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Tips and techniques for taking photos in low light ..

Tip 956 (The obvious one, use the flash): When shooting in low light, and when the object is near, a flash is the most obvious solution to shooting in low light. The flash is able to highlight the object quickly enough so that the camera is able to capture the reflected light back and get a good image. Almost all modern cameras will be able to do this easily enough.

Tip 957 (Using of the flash is a problem sometimes): However, you cannot use the flash on every occasion. If you are shooting at a social event, or at some public performance, using a flash can be problematic. Public performances prohibit the use of a flash, and at social events, use of a flash can break the natural flow of events (and make people much stiffer rather than natural poses).

Tip 958 (Flash useless when shooting at long distances): The flash only has a limited range. I have seen people trying to shoot monuments in the darkness, and the flash simply cannot illuminate objects at such a distance. A flash is good when you are trying to shoot images at a much shorter distance, such as shooting images of the family or friends posing in front of the camera.

Tip 959 (Shooting at much slower speed): When you are shooting in low light conditions, the shutter needs to be open for much longer times than in daylight, and as a result, the shutter needs to be open for much longer than in low light conditions than in daytime. So, if a scene can be shot at a shutter speed of 1/250 in the daytime, during the evening, when light is much much lower, you may need to use a speed of 1/30 of a second.

Tip 960 (Dealing with shake at low light conditions): As in the previous tip, as your camera shutter opens for a longer time period, you have to start dealing with the problem of increased shake. When the camera shutter is open for a time period of less than 1/60th of a second, any shake when taking the photo does not show up; however, if you are shooting at something like 1/15th of a second, the shake in the hand of the person holding the camera can cause blurring of the camera. If you are not able to avoid shooting at such speeds, then the use of a tripod, or placing the camera at some fixed point eliminates the shake.

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