Top Tips for Photography in Low-Light!

January 17, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Hello friends,
Here are some top tips for photography in low-light!

  1. Analyse your images:  There are many factors that could reduce the sharpness of your images.  Always review them thoroughly at 100% magnification.
  2. Experiment with metering:  Don't forget to try changing the metering mode if you are experiencing exposure calculation problems.  It can make all the difference in tricky lighting.
  3. Think like your camera:  Assess low-light scenes for elements that will challenge your camera.  Think about each system (AF, Exposure, NR) in turn.
  4. Watch the Highlights:  When shooting in near-darkness it is easy to forget above overexposure risks.  Keep a close eye on your histogram.
  5. Don't be scared of ISO:  We are often taught to avoid high ISO at all costs, but using ISO 6400 can reveal new opportunities.
  6. Set minimum shutter speed:  Prevent nasty surprises by capping shutter speed at a hand-holdable setting, in order to avoid unexpected camera shake and detail deterioration.
  7. Compose with Care:  Exclude large areas of black sky or blocked-up shadow to create a balanced frame with little wasted, empty space.
  8. Shoot and shoot again:  Always assume the worst and shoot more frames than you need to help guarantee you have at least one sharp frame.
  9. Use the Extremes:  To achieve the most dramatic results, try using ultra-long exposures and also shoot either wide open or using a very small f-stop.
  10. Remember IS modes:  Don't neglect the lens' image stabilizer setting.  Remember to select the tripod mode if it's required, or another mode to suit the current shooting condition.

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