How to take the perfect shot of
holiday lights with your Canon Powershot
While the Canon Powershot may not
offer the “whizziest new features like interchangeable lens”
(Cnet.com), it’s stil perfect for capturing those holiday moments,
including brightly lit houses in the dead black of night. News-Sentinel
to do this, you’ll need to a tripod
to capture the picture at a slow shutter speed. Anything 1/60 of a second
or slower will do. Make sure the tripod is on a flat, sturdy surface
before capturing the moment.
Try not to wait until it’s completely
dark to take pictures of the pretty lights. It’s easier to set up
the camera and tripod during the day and the last light of day adds
depth to the picture showing off the house against the visible sky.
The lights on the house also function as an accent to the house, says
Tombaugh, so the house should be visible too.
Don’t use a flash. That will wash
out the lights and you’ll end up with a picture of your home as it
would be any other time of the year. Best guesses for the average house
are an aperture (or lens opening) of 5.6, with ISO set at 200. To adjust
these settings you’ll have to switch your camera’s settings to manual.
If you shoot from a distance, and want the lights to be in sharp focus,
change the aperture to a higher number such as 8 or 11.