Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Correcting night skies, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
If you're shooting a night sky and you want star trails, you are always going to…have a problem with the background of the sky, the ambient section of the sky,…brightening up a lot.…Here are two images that I shot in Eureka Valley, part of Death Valley National Park.…Here's what I did without star trails, and then I did a 30-minute exposure with star trails.…This one in the left here is about a one-minute-long exposure. And you can see…that in addition to having a long enough exposure to capture wonderful smeary…stars, it also really brightened up the background of the sky.…
And so it makes the star trails less impressive. They are kind of washed out by…the ambient light in the sky, and a lot of that light is coming from the fact…that the sun had set over here. You can see it right here.…Just in case you're wondering, these streaks through this part of the image are…airplanes that were flying by at the time.…And notice here you can see the Milky Way.…The Milky Way even shows up over here as this bright streak of light right here.…
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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