Three tips for better Christmas tree photos

2013-12-16T12:34:00Z 2013-12-16T12:52:08Z Three tips for better Christmas tree photosIrene McKisson Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Trying to impress your Facebook friends with your Christmas tree? Arizona Daily Star photo editor Rick Wiley has some tips for how to capture your indoor (and outdoor) illumination skills with your smartphone.

1. Mix your light. To make sure you can see the tree itself as well as your ornaments and twinkle lights, try shooting at twilight or turn on a couple room lights.   

2. Brace yourself. Smart phones don't do well in low light so to avoid blur put both elbows on a surface (like a table, countertop or the floor), take a deep breath, don't move and gently push the shutter button.

3. Turn off your flash. Generally speaking smart phone flashes are not great. But Wiley says to try it with flash and without. You've probably got the room on your phone to experiment.

Good luck! Post your Christmas tree photos on our Facebook wall and we'll share them. 


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