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Macro Christmas Photography Tips

Macro Christmas Photography Tips - Here are some top tips for macro christmas photography with Tamron kit.

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Image by Emma Kay

With your house decorated and the Christmas tree taking pride of place in the living room, now is the perfect time to have a go at macro photography of any kind. Here though, we're focusing on Christmas macro photography, something that pretty much anyone with a decorated house can have a go at. 

A lens such as the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 will be ideal for this project. A wider aperture will be good for blurring out background distractions, and using manual focus should give you extra creative control, as the camera may struggle to predict what you wish to focus on when the subject is a busy tree.

In order to capture the perfect image, your shutter speed may need to be quite long, a second or so perhaps, to get everything looking right. The best way to see what works in your lighting environment is to experiment. Try shooting at several shutter speeds keeping your aperture wide open until the image works for you. Try moving lamps in the room or using reflectors to bounce light to where it's needed, too. 

First, making the image work visually will be key, so it may be worth rearranging so that your chosen bauble is in a position that works. Try to minimise distractions from other baubles and ornaments, though lights on the tree can provide great bokeh effects when thrown out of focus. Glass baubles and decorations can look great with a fairy light positioned under or above them, while porcelain and solid decorations can also be lit to great effect. 

Ornaments and baubles that sparkle can make great abstract images. Try capturing a quarter of the bauble, for example, with some branches and lights in the background. Tinsel can also work well to provide interesting bokeh background. It's all about making sure the aperture is just right to give you the effect you'd like. 

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