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Sometimes all we need is a little push. So today I am trying to give you that push, to do some photography.

I know your excuses. You don't have a fancy camera?ย  You don't have enoughย time? Don't worry. I am not going to leave you like that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Things Needed :

  • A candle, a lighter, Your mobile phone and a dark room.

So obviously you have a mobile phone and it's got a camera.ย  And I hope you will be home at night. So you gotta do it, unless you are extremely lazy and hates photography!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

What to do in step by step :

  • Set Up : Light up the candle, set it up on a table or somewhere safe and switch off theย lights ( as it is done at night)

Now Get your phone. Here I am talking through the eyes of my own Android phone. Some latest phones are really amazing and will help you to get awesome images.

If you click right away, just like that, most probably you will get an image like this.

Just click away to get this

Just click away to get this

So we can look into certain settings now.

Initial settings at Auto

Initial settings at Auto

The auto settings looks like this. White balance : Auto; ISO : Auto and so on.

  • So lets first change ISO settings.ย  Set ISO : 100
At ISO 100

At ISO 100

You can see the first difference, when we changed to ISO 100

Now lets reduced the exposure a bit. Now you can see it is 0.0

  • Change exposure from 0.0 to -2.0
Exposure at -2.0

Exposure at -2.0

If you are wondering why changing the exposure, check the "how to take sunset picture with mobile phone" post.

So now lets add some colours to our experiment.

  • Go to settings and change White balance toย  "Cloudy"
White Balance : Cloudy

White Balance : Cloudy

The change is quite visible. Right?

But still it doesn't look very good. It still is yet another snapshot. We want to create something that we can take print out and hang it on the wall.

So lets change one more setting.

  • Change the Metering to "Spot"
Metering : Spot

Metering : Spot

Don't worry about the technicalities of Spot metering and all.

  • Now just experiment with different angles to get a crisp, sharp beautiful candle light image.

Here goes some of my attempts.

Candle Light

Candle Light

Candle Light

Candle Light

Candle Light

Candle Light

I hope you will definitely try this one out. All the images above are takenย  using Samsung Mobile phone camera. No Editing done on any images. So you will get a similar result.

You can also try out with whatever camera you have.

Light and darkness

Light and darkness


Click, share and give me a Pingback.ย Maybe challenge someone too ๐Ÿ˜‰

Written by : Trablogger
Trablogger aka Jithin is an Indian travel blogger who is obsessed with leading a travel life. When he is not traveling, photographing, writing or blogging, you can see him thinking about sustaining this travel life or helping someone to travel more.

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Ami Bhat

Quite interesting. Will try this for some night shots ๐Ÿ˜€

Ami @ http://www.thrillingtravel.in


Some setting with canon? I'm going through your tips and lessons. ๐Ÿ™‚


[…] This post is for Jithin’s Photography Experiment. […]


[…] you must have found out the reason for setting the WB to “Cloudy” for the Candle picture and Sunset with Mobile phone pictures in the previous […]


That's pretty cool! I love photography but I am disappointed of the camera on my samsung, I will try that tonight ๐Ÿ™‚


glad to have stumbled upon your site. Thanks for the tips and interesting ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

evelyn antonysen

my phone does not allow me to change iso.... it has the setting but it is grey.... you know how things look when the option is there but not accessible. I have a Samsung Galaxy S5, so is a good phone. Is there an app I can get perhaps. I often change iso on my dslr, so am familiar with the usefulness of doing so


I have been wanting to know how... Can't wait to give a try. Than you so much!! ๐Ÿ™‚


Initiative much appreciated man ๐Ÿ™‚


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