Lighting a scene with just a candle : all dark

Im trying to light a night scene with just a candle but i get it all black…

i tried increasing the exposure to the maxumum of 10 but it still wont do it…

is this psible ?

thanks !

What render engine? Cycles? Blender Internal? Other? Are all the layers with objects selected at the time of render? Will the scene render with global lighting? Are the materials non-black? There are a lot of things to look for, maybe you could post a simplified .blend file to have a closer look.

It ought to work, and even if it doesn’t you can always fake it with a light not visible from the camera.

We also need to know the setup you’re using for the candle and the scene, are you trying to shine the candle light through something?

Yes, a blend-file is needed.

But also, consider this: “what does a single candle look like, in a cave?” The answer (once your eyes readjust to the presence of a light source) is: “not much!”

Now: “how would a movie depict the Hero lighting a candle in a cave?” Well, there would actually be:

  • A base-level of diffuse (e.g. “ambient”) lighting that fills the room … literally so that you can see it at all …
  • … and then, on top of that, you will have “the candle itself”
  • and then, on top of that, you will have a subtle set of yellowish key-lights to properly illuminate the star’s face and head.

When you consider how to set up your blend, you need to think about the same things. You want the shot to plausibly appear to be “lit by a single candle,” but at the same time “to actually be well-lit.”

In the case of Cycles, if you use the REAL volume of the candle flame as an incandescent source, you will not see it (especially using importance sample map!), cause the sampling source (meaning the rays that hit the candle flame) is too small.
For that place a point light inside the flame and turn off shadows for the flame. So you can control the light how much light is visible in the scene much more precisely.

:yes: Almost like Alfred Hitchcock hiding that light-bulb in the glass of milk . . .