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Photographing Christmas Markets - At This time of year Christmas markets are popping up everywhere so why not visit one with your Tamron kit?
As it's nearly the start of December, Christmas markets are now starting to appear across the country. Whether it's your local town, or somewhere further afield, Christmas markets offer a great opportunity for festive macros, crowd shots and candid photos, as well as shots of the accompanying decorations and lights dotted around town.
The Tamron 70-200mm lens gives you great versatility in a market situation. You'll be able to zoom in close to capture shots of people and products, and also zoom out to capture wide angle shots of the overall atmosphere and crowds at the market.
A tripod might be handy if you are planning on taking low light images. Markets can look great in the day, but often look more festive when they're lit up at night. A tripod, if you can place one safely without it getting in the way of the passing crowd, will enable you to capture blur free night times shots.
Shoot wide open to let maximum light into the camera. This will also create a nice blurred background for your macro and close up shots of the products on offer. Hanging decorations and wreaths will make good shots, as well as the more unusual artisan goods such as handmade leather items and trinkets. Things like baubles can look great when they're sparkling and the background is thrown out of focus.
If you don't want people in your shot, you might be better heading out early in the morning, before the crowds arrive, or waiting until just before the market closes if you want night time images of products before traders pack up.
People can add alot to your image, so try using a slightly slower shutter speed to blur the image and capture the movement of people flowing past.
If you or someone you know is looking for a new lens this Christmas, take a look at our Christmas guide to Tamron lenses.