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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.
It's intermission. I've come backstage here to kind of review my strategy and set up for the second half of the show. I figured out while I was shooting what seems to be a good exposure strategy, finding myself a little frustrated by my position in the audience. There on the front row in the corner, I'm only getting certain angles. I can't shoot the stage square, which means that I'm getting people really tall in the frame and receding to really small as I'm using my wide-angle lenses. If I go to a more telephoto lens, I'm only getting certain sides of people and only certain angles. I was finding as people came over to my side of the stage, I was able to get a little differentiation.
For the most part, I kind of feel like I was taking the same shot over and over. So for the second half of this show, I'm going to keep my exposure strategy the same, but I'm going to try and change my position. Because we got here early, I had the good fortune to get permission to block off a few seats in the back. So I'm going to be able to go to the back of the house, work with my longer lenses, get some full stage picture, I'd be able to get some angles that I haven't been able to get here, and see if I can maybe break it up a little bit and get some variation. I'm going to keep my exposure strategy the same. One recommendation for shooting events. This is an improv show, so I don't have any idea what's going to happen at any given time.
If you're shooting something scripted, a ballet performance, a stage performance-- scripted theater performance, anything like that, if you can go to the show more than once, you are probably going to have an easier time at the later viewings, because you're going to know what's going to happen. You are going to be able to anticipate action and set up shots ahead of time. Because I can't do that, because things are unfolding in an unpredictable manner, I'm making sure that when I'm shooting, I'm keeping this eye open. So I'm watching the stage with both eyes and I'm trying to make sure that while I'm focused on something over here I'm not missing something better over there.
So that's a really good technique for situations that are unpredictable or unknown to you. So I'm going to go and get my seat, see what happens in the second half, and see if I can get some different things.
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