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HOW TO TAKE BETTER PHOTOS IN LOW LIGHT

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PHOTOGRAPHY by KRISS on 28 october 2015

This morning I came across this brilliant article from Jaymi Heimbuch on mother nature network.
It is very complete and explains quite well the basics of shooting in low light.

Shoot in manual mode.
Open your aperture.
Go to higher ISOs.
Lower your shutter speed.
Shoot raw and correct in Lightroom if underexposed.

All in all, for all the categories, everything is explained thoroughly and I encourage you to go read this article.
However, since there is no comment section on their website, I take the opportunity to point out something else.

Use you camera as a light meter.

Go in manual mode and have a look around, you could be surprised how much difference there is between two areas that does not seem so different to the eye.

I am lucky enough to shoot with a Nikon D4s under low light conditions, and even with this beast this trick has saved me from shooting at ISO25000 and rather shoot at ISO8000 many times.

Of course for wildlife subjects this can be a little more tricky.

Another thing as well is to take the opportunity of low light conditions to make things another way.

Don’t get too stubborn trying to get the shot the way you wish you could if there was plenty of light.
Just make something else.
For instance you could well shoot a beautiful silouhette by simply spot measuring the brightest bit of your frame, lock and then shoot your subject.

I take the liberty to illustrate this post with Jaymi’s beautiful shots of course !

HOW TO TAKE BETTER PHOTOS IN LOW LIGHT

HOW TO TAKE BETTER PHOTOS IN LOW LIGHT

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