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How can I take a perfect picture from a crystal chandelier? whould someone explain all tips about this kind of photography?

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From, or of? There's a large difference in the amount of acrobatic skill required. :) – mattdm May 30 '11 at 13:17
...and assuming you mean "How can I take a perfect picture of a crystal chandelier" the next thing you may want to clarify is: are you wanting to take a picture of a room with a chandelier in it, or are you wanting to take a picture of just a chandelier? – Jay Lance Photography May 30 '11 at 19:17
How can I vote this as one of the most obscure questions ever? – dpollitt May 31 '11 at 3:14
@mattdm lol. thanks for brightenning my day ;-) – AJ Finch May 31 '11 at 11:33

As a start, I would imagine you'll want a large main light source, bounced off a wall or the ceiling to evenly light the chandelier and avoid harsh shadows. Then a smaller light source in the vicinity of the camera to provide specular highlights.

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This may be a broader answer than you were asking for, but my go-to reference is this book: Light: Science And Magic ( link).

Here's the link on

I've recently finished it, and although it is a hard read (well written by very technical), it was well worth it. It explains why certain lighting schemes work for lighting different kinds of surfaces with different kinds of reflections.

I think it would equip you with some depth of understanding about not just how to light a chandelier but why that it the way to do it.

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