Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting lingering sunsets, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
The high ISO capabilities of today's cameras opens up a wealth of low-light and…nighttime landscape shooting possibilities.…But with those new opportunities comes some new problems, and in this chapter,…we're going to look at the different issues you'll face when you take your…camera out at night and point it at a landscape.…Before we get into that though, I want to bring your attention to one thing.…I'm standing here about 45 minutes after sunset, and I'm looking in the…direction where the sun just went down.…What I'm seeing with my eye is dark,…a nice dark sky with bright city lights.…But, if I point my camera at it and take a picture, I'm going to get…something very different.…
I cranked my ISO up to 3200, and at the moment, I'm just following what the…camera thinks I should do.…I am in program mode, and I'm taking its suggestion for shutter speed and aperture.…When I take the shot--and it's a long shutter speed, because it's dark out here--I get this.…That is not a dark sky.…The afterglow of the sunset is still raging through the sky there, and I'm not…
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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