3 Tips for Better Holiday Pictures...

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3 Tips for better Holiday pictures...

Tis the season to take Holiday pictures and share them with your ActiveRain friends and family. Here are a few tips that I have learned over my 30 years behind the lens to have you shooting like the pro you knew you were. 

#1 - Use manual settings on your D-SLR. I prefer to use Aperture Priority settings. Set the aperture to the maximum f-stop (smallest number) you have. Depending upon the lens this will generally be f 5.4 or f 4.5. This will open the iris to allow maximum light into the camera sensor. Using Program or Auto setting will use a combination of shutter and aperture settings to get the results. Too small an aperture along with too much shutter time will make your shots grainy or allow in too much light which will ruin the shot.

#2 - Use manual focus.
Many D-SLR's have problems focusing on dim lights. Don't leave your pictures to chance. Manually focus your shots for best results.

#3 - Use a good tripod. Good tripods have come down in price over the years. No matter how steady a hand you have, you cannot hold a camera still for over 1/8th of a second. After that, your shots will be blurred.

By using these 3 tips and a little practice, you too will be shooting like a pro in no time. Good luck...

Downtown Franklin, TN.

Christmas tree on the square in downtown Franklin, TN

Looking down Main Street, downtown Franklin, TN

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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty Homer Alaska

great tips and beautiful photos! the tripod idea is good.... I need more help than that... but thank you!

December 30, 2009 12:23 AM
William Johnson
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
RE/MAX Associates

Good Morning Michael, I noticed that you did not add the Award of Merit Ribbon to your post. Could you do that please so everyone can see it. You certainly deserve it and it would be nice to see these awards posted in the blog so other ActiveRain members can see that they have been awarded.

December 31, 2009 11:57 AM
Emelyn Morris-Sayre
CRS, REALTOR, Lakewood/Denver 303-517-5116
The Berkshire Group

Michael - Thanks for the tips. For years I used a 35 mm camera and always used manual settings. For Christmas, I received a Nikon D3000 camera and I am so excited to get back in the saddle with photos where I truly have more control. I have signed up for a night walk shoot of Denver within 2 weeks so hopefully I will be able to post something soon. Thanks and Happy New Year!

December 31, 2009 06:12 PM
Randy DeLaMare
Utah Select Realty, Inc.

You did a great job backing up your post. These pictures are great and your advice is great as well. Thanks for the post.

January 01, 2010 11:28 PM
Vic Steele
Valet Real Estate Services

Wow!  I can see why Charles Buell introduced me to your blog Michael!  I'm your newest subscriber!

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