Creative Photography Ideas for the Holidays

With the holiday season upon us, here’s again a post about creative ideas for the holidays–photographing the holiday lights, using bohek in the background and foreground, and much more.

Alina Oswald

Holiday Lights Bokeh as Foreground, Background or Subject

‘Tis the season yet, again, this year, and although I’m never in the holiday spirit, especially this Covid-19 year, this past weekend I did my part in putting up decorations and lights. Then, looking at the lights through my lens, I discovered the many stories that they’re willing to tell.

Here are a few ideas for photographing the holiday lights and, thus, capturing their visual stories?

  • experience with various lenses – prime, macro, zoom, telephoto (and zoom in/out while dragging the shutter/long(er) exposure)
  • use compositional elements or the lights as compositional elements (framing, for ex.)
  • use selective focus – focus on the lights or not; in other words, use the lights as the subject of your image or as foreground or background bokeh

Brief Note: “Bokeh” comes from the Japanese word for “blur” and determines the appearance of the out-of-focus, blurry, parts…

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