Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring focusing strategies, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
Low light can play havoc with your camera's autofocus system.…Just like your eye, it needs a certain amount of light just to be able to see…well enough to focus, and when it's this dark, it just can't get anywhere.…I don't know if you can tell, but Heather is standing over there, but she is…in complete darkness.…If I try and frame up a shot here in autofocus. I'm just half-pressing my…shutter button to autofocus, just like I always would, and all I'm getting is an…image that's going blurry and then less blurry and blurry and less blurry.…The camera is hunting for focus and it's not able to find it because it's…just too dark out here.…
So, what happens now?…Do I just give up on the shot?…Fortunately no. Even though it's really dark out here, I have a number of…options to consider for trying to get her in focus.…Now, we're not going to talk about actually how to expose her, how to get the finished shot.…Right now, we're just going to talk about getting her in focus, because if we…can't get her in focus, we don't need to worry about exposure.…
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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