Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Brightening shadows, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
Working in low light you are very often going to be facing images that are too dark…when you get to post-production. It's just kind of the nature of the situation.…No matter how careful you are, there will be times when you miscalculate your…exposure or you run into parameters that keep you from shooting an image…that's bright enough.…Here, I've got an exposure that was a 30th of a second.…I was at ISO 16, so I didn't want to take my ISO, ISO 1600,…I didn't want to take my ISO up in any higher.…I was using a lens that the maximum aperture was f/4. I didn't have a tripod with me.…
There wasn't much I could do; I had to shoot this image dark.…I want to just quickly go over some of the brightening tools that you have at your disposal.…There are lot of them, spread through Camera Raw in Photoshop.…None of them are necessarily the right or wrong choice for any given situation.…You will probably use a balance of them.…So just kind of as review, I thought we would go over some of the tools that you…
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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