When you are trying to capture the perfect image, it can be difficult if the light is not working in your favor. And of course, the amount of light you capture when snapping a picture can make a big difference when it comes to the overall quality of your photograph.
Low light photography is all about grabbing an image while using minimal light sources. This means you have to keep the shutter open just long enough to grab a quality picture. In short, it’s like a perfect balancing act.
That’s why today we are going to look at 4 tips for taking pictures in low light environments, using the best low light camera around, so that you can capture that moment in time that you want to treasure forever.
1. Avoid the Flash
It may seem like a good choice to use the flash when in low light conditions. However, sometimes your camera’s flash ruins the dynamic nature of the image you are photographing. By allowing the natural light to enter the camera, you have a higher chance of capturing the contrast between the light and dark parts of the scene. This adds depth to your photo that is not easily captured.
2. Adjust the ISO
Increasing your camera’s ISO (sensor sensitivity) forces the sensor to collect light faster. This leads to better quality images, though it also opens up the possibility for increased noise. For example, intricate details in fabrics may show or make your image look grainy.
To avoid ruining the quality of your image turn your ISO way up and snap a few pictures. Then, if required, slowly turn the ISO down and measure the quality of the image after every shot to find the sweet spot.
3. Decrease Your Aperture
Professionals call the size of the opening in the lens the aperture. When in a dimly lit situation, open your camera’s lens as wide as possible to let in as much light as possible. It’s the only way to grab a clear photograph.
The aim here is to increase the aperture just enough to let sufficient light in, while also keeping the focal part of the image as large as possible to avoid blurriness. If you have multiple objects in the frame you are trying to grab, you will have to decide which objects you want to stay in focus, and which you will let fall by the wayside.
4. Be Steady
Whether you use manual or automatic settings on your camera, remain as steady as possible. This is especially true during low light conditions. The reason is, the wider the lens the more focal point you are capturing. This larger focal point will show even the slightest shake.
In the end, photography in low light conditions can lend itself to some very beautiful images. However, you need to know what you are doing beforehand so that you don’t waste time dealing with blurry, grainy, or dark photographs.