#1 ‘Christmas Decorations’


Theme:ย Christmas Decorations

A nice obvious one to be kicking off with but how can you interpret it?

You may want to shoot a bauble on the tree with the background blurred, you might even get a nice clever reflection in a shiny bauble.

I personally love bunches of small lights and will have a go at them.

Why not head into your town or city and share with us what your part of the world looks like at this festive time of year.

Maybe you’ve got a story behind a certain decoration, your child made it or your departed grandparent and that’s why it’s the favourite on your tree. Things like that show that thought has gone into your image and it’s about more than the angle you shoot from… that comes after.


This needs to stay family friendly so when I say ‘anything goes’ I’m referring to the content and how you choose to interpret the theme. Please, no nudity orย anything that could be deemed offensive. I don’t went to be having to approve images before you upload them so I’m trusting you all.

Feel free to edit the photos in post production but please let us know if you did. It’s hard for someone starting out to aspire to great shots that I know couldn’t be achieved without a little editing.

Photos taken before January are not allowed, I want you out taking fresh photos! If you join this page later though feel free to add more images at any time ๐Ÿ™‚

Please TAG your images as follows. I want to see Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO numbers please as well as whether you used tripod or flash. This is purely so we can all learn from each other. Also I like a description of the image, why you chose it, what it’s of and any backstory that helps us fully enjoy it.



Here’s a few ideas I quickly found using the method I explain in the inspiration post. Well actually they all came from 500px so thanks if they’re your photos, they’re truly inspiring!



As promised here’s a how to video to explain how you can shoot great Christmas tree decorations.

I’m actually going to send you over to Digital Photography School as I came across this inspiring tutorial just now and thought it pointless to try to recreate it. I may pop back in here and try to shoot a video for you but let me see how I get on with the other themes first.

So that’s the first one. Obviously with it being a January challenge and you possibly taking your decorations down just before then I’ll let you sneak this photo in early, but only this one!


Get posting!

It’s over to you!

So anytime now you can start postingย your ideas below and any questions you have.

At any time through January you can post your final image and hopefully we’ll get a good selection flowing down in the comments below. Feel free to comment on others’ work and please as stated above give us a bit of commentary to go along with your image and the camera’s settings.