i can’t believe how quickly she’s growing up.
Lighting this kind of shot requires some subtlety. The candles produce a reasonable amount of light but, of course, the whole idea is that they’re going to be blown out. You want get light on the subject, but you don’t want to ruin the effect of the candles glowing in the darkness. My goal here was to light my daughter and the cake in way that made it look like the light was coming from the candles. I used a single flash with a tight grid and a CTO gel. I positioned the flash low from the right so that the pool of light produced by the gridded flash covered the cake and my daughter.
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