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How to Improve Your Personal Style

An individual’s personal style is something that can set them apart and make them stand out in a room full of people. Even if you aren’t that into fashion, you can still develop a style that people can identify you by. Perhaps you’re wondering how you can improve your style and make it more interesting, or you’re at a point in your life that you’re hungry for change. Whatever the case, you can improve your style at any time you want to, just be open to trying something new. Here are practical ways that you can improve your personal style nevertheless.

Know What Look You’re Going For

Before you can actually improve your personal style, you need to know what exactly you’re looking to change it to. Identify what your personal style is presently and what about it is you want to improve. It could be that you wear too much black and feel like your style is too gothic and want to introduce new and vibrant colors to your wardrobe. Knowing where you want to go will give you an idea of how to g…

How to Get the Bokeh Effect with Christmas Tree Lights


You don't have to have an  incredibly expensive camera to get beautiful Christmas pictures of your children in front of the Christmas tree. With a basic DSLR camera and a 50 mm lense, you can create the bokeh effect, or as I like to call it - big blurry light balls.

The photo above is of my two daughters Kylie and Kaitlin. It was taken by Clare Ahalt Photography, and below you'll find the camera and setting details.

Camera make:Canon
Camera model:Canon EOS 60D
Focal length:50 mm
Max lens aperture:f/1.4
Exposure:1/80 at f/1.4
Flash:Not fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias:0 EV
Exposure mode:Auto
Exposure prog.:Aperture priority
ISO speed:ISO 640

If you aren't familiar with the settings on your DSLR, your holiday photos in front of the Christmas tree can still benefit from these simple tips even with your camera set on auto.

Simple Tips for Better Photos In front of the Christmas Tree

1. Place the subjects several feet from the tree. Low to the ground is best, especially if you have a small tree. If  you're trying to get the bokeh effect in your family Christmas photos, the biggest mistake you could make is placing the subjects right up against the tree.

2. You need to get low to the ground as well. You'll probably have to move some furniture out of the way to get both the subject and yourself far enough away from the lights.

3. Turn off your flash. This eliminates shadows and gives a more professional look to the photos. For indoor shots at nght, this won't work uness you have a flash or studio light with some sort of filter to soften the light and minimize shadows. Depending on your camera, not using the flash can make it hard to get a clear shot, especially if the subject is moving. To combat this, light the subjects faces with lamps, or shoot with natural light near a window; the light should be indirect as bright, direct sunlight will cause overexposure.

4. Use the subjects to cover up gaps. The photographer had my daughters squeeze together, and they filled in the gap under the Christmas tree, making for a much better composition. This also allowed her to incorporate a large area of the Christmas tree lights.


Special thanks to Clare Ahalt Photography for taking our beautiful family Christmas photos. You can view more photography by Clare Ahalt on Facebook and her official website.

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