How to Get the Best in Low Light Photography?

Without proper lighting, the photographs can never produce the desired results. However, being photographers, you may find a number of various occasions where you have got to take photos during low light situations.

Following are some of the tips that can help you tackle the low light issue while photographing at a nighttime function or shooting at dawn or dusk.

Low Light Photography

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Increase ISO

You need to turn on the ISO. Basically the greater the ISO number the more responsive the camera’s sensors become to the light factor.

The extra noise being produced by the high ISO can be removed while the post-processing phase. Taking photos in RAW format often facilitates the post-processing phase.

Use Large Aperture

Make sure you use a large aperture. Large aperture allows more light to reach the lens. For instance, photos taken with f/2 allow more light to enter than those take with f/18.

Slow Shutter Speed

You need to have a slow shutter speed. Normally slow shutter speed allows more light to enter and hence will help in resolving the dim light photography issue to a great extent.

It is suggested to use a tripod if the shutter speed is less than 1/60th of a second.

Consider Flash

In case you need a flash, better not use the one, the camera is equipped with. It does not usually gives as good a result as an external light source can, since the camera flash directly hits the object which consequently gives a bland effect.

Try using external source of lighting and do not make the mistake of placing the lights in a way that the lights don’t hit the subject directly. Instead you can use reflectors etc to give a subtle touch to the photos.

Exposure Compensation (EV)

Don’t forget to make use of camera’s exposure compensation abilities. Most of the DSLR’s have a scale that ranges from -3 to +3 stops. Now, all you need to do is just increase the exposure compensation of the camera to have the extra light effect.

Summary

With all following the tips, I hope that you can overcome the low light effect to a considerable extent and hence can enjoy taking photographs anywhere and anytime of the day, regardless of the light of the atmosphere.

Enjoy your shootings.

Juan is a Design & Tech Blogger with strong interest in digital art, human computer interaction, enterprise system and system automation.

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