Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Light painting: in front of the camera, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
In the last movie, you saw us paint a subject in the frame with a flashlight.…You couldn't see the flashlight itself, but you could see the light that was hitting…Heather as she sat in the frame.…A long exposure like this in low light, we can create another effect by making…the light itself visible. That burns a nice light into the image which we can…then play with. We are going to try that right now.…Jacob is going to go into frame with his flashlight and do a little bit of light…painting directly into the camera, and I think when that happens, this is all…going to make sense to you.…Jacob, are you ready? All right! Jacob: Yeah.…
Can we kill this light over here?…Again, we've got artificial light on so that you can see me.…All right, Jacob, you're going to have 20 seconds.…Now as in the previous example, we have all--I've already calculated the ambient…light exposure settings, so that I know that with this 20-second exposure, I'm…going to have a lot of nice ambient light on the tree.…So, what we're capturing now is that ambient light plus what he's about to do…
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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