Photography Tips for Low Light Conditions

basic photographyAmong the several challenges that a photographer needs to overcome is poor lighting condition. There are instances when the location of a photo shoot has insufficient light or the schedule of shoot is set in the evening where light is not enough. An amateur photographer will surely find this problem quite challenging but a professional photographer who already has an experience in shooting under low light can surely find ways to solve this problem.

Here are some photography tips that professional photographers apply when confronted with a low light situation.

  1. Change camera settings

DSLR cameras have different features and specifications. You need to familiarize or even master your own camera in order to know how to best adjust it to get your desired shot. In a low light situation, the shutter speed, ISO and aperture of your camera as well as your lens can have a big impact on how little or adequate the light that gets in.

If you set the camera to its maximum ISO, more light can enter into the camera. You have to be careful though in adjusting because at times a high ISO can give you grainy images. It is often referred to as “noise” in the image. You really have to study and practice using your camera unit so you will know the safest maximum ISO that won’t produce blurry images.

  1. Use a wide aperture lens

If you only have the basic kit lens, then you eventually need to consider purchasing a wide aperture lens. A wide aperture lens which is sometimes termed as “fast lens” is best in low light situations. They can capture light because of their speed and so the wider the aperture of your lens is, more light can pass through it. When buying lenses, take not that wider lenses have lower f-number and so f/1.8 is wider than f /3.5. Our derby wedding photographer uses a wide aperture lens when light is insufficient inside a wedding venue.

  1. Make use of an external flash unit

If adjusting your camera and using a wide aperture lens still didn’t work, you can use an external flash unit. Avoid using your camera’s built-in flash because it can produce more dark areas in your image. Position the external flash unit to an angle where the scene will be illuminated and yet less to no shadow can be seen. If the light is too much, you can bounce it off the ceiling or wall or use another accessory to diffuse it.

  1. Learn the proper way of holding your camera

The way you hold or carry your camera can affect your captured image. There are proper ways to hold your camera when aiming for a shot and this is taught when you undergo photography training. An example is by holding the lens with all fingers in one hand and not just your thumb and forefinger. Doing this technique can help you produce clean, sharper images.

Frequent practice of shooting in low light can help you easily learn how to handle such situation. You will know what specific tip among the 4 mentioned above is applicable once you get used to it.

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