BuiltWithNOF

Photography

As you can see, there is a lot of planning that goes into creating the displays, and the effects are well worth the effort, so at some point, you're probably going to want to take some photographs of your work. There are many different ways that you can take pictures of things in the dark, and lights are no different, but there are a few basic things that you would be well advised to note. Firstly, make sure that you turn off the flash on your camera. When you take pictures in the dark, you would normally use a flash to illuminate your subject, but in this case, if your flash is powerful enough to light up your house, you won't be able to tell that the lights are on, and if not, you'll just get blank pictures. With the flash turned off, you're going to need a fast film (about 400 ASA) and a very steady hand. It's best to use a tripod or a wall to stand your camera on, and if possible, use a shutter release cable. If the camera has a timer function, you could use this instead. If you've not got a tripod or a wall to hand, then try and brace yourself against something so that you minimise the camera shake. Taking pictures in the dark with a digital camera is always very tricky as they are just not suited to this type of environment, so I have decided not to even attempt to explain how to take pictures of your lights with a digital camera