Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the role of lens stabilization, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
(cross talk)…By now, you should be pretty aware that the big problem you're going to face in…low light is simply blurry images.…When the light gets low, your shutter speed slows down, and it becomes much…harder to freeze motion, and you introduce the problem of camera shake.…There are a lot of different things you can do to try and mitigate that.…Steve, you're very excited about your VR lens.…Steve: I am. You know, VR is a technology that really has enabled you to get sharp images,…hand holding at slower shutter speeds. And even though we've upped our ISO, mine…a little higher than yours,…the shutter speed that I'm shooting at is still not one that I'm convinced…movement will not be introduced by the camera. Obviously VR lenses that…stabilize and allow you to shoot at slow shutter speeds by keeping the camera…very safe with the VR mechanism,…it won't freeze movement of your subjects, but it'll keep your camera shake from…causing blur. And blur is often a dealbreaker in a photo.…
Sometimes it can add to the atmosphere of the situation and it's okay.…
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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