Check out this video from Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens for a quick little tutorial on how to photograph Christmas lights. To highlight the key tips:
- Time of day and the sky in the background are important. Shoot around dusk.
- Use a tripod
- Don’t use flash. Ambient light only.
- Camera settings
- Shoot RAW
- White balance preset to Tungsten or Daylight depending on the “look” you want
- ISO 620, F/5.0 and 1/8s as a starting point for exposure
[via ISO 1200]