Bath Christmas Market is the place for photographing festive sparkle!
As I write this it’s Christmas Market time in Bath. Some 170 wooden chalets have taken over the center of the city, and there are going to be a lot of Christmas gifts bought over the next 18 days!
But this isn’t just a great time for shopping. It’s perfect for fun photos too. I love the twinkly lights on the stalls and how buildings are lit up. The center of the town takes on a whole new atmosphere.
If you are taking photos during the day, a wide angle is handy for street-photography. It doesn’t matter if it is a zoom or a prime. For photographing the stalls, a 50mm lens, or a macro lens is excellent for close-ups of the gifts.
As is often the case, around dusk is a good time to be out taking photos. About 30 minutes before sunset the lights will already be on but you’ll still be able to see Bath’s architecture in the background of your photos. Just after sunset the sky turns a lovely deep blue.
If you find the shutter speed is too slow when shooting hand held and your photos are blurry, try increasing the ISO. If you have a tripod, you can get lovely shots of the glowing stalls with a blur of people passing by in front of them.
And watch out for the unexpected. Last year I got a few fun shots of the preparations for the market. A different story to the later bustle.
Here’s Santa looking unsually casual.
Or how about this shot of one of Bath’s regular buskers? (I wonder if he brought his own glitter ball?)
By the way, there are great views of the market to be had from the Bath Abbey Tower tour. If you don’t mind climbing a few steps.
Bath Photo Tour is available for private tours during the market: including our Classic Tour and Smartphone Group Tour. The Night Photography Tour is also perfect way to fit in some photography after your Christmas shopping.