Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Correcting depth-of-field issues, part of Foundations of Photography: Night and Low Light.
By now you should be comfortable with a balancing act that is low-light photography.…Of course, in any type of photography you are always balancing, shutter…speed, aperture, ISO, depth of field, motion stopping, but in low-light…shooting you are really pushing the bounds of those things, and sometimes…it's hard to keep it all in order.…I ran into a problem the other night, at the theatersports show.…If you look at this image here, you'll see that I have a depth-of-field problem.…Really soft focus back here but not here.…Now a lot of times you might be reviewing an image and find a focus…problem and think oh no, my auto focus on my camera isn't working.…
Here it is, to my eye, plainly a depth-of- field problem because I do have good focus.…It's just not very deep.…I can confirm that though by going and checking out my metadata.…I am at f/8.0, which seems like it should be pretty deep, but still, I have got…this softness back here.…I don't think he was moving, so whatever the case, I have got a problem that this…
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
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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