The last couple of months I have been out in the garage trying to get Christmas lights bokeh in the background of shots I am taking of the dogs. This combined with the fact that I am also trying to use Off Camera Flash to really light the dogs has been a trial. I thought I had some winners until Nancy told me I didn't :) And that is not a criticism at all, because many times we can't see the whole picture, but just our dogs! I so appreciate honest critiquing. Here are a couple of shots I tried to do all in one shot...with OCF and lights. These could MUCH better, but gave me a starting point.
This was taken with my 100 mm lens. F 3.2, ISO 800, 1/125, Flash did fire
Lens 24-70, F 3.2, 1/50, ISO 500 Flash Fired
So, I think it would be fun for all of us to try some Holiday lights photos while we have lights all around us.
Here is some great information I found on how to go about doing these kinds of shots with flash. He explains it much better than I can.
Here are most of the points he made....Flash should be on TTL, Use a tripod, Slow shutter speed, and widest aperture you can do.
and just a few tutorials.
I like the third video, because it shows you can do this assignment without flash. Post your pictures here and tell us what you did and how you did it. We can all help each other learn by doing it together.
Nancy also had these good points:
One note, mentioned in one of the videos, is that if your holiday lights are LED, you may have flicker issues unless you shutterspeed is 1/60 or slower. In your pictures it will look like random lights are off. (Speaking from personal experience).
And this ties perfectly as a follow up to last month's lesson about depth of field. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)
it can all be done in camera! If you want the big circles you need a lot of space.
Update: Here is another good video that talks about light fall off sent to me by Nancy.