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Thursday, December 1, 2011

{photography with lei} christmas bokeh

Good morning photog lovers!  How was your Thanksgiving?  I hope you are enjoying the holiday season. It's no surprise that this is a picture heavy time of year.  I hope all the ideas that have been shared have been useful.  Today I'd like to share some ideas for getting that great Christmas bokeh.

Ah, that's nice isn't it?  Now, think back to our discussion on aperture.  Because that is key in getting the great Christmas bokeh.  I have mine set at 1.8 for this photo.  And I placed my subject about 2 feet in front of the lights to put some distance in front of the lights, creating the "orbs".  If my subject were right in front of the lights, they would be more in focus and less orb-like.  Make sense?  That depth of field combined with a wide open lens is what gives the photo a great dreamy effect.  Close in that depth of field or close the aperture a bit and they'd look just like they do to the naked eye - crisp and twinkly.  Scroll 2 photos down and you'll see what I mean... My aperture was probably about a f/4 on that shot.

You can have so much fun with this technique... How about you get some cute photos of your kiddos on Christmas Eve in their jambes!  This was taken in 2010:

And this one in 2009:

Also check out this great idea I pinned last week on pinterest!  Gotta try that idea out as well!

Before I leave you to your creative photographic endeavors (do share your great ideas with me at, I hafta show off my kidlets Christmas pics this year!!!  We had so much fun with them.

I am SO READY for Christmas!!!  How about you?



Blogger Lisa - A Room with A View said...

Such beautiful pics and the kids seem to be having fun posing for them. Great ideas!

December 1, 2011 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger The Duckworth Family said...

I've been practicing playing around taking pictures with my tree. Now I have to try more with a subject other than the tree! So thanks for the tips. And where did you get your HUGE ornaments! I totally needed those for a photo shoot last week. I'll have to share with you. Between your helpful tips and the workshop I went to in September my confidence has been growing. I'll email you a few that i've taken recently!

December 10, 2011 at 2:28 AM  

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