Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with image sensors in low light, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
So the story goes that one fall day, two engineers at Bell Labs, George Smith…and Willard Boyle, spent about an hour sketching out an idea for a new type of…semiconductor that could be used as computer memory, you know, as one does on a nice fall day.…Anyway, they thought that the semiconductor could also be used to create a video…camera that didn't require vacuum tubes.…In that hour, the two men created the plan for the charged coupled device, or CCD chip.…
Now, we tend to think of digital cameras as a fairly new technology, but that…fall day that I am talking about was in October of 1969.…Within a year, Bell Labs had created a video camera using Smith and Boyle's new semiconductor.…Their idea was to create a very simple device that could be used in a video…telephone, but they soon had created a camera that was good enough for broadcast TV work.…It wasn't until the late 1990s though that the quality from these image sensors had…gotten good enough for still photography work. A still photo requires far more…
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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