I love the holiday season and especially all the photo opportunities that derive from it. One of my favorite things to do is to go and look at holiday lights. When I saw that the Mount Botanical Gardens in West Palm Beach was having a light display I knew that it was the perfect location to test out the features of my brand new Nikon D750 camera.
Capturing the ambiance of holiday lights can be challenging, but you can capture amazing images with a little knowledge and practice, and without a lot of expensive equipment. I decided I was not going to bring a tripod or any other lenses except my 50 mm prime lens. I don't care much for carrying a lot of heavy stuff around when I'm out and about and knew I could get the type of photographs I want with just one lens and a camera.
Because I wanted to keep the background visible in my photographs and not surround the lights with complete darkness, I set the ISO on my camera to 2000. The high ISO allows more light into the camera and the ability to use a faster shutter speed. These two factors combined help reduce camera shake that many photographers experience when photographing in low light.
One of the great things about the Nikon D750 is the pop-up flash. I love using flash and my other pro camera, the Nikon D3s, does not have a built-in flash. Oh, how I love the convenience of it built into my new camera! So far I love this camera and especially the size and weight of it! The D750 is so much lighter and smaller than my other camera and I'll be taking it with me to places much more often than the D3s.
Here are a few of my photos and the camera settings used for each are listed. All of these images were captured with the Nikon D750 and a Nikon 50mm prime lens.