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the One Minute Christmas Trick

The holidays are the best and most popular time to see lights, streets lit up with gorgeous decorations.

Yes, you can take a picture of the lights as they are, or you can throw in a simple one-step trick to create Christmas magic.

top: before the "trick" and below the "after" - so cool!

If you have a lens for your DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that can do F 2.8,  1.8 or similar to get as much big bokeh as possible.

If you have a kit lens or something that shoots 3.5 or above can also o this, but not as well as the big aperture lenses.

The first thing you have to do is find some lights, trees or streets to take pictures of (at dark or night works best.)

Then point your camera at the lights that switch off the auto focus switch on the lens. Then simply and  slowly spin the lens so that your focus goes out of focus.

Play around the focus until you get what you like. You can also do this trick with video as well!

Happy shooting!

Christal Marshall is a mom of three, photographer, videographer, homeschooler and just a straight hustler. 

She started out with the business Marshall Arts Studio in 2011 from a camera that she bought off of Amazon for $400 and taught herself photography, graphic design and videography through youtube.

Now, she changed her name to Virginia Photos and Films, she shoots 100,000 images a year at over 60 events.

She was voted top 20 wedding photographers in VA in 2016 and 2018. She has been featured over 50 times in various different publications.


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