light used to illuminate the outside of the pumpkin and that
of the candles inside is actually a delicate balance.
Ideally, your photographs will want is to capture the candle
glowing from within the pumpkin, but still be able to see
the outside of the pumpkin itself to show the carving.
If you use a flash, you'll
over-light the surface of the pumpkin and drown out the light from the candles inside.
First off, turn the flash on your camera off, you don't want it in this
To help avoid the light
inside the pumpkin from being to faint, we use two or even three candles.
You can also find battery powered lights for jack-o-lanterns
that give off a better light for photographing them.
The best bet is to do one of two
The best technique we have
found is to take
your pictures around dusk, before it becomes totally dark. Be sure to use a fast film, ISO
400 or faster is best.
Wait until dark, illuminate the
outside of the pumpkin with in-direct artificial light, i.e. a lamp or
flashlight, and light the candle(s) inside the pumpkin. Make sure
the outside lighting isn't going to over power the picture.