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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.
We started this course by reviewing those three exposure fundamentals: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, and here at the end of it, I hope you've seen that low-light shooting makes you dig really deep into your exposure theory and in that regard, it's a great exercise for understanding those fundamental photographic mechanics. But more than that, I hope as you've gone out and done a little bit of this low- light stuff, that you come to see that the real great thing about low light and night shooting is that it opens your eyes in a way that daylight shooting simply doesn't. Light and shadow is so different at nighttime.
It brings up a whole new palette of photographic options to work with. If you haven't been out shooting already, if you mostly just been following along, now's the time to get going. If the sun still up, start polishing your camera; if it's already down then start putting on your coat, or whatever else is appropriate for whatever kind of weather you're in right now. Get out there and do some shooting in low light.
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