007 01:20:07 PM · #11
Originally posted by dknourek:

Ok I'm hoping to go to our local zoo for their zoolight festival but does the tungsten wb still work if their all LED lights? Their supposed to have over 2mill lights on this year...


The real reason to use tungsten WB is for the sky at twilight.

The lights are going to be all over the place colour wise anyway, so the colour temp is largely meaningless for them - unless they are using bare 'white' LEDs
12/14/2007 01:40:52 PM · #12
I just shot the lights and ornaments on my parents Christmas tree. One thing I would point out, the little bright lights did seem to throw off my camera's meter so they appeared to be under exposed, so I opened up between 1 and 2 stops and they came out prefect. At least I thought so, some people might prefer the darker exposure.

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12/14/2007 01:54:42 PM · #13
Im prob going to be shooting close to F8 tonight as they have some entire buildings covered and want to get most of them in focus rather than just a corner of a building...

-dave
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