A Fun Way To Photograph Your Christmas Tree


Kelly (aka Mugsbigsis) is such a talented photographer with a beautiful home! I loved having her in Capturing Your Holidays. Don’t you love how she made her tree come alive?

Want to know how?

A tripod is helpful to get a smooth zoom. A wide lens is helpful for this technique.

  1. Set your camera to Aperture Priority(AV or A).*
  2. Set your Aperture to f/20.
  3. Set your ISO to 100
  4. Secure your camera to a tripod.
  5. Place your hand on the zoom ring of your lens.
  6. Press the shutter button.
  7. Slowly turn your zoom ring.
  8. Check your results, try zooming faster and slower. In to out and out to in.

*You can also use Program Mode (P) or Manual Mode (M) for this technique.



  1. Anonymous

    Thanks, Thanks, Thanks. I did it and posted the photo on DD. Love all the "free" lessons you give us on your blog. Gail (aka Standifg)

  2. stamphappy2001

    Thank you for this tip. I just tried it and it turned out wonderfully well. What a different way to photograph your tree. I did have to lower my apeture a little more, but it was fun to play.
    Merry Christmas.

  3. That is really pretty! I will have to try that. Merry Christmas Katrina!


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