Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Focusing on the horizon in low light, part of Foundations of Photography: Night and Low Light.
A typical landscape shot is usually something like I've got here, a big grand…vista, where I want everything all the way out to the horizon in focus.…You may not be able to see the horizon right now because it's too dark for our…video cameras to pick it up.…So I'm going to take a quick picture here for you.…I've cranked my ISO up to 12,000.…I'm just going to grab a quick sloppy shot of the horizon here so you can see…more what I'm seeing with my naked eye.…My eye is not showing me an image that's quite that bright, but I can see that…horizon out there, the edge of the mountains, with my naked eye.…
If you're new to landscape photography your first impulse might be, oh, okay, I…need to just focus on the horizon, I need to focus on infinity. That's actually…not the way to do it.…You got to remember how depth of field works.…Depth of field is measured around your point of focus.…So for example, if I have 6 inches of depth of field it doesn't start at the…end of the--my depth of field does not start at the end of the lens and go out for 6 inches.…
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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