Scrapbook Christmas… in January DAY 4

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Day 4: Christmas Lights


Light it up! It’s time to capture the sparkle and bling of Christmas lights!

Whether you put lights up on the outside of your house, or you light up your tree, Christmas lights are a special part of the Christmas experience.

Your mission: Capture the magic of Christmas lights!

The lights that touch your heart don’t have to be your own. Take a drive around your neighbourhood and check out the gorgeous light displays. Perhaps you want to scrap about your parent’s lights, or a random stranger that puts up a light display that captures your heart.


Taking photos of Christmas lights can be a bit of a challenge! You’ll want to turn off your flash, and use a tripod or find another way to make your camera extra stable. Your camera shutter needs to be open longer and if you move it will be blurry. Take several photos but be sure to only put the best into your Christmas photos organization folder!

For more ideas about the magic of Christmas lights click HERE.


Want to learn how to make those crazy light effects (like the photo at the top of the page)? The effect is called bokeh and I learned how to do it by reading this BOKEH TUTORIAL. If you are into technical camera settings this is what my Canon Rebel was set to: ISO 1600, 55mm, f5.6, 1/20

Did you know you can create this effect with your phone camera too? The trick is to lock the autofocus on something close to the camera. Try touching the screen to focus on the close object, it should prompt your autofocus to lock. (You may see an AF appear on the screen.) Now just make sure you include some lights farther away in the background!

Now carry on with the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, the scrapbooking is covered!