Here are some top tips for photography in low-light!
- Analyse your images: There are many factors that could reduce the sharpness of your images. Always review them thoroughly at 100% magnification.
- 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.
- Think like your camera: Assess low-light scenes for elements that will challenge your camera. Think about each system (AF, Exposure, NR) in turn.
- Watch the Highlights: When shooting in near-darkness it is easy to forget above overexposure risks. Keep a close eye on your histogram.
- 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.
- 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.
- Compose with Care: Exclude large areas of black sky or blocked-up shadow to create a balanced frame with little wasted, empty space.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.