christmas lights---how to photograph them?

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  1. Teresa

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    i am going to a christmas lights light show tonight and it is a drive through kind of and i am going to be in the car and so i cant bring my tripod (they wont let you out of your car to take photos) so i want to know the best shutter speed, aperture, etc to take the best photos of christmas lights without making them look like streaks of lights.
     
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    You'll have to crank up your ISO if you want to shoot fast. Stop down as much as possible.
     
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    too late now

    i ended up bringing my tripod..talk about a tight space in the front seat...
    these are the ones i got and they are not edited
    they aren't good but here are a few

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    there are more but again...these are enough torture
     
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    Were those by chance taken in Virgina?
     
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    nope...in grand prarie texas

    why you ask?
     
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    my favorite christmas shot from this year...
     
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    They look like the exact same light show I go to in virginia every year :)
     
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    Not that its really on topic... but if you want to see a real Christmas light show, check it out:



    Yes, thats a real house and not some computer graphics app showing off. :) They did it for charity... not sure if they did it again this year. I went last year to see them, it was INCREDIBLE.

    Keeps a photographer busy... and wishing they had a videocam there instead... lol
     
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    xmas lights are incredibly hard to photograph. I went to niagara falls last year and tried to photograph a display they had. All of the pictures looked horrible. Must be a real talent to be able to get xmas lights to look good in a picture.
     
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    If you check the Strobist link I posted he really gives a good how-to on shoting Christmas lights effectively. I think one of the most important things he says is if you really want to get good shots do not wait until it is totally dark. This may go against your first instinct but I think it is a great suggestion as some of the ambient light gives you good context to the dis-embodied lights. But there is lot more there it is an excellent resource if you like to shoot them.
     

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