Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Exposing to the right, part of Foundations of Photography: Night and Low Light.
There's a certain amount of light in this room right now that's illuminating me this much.…If we double the amount of light, if we bring them twice as many of the exact…same kind of lights and turn them all on, our eyes will not actually register a…doubling of illumination.…Our senses don't work that way. All of our senses are that way.…If I hand you a bowling ball and then hand you another bowling ball, you don't…actually perceive a doubling in weight.…Our senses are nonlinear;…they actually look on a logarithmic scale.…Film is the same way.…If you double the amount of light in a scene, you don't get a doubling of…illumination when you're shooting film.…
Your digital camera, though, is different;…it employs a linear capture system.…What that means, practically, is that when you're working in low light there is an…exposure strategy that you can employ that may help you keep noise down.…Here is how it works.…There are a certain number of levels of brightness that your camera can capture.…Say it can capture 4000 levels of brightness.…
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
Foundations of Photography: Exposurewith Ben Long3h 24m Appropriate for all
Foundations of Photography: Compositionwith Ben Long5h 29m Intermediate
Foundations of Photography: Black and Whitewith Ben Long3h 4m 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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