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Join photographer and teacher Ben Long as he describes the tools, creative options, and special considerations involved in shooting with a DSLR camera at night or in low-light conditions, such as sunset or candlelight. The course addresses exposure decisions such as choice of aperture and shutter speed and how they impact depth of field and the camera's ability to freeze motion.
Ben also shows how to obtain accurate color balance in tungsten and fluorescent lighting situations, and how to postprocess the images in Photoshop to remove noise caused by higher ISO settings. He also demonstrates accessories that can greatly expand your low-light photography options.
The show is over. I'm packed up. I've got a card full of images that I really want to go home and look at. I've seen a lot of Theatresports shows, and it's really fun. If you're ever in San Francisco, you definitely want to check them out. You can find out more at improv.org. I'm glad that I've seen a lot of theatresports shows because I didn't see much of this one tonight. Shooting a performance is a really concentration-intensive thing. You're trying to figure out where the best image is, you're doing your composition on the fly, you're thinking about exposure, you're trying to pay attention to a lot of things, you're trying not to disturb other people; it's not a great way to watch a performance.
If you do need to go shoot your daughter's ballet performance, you might want to think about going to it more than once and going first without your camera so that you can actually watch it and enjoy it. Go back later and do your shooting, because shooting is going to take you out of the performance and you're maybe not going to see as much as you should. I'm feeling good about what I shot. I'm a little concerned though about those images that I underexposed, and I underexposed those to deal with the background. And there were a couple of places where I underexposed as the lights went lower to get my shutter speed up to try and freeze some more motion.
So I'm looking forward to getting those into the computer, cranking up the brightness, and seeing if my underexposure can be corrected. So we're going to take a look at that next.
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