Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding aesthetics and composition, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
(cross talk)…We've been thinking a lot about the technical problems, but good technical…solutions aren't going to guarantee you that you're going to get a good picture.…You've got to frame a good shot, compose a good shot.…Any tips for shooting in this kind of situation for getting better stuff? …Steve Simon: Well, I guess, getting that technical stuff solved and out of the way so you can…concentrate on capturing the moments, and the people kind of enjoying themselves.…There are people likely that you know and you want to get nice shots of them, so you…want to capture them while they're having fun.…So once you've got the technical out of the way, you can concentrate on…capturing those moments when people are laughing and having a good time.…
I would often maybe come in a little bit close to have something kind of in the…foreground to help frame the image a little bit. And you never know what you're…going to do with these pictures,…so I might want to isolate some little close-ups and if I'm going to put…
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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