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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

Nancy suggested I shoot the background separately from the dogs and merge the two photos, which is what I did here. I did this under protest as I am still sure it can all be done in camera :)

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. 

https://photographylife.com/indoor-portraits-with-a-christmas-tree-...

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. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYhR3F_8YM0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKEQugIXfGE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPcdWxhLwoA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0G7sk61obs

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO-J42VM448




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I think all these photos are fantastic! I tend to agree with you. I like it straight out of the camera! That may be because I have no editing skills whatsoever so I have to do what I can in camera.

Thanks, Lori!! 

Laurie, thanks for this.   I love the last image of Vern especially.

I didn't even get a tree up last year.  That's a goal for this year, LOL.  I've never done a decent shot of holiday lights and may start with that and try to add a dog and flash next year.  

DJ, You can just string some lights. I did it one year on our headboard. 

That's what I am going to try for now. 

Great job with the videos and the lesson Laurie!  

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. 

Thanks, Nancy. I will add your notes up above.

Thanks for this information, Nancy.  I posted a pic in the December assignment of lights in a storefront and some of the lights were not lit.  They must have been LEDs as they were lit in person.

Lauri, Thank you for this.  I am anxious to try it; however, my tree won't be up until December 12th (a tradition in my house).  I did see an outdoor tree in the near by town  (20 miles away) that I wanted to go back with Haley and try.

Can't wait to see what you come up with. My tree was up in October....LOL...don't ask :)

https://www.facebook.com/jesselawfirm/videos/10214775655885422/

This is a video from one of the leaders of my Speedlite Group on FB. I am not sure if you can see it if you don't have FB. Can you guys let me know if you can open this video??

The link works.  I think you should ask him to demonstrate with big dogs!

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