Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting flash portraits at night, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
I said at the beginning of this course that this was not a course on flash…shooting or lighting, that we're going to be working with natural light,…and that's still true.…Nevertheless, flash is one way of dealing with a low-light situation.…It's a complicated subject and we're still not going to do a flash course, but…there is one simple thing you can do to really improve your flash photos in low…light, and I want to show that to you now.…The problem with flash is that it has limited range.…Anything outside of the range of the flash is going to be darkness.…When you shoot with your flash, the camera exposes for the level of illumination…that your flash is producing and so anything within that cone of light that the…flash makes will be well exposed.…
Anything outside of it is off limits and dark.…Let me show you a practical example of what I mean.…I've got Josh over here.…I'm going to take his picture.…I'm turning my flash on. I'm at ISO 100.…I'm in program mode, so I'm just going to let the camera decide what 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
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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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