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Christmas Nights Tour 2016

Christmas Nights Tour 2016 is here!

I am so excited to join the Christmas Nights Tour again this year hosted by my sweet friend Rachel from Maison de Pax. She gathered a group of talented bloggers to share their homes all twinkling at night. If you are new here and visiting from Stylehouse Interiors, welcome to my little corner of the internet. I hope you find my laid back, real life style and decor inspiring.

iPhone Tips for Christmas Photos at Night

Photos for the blog are almost always taken with my Nikon. I use manual settings, a tripod, and a remote control. When you see all of those beautiful photos on blogs and think wow I wish I could get photos like that to share with my friends. Then you feel deflated after you read all the effort it takes to get those night shots. My night tour photos from last year were taken with my Nikon.

This year I had an idea to use my iPhone only to see what was possible. You should know, the photos will not be crystal clear as they would have been if I used all of the settings on my Nikon camera. They will however be perfect for this post. Use these tips to take some photos of your Christmas tree at night. Be inspired to share them with friends and family on facebook or Instagram.

I also want you to know, I ran these photos through editing software to remane them only! No editing was done to them. They are straight from my iphone.

Christmas Nights Tour 2016 iPhone Tips:

TIP #1: Clean your camera lens.

I can’t even begin to tell you the difference this will make in your photos. On the back side of your camera is the camera lens. Wipe it off with a cotton cloth or you shirt like I do. A dirty lens will make the photos look blurry.

Christmas Nights Tour iPhone photo tips

TIP #2: Steady your phone.

Like I said, using a tripod is the norm for taking super clear photos. They do make iphone tripods with remote controls like this one here. You may want that for future use. In order to take photos for now you can steady your phone by tucking your elbows close to your body near your waist. Bracing your arms will steady your phone which will help you get clearer photos.

You can also brace your phone on a table, chair, or other object. Although this is not as stable as a tripod it will make a difference in steading your phone. The photo close up photo of my tree is focused very well.

Christmas Nights Tour iPhone photo tips

TIP #3: Change your eye level.

This is where you get down on the floor or stand up on a chair. It all depends on the view you want. Taking cell phone photos standing seems the most natural. If you will change your eye level your photos will take on a different feeling. A picture is worth a thousand words after all.

If you want to squat down as I did in this photo you can use tip #2 and steady your phone on a piece of furniture for example.

Christmas Nights Tour iPhone photo tips

TIP #4: Adjust the light focus.

By tapping the screen in different places you will allow the camera lens to readjust it’s focus causing the light to dim or get brighter. The below photos show a side by side difference. When I tap the photo to focus on the tree I get the left photo. If I tap my screen in the front left corner, basically the foreground of the photo I will get a brighter photo on the right.

Christmas Nights Tour iPhone photo tips

Christmas Nights Tour iPhone photo tips

Here are a few more photos of my home at night.

Christmas Nights Tour 2016

Christmas Night Photos iPhone Tips

iPhone Photo Tips for Christmas at Night

Well that’s it for my Christmas Nights Tour 2016. Next stop on the tour is Traci from Beneath My Heart whose basic brick turned beautiful farmhouse is one to see!

You can see more of my Christmas posts HERE.

MONDAY

Christmas Nights Tour: Incredible! 35 beautiful homes all decorated for the holidays and lit up by candlelight and Christmas lights...

Maison de Pax | Finding Silver Pennies | So Much Better With Age | Decor Gold Designs
French Country Cottage | Ella Claire Inspired | Love Grows Wild

TUESDAY

Christmas Nights Tour: Incredible! 35 beautiful homes all decorated for the holidays and lit up by candlelight and Christmas lights...

Liz Marie Blog | The Turquoise Home | A Burst of Beautiful | Nina Hendrick Design Co.
Cherished Bliss | Shabbyfufu | Shades of Blue Interiors

WEDNESDAY

Christmas Nights Tour: Incredible! 35 beautiful homes all decorated for the holidays and lit up by candlelight and Christmas lights...

Making Home Base | Lindsay Hill Interiors | Zevy Joy | Fox Hollow Cottage
Blesser House | Designthusiasm | TIDBITS

THURSDAY

Christmas Nights Tour: Incredible! 35 beautiful homes all decorated for the holidays and lit up by candlelight and Christmas lights...

Place of My Taste | Life on Virginia Street | Sunny Side Up | House by Hoff
Stylehouse Interiors | At Home With the Barkers | Beneath My Heart

FRIDAY

Christmas Nights Tour: Incredible! 35 beautiful homes all decorated for the holidays and lit up by candlelight and Christmas lights...

Kelly Elko | The Happy Housie | Setting for Four | Rooms FOR Rent
Thistlewood Farms | Just a Girl and Her Blog | The Wood Grain Cottage

Christmas Nights Blogger Tour

I hope you all have a very MERRY Christmas!

Sonya

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4 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing the great tips!! Love your cozy home, too!! Merry Christmas friend!

  2. What a bright tour! Thank you so much for sharing on our Christmas nights tour! Taking photos in the evening is so tricky, so I am sure your readers will appreciate the tips.

  3. Such great tips! Your home is so beautiful. Happy holidays to you and your family.
    Hugs, Jamie

  4. Great tips! Thanks for sharing for those of us who are photography-challenged!

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