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.
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