Free Shipping on ALL Products
camera reviewsbest cameraslens reviewsphotography tipscamera forumvideo toursphotography bookssupport me
It is currently Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:21 am

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:39 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:24 am
Posts: 4
Hi,
Can someone please help in Canon 550D settings for photographing cake with candles (Night Time)(means Aperture, shutter Speed and white Balance)?

Thanks in anticipation :-)


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:45 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:15 pm
Posts: 920
Location: Kanduhar, Afghanistan
Before we can help, what lens/lenses do you have to work with?

_________________
Mike "The Squirrel"
Canon 550D | Canon EF 35mm 1:2 | Canon 50 f/1.8 II | Sigma 18-125mm DC OS | Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD | Canon 430EX II
Military Issued Canon 40D | Canon 55-250mm IS


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:23 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:24 am
Posts: 4
I'll be using either 18-55 Kit Lens.

Thanks


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:22 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:29 am
Posts: 723
With the kit lens, keep it at 18mm (so you can use the widest possible aperture) and "zoom" with your feet.

Set your White Balance as low as possible, or better yet, shoot RAW and lower WB in post. (Candlelight is <2k)

Set your ISO as high as you're comfortable with. (On the 550D, I might go with 3200.)

If you're going to be shooting handheld candids, set your shutter speed to 1/60 (or faster). If you're going to be shooting static/posed shots from a tripod, you can try slowing that down to 1/30 or maybe even 1/15, but slower than that will probably result in some motion blur.

Depending on the number of candles, the pics will probably be noisy and under exposed, but that's about the best you can do without buying a faster lens. (e.g. 50mm f1.8 II)

HTH - Mark


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:35 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:24 am
Posts: 4
Thanks a Ton, Mark :-)


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:47 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:22 pm
Posts: 597
Location: Alexandra, Central Otago, NZ
might be worth doing a test run ahead of the event. that way your set up is right for the actual moment.

_________________
Canon 550D, Canon EFS 17-85 IS USM, Canon EF 75-300 IS USM, Canon EFS 10-22mm USM, Canon EF35mm F2.

Got some of the gear but really still no idea...:)


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:01 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:07 pm
Posts: 7
Maestro wrote:
With the kit lens, keep it at 18mm (so you can use the widest possible aperture) and "zoom" with your feet.

Set your White Balance as low as possible, or better yet, shoot RAW and lower WB in post. (Candlelight is <2k)

Set your ISO as high as you're comfortable with. (On the 550D, I might go with 3200.)

If you're going to be shooting handheld candids, set your shutter speed to 1/60 (or faster). If you're going to be shooting static/posed shots from a tripod, you can try slowing that down to 1/30 or maybe even 1/15, but slower than that will probably result in some motion blur.

Depending on the number of candles, the pics will probably be noisy and under exposed, but that's about the best you can do without buying a faster lens. (e.g. 50mm f1.8 II)

HTH - Mark


This is good advice.

If you're getting high enough shutter speed, you could lower the maximum ISO - 1600 (or even 800 if you can get there) should be much better than 3200 on the 550D (it is on my 600D).

Assuming that there will not be any other source of light, then you are likely to only have the candles and the immediate surrounds (top of cake, close faces) lit up enough to expose - everything else will be dark - so expect this when you see your shots. This may also fool the camera meter, so don't rely on it - have a look at the images and see if you need to adjust.

Remember that at wide aperture, you will have a relatively narrow depth of field. Decide what you want to focus on before setting up your shot - i.e. do you want the face of the birthday girl (e.g.) in focus, or do you want an arty shot of the cake/candles with the people OOF.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

All words, images, videos and layout, copyright 2005-2012 Gordon Laing. May not be used without permission.
/ How we test / Best Cameras / Advertising / Camera reviews / Supporting Camera Labs

Webdesign by Alphabase IT
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group