How to Take a Photo of a Glowing Christmas Tree Silhouette

Christmas Tree Silhouette

Do you want a gorgeous picture taken of your Christmas tree with your kids this season? Pictures taken of your Christmas tree can be one of the prettiest things during the winter. Taking a picture of your children looking at your Christmas tree can turn out to be an even dreamier picture if you do it right. In order to get the effect to look right, you have to set your camera to the correct exposure of the Christmas tree, not the children standing in front of it. This will make the Christmas tree light up while having the children’s silhouettes in front.

Christmas tree silhouette picture
My daughters looking at a beautiful Christmas tree.

Steps and Settings

  1. Set your camera to manual mode.
  2. Set your ISO at least to 1600.
  3. Point your camera at the Christmas tree and set the exposure.
  4. Put your kids in front of the Christmas tree and have them look at it as if they are in awe. Or have them gently put on an ornament and hold the position.
  5. Do not change the setting on your camera. Point the camera back at the Christmas tree with the kids in front and take the photo.
Christmas tree silhouette
My daughters a couple years later adding ornaments to the Christmas tree.

In the picture above, the camera settings were at 1/30 seconds, f/4.5 and an ISO at 2000. I used a Canon EOS 7D (affiliate) camera to take these pictures.

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