Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Practicing low-light landscape shooting, part of Foundations of Photography: Night and Low Light.
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All right. By now, you should know the drill.…You come out in the dark, you stand around, you look for the shot, you frame the…shot, you focus the shot, you think about your exposure.…Now what I have got here now is this big railroad tie that has washed ashore.…And way out over there are the cliffs and the sea and the rocks…offshore, so I am thinking this railroad tie makes a good anchor for a shot.…It's not that it's some kind of fascinating subject, but it's a place to hold the…viewers eye while I frame a larger shot around this entire scene here.…
And I want some sky in the shot because I want some stars.…So again, I'm going to start by framing my shot, and it's bright enough out here…with the moon that I have ballparked it just by looking through the viewfinder,…but I still can't quite see the edges because it's dark.…I'm going to now take a shot as quickly as possible, just for the sake of…visualizing here and hence checking my framing.…So to get that as fast as possible, I am going to up my ISO to 12,000--not an…
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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