Light Layering Lessons (tongue twister!)

Over the years I have developed the perfect system for achieving my Christmas tree goal - I want it colorful and bright with LOTS of lights!

Here is my system:

Begin by covering the tree in small, clear twinkle lights. I have used My Modified Martha method of pushing the lights into the center of the tree, moving up and down rather than around and around like this:

Next, I use the same method for small, colored twinkle lights. (I think a tree with only colored lights is too dark).

Next, I cover the tree in old fashioned, large clear bulbs like these (I don't go in and out with these lights):

Finally, old fashioned, large opaque colored bulbs like these:


Do you have trouble getting a good, glowing picture of your Christmas tree?

1. Turn off your flash
2. Set your camera on a solid surface
3. Set the timer to take the picture


  1. Just gorgoeus - you inspired me to photograph mine, too. So hard to do, so I will practice (:

  2. That's a beautiful tree! My apartment is too small for a tree this year(but the price is right so I won't complain too loudly). My current plan is to wrap the gifts and stack them in a cone shape in lieu of a tree.

  3. Also? Turn your ISO up as high as it will go and turn your shutter speed to really slow. You may have to keep practicing until you get what you want. And all other lights need to be off.

  4. Just beautiful Jen!

    Thanks for the tips...I will take better pic's this year.

    janet xox

  5. Your tree is so pretty! Great tips on taking the pic, too! Thanks for sharing.

  6. that is awesome we've got a tiny try with giant red lights but I think next year I'll take the MIL's offer to take her big tree and I'm definitely going to keep this in mind. I'd love it if you would add this to my link party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/2011/11/link-party-what-we-wore-and-made_29.html


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