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By: Jim aikin
Taking photos requires light of some type. A Toronto photographer can’t take pictures without light; it is the key. Light generally comes from the sun or from artificial lights. What if you want to take a picture of fire? Fire is light but fire ranges in intensity from a single candle to a large bonfire. Sometimes fires are as huge as forest fires. Fire can offer some creative ways for shooting. Fire can be soft, quiet, and warm or harsh, bright, and cause a white out on your camera. Here are three tips for taking some great photos of fire.

Using a single candle can create amazing images. When a photographer first considers shooting a candle it seems rather simple, but even the Toronto baby photographer can have trouble with this without a proper technique. To begin with you need to have a camera, tripod, darkened room, and a table with a candle on it. You will also need to have some patience. You can try using auto focus but manual focus will give you better results. Start with focusing on the top of the wick. The flame itself will not be in perfect focus. The problem is that the flame dances around. As it dances it changes the shadows and shapes. As it flickers the 3-demensional shape of the flame has many points to focus in on. If your camera has a spot meter you can try to focus on the flame and then shoot several rapid frames. You can also adjust the shutter speed and play with capturing a shape image of the flame or a blurred flame. A good setting is a shutter speed of 1/6 at F/8. This will help increase the depth of field in the body of the candle.

Shooting a camp fire is one of the easier images to photograph. It has enough light that it can be used by a couple photographers to set a warm soft feeling. The Settings are not difficult except for the shutter setting. Usually longer shutter settings will produce better photos of the couple setting next to a camp fire. Try an exposure of 1 second at F/3.5. The couple will need to be still and then the flames will blur, but there is the chance of capturing sparks in the air. These same shots are good for a child photographer to capture a small child sleeping in a chair. With this photo try a 2 second shutter speed at F/3.2.

Jim aikin

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