Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Talking with Steve Simon about low-light photography, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
I am here with my friend and photographer, Steve Simon, veteran photojournalist…and all-around great guy.…Steve, I say veteran photographer; it makes it sound like you have been out…there under fire, shooting. …Steve Simon: Not so much, but I have been doing this a long time and I love it.…There is nothing I would rather be doing.…Ben: You have been doing this a long time.…And one of things that's really changed over the course of your career is the…ability to shoot in low light.…Steve: No question! I think we've been in a golden era of photography.…I mean now with digital photography and the sensors that we have now, there's…really nothing that can't be recorded and photographed.…
So it's an amazing opportunity for us to work with the available light that's…out there and really capture reality in a way that we weren't really able to do before this.…Ben: So as the noise-responsive sensors have gotten better and their sensitivity has…gotten better, their ability to pull more detail out of less light, has that…
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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