Shoot Holiday Decorations Up Close
Photograph your Christmas tree or Hanukkah menorah in all its illuminated beauty. You should use a tripod, since this is the kind of photo you'll want to take at night. Look for subtle details to capture up close. As with most kinds of night photography
, there's no right or wrong exposure. Set your camera to manual mode, pick a midrange aperture (such as f/5.6), and try a several-second-long shutter speed. Check your results. If you want more dramatic lights, open the aperture a little. If you want the overall scene to be brighter, lengthen the exposure time.