Here is my Christmas tree this year, and believe me its nothing spectacular. We usually like a real tree, but I didn’t want to deal with the mess, and I am terribly afraid of fires, so we went fake. Plus I hate stringing lights. HATE. In fact, I decided that I am going to genetically engineer a real tree that will sprout lights at maturity. That way I have a fully disposable tree (like a real one) that is lit up (like the fake one) and the best of both worlds. Either that or I want a huge closet to just roll it into after christmas. But either way, we put ours up a little late this year, and its a fake one with lots of holes, not many ornaments as I have only been married for 3 years. But doesn’t it look beautiful all lit up at night?
So to do this, here are my settings. You’re going to need a tripod for this. You want to set your aperature to at least 22. Then, I set my ISO at 1000, although you can actually turn it down a bit and just leave your shutter open longer. My shutter speed was set to 1 full second. I don’t have a remote for my camera (need to put on Santa’s list!) so I had to manually push the button, and I got some shake, but nothing to horrible. The wide aperature along with the slow shutter speed allows for you to get some starburst. I could have gotten more if I left my shutter open longer, so I may try to retake this shot again.
Again, here are my settings: ISO 1000, f22, ss 1.0