Christmas Setup

posted on 20th of november, 2011

I live in a tropical country and we don't have any snow fall here. so for this reason I used icing sugar to create snow.
1) I put a 2 X 3 ft wide X 2 inch tall tray on a table top and frame the angle I want. Then I start to fill the angle with icing sugar and Christmas Ornament.
2)I place my mini Christmas Tree to fill the background and further behind I cover the window with my blanket. This allow the sun shine through it and create a similar texture like another Christmas tree (further behind). From here I lock in my shutter speed 1/8, aperture 5.6 and Iso 100. Speed 1/8 is because I need to capture the ambient light of the Christmas tree and the sun light that shine through the blanket. Aperture 5.6 is for the bokeh because I m using my kit lens 18mm-105mm. Iso 100 is for the quality.
3) Lastly come the lighting, my key light is from behind where 50% hit the Christmas tree and 50% light the front (icing sugar and ornament). Second light come in to fill up the hero (snowman) and last third light is a snoot with a honeycomb to precise the little bright light to the front right corner (this give the little kick of bright light that mimic the back light source).
This is how the picture look like

And some other

Hope this little information can give some kick start to you all in term of setup and lighting.

Comments (22)

Posted by Hermes-sicily on December 16, 2011
Thank you for sharing. I also live where it does never snow... I'll try your ideas !
Posted by Emilymeier on December 15, 2011
I was sure it snow!
Posted by M4rio1979 on December 14, 2011
Fantastic images...very creative and woderful lightning and bokeh on that tree lights...
Posted by Yellowind on November 24, 2011
Very nice!
Posted by smartview27 on November 24, 2011
Interesting !
Posted by Kphotos6411 on November 23, 2011
Thanks for telling us all about your lighting set up. Hope you have many sales!
Posted by Egomezta on November 22, 2011
Your images are amazing. Good luck.
Posted by HongChan001 on November 22, 2011
Thanks everyone, is always my pleasure to be able to share my little knowledge here.
Posted by Haslinda on November 22, 2011
Wow, you have an awesome portfolio. Thank you for that concise and wonderful tips. I'll bear that in mind if I master the art of patience in still photography. Excellent photos. Cheers!
Posted by Mary981 on November 22, 2011
beautiful, I love the last snowman picture. hope they bring you many sales, I know if I was a buyer I'd be all over them!!
Posted by Nero67 on November 21, 2011
Beautiful photos, useful blog!!!
Posted by Mariaam on November 21, 2011
Great photos! Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on November 21, 2011
Very clever and the effect is quite good. Plus you don't have to work in such a rush before everything melts! Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Yuritz on November 21, 2011
Thanks for sharing and good luck with the sails! :)
Posted by Francy874 on November 21, 2011
Creative and useful tips! thanks for sharing :-) bye, Francesca
Posted by HongChan001 on November 21, 2011
I'm please that you all like it, Just wish I did snap the setup picture so I can post it up my facebook for more detail reference. Not to worry I will do that in my next coming subject. Thanks You !!! for those beautiful comment.
Posted by FabioConcetta on November 21, 2011
The light of these images is creative, and creates a magical atmosphere!
Posted by Joezachs on November 20, 2011
Informative, especially the lighting.
Posted by Peanutroaster on November 20, 2011
Excellent blog and images!
Posted by Kezza53 on November 20, 2011
That's so creative...wonderful images!
Posted by Rosedarc on November 20, 2011
Very creative :-) Thanks for the tips
Posted by Iwhitwo on November 20, 2011
Excellent images and explanation on how you achieved capturing them!

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