Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Problem solving, part of Foundations of Photography: Night and Low Light.
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(cross talk)…The far side of the table there has a lot of nice light on faces. The near side…of the table, they're back lit, and there is not that much I can do about that,…in so far as the lighting goes.…So as a photographer, I need to make some decisions about what I can do to try…to cover this side of the table.…Now, you could make the decision of, I'm just now going to cover this side of the table,…I'm going to shoot the people that are in good light, and those are the…pictures that I'll get.…
But, obviously, if you want pictures of everybody, you might find yourself…shooting with no choice in situations where the light is simply bad.…So what can I do here?…I can choose to overexpose and I do that with my exposure compensation. That's…one way is just dial in a little more overexposure.…I'm going to lose things in the background, but that's okay; I'm going to pick up faces.…I can also ask them to turn. Particularly if it's a family gathering, or a…situation where it's people you know, there's nothing wrong with asking them to help you out by…
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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