Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Flash considerations, part of Foundations of Photography: Night and Low Light.
I want to show you one very simple mistake that people often make when they're…working in low-light situations, and that's they do this.…Your pop-up flash is really not what you want to do in this…particular situation.…This flash is not meant to brighten up a dark area; it's meant to fill in…shadows in bright daylight.…The problem with the pop-up flash on your camera is that it's right in front of your subject.…It's throwing a bunch of light directly into their face, and we're used to…having light come from above.…It's a whole lot of light. It's coming from the wrong direction. It's not a very…pretty color. There are a lot of things that can go wrong when you use the…pop-up flash in a low-light situation like this.…
First of all, people can just look like they've got radiation burns; they've got…all this garish light on there.…You can use the flash exposure compensation feature of your camera to try and dial it back.…But even if you do that, they still look just like they're lit from the wrong direction.…
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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