Tips for Capturing the Spirit of Christmas + FREE Printable

Christmas Lights Bokeh | Tips for capturing the spirit of Christmas

Christmas Lights Bokeh | Tips for capturing the spirit of Christmas

I’ve seen a few lists floating around the internet of “must-get” holiday photos so I thought I’d make my own! I’ve broken the list into two categories: details and people.

Many holiday photographs take advantage of bokeh (a Japanese word that describes the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photograph). This look is achieved by setting your aperture (f/#) to the maximum that your lens is capable.

  • big f/# like f/22 = small aperture
  • small f/# like f/4 or f/2.8 = large aperture
  • you’ll want the smallest f/# your lens is capable of

To capture amazing holiday photographs I recommend:

  • a camera that allows you to control your aperture
  • macro lens
  • wide-angle lens
  • tripod

If you don’t have one or more of these things, or are simply using smartphone don’t worry! You can still get some great shots (the equipment above just makes it a bit easier).

The Christmas Capture List {PDF Download}

Click the link below to download the FREE PDF Christmas Capture List. I hope it provides a bit of inspriation for capturing the beauty of the Christmas season!



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  1. Darren Button on December 2, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Really like the capture list!

    • Angela Andrieux on December 2, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks, Darren! Have a very Merry Christmas! I hope you capture some great shots!

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