Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Dynamic range considerations, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
Very often, when you're shooting in extremely low light, like nighttime, you…find yourself encountering high-dynamic-range situations, and that's what we…have got here right now.…They seem a little counterintuitive because we tend to think of high dynamic…range as really bright skies, and maybe dark foregrounds and things like that,…but we've got a variation on that.…We've got this bright street light up here, this point light source, and we've…got all this dark shadow around it.…Now, what I want to do is bring some detail out of that dark driveway.…But as I do that, I am going to blow that light out more.…It's going to get bigger and bigger in the frame.…
This is very often something you're going to encounter in low light or at night-…time, and there are some things you can do to manage it.…First of all, you an accept that seeing big blown out lights like that is just…part of the aesthetic of night shooting. It's part of the aesthetic of low-light…photography, and personally, I like the way it looks.…
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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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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