Having trouble shooting candlelight!

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  1. KrisHunt

    KrisHunt TPF Noob!

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    I tried to take a shot of my son blowing out his birthday candles, and no matter how I positioned the camera, I got glowing balls of light from the candles going right across his face. Also, each of the flames has a ghost next to it. I also had similar problems involving Christmas lights last year. Why is this happening, and how can I avoid it in the future? Here's the equipment I was using:

    Canon XSi
    Canon 50mm f/1.4
    UV filter
    Also tried adding a circular polarizing filter to no avail
    Tripod

    Camera settings:
    f/3.2
    1/15 second
    Manual focus

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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Get rid of that filter and your problems will go away.


    PS
    You live pretty close to me... I'm in Greenville.
     
  3. KrisHunt

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    I was afraid of that. Now I'm kicking myself for not trying something as simple as that at the time.
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Should be pretty easy to test out. Just set up a candle and shoot it with and without the UV filter. I can almost guarantee you that it's to blame...
     
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    I tried it out, and you are, of course, completely right. So glad my lens isn't broken! Thanks a bunch.
     
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    iolair No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Just curious ... what ISO did you shoot this at?
     
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    Camera Make: Canon
    Camera Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi
    Image Date: 2009:11:05 21:10:41
    Flash Used: No
    Focal Length: 50.0mm
    CCD Width: 3.13mm
    Exposure Time: 0.067 s (1/15)
    Aperture: f/3.2
    ISO equiv: 1600
    White Balance: Manual
    Metering Mode: Matrix
    Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto)
    Photographer: Kris Hunt


    If you use Firefox you can use the FxIF add-on to view EXIF data with a simple Right-Click->Properties.
     
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    Oooooh. Good tip!
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    You can do that on Opera without having to download any extra stuff...

    ;)
     
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    The point of FF is to not have stuff unless you want it. ;)
     
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    I thought the point of FF was to look cool.
     
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