Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing a mode, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
(cross talk) Ben: So I have zeroed in on an ISO strategy.…I have got my ISO up I think where it needs to be get me a decent shutter speed.…I am shooting at 3200. Is that about where you are at?…Steve: Yeah, I am actually a little bit higher.…This camera allows me shoot at even higher than that, at 6400, so I am taking…advantage of it, because the light is really low here.…Ben: There's also a mode choice to be made.…Obviously, I can change the shooting mode on my camera, which gives me more or…less control over different parameters.…What's your approach on this one, Steve?…Steve: Well, I am a big fan of aperture priority.…
I use probably aperture priority about 88% of the time when I am shooting, but…in certain situations I like to go to manual. Then reason being, in this particular…situation the, light is fairly even, so wherever I kind of aim my camera, the…exposure is going to be fairly constant.…So once I determine my exposure, when I go to manual, I have the freedom to…include point light sources like candles without affecting it. And because I'm…
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
Photography Foundations: Compositionwith Ben Long5h 29m Intermediate
Photography Foundations: Black and Whitewith Ben Long3h 3m 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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