February 2012
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Tips and techniques for taking photos in low light (contd) ..

Continues from previous tips on the subject of low light.

Tip 966 (Setting a delay while taking a photo on a tripod): When you are taking a photo while keeping the camera on a tripod or on a fixed location, there is a big chance that there will be a shake when the camera shutter button is pressed. To avoid this shake, what is required is that you set a delay in the taking of the photo, so that when you press the shutter release button, there is a delay in the taking of the photo, and any shake caused by pressing the button is eliminated.

Tip 967 (Keep the aperture open as much as possible): As part of low light photography, you need to ensure that the camera sensor gets as much as light as possible. For that purpose, either in Manual mode or Aperture control, set your aperture to as much as open as possible, say 1.4 or 2.8.

Tip 968 (Get fast lenses when possible): If you have a SLR and are shooting in low light, you should get fast lenses. A fast lens means that for the same amount of light possible, the camera will be able to shoot at a few stops better. So, a normal lens would allow for shooting at a certain light level with an aperture value of 1/4.5, while a good lens would allow shooting at an aperture level of 1/2.8; this will allow more light to be available to the camera sensor.

Tip 969 (Shooting at a shutter priority mode): This is something that I found invaluable when shooting in low light conditions. You don’t have a tripod, the flash is no good, and you don’t care if the image is not perfect. So, set a shutter speed of 1/40 or 1/60 (but not less than that, because of camera shake problems), and then shoot in RAW. Even if your image is a bit dark, you can do some amount of RAW editing and add some exposure later in post-processing steps.

Tip 970 (Shoot in RAW to do some editing later): When you are shooting in low light conditions, and if you have the option, be sure to shoot in RAW. Shooting in RAW gives you much greater control when you want to edit your photos later to enhance the amount of exposure in your photos.

Continued in the following post (link)

The Low Light Photography Field Guide: The essential guide to getting perfect images in challenging light Night and Low-Light Photography Photo Workshop The Complete Guide to Digital Night & Low-Light Photography

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