Sep 262013
Leica M9, Leica M9-P, Leica 50mm Summilux, A:1.4, S:1/30, ISO:160

Leica M9, Leica M9-P, Leica 50mm Summilux, A:1.4, S:1/60, ISO:1000


It was my cousin’s birthday yesterday. Nothing special, just get together at our place. So I thought I should give her a nice memorable photo. Candlelight Cake photo came in mind. And at the same time its a good photo tip. Here is what you need to do:

*  More Candles the better. The idea is to have enough light surrounding the person face and as well for the cake to be visible

* Spread the candles around the cake, dont put them all in one position, otherwise harsh shadows and highlights will be created

* Switch off the Lights (Pitch Black)

* Use a Fix Prime wide aperture lens. Such as the 50mm 1.8. (Zoom lens is ok, but it tends to narrow your aperture while zooming. And you need as wide as possible)

* Set you camera to Aperture Priority, read your adjacent shutter, it should be at least 1/50. If not increase your ISO until you get shutter of 1/50 and above

Hope you enjoyed the tips and that it was useful. Please comments below and let me know your opinion and questions.


  8 Responses to “How to Take a Candlelight Birthday Photo”

  1. Simply amazing. Thanks for the tip always wondered how to so this.

  2. Thank you Salim for sharing this with us.

  3. Hi Salim, Thanks for the usefull tips and techniques.

  4. Can I do it with a digital canon power shot camera?

    • Evangeline

      You need to tell me the exact model. But if you can shoot manual with it, basically if you can set it on Aperture mode. Thants its possible. But again let me know the exact model and I will you know how to do it

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