Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Street shooting, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
Shooting in the city at night is not that much different than shooting in the…city during the daytime. Just as in the day, you are going to wander…around and you are going to look for good light, and when you find good light,…you are going to work it.…You are going to try to find the subject within it somewhere. You are going…experiment in different ways and see what you can make out of that scenario.…Now the big difference is that during the day, of course, your light is…predominately coming from overhead and it's casting a very particular kind of…shadows and illuminating things in a very particular kind of way.…Maybe it's also reflecting off of buildings and things and creating some…indirect light that's very nice, but it's still all coming over from overhead.…
At nighttime, your lights coming from lots of different places and it's lots…of different colors.…You have got light a bit above you, but you also got light coming directly…from the side. It's all different colors. It's casting lots of very different kinds of shadows.…
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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