Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Act I: adjusting to the light, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
(applause) …(Female speaker: Good evening! How are you tonight?) (cheering) …(Male speaker: I love that noise! (Female speaker: What a coincidence! We're all "waaa!" too) …(Female speaker: So, welcome to Bet's Improv. Tonight we're performing an improvisational format that's called a Harold.) …(applause) …So I shot the first act and I got lucky because it turned out that the stage was …not nearly as dark as I thought it was going to be. …I've been to a lot of performances here, a lot of improv performances …here, and very often the stage lights are pretty low, which is one reason I was …so concerned about having fast lenses …and trying to figure out what speed lens was going to work in what location. …So what I've found is early on, before the show even started, I put a few …different lenses on my camera and metered around on stage. …It's hard to get an accurate metering that way because there are no performers …on stage, but it still give me a ballpark idea of what kind of ISO I was going …
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.
- Understanding how low light affects exposure, shutter speed, color temperature, and more
- Preparing for a low-light shoot
- Shooting in dimly lit rooms
- Using the flash indoors
- Shooting in the shade
- Taking flash portraits at night
- Controlling flash color temperature
- Focusing in low light
- Light painting
- Manipulating long shutter speeds
- Correcting white balance
- Brightening shadows
- Sharpening and noise reduction
Skill Level Intermediate
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1. Setting the Stage
2. Exposure Considerations
3. Scenario: A Dinner Party
4. Scenario: A Performance
5. Scenario: In a City
6. Scenario: Landscapes
7. Special Effects
8. Post-Processing Considerations
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