March 15, 2011
The goal for the picture is pretty obvious: try to setup a shot that appears like I am working by candlelight. This would be rather simple if the candle actually produced enough output to light the scene. But, it isn’t practical to expect the candle (and the camera) to work that hard.
Thus, I had to work a few tricks with supplemental light to the right of the image. I used a halogen reading lamp that I applied both an aluminum foil snoot and a piece of wax paper for softness. This is mostly obvious in the shadows and slight reflections on the chess pieces, as they are giving away that light is coming from outside the frame. I also did some post-processing that included darkening the light on my shirt/body and lightening the light on my face.
Overall, I give the photo a C+ for effort. There is definitely a lot more that I can do to make this appear realistic, but that will need to be reserved for a future attempt.