Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Adjusting exposure to preserve the mood, part of Foundations of Photography: Night and Low Light.
One of the reasons you might choose to shoot in low light is that low light…creates a very particular mood.…Dusk has a very particular feeling to it.…At dusk though, you got to be careful, because the light changes very quickly and…because your camera might work against you.…For example, right now I'm liking this lower light. I am liking the dusky feel…that it's giving me. I am getting this great bit where I have got the sun…setting over there, and it's darker over here, and I want to take a shot of that.…This is a pretty straightforward, easy picture to get.…I put a wide-angle lens on. I am getting some nice drama both from these rocks…and from the clouds. But when I look at the picture, I get this.…
It doesn't have the ambience that I am sitting here.…It doesn't have that dusk vibe, because my camera has compensated for the low light.…It's brightened everything up and made it look almost just like a normal…full daytime picture.…That's not what I was going for.…So what I need to do here is override my camera and dial in some intentional…
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
Foundations of Photography: Exposurewith Ben Long3h 24m Appropriate for all
Foundations of Photography: Compositionwith Ben Long5h 29m Intermediate
Foundations of Photography: Black and Whitewith Ben Long3h 4m Intermediate
Enhancing Night and Low-Light Photos with Photoshopwith Seán Duggan2h 12m Intermediate
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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