The reason that LED Christmas lights may not show up as well as incandescent lights has to do with differing wavelength characteristics of light coming from each bulb type combined with the default aperture / shutter-speed settings on a camera. I should probably shut-up because Doug’s a real photographer and can explain this much better than I can.
For tips on photography, ask someone who knows (not me :laugh:)[/QUOTE]
I’m not a real photographer either, my father was, so much of what I know I learned from him, however rules have changed a little in the digital age and it’s now 30 years since my dad walked the Earth.
Matt has a pretty good explanation, despite his feigned lack of knowledge.
One thing to keep in mind though, all of the LED strings I’ve seen in stores are only 50 lights while the non blink incandescents come in 50, 100, and 300. So, I’d start with the assumption that there are fewer lights on the LED trees than the incandescent trees.
Oh, in addition to aperture and shutter speed, also consider film speed (the ASA number). The higher the number, the faster the “film”. 100 is good for outdoor, sunlight, cloudless conditions (great color saturation, little grain) while you’ll want to use 400 indoors or night time. If you’ve got a better camera and it has settings for ASA 800 and ASA 1000, that is even better.
In the days of film, you could get an ASA 400 film and “push” it to ASA 800, but that’s a film thing, not an electronic image capture device thing.