Day +606: Christmas Bauble

With holidays less than a week away, Lydia & I would like to wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 2016 Has been a very exciting year for us professionally, with the establishment of Derek Chai Photography, a Sydney-based business specialising in wedding and family portraits. As we draw up our plans for an even more exciting and successful 2017, I would like to dedicate a few posts over the next few weeks, on photographing the silly season.

20161216-christmasbauble-001Photographing Christmas decorations can present a challenge with lighting and depth of field. This image was taken using a 100mm Macro lens, stopped down to f14 (to get the whole decoration in focus). The bauble was specially bought by our daughter for her Mom’s birthday. Even at ISO 800, plus a hint of fill with my Rotolight Neo, I had to use a slow shutter speed (about a second), so that meant a tripod. It’s impossible to get a tack-sharp image like this hand-held. White balance is also important, because Christmas lights are supposed to have a yellowish, warm glow.

Only if it was cold here, it would be perfect.

Happy photographing, and remember: find what you love to do, and then do it as often as you can. Until next time…