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

Continues from previous tips on the subject of low light (link).

Tip 976 (Remaining still in low light photography): When you are trying to take a shot in low light photography, and you don’t have a tripod handy, you need to ensue that the camera remains as still as possible. This could mean several techniques such as trying to hold you hand still for a greater than normal time period, or even holding your breath for a slightly longer period, or even in a case that I saw where a lady kept a camera on her knee when sitting in order to try and stabilize the camera for some period of time.

Tip 977 (Use a prime lens where possible): Typically, when you have low light, you should have a camera setting that sets the aperture as wide as possible (you get a lot of advantage when you shoot at an aperture of f/1.8 vs. shooting with a regular kit lens of f/3.5 to f/4.6). Using a wider aperture means that you will be letting more light into your camera, increasing the chance of getting a better photo. However, as you try and get a lens with a low minimum aperture setting of f/1.8 or f/1.4, these lenses get very expensive. The prime lens is the one lens that is fairly inexpensive and gives you a good minimum aperture. Low aperture Lens from Amazon (Canon – Canon f/1.8 Prime, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Lens, Canon EF 50mm f1.4; Nikon – Nikon 35mm f/1.8, Nikon 50mm f/1.4, Nikon 35mm f/1.4, Sigma 50mm f/1.4)

Tip 978 (Problems with auto focus): Most people who are used to auto focus run into problems in low light conditions. In low light conditions, don’t you find that the camera takes more time to auto focus, that the flash keeps on coming on multiple times before the actual shot, and so on. The camera might find it difficult to take a photo in such low level conditions, and can get frustrating. If you want to take the shot, then try and focus on something else that is at the same distance from the camera but is more lighted (), or get somebody to shine a light on the subject while getting a focus on the subject. In addition, you could also use manual focusing to get a good sharp image.

Tip 979 (Sometimes the shot will fail): There are a number of challenges with regard to taking photos in low light. As a result, no matter what you do, there is an increased chance that the photo you take will turn out will need to be discarded. This can be disappointing, but the conditions of low light are not conducive to taking some great photos.

Tip 980 (Using wide / fast lens): When you take a shot in low light, it is recommended that you use a wide aperture lens. However, there is a paradox in this concept. The wider the aperture, the more light that the camera collects. However, when you have a wider aperture, the depth of field is much shallower. With a shallow depth of field, there is a higher chance that the object you want to shoot is not in focus, or you get something else in focus and not the main object.

Continued in this post (TBD)

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

Low light photography tips from Youtube (videos):

Photography Tutorial 11 ( Low Light Photography)

Low light event photography

The Secrets to Low Light Photography, Tips and Techniques

Low Light Photography – How To

Low Light Shooting

DSLR Tips: Night Photography

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