Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting the stars, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
If you missed the last movie, I would like to give you a quick update and let…you know that this is not what I normally wear to the beach.…But it's the middle of the night and it's still really cold.…Now we have lit the scene, just like we did in the last movie.…It's actually much darker out here than what you're seeing right now.…We've got a splash of light behind so you can kind of see where I am at, and…we've got me in a pool of light.…My eyes though, when these lights turn off, do great.…We are just trying to compensate for the fact that modern video cameras are…nowhere near the low- light capability of the eye.…We are going to try another picture here.…
It's going to be mostly the same kind of problem-solving situation that we used…in the last image, except this time we are going to work stars into it, and stars…complicate things because they're another decision you have to make; they're another…parameter you have to balance.…You got to decide, do you want pin pricks of light or do you want trails of light.…
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
Photography Foundations: Exposure (2010)with Ben Long3h 24m Appropriate for all
Photography Foundations: Compositionwith Ben Long5h 29m Intermediate
Photography Foundations: Black and Whitewith Ben Long3h 3m 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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