December 01, 2007
Photo of the Week: Dec. 2, 2007
HOW I GOT THE SHOT: Candlelight is a beautiful source of illumination, especially when lighting up the faces of young children. This shot required a tripod and careful consideration of where to place each chanukiah so that all of the flames remained visible. The numerous candles throw plenty of light on the subject while creating some interesting reflections in the tabletop and a warm glow on the wood panels that form the background. Candle-lighting photos often fall short of their potential because of too little light and faces end up floating in a sea of darkness. If you're going to try a shot like this, but don't want to use this many candles, try adding a small amount of room light or a few extra candles placed just out of view, to the side and rear of the subject.