How to Nail Low Light Photography

September 12, 2018 By 1 Comment
How to nail low light photography

How to Nail Low Light Photography

Low Light Photography issues are something you all must have dealt with sometime or the other as photographers. The night isn’t the only time you can encounter dim lighting it can also occur inside buildings or even in narrow streets between tall buildings that block the sunlight. Light can have difficulty penetrating thick forests, particularly under cloud-covered skies. And weather conditions like storms and smoke from bushfires can also reduce ambient light levels.

If you want to nail low light photography, here are a few tips that can give you amazing photographs in low light conditions as well.

1. Do the preparation if it’s a planned shoot before hand:

Low light photography is much easier with some pre-planning. What kind of light will be there? When is the best time to take the photo? The right tools make low light photography much easier and some shots are impossible without them. Plan ahead of time to bring a tripod, flash and your fastest lens.


2. Low Shutter Speed:

Shutter Speed affects how much light enters the camera. The faster the shutter speed, the less light will enter. So if you are in a low light condition you can lower down your shutter speed but make sure that you and your subject are stable as much as possible or else you will end up with a motion blur.

3. Stabilize your shot:

In low light conditions it is necessary to keep your camera very stable or else you will end up with blurry images. It will be the best if you use a tripod and if you don’t have a tripod then try your best to be as stable as you can.

4. Widen your aperture:

The larger the aperture, the more light is entering the lens. This step isn’t particularly useful if you’re still using your standard kit lens as you’ll find that your maximum aperture is somewhere around f/3.5. This won’t let in enough light for good results. If you want to take a well exposed picture in low light you will need a lens with a wide enough aperture to let more light in.


5. Shoot in RAW:

This is something you should always be doing. RAW file is 16 Bit whereas JPEG is 8 Bit. If you shoot in RAW you have a better chance of improving your image in post-processing.

6. Use environmental light to your advantage:

Small lighting changes can make a big difference in your final image. When taking photos in low light, use whatever light that actually is available to illuminate your subjects. Brighter objects show less noise, so if photographing people, make sure the light is hitting their face, not their backs. It can be as simple as asking someone to turn their body slightly to the side

7. Practice:

The last one is practice as much as you can. If you want to attain perfect pictures in low light you have to practice as much as you can. Taking photos in low light can be a very interesting subject. You can try shooting in low light and with practice you can do wonders.

1 Comment on "How to Nail Low Light Photography"

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