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A moment in Candle...

By Dibyajit
I have taken this in the candle light. I had uploaded a similar picture yesterday. But I later thought this may be a little better than the earlier.

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banehawi Plus
13 1.6k 3722 Canada
1 Aug 2012 5:41PM
Take a look at the link I posted on your last shot.

I havent done candlelight photography, but a few things come to mind with this particular shot.

The subject is too close to the background, as the shadow dominates the shot. It should be softer (tried this in the mod)

The idea of using candle light is to obtain a warm, soft light. This looks overly harsh, and the tone is very red, - perhaps you used red for the bottom and background?

You are trying for two objectives in the same shot, - the light of a candle on a subject, and a shadow. I would suggest you practice first with this subject, facing the camera, far from a background, and use more than one candle in different positions to get the technique worked out. Remember, candle light will have more of a soft yellow glow. When you have this sorted out, then introduce shadow, using a background placed further away than this one.

Good luck!



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Dibyajit 5 9 India
1 Aug 2012 7:57PM
Thanks a lot for your valuable suggestion. I have increased the sharpness of this picture rather too much and that's why may be it looked reddishSad.. But I will definitely try out the way u suggested. And as you told to use more than one candle, I have already tried that and the problem is that it gave multiple shadow which I thought won't look nice. Anyway I will definitely try it out next time. Also my shutter speed was also too much in this snap.

The website u suggested is really a nice one. Thanks for that too.SmileSmile

Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 12:18AM
Sharpening won't make it more red. Maybe you needtomovethe candle further round to the front to get a bit more definition in the face, use a slower shutter speed (to give more exposure) ans use the white balance adjustment to lessen the redness. A warm candlelit glow is nice, this is just overpowering.
If you move right away from the background, you will have no shadow at all, just blackness all around,apart from the lit part of the face. I would suggest lifting the candle a couple of inches, on books perhaps, and move away from the background by varying amounts, shooting to see the effects.
Experiment and make notes as you go is the best way to find out how to light unconventionally.

paulbroad 10 123 1177 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2012 10:23AM
The deep red is because you are still considerably under exposed. The shadow is a matter of choice related to how close the background is. The problem is that two stops extra takes you to a full minute exposure.

I would try a few shots at ISO400, grain being controlled later if necessary. Use 15 sec again and the colour should come in as a yellow/orange. The bottom line is you need more exposure, off a tripod obviously. You also need to be on manual as auto will not handle subjects like this.


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