Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Light painting: behind the camera, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
We've worked pretty much exclusively with natural light in this course.…You've seen a couple of flash examples, but for the most part, we're just…working with the light that we find.…As you've seen very often when working in low light, you're working with a…very long shutter speed.…The shutter is open for a long time so that the camera can gather up as much…light as possible to create an image.…While it's gathering, you can actually manipulate that light that's there.…You can add more of your own and create a painting effect.…I don't mean an image that looks like a painting, but you can paint things with…light to control what's illuminated in your frame.…
We're going to do that right now.…You probably can't see it right now, but we've got this cool assortment of…gnarled twisted trees here, and sitting in them middle of them is Heather. And…what I want to do is create an image where she's lit up and the trees are not.…Now you might think, well, why don't you just put a flash on your camera?…
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
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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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