Christmas on Salt Lake City Temple Square

It’s that Christmas time of year again, so I made my way up the day after Thanksgiving to get the first looks at the lights on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. I’ve captured these lights for 6 or 7 years straight, mostly for fun and sometimes to share with the Mormon Newsroom to potentially use in their news releases. It’s always fun, and much warmer this year than in years past.

Taking these photos is really a matter of just braving the crowds with a tripod and a willingness to experiment with various lenses, settings and locations. Usually I end up shooting with my 16-35mm lens, often at the 16mm full wide view. Be sure to set the mirror lock up to minimize shake and use a trigger release or 2 second timer delay. My settings in on most of these was around ƒ/16, 3 to 5 seconds long and 100 ISO.

Here are a few other photos from the night to enjoy. Please feel free to share these on your social media, or even purchase some prints if you are so inclined. You can see my full gallery of photos at