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Maverick Creatives
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/1/2004

Capturing Candle Light

I have a Fuji S5000 Digital camera and would like to experiment shooting candle flames. I have them set up with some flowers, and at night with the lights off they are a pretty view. I'm a beginner (taking my first course now), so just a few simple things to get me off on the right track would be appreciated. Thanks.

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5/5/2004 6:01:06 PM

Dave Cross   Hi Gary. I know the "look" you are seeking :-) A few pointers:
1. You are shooting digital, shots are FREE, so experiment, experiment, experiment!!!!
2. You WILL need a tripod (or at least some solid support for the camera).
3. FORGET auto anything, full manual.
4. Choose your lowest ISO for minimum noise (your flowers are not going anywhere).
5. Don't be scared of L-O-N-G exposure times (several seconds). [See 4 above.]
6. Use a remote shutter release (or the self-timer of the camera) to avoid movement.
7. Play with white-balance settings. If your camera has a RAW mode you can fiddle white balance in your PC later.
8. If you have a separate flash unit, try using it on minimum power (or behind several layers of tissue) to give some fill and catch lights on the vases.
9. Go back and read No. 1 again :-)

And finally.... post your results here. We all like to see experimental photographs, and we don't bite (usually). Enjoy.

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5/8/2004 5:52:03 AM

Maverick Creatives
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/1/2004
  Dave,,,,thank you so much. That's EXACTALLY the information I was attempting to get. The Toronto Maple Leafs are out of the playoffs so this will be my Saturday Evening Project.
Thanks again my friend.

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5/8/2004 10:32:47 AM

Maverick Creatives
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/1/2004
  Mother's Day
Mother's Day
iso200, 1/4s, f6.3, 12mm, candle light..
© Maverick Creatives
Fuji FinePix S5000...
Well,,,here it is. I know I need lots of practice but at least I've done one now. It's a start.

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5/8/2004 7:13:41 PM

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