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How To Make A Modern Christmas-Light Backdrop with Household Items


The family Christmas tree is the traditional backdrop for holiday photos, but if you have a slim tree, or if your tree isn't in a well-lit area, it can be challenging to get professional-looking Christmas photos. Stringing Christmas lights in front of a sheet creates an instant backdrop for holiday pictures. I used multi-colored lights in front of a black sheet, but you could also use white lights in front of a white sheet (make sure the white lights are the kind with white cords and not green cords). I used the outdoor kind with hooks so I could arrange the cords arfter I hung them.

My Supply List:
- 5 sets of 14 foot multi-colored outdoor lights with clips
-one black queen-size sheet
-one 48-75 inch spring tension rod
-two thumb tacks


1. Find a large hallway, and make sure it's one that is exposed to a large window so you'll have plenty of natural light coming in. (You'll have to turn off your flash to make the background pop, and the sunlight will eliminate shadows and give a more professional look to your Christmas photos.)

*If you have a couple of rolling racks, more lights and several sheets, I'd suggest using those instead to create a wider backdrop; I was disappointed that my backdrop wasn't wide enough to place my daughter far enough away to get a substantial bokeh effect or to get a full-body shot.

2. I used little thumb tacks, one on each side, to tack up the sheet. I have textured walls (and nail-hole filler) so I didn't mind using the pins in my walls. However, if you can't use them on your walls, you could use clothes pins to attatch the sheet to the Christmas lights after you've strung them on the tension rod.

3. After you place the tension rod in the hallway, about 2 ft below a standard door frame, hang the lights over the rod and plug them all together and into an extension cord. Use the light clips to spread the cords out by attatching them to strands that aren't right next to eachother.

4. Place your subject several feet in front of the backdrop.

For the following shots I used my Sony Alpha A330L 10.2 MP Digital SLR Camera  with the lense at 50mm and changed the program dial from auto to aperture priority.




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  1. What a clever and awesome idea! Thanks so much for sharing... I'm going to have to try this.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

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