It’s all about the light… So this year for Christmas Eve, I took my camera to our church service to get a few images of the candle lit service for my church to use at a later time, if needed. If you are going to capture images of candle light, you are going to be pushing your camera to the limits. As you can see, the only light provided is the light that is provided from the candles. The more the candles, the more the light will help your camera capture a good image. These images were captured with my Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS lens, handheld. I knew right away that I would have to shoot at 2.8 to let in as much light as possible and thought I could do this handheld at 1/100 Sec. I probably could had done it at 1/60 of a Sec. but I want to make sure I didn’t get any camera shake.
I shot all of these at ISO 4000. Now I knew that I would get some grain in my images but they would still be usable and I don’t really mind the grain so much. If you don’t listen to the camera and just listen to yourself, you will get much better results in the end.
What I mean when I tell someone to stop listening to the camera is by looking at the exposure compensation bar that is telling you there is not enough light or you have too much light. These images here, the camera was telling me that there was not enough light and the bar was all the way to the left. I knew it was going to be dark but that is because of only lighting the people in the church by the candles. Let me show you the settings I was using…
This image was captured at ISO 4000, 70mm F/2.8, 1/100 Sec. with the 70-200mm lens.
This image was captured at ISO 4000, 80mm F/2.8, 1/100 Sec. with the 70-200mm lens.
This image was captured at ISO 4000, 200mm F/2.8, 1/100 Sec. with the 70-200mm lens.