Photography At Christmas Markets

Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by David Pritchard



  • Wide angle lens – overall atmospheric shots of the market
  • Zoom lens – shots of people and produce
  • Camera that succeeds well at higher ISOs – Christmas markets look particular good in the evening so a camera which gets good concludes at the higher end of the ISO spectrum would be handy to have
  • Tripod – If you can squeeze one into the crowds it will make your life a lot easier


Festive markets are bursting with Christmas colours so make sure you take advantage of this. Late afternoon or early evening are the most excellently times to visit as the dark sky against the festive lights create a magical atmosphere. Christmas wares on colourful displays look great so infer the time to stand back and use a small aperture to get a stall's full collection of produce in. You may have to wait until almost closing nonetheless if you don't want people in your shot but shoppers, particularly if they're interacting with stall holders, can add to your picture. Hardly remember to be polite, ask if it's OK to photograph them and their stall and don't get in the way – it's a business after all so if they ask you to move on politely do so.

If there's compartment to get close to the gifts on offer look out for baubles and other decorations dangling from the stalls. They can make great macro shots, exceptionally if they're glittering against a background you've thrown deliberately out of focus. Adding a little flash can help quicken the shutter burn rubber which can be a big help when working in low light.

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As your market will probably be outdoors, watch your exposure as it can alter drastically between the walkways and subservient to the stalls which can cause your shots to be underexposed. Keep an eye on your white balance too as street lights can look rather orange. You'll possibly find it's best to bracket most of your shots, taking a shot above and bellow the correct exposure. Try standing back and snuff out enough shots may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or to stitch together as a panorama to show people the whole scene.

There's no doubt that the market will be bustling so there compel be ample chance to capture some shots of people wrapped up in their winter gear, carrying plenty of shopping bags filled with Christmas talents. Try using a slower shutter speed to blur their movement as they walk through your frame. If any lights are swaying or there are fairground carries these will also work well blurred into colourful lines of light.   


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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