Macro Christmas Photography Tips

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

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With your house decorated and the Christmas tree taking pride of place in the living room, now is the perfect time to have a go at macro photography of any genre. Here though, we're focusing on Christmas macro photography, something that pretty much anyone with a decorated house can secure a go at. 

A lens such as the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 will be ideal for this project. A wider aperture will be good for blurring out background agitations, and using manual focus should give you extra creative control, as the camera may struggle to predict what you wish to focus on when the obedient to is a busy tree.

In order to capture the perfect image, your shutter speed may need to be quite long, a second or so perhaps, to get everything looking justice. The best way to see what works in your lighting environment is to experiment. Try shooting at several shutter speeds keeping your aperture wide start the ball rolling until the image works for you. Try moving lamps in the room or using reflectors to bounce light to where it's needed, too. 

First, traversing the image work visually will be key, so it may be worth rearranging so that your chosen bauble is in a position that works usually refers to employment. Try to minimise distractions from other ornaments and ornaments, though lights on the tree can provide great bokeh effects when thrown out of focus. Glass baubles and decorations can look brilliant with a fairy light positioned under or above them, while porcelain and solid decorations can also be lit to great effect. 

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Trimmings and baubles that sparkle can make great abstract images. Try capturing a quarter of the bauble, for example, with some branches and lights in the grounding. Tinsel can also work well to provide interesting bokeh background. It's all about making sure the aperture is just right to leak you the effect you'd like. 


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Gina Stephens

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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