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How to Shoot Great Photos of Christmas Lights – The Basics

December 1, 2014

“I love the twinkling lights, the cookies, and the carols.” “I love getting together with family, and all the decorations and lights.” “I love the magic of Christmas.” Most people say that the beautiful lights are one their favorite things about the holiday season. Christmas lights—indoors and out—make this time of year magical. Most families […]

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Holiday Teas It’s High Time to Start the Tradition

November 23, 2014

“Doing nothing is respectable at tea.” —Saying quoted in Sasaki Sanmi, Sadô Sajiki The holiday pre-season is here—the perfect time to pause for tea, and “do nothing” for a short while. Many individuals plan an annual holiday tea party with friends before the rush of the season takes over. A number of restaurants and inns […]

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Festivals of Lights Multiplying the Magic of Christmas

November 10, 2014

How would you like to bundle a few of your favorite things together in one holiday experience? Spectacular lights, sleigh rides, Santa visits, holiday music, great food, ice skating, shopping, parades, and fireworks. Festivals of Lights pull together many joys of the season into one well-orchestrated, amplified experience. Though the festivals have their origins in […]

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Many Shades of White: Warm vs Cool LED Christmas Lights

September 18, 2014

You remember learning about the color spectrum years ago in Physical Science 101? Do you also have a dim memory of some guy named “Kelvin”? Before you purchase or add to your Christmas light collection this season, you may want to refresh what you learned about color spectrum, Kelvin, and temperature. If you don’t, you […]

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Christmas Lights from China: the Ethics of Illumination

September 11, 2014

Picture Perfect Holiday Lights? The holiday season is quickly approaching. You’re already picturing the tall pine tree strung with twinkling lights and adorned with your family’s heirloom ornaments. You can see the stacks of presents overtaking the floor space and can nearly smell the Christmas cookies in the oven—ah, the magic of season!

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Photo Essay: 10 Bright Ideas for Holiday Lights

December 23, 2011

When you’re looking to design your holiday displays, one of the best ways to get inspired, is to see what bright ideas other people come up with. With that in mind, here are ten photos from a trip to Seattle’s Candy Cane Lane (along with ideas), that we hope will get your creative juices flowing:

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Best Neighborhood Holiday Light Displays

December 9, 2011

In Seattle, it’s Candy Cane Lane. In Baltimore, it’s Miracle on 34th Street. In Georgia, it’s the village of Avondale Estates. Many cities have them – entire neighborhoods where every house gets on board with over-the-top displays that causes kids’ eyes to pop out of their heads with delight.

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How to time your Christmas lights

November 17, 2011

If you’re trying to create a holiday display to wow people driving through your neighborhood at night, putting your lights on a timer is a simple way to ensure you’ll get maximum exposure, even when you’re not at home. If you want to make sure you’re not wasting money, by accidentally leaving the lights on […]

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LED Holiday Lights: Not the Law, but the Smart Thing to Do

November 17, 2011

For the first time, a new poll shows that a majority of Americans are aware that the traditional incandescent light bulb (that you would screw into a light socket) is being phased out, in favor of more energy efficient choices. But people are still confused about what’s covered, and some still think the federal government […]

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Photographing LED Christmas Lights and Displays: 
White Balance Adjustment

October 12, 2010

Introduction to White Balance?? To give the photographer even more tools to successfully photograph LED light displays, digital white balance adjustment will be explored and explained. White balance, often abbreviated as WB, is the process of properly adjusting color to make objects that are white in person show up truly white in the photo. Proper […]

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