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Self Directed Tutorial
Holiday Lights & Decorations - Materials Only
This tutorial includes the course materials only for our Holiday Lights & Decorations Photography course. This tutorial is for self-directed learning with no instructor, assignment or critique.

Have fun and learn to take great photos of all the beautiful holiday lights and decorations at this special time of year. In this tutorial we will explore lots of different ways to photograph holiday displays. We will cover shooting light shows at night, outdoor decorations around the home, setting up holiday themed shots and composing compelling detail shots of ornaments and treasures.

Our goal with this class is to enjoy the season and capture some of the beauty it has to offer. Get out and enjoy the light shows, parades, displays at shopping centers, decorated homes in your neighborhood and more intimate scenes that can be found nearly everywhere you look. You don't have to go out at night but you'll get great photos if you are willing to brave the cold and get out there and shoot at dusk and beyond.

This tutorial includes a lesson, a Photoshop tip sheet and a how-to video.


  • Shooting light shows at night
  • Photographing outdoor decorations
  • How to shoot when you have no snow
  • Detail shots of ornaments and small treasures
  • Setting up and styling your holiday scenes
  • Camera settings
  • Preparation - staying warm and dry
  • Photoshop tips to make the most of your photos
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