Everyone loves candlelight. What’s not to like? It is soft, romantic, beautiful, it flickers and shimmers like no other light. Unfortunately, too often we see weddings where candles are misunderstood. If you are contemplating using candles at your reception, please consider the following information that we, the catchers of light a.k.a photographers, want to share with you.
Candles make everything look beautiful and magical when:
Candles won’t work as ambiance (at least on photos) if:
An average candle creates a foot of light in diameter with diminishing intensity. To capture the glow exactly how we see it with a naked eye, we must be very close to our desired subject and very still. Any vibrations and the images will be blurry.
See, the human eye perceives candlelight very differently from how the photography equipment picks it up despite the heightened ISO (how photographers control darkness or brightness of images) we sometimes use. Why? Because humans see things wider than most photo lenses, our sensitivity to light is different than on camera, and we construct images in our mind based on familiar colors, textures, and contrasts while cameras build pictures with pixels. All of this to say is that we might be enjoying the candlelit ambiance differently than the camera can depict it in most situation.
The only way to battle low luminosity is with more candles!
This picture of a girl is a beautiful example of the proper amount of candles. It was dark inside the old Fine Arts Museum in Montreal. Covered in petals and what seemed like a thousand candles, the stairwell inside the exhibition hall guided the guests to a lavish Jewish wedding reception. At some point during the night, a little flower girl in a pretty gold dress escaped the celebration and decided to rest at the bottom of the stairs. The golden sequence of her dress sweetly shimmered against the background of numerous glowing candles, and in the absence of contrasting colors, the girl was the brightest light of them all.
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