Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with shutter speed in low light, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
Just as you cannot see as well in the dark, your camera has a more difficult…time creating an image if you don't have enough light.…Now, not enough light doesn't mean an image that's completely dark. Long before…you get to full darkness,…you'll encounter the problem of a scene that simply doesn't have enough light to…show a level of detail that the viewer can make sense of.…Now you determine how bright or dark your final images through your exposure…controls: shutter speed, aperture, ISO.…You should already be familiar with these and how they interrelate.…
But let's quickly review a couple of critical low-light concerns.…As the shutter is open longer, moving objects in your scene will get blurrier…and if you're shaking the camera at all, overall sharpness in your image will…decrease, due to camera shake.…Of course, leaving the shutter open longer is one of the ways that you can get…more light onto the sensor.…So in low light, you'll be battling this balance of a shutter speed that's long…enough to get you to light that you need but not so long that it introduces…
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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