Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Preparing for the shoot, part of Foundations of Photography: Night and Low Light.
So I have gotten into the theater early. It's time to choose a place to sit down.…We got performers already coming in, getting ready to start rehearsing.…I've got some time to do this because of the access we have had.…If you're walking in with the crowd, you are going to have to make this…decision pretty quickly. Obviously if you've got a predefined seat, you don't have much choice.…So where do I begin if I have got the whole auditorium to choose. Where am I going to sit?…Well, I have got a lot of different options.…First of all, obviously I've got these poles in the way, which are a drag. I don't…want to be behind them.…You might think, well, I am going to be right in the front row so that I can really see.…
Well that is one choice, and I am probably going to do some of that.…Bear in mind that when I am right down here and looking up at the performers…and that's not always the most flattering angle, particularly with stage light behind them.…I think it's going to work okay in this situation just because the stage is…
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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