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Spotlight: How to Take Pictures of Holiday Lights

Lights2Photo Credit | A Beautiful Mess

What’s more beautiful than holiday lights at night? Whether you’re driving through the neighborhood with your family, or walking through the snow with hot chocolate, it’s a magical experience. It’s often so hard to capture the beauty of the lights that you see in person through your camera… so we’ve put together a few tips to take some great shots of this heart-warming holiday tradition.

1. Photograph in the late afternoon/early evening. Shoot when the light is dim, resulting in more vibrant colors and more interesting backgrounds.

2. Be as still as possible – if you have a tripod, don’t be afraid to use it!

3. Make sure your camera settings are optimized for your conditions.

We love these helpful articles: read more tips here, and find out exactly what settings your camera should be at to get the perfect holiday light photo here.

Lights1Photo Credit | Pinterest

What’s In Her Bag: Christen Foster


What’s In Her Bag:

1. The gorgeous Nikon D700, and lenses AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G, AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D, and AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G.
2. We’re sure Christen achieves some beautiful shots with the 42″ Multidisk Reflector (not pictured).
3. And what photographer’s bag would be complete without the Expodisc White Balance Filter?
4. We think Christen’s notebook is super cute! And business cards are a must!
5. Always make sure you carry extra card readers!
6. Tuck it all away in the stylish Kelly Moore Posey 2 Bag in Grey!

Thank you so much to Christen for sharing What’s In Her Bag! Be sure to follow along with Christen’s work on her website, on Facebook, and on Instagram!

What’s in Her Bag: Elizabeth Seliga



What’s in Her Bag:

1. Camera: Nikon D610 with vertical grip stickers
2. Elizabeth has lots of lenses for different shots – we love it!
3. The 3 Cats Photo Mascot is adorable. So many cute options here if you work with little ones.
4. We love how prepared Elizabeth is with all of her accessories: Sekonic Light Meter, ND filters, Expodicsc, and a case of camera cards.
5. Yongnuo 622N-TX Controller, Yongnuo 622N Trigger, NikonSB800 HSS Flash, Yongnuo Speedlight YN 560-III.
6. Pack it all up in a Pelican 1510 Rolling case with Dividers!

Be sure to check out Elizabeth’s stunning work on her website, on Facebook, and on Instagram!

Spotlight: Tintype Photography

Tintype photographs were an extremely popular form of early photography. A tintype photograph is made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of iron, which is then coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the tool for the photographic emulsion. It was used frequently in the 1860’s and 1870’s, first in photography studios, and then – because of its convenience and relatively fast developing exposure – by street vendors and sidewalk photographers. Tintype photographs could be produced dry, and the iron sheet served as the support, so photographs could be developed and handed to the customer in minutes.

tintype_ambrotype_lumiere_assignment_4Photo Credit | Lumiere Tintype, Austin TX

We absolutely love the work at Lumiere Tintype in Austin, TX; and they have a wonderful explanation of the photographic process for tintype:

“A metal plate is coated with collodion; a solution of guncotton, ether and alcohol. This forms a ‘skin’ over the plate, which is then sensitized to light by immersing it in a solution of silver nitrate.

After coating and sensitizing, the plate is loaded into the camera, and the exposure is made. We light the subject with short exposures of high intensity strobes, or longer exposures of daylight or CFL bulbs. Each image is completely unique, we are capturing the light and shadows as they hit the plate. There can be no adjustments, cropping, or enlargements once the plate is exposed.

The next step is to develop the plate in the darkroom. A ferrous sulphate solution is poured gently over the plate until the image appears. The plate is then fixed with a standard photographic fixative, which washes away the remaining silver particles and reveals our finished photograph.

After drying, the plate is heated over an alcohol lamp and coated with a warm varnish of gum sandarac, alcohol and lavender oil. This final step gives the plate an archival quality finish and a wonderful aroma of lavender.

With appropriate care, a tintype will serve as a true heirloom, and should outlive our descendants.”

Be sure to head over to Lumiere and check out their work! You can also follow along on Instagram or Facebook!

tintype_ambrotype_lumiere_assignment_5Photo Credit | Lumiere Tintype, Austin TX

There are several other photography studios practicing the art of tintype photography: Keliy Anderson-Staley in Chicago, Tin Machina in Los Angeles, and Riley MacLean Photography in North Carolina.

keliy1Photo Credit | Keliy Anderson-Staley

tinmachina1Photo Credit | Tin Machina

maclean1Photo Credit | Riley MacLean Photography

If you’re interested in digitally trying your hand at some tintype effects, there are several apps to help you out! Try apps Koloid and Hipstamatic to get these effects! Here at NAPCP, we are committed to bringing interesting, educational content to our readers and members, so if you do try some Tintype Photography of your own, be sure to tag us on Instagram or link us to your content in the comments! We’d love to see what you do!

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