Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Composing and focusing at night, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
I'm standing here on the beach wearing the hippest beach attire available here…in California right now.…That's actually a lie.…I am hoping you are going to forgive me my fashion sense.…It's very cold, and it's the middle of the night, and I needed all of this to stay warm.…That's often what it is when you are doing night shooting.…So don't forget that when you're packing your gear and preparing to go out for a…long night of night shooting.…You might need fingerless gloves, long underwear, all that kind of stuff.…It's also very, very dark out now, so dark that we have had to light this scene…where I am standing and that rock that's offshore.…
The human eye is incredible.…When it's completely adapted to the dark, it can detect a single photon of light.…Our video cameras are not that good, so we have had to throw some extra light in here.…I am telling you this because I want you to understand that the scene that I am…seeing with my eyes is actually much darker.…It's a waxing gibbous moon right now; we are just a few days away from the full moon.…
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: Exposure (2010)with Ben Long3h 24m Appropriate for all
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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