Content and background of Compositionally I like to keep this type of photography uncluttered and simple as possible. And generally prefer to photograph on a white background (watch out for sharp shadows cast your Madeleine), and with minimal props. It would be advisable to include a glass of wine and at least from what usually happens on the table, if you’re going to photograph him. Shutter speed (speed gate) Another one of the options for getting more light camera is to use a long shutter speed.
Keep in mind, the longer the exposure, the greater the chance to catch any movements (as a model of fire from candles and camera movements). If the environment is completely immobile (fire on the candles do not flicker) and the model tries to be as fixed, set your shutter speed longer than 1 / 15 seconds – but still, do not overdo it, do not require the model too much. ISO setting is another way to compensate for the lack of light – to raise the value of ISO. Of course this has its drawbacks, the higher the value, the more noise (grain) in the photo.
Try not to put iso above 400, thus you minimize digital noise in photos (or grain when shooting on film). Exposition When candles are in the frame, then with high probability Automatic cameras will understate the exposure value, so that the candles were not solid bright spot. You can try to raise the exposure value, but the main thing here is not to overdo it.