Someone’s birthday is always just around the corner, so perfecting Birthday shots is a valuable skill.

First, you’ll want to capture the beautiful glow that a cake full of candles on the birthday boy or girl. It’s incredibly flattering and such a special moment.

Use a tripod because this shot will call for a low shutter speed, and turn the flash off, it will ruin the mood. Be sure to use the fastest lens that you have because you’ll be able to work with a larger aperture, letting more light in. A 50mm lens would be ideal at f/1.8 or f/1.4. Try a shutter speed of 1/30 of a second. The more candles on the cake, the easier it will be to property expose the shot, so if it’s a first birthday, you may have to try using an additional light source.

Some style tips:
Crop photos closely. You want your images to be about the person celebrating their birthday so you’ll want to get shots of them without other people or objects in the frame. Also, focus on the special candid moments like happy expressions when reading cards or opening gifts, and hugs between friends and family. Read more at Digital Photography School.