Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting by candlelight, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
(cross talk)…So dinner has started.…Steve is already in there shooting.…He is really on the ball.…I'm here kind of strategizing what I want to do.…I've come into the room, and it's plainly dark, and so I know that there are some…steps I am going to have to take.…First step I took was I put a faster lens on my camera.…I've got an f/2.8 lens that's going to let me get a nice wide aperture.…It's going to help keep my shutter speed fast, so that I know that I'll be…able to freeze motion.…
I also know that I'm going to need to make an ISO change,…so I've dialed my camera up to ISO 400.…Now, before I even take a shot, I'm going to find out if I'm right with my ISO idea,…so I'm going to quickly just meter a shot.…I'm just going to frame a shot of some kind, half-press the shutter button, and…see what my camera chooses for shutter speed.…I'm in Program mode right now, because I'm thinking I just want to keep this as…simple as possible on my end. I can always make it more complicated later.…So, I am metering and I am coming in at an eighth-of-a-second. That's way too slow,…
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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