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

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

Tip 986 (Using burst mode): Typically in low light photography, when you don’t have a tripod or some other place to put the camera to get a stable photo, then you have to take a hand-held photo. The problem with hand-held photos is due to the shake that can happen, even caused by something such as pressing the shutter of the camera. One way to avoid this specific shake (caused by pressing the shutter button of the camera) is to use burst mode. In the burst mode, the camera takes 3-5 photos in quick succession, and though the first shot would have the effect of the shake, the other photos do not have the same effect and can turn out to be more stable and less blurry.

Tip 987 (White Balance): Shooting in low light conditions can result in different White Balance effects, depending on what is the kind of lighting in the frame such as using a tube light, tungsten lighting, etc. If you were shooting in RAW, you could adjust the RAW balance later using software such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Tip 988 (Do post processing): In many cases, you can use software to do post processing of the image. Doing stuff such as adjusting the light levels, doing sharpening or reducing the noise can result in great improvements to the photo. You would be surprised how a photo that you might not like before this retouching becomes acceptable after doing some of these adjustments and fine-tuning.

Tip 989 (Keep on experimenting): Getting good pictures in low light conditions is difficult, and for somebody who either does not have the experience, or who has not gone through these tips, it can be very frustrating. Keep on shooting, keep on experimenting, and you will see the quality of the photos coming out much better.

Tip 990 (Sometimes the blur can be fun): In a lot of the previous tips, the focus has been on getting crisp shots with good focusing. However, getting a blur is not bad in every case. In some specific cases, the blur, if done artistically can turn out to be good. Suppose you are taking a shot of a dance performance where there is no control of the light, no flash allowed, and so on. In such cases, you can try and get a good shot where the movement of the artists is captured, and you will that an occasional shot turns out to be very good.

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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