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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.
(cross talk) The far side of the table there has a lot of nice light on faces. The near side of the table, they're back lit, and there is not that much I can do about that, in so far as the lighting goes. So as a photographer, I need to make some decisions about what I can do to try to cover this side of the table. Now, you could make the decision of, I'm just now going to cover this side of the table, I'm going to shoot the people that are in good light, and those are the pictures that I'll get.
But, obviously, if you want pictures of everybody, you might find yourself shooting with no choice in situations where the light is simply bad. So what can I do here? I can choose to overexpose and I do that with my exposure compensation. That's one way is just dial in a little more overexposure. I'm going to lose things in the background, but that's okay; I'm going to pick up faces. I can also ask them to turn. Particularly if it's a family gathering, or a situation where it's people you know, there's nothing wrong with asking them to help you out by maybe turning a little bit so that their faces fall more into light.
I think the main thing to take notice of is that it is bad light. It's really easy to be so caught up in the moment of people's expressions, and trying to get the shot that you forget to keep paying attention to the light. My eyes can see much more than my camera can in these low-light situations, so I really need to be watching it, really paying attention to, Am I getting good detail on people? Am I getting nice lighting? Am I getting good definition? That's one of the trickiest things about low light is just paying attention and knowing how to recognize when you get into a difficult situation.
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