Warning : Do Try It At Home | A Photography Experiment

Candle Light

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?Β  You don’t have enoughΒ time? Don’t worry. I am not going to leave you like that. πŸ˜‰

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.Β  And I hope you will be home at night. So you gotta do it, unless you are extremely lazy and hates photography!! πŸ˜‰

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 theΒ 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.Β  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 toΒ  “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 takenΒ  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.Β Maybe challenge someone too πŸ˜‰

Photographing the journeys to recreate the Travels to take you for a virtual Photo walk.

45 Comments

  1. Ami Bhat
    October 13, 2015

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

    Ami @ http://www.thrillingtravel.in

    Reply
    1. trablogger
      October 13, 2015

      Good to know that. Do keep me updated once you try it πŸ™‚

      Reply
  2. Amy
    August 22, 2015

    Some setting with canon? I’m going through your tips and lessons. πŸ™‚

    Reply
    1. trablogger
      August 23, 2015

      Keep ISO at 100, Set f number to anything you like and experiment with higher shutter speeds.

      Or keep big aperture number and slow shutter speeds to get a star effect .

      Reply
      1. Amy
        August 23, 2015

        I’d love to experiment, may have to wait when daytime gets shorter. πŸ™‚ I keep learning photography from you though it doesn’t show… πŸ˜‰

        Reply
        1. trablogger
          August 24, 2015

          who says so? πŸ˜‰

          Reply
          1. Amy
            August 24, 2015

            Glad you didn’t… maybe you did πŸ˜€

          2. trablogger
            August 24, 2015

            I never said so πŸ˜›

          3. Amy
            August 24, 2015

            just kidding… πŸ˜›

          4. trablogger
            August 24, 2015

            :p

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

    Reply
  4. […] 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 […]

    Reply
  5. thefrenchiebug
    July 10, 2015

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

    Reply
    1. trablogger
      July 10, 2015

      This was shot using a camera on Samsung πŸ™‚
      So I am waiting to hear from you

      Reply
  6. sforim
    July 5, 2015

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

    Reply
    1. trablogger
      July 7, 2015

      Thank you for reading. I hope you tried it out as well. Did you?! πŸ˜‰

      Reply
      1. sforim
        July 7, 2015

        I sure did! Mine was a cucumber hedge that I see avery day, from a new perspective.

        Reply
        1. trablogger
          July 8, 2015

          Cucumber hedge? Did you share the link? I don’t remember seeing that.

          Reply
  7. evelyn antonysen
    July 5, 2015

    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

    Reply
    1. trablogger
      July 7, 2015

      Did you check if it is already in some predefined “scene mode”??
      If it is so, change it to “NONE”
      I hope it will work. Let me know

      Reply
  8. Amy
    July 5, 2015

    I have been wanting to know how… Can’t wait to give a try. Than you so much!! πŸ™‚

    Reply
    1. trablogger
      July 7, 2015

      Let me know your experience πŸ™‚

      Reply
  9. ANooP
    July 5, 2015

    Initiative much appreciated man πŸ™‚

    Reply
    1. trablogger
      July 7, 2015

      So you didn’t try! Did you?! πŸ˜‰

      Reply
      1. ANooP
        July 7, 2015

        No. Need to buy a candle. Developed country na πŸ˜‰

        Reply
        1. trablogger
          July 7, 2015

          haha.. problems of a developed country πŸ˜‰
          Lulu must have anyways πŸ˜›

          Reply
          1. ANooP
            July 8, 2015

            Birthday candles… yes πŸ˜›

          2. trablogger
            July 8, 2015

            Ok, I will wait till your birthday πŸ˜›

          3. ANooP
            July 8, 2015

            πŸ˜›

  10. lifestyleproblog
    July 5, 2015

    Whoa! What a compelling call to action

    Reply
    1. trablogger
      July 7, 2015

      And did the call to action work? πŸ˜‰

      Reply
      1. lifestyleproblog
        July 8, 2015

        I had no candles πŸ™

        Reply
        1. trablogger
          July 8, 2015

          haha,, nice excuse πŸ˜‰

          Reply
  11. CC
    July 4, 2015

    Love this. I am going to try this one. I may have to have my son help me find the settings, but definitely trying this with my phone. Love your blog so much. And you.. of course. πŸ™‚ -CC

    Reply
    1. trablogger
      July 7, 2015

      haha.. thanks a lot CC. It is a pleasure reading your lovely feedback.
      So did you try this?? And how was it?

      Reply
      1. CC
        July 8, 2015

        I have not had a chance yet, trablog..air conditioner went out and migraines as well..but I have it saved and I am definitely going to try it.. I am excited! πŸ˜€

        Reply
        1. trablogger
          July 8, 2015

          Hope you are doing better now. You can do later too. No worries.

          Reply
          1. CC
            July 8, 2015

            I am, thank you πŸ™‚ Hope you are well, too <3

          2. trablogger
            July 9, 2015

            I am also πŸ™‚

  12. julial213
    July 4, 2015

    Going to try this tonight. Thanks.

    Reply
    1. trablogger
      July 7, 2015

      Did you try it?! How was the result?

      Reply
  13. AsilandtheKeyboard
    July 4, 2015

    I am bookmarking this for future use. Thank you so much Jithin. πŸ˜€

    Reply
    1. trablogger
      July 4, 2015

      It is my pleasure Asil πŸ˜€ So did you mean , you are not going to do it in near future ?! πŸ˜‰

      Reply
      1. AsilandtheKeyboard
        July 4, 2015

        My phone’s broken so it still needs repair.

        Reply
        1. trablogger
          July 7, 2015

          Okay. You’re excused for some more time πŸ˜‰

          Reply

Let's Have a Chat

Follow

Get the latest posts delivered to your mailbox:

%d bloggers like this: