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Holiday Light Bokeh

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5. Holiday Light Bokeh

Lesson Info

Holiday Light Bokeh

Hey, guys. Welcome to creative lives. Creative Photography Challenge. Today's challenge is using holiday lights to create a portrait with Boca. Now, why would we want to do this? Well, a lot of photographers are always looking for a way to include Boca and their portrait's These lights behind me was about 300 of them, and they're super cheap. Doesn't take much to get this project going. Let's stop here. Camera lights, a wins. This is what it takes to make this photo work. Having an open aperture, make sure your camera is close to your subject. Make sure your subject is far away from the lights. Went ahead and took a couple of sessions and it turns out my settings were wrong. So went ahead and changed them to a shutter speed of 1 2/100 of a second. Still, at 1.8 with my aperture. But now my eye, so is at 6 40 again. Let's try this out about three feet from my subject. Good quick of the mouth. This shot is good now and I like it. But what would happen if we were to turn off all the extra...

lights and only have the background lights. You're gonna have to boost my eyes so quite a bit. Drop the shutter speed down to 1 1/100 of a second, and I s I was moving to 1600 tries again. That's great. That's a completely, completely different look. If you haven't done so already, go to creativelive dot com CPC to get these challenges sent directly to your all along and your photos will be featured.

Class Description

Lacking ideas on what to shoot? Feeling uninspired behind the lens? Not sure what to do to flip the switch on your internal lightbulb? 

What if you had new, weekly creative photography ideas sent to you directly one a week?  "Assignments" that took you out of your daily grind, got you outside, and helped you break through your creative blocks? 

Join CreativeLive for a series of free photography challenges designed to bust you out of your comfort zone. You'll try new techniques, pick up new skills, and expand your photographic creativity. 

What is the Creative Photography Challenge?

As fellow photographers, we know exactly how you feel. We've all felt drained of ideas of what to shoot next. This is why our team got together and designed the Creative Photography Challenge: a series of short, snackable videos that will help you discover and harness new photography techniques.  You'll be inspired by our community of fellow photographers that are participating in this challenge right along with you. 

The challenges are simple; Each video is under five minutes long, so they won't take forever to watch, and you can complete each challenge in just a few minutes or take an entire day to really hone in on your new skills. 

Here are the episodes:

How it works

All you have to do to get started is click the free "Sign Up" button.

Once you take your photo, tag it on Instagram using the hashtag #creativephotochallenge.

Also, you can join the Creative Photography Challenge Facebook group to ask questions, and share your experiences with your fellow photographers. 

Start improving as a photographer today! 


Tanya Lillie

I love the format of this class. Each challenge is presented in a quick, yet thorough manner. It is a great way to try new techniques. The best way for me to learn is by doing and the format of this class gives me the perfect opportunity to do so.

Aoife Lynch

Really love this idea and excited to take this challenge. Loved the live Facebook chat with Chase last night. Feeling inspired :D

Bobbie Jo Shirley

These challenges are so much fun and its fantastic learning new skills and practicing in general. I would love to see this be an ongoing thing. :)