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Strobist: How to Photograph Christmas Lights

It being that time of year, the Strobist presents an article on how to shoot Christmas lights. Here's the summary:

1) Shoot in the twilight between sunset and darkness. Shooting in full darkness means the lights are overblown or the background is under-exposed.
2) Use a tungsten white balance because Christmas lights are generally tungsten balanced.
3) Use a tripod because your exposure times for ISO 100 will be between one-quarter and one second.
4) Decide in advance what you want to shoot, then take test shots every minute or so until full darkness. The window of time is only ten minutes so it is easy to miss it.

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