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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.
As we shoot throughout the rest of this course, we're going to be constantly fighting the problem of motion blur. Most often it's the one factor that you will base all of your other exposure decisions around. Now, while you usually never want camera shake in an image, motion blur can be a different story. Sometimes letting a moving object in your scenes smear out to blurry creates a much more interesting, compelling, and dynamic image. In fact, sometimes you need motion blur for the viewer to be able to understand what the action in the scene is. So when you're facing a moving subject, one of your first decisions is the creative choice of whether or not the motion in the scene should be blurred or frozen, and this is true no matter what type of light you're shooting in.
In low light though, you'll encounter motion blur far more often, simply because dim lighting will force you to slower shutter speeds. In some cases, you won't be able to raise your shutter speed enough to freeze the motion, either because you can't get your ISO high enough or because your subject is moving too fast. Rather than giving up, take the shot anyway. Try experimenting with what you can do with the blur. Now obviously you'll have to change your expectations from a sharp, detailed image, but having some experience with how blur can be used effectively can greatly expand your creative palette.
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