General Photography – Rebecca Winter/Christmas Lights Photography

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It’s cold outside, and that means its time for some LED bokeh.  Rebecca and I went and found some Christmas trees in the cold weather to make the best of all them lights…
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Notes on Christmas light photography photoshoot:

All the lights.  All the colors.

A few weeks ago, I saw a pretty cool photo on flickr of a model in front a massive light display with some sweet bokeh, and decided, “hey, I can do that.”

So I grabbed my favorite model, Rebecca found some local decorate Christmas trees at the nearby Church, library and a local business that had a nice little light display, and braved the cold.

For this, I essentially just set up my Rapid Box on a lightstand camera right, lowered down the shutter, and mixed some softbox light with the LED Christmas lights.

At the tree at the library, the lights were pretty minimal, so I started playing around with dragging the shutter a bit to make it seem like there was more than there was.

Also, its important to note that after the first few shots, I added a CTO gel to the flash.  At first, a full CTO and then later, a 1/2 CTO.  1/2 works a bit better to get the LED light and flash light to blend properly (otherwise, if the white balance is set for the flash, the LEDs are too warm) but a full CTO can make things a bit cooler, if that’s what you’re going for.

Check out the full set in the gallery below!

Equipment:

Nikon D600 w/ 50 1.4

Westcott 26″ Rapid Box Octa w/ SB-900 speedlite.

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