How to Shoot in Low Light?

We all have to deal with low-light shooting as photographers Whether you’re taking pictures with a point and click during a night out, filming a wedding party, or catching a scene at dusk, it’s important to understand the fundamentals of low-light photography. Photography has everything to do with space. Low light photography is no different, offering new creative challenges and opportunities.

Use the available light:

We’re searching for sunny airy places to take our photos when we first begin photography. We focus on light-filled areas and find no relief in the darkness. Nevertheless, you may note that you may be drawn to shadows and low light environments when you create in your image.

DSLRs are great tools to record low-light scenes with large sensors and add a good low-light camera. But of course, no instrument is better than the craftsman’s expertise behind it — there are five suggestions for getting the most of your DSLR.

Be prepared:

With some pre-planning, low-light shooting is much simpler. What kind of light is there going to be? When is the best time to photograph? While you are unable to choose the period of many pictures, subjects such as night scenes benefit from choosing the right moment, such as sunset for a warm glow, dusk for a blue color, and total night to show some light sources.

The right tools render shooting in low light even easier — and without them, certain images are unlikely. Plan to carry the best mirror, a stand, projector or camera. Packing a tiny torch in your pocket is also useful, so you don’t mess around with the buttons in the night.

Prevent the camera from shaking:

More light means high shutter speeds. Slower speeds of shutter mean shaking the camera. Just use a tripod to keep the blur at bay. While a tripod will not combat blur from shifting objects, it will help avoid blurring the entire image from lens shaking. A tripod helps you to use shutter speeds that are faster than you can handheld and still get a clear image. Use a remote release (or the self-timer if you don’t have one) to steady your shot even further— even with a tripod, your hand on the lens can cause a bit of blur. Only make sure your tripod doesn’t hinder your view— if you need to do some exploring first, then go back to pick up your gear once you’ve found the right place to set up.

Use manual mode:

It’s in low light if there’s ever a chance to get off the road. If you haven’t already practice manual settings and use a shutter priority setting. This will allow you to select your shot’s right shutter speed. Try to keep it above 1/200 if you’re attempting to suspend activity. You can use a much faster shutter speed if you have a tripod or your object is motionless (or you want to block the motion).

Prefer noise over blur:

Low-light photography means choosing between high ISO setting noise and slow shutter speed blur. Nine times out of ten, a bright, clear picture is safer than a blurred one— and that 10th time with the long exposure method should be saved for deliberate motion blur. John Greengo, the teacher for our photography class Fundamentals, says it’s a classic beginner slip-up to compromise sharpness in a frame. “Blur takes each image down one or two steps, so be decisive in your sharpness.” Photoshop can reduce noise to some degree, but sharpness can not be mimicked. There’s no way to remedy that in post-processing when you take a blurry photo.


It is necessary to let as much light in as possible if daylight is reduced. That means using a wide or low f-number aperture. Yet, when it comes to aperture, not all lenses are created equal. Perhaps the model lens that came with your DSLR has a fixed f/3.6 aperture. Nevertheless, most lenses are going to reach or even lower f/1.8. When you film with a kit lens, by installing a quicker lens, you will see a big jump in your low light image quality. Lenses with large apertures are more common, but for less than $300, prime lenses (with no zoom) can often be found.

The bottom-line:

The lower the sun is, the more challenging the shot becomes, but shooting with low light will produce great images. High images of light are full of emotion. During the day, shooting the same scene at night will yield vastly different results than shooting the same thing. Mastering low-light shooting can be more challenging than working with those well-lit images, but the results are worth the extra effort.

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