Christmas Setup

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.


Photo credits: HongChan001.

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Thank you for sharing. I also live where it does never snow... I'll try your ideas !


I was sure it snow!


Fantastic images...very creative and woderful lightning and bokeh on that tree lights...


Very nice!


Interesting !


Thanks for telling us all about your lighting set up. Hope you have many sales!


Your images are amazing. Good luck.


Thanks everyone, is always my pleasure to be able to share my little knowledge here.


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!


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!!


Beautiful photos, useful blog!!!


Great photos! Thanks for sharing!


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.


Thanks for sharing and good luck with the sails! :)


Creative and useful tips! thanks for sharing :-) bye, Francesca


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.


The light of these images is creative, and creates a magical atmosphere!


Informative, especially the lighting.


Excellent blog and images!


That's so creative...wonderful images!


Very creative :-) Thanks for the tips


Excellent images and explanation on how you achieved capturing them!

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