Thank you for linking up your gorgeous Christmas trees yesterday! There is still time to link up yours, just go here. I’ll be featuring some of them soon.
I’ve always wondered how to create that cool bokeh effect in photographs (you know, those glowy white circles in the background on a Christmas tree). I googled around the other night and found Kevin & Amanda’s blog post, which really helped. The “trick” is to place something in front of your tree (about 8 feet from the tree) and focus on that image with your camera in manual focus. With your lens open as far as it will go (1.4 to 1.8 for my 50 mm camera) bump your ISO way up (I used around 1250 for daytime and 2000 to 2500 at night). Finally, my shutter speed was around 1/40.
Using my Nikon D90, I took a few photos and show you below what settings I had the camera on for each picture. I hope this helps if you are aiming for some bokeh shots of your own.
With a Pointsettia . . .
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All the photos are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your technique!
Great shots. You can also focus on something close to your lens, hold your shutter button down half way (to hold focus) and recompose if you want just bokah by itself. I do this and use the shots for backgrounds in photoshop.
I love camera tutorials. I've been shooting in auto lately and need to get back into it. I have those same Old Navy slippes in gray. Love them!
Thank you for such a helpful post!
I know what I will be doing tonight! Playing with my camera 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
Very cute! I actually just posted about how to do this too – but in shapes! Bokeh = fun!
Hey we're twinkies today! So funny. Love your pics.
Great pics!! I didn't know the trick!! Thank you!!
You are so sweet to share this with us! I wish I had a better camera…Hopefully Santa is bring me one! XOXO
I'm going to add this post to my favorites and Pinterest so that I can use this info when my camera comes in! XOXO
These. Are. Goregous.
Thank you so much for sharing. I'd love to try some shots like this of our trees. I'm thinking my 6-month-old is going to be what I focus on. Wish me luck. =)
thanks for these tips — can't wait to try them! john took my new lens and wrapped it I think, so i'll have to wait. Wonder if you're taking a pic of just the tree…use the same settings?
Those turned out so well, Megan. Another reason to love the 50mm. Great explanation.
Oh my goodness these pictures turned out beautiful! xx
Fabulous photos Megan!
Fantastic! Your pictures are gorgeous! I'm definitely going to need to invest in a 50mm next!
I loooooove Christmas bokeh photos – they look so festive and special! Well done for the photos you took, the camera settings worked out really well!