How to photograph your Christmas tree – South Florida Photographer

A few days ago I posted a picture of my Christmas tree on the A.C.P Facebook fan page, and got numerous messages on asking how I achieved the shot. A lot of you were surprised when I said there were no special backlights or tricks used. I was actually in my completely dark house, which was illuminated only by the Christmas lights on the tree and banister. Below are the details of my settings!

Shot with:

  • Nikon D600 (RAW)
  • 50mm
  • 1250 ISO
  • f/1.4
  • 1/30 Shutter Speed   (Click HERE if you’re wondering what that all means!)

I used a tripod to steady the camera since I’d be shooting at a lower speed. If I would have used a remote to trigger the camera, I would have then lowered the ISO a bit and slowed down the shutter speed even more. Use that technique if you’d like the lights to look for “star-ish.”


And here goes one of my favorite ornaments on the tree. I’d stick a chandelier anywhere if I could!

I hope you guys found this helpful. I’d love to see your own tree pictures! You can email me at

 Happy Holidays to you all! 

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