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Candle Light Photography

Dibyajit 5 9 India
1 Aug 2012 8:09PM
In candle light photography if I try more than one candle of different size it does give multiple shadow of any subject .. Does that makes it look nice??

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1 Aug 2012 10:11PM
Hi Dibyajit, post a few shots so we can see what you're working on. Smile
Dibyajit 5 9 India
1 Aug 2012 10:38PM


I have taken this picture yesterday. But having very poor idea about candle light photography unfortunately my shutter speed was much to much and I have also sharped too muchSadSad. I have taken this in one candle light, but I want to know if I use 2 or more candles then it will give multiple shadow of the sculpture. Will that be nice??

ourdayphotos 6 229 Scotland
1 Aug 2012 10:40PM
Light another candle & decide for yourself if it's nice. Good luck.
Dibyajit 5 9 India
1 Aug 2012 10:42PM

Unfortunately I have no idea whether multiple shadow of any subject does actually look nice

Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 1:10AM
Try a white card out of frame on the opposite side to the candle. This will reflect light back into the unlit side of the face. Changing the angles of the light and reflector will give subtle differences in the lighting. Only you can decide what looks right or not when you are taking the images.

steveh5 7 90 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 9:18AM
Treat the candle the same as you would a flash, (they are both forms of light). The only real difference is the power output and control.

As a start point one candle would be your main light, as you had it.
The second should be to one side and further away (this reduces the light faling on the subject).
I aggree with Nick use of a reflector can be the simplest method.
Take a photo have a look and change something, By experimenting and only changing one thing, shutter speed, aperture, candle position etc, you will get a feel for what is good and not so good.


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