The Low Light Digital photography Challenge

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Low light photography is an incredible challenge, especially if you're attempting to do it without the use of a flash. Low light photography is a challenge to any photographer. Low light photography is not necessarily just night photography, as many people assume.


Low light can be absolutely beautiful if used right, but it's up to you as a photographer to know the limitations of what your film or your digital camera can do. To make a great low light camera, a clean image at a high ISO value is one part of the equation - a very important one, but just one part. Depending on what type of camera, light meters are in-camera or hand held. In low-light environments, the camera might start to lose its autofocus capabilities. If your subject is close, try to use your "AF Assist" light in the camera to get good focus. Low-light photography is a lot of fun and you should definitely play and experiment with your camera in different lighting conditions.


In low light conditions, a faster shutter speed and a larger aperture are desirable. Shutter speed essentially refers to the length of time that the shutter is open and light can get in through the lens to the image sensor. Lower ISO and slower shutter speed will reduce the amount of graininess visible in photos taken in low light. If the shutter speed is too low, you will get camera shake and/or motion blur from moving subjects. For most day-to-day photography, shutter speed should be fast enough to yield sharp results and avoid motion blur.

Three key settings can be adjusted to compensate for low light while still producing quality photos: ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. ISO setting is also related to shutter speed and aperture value. A larger aperture will allow more light into the camera to compensate for the reduction in the amount of light entering the lens which results from the faster shutter speed. The best way to learn about the settings for low-light photography is to get out into the field and play with ISO, shutter speed, and aperture value.


Many people tend to automatically go with flash in low light situations, but it's often better to use natural lighting. Flash is often not desirable or even allowed (for example, at concerts or in a museum) when taking photographs in low light conditions. Unfortunately, using flash in a lot of situations frequently ruins the mood of the photo, and probably also ruins the emotional power of the photograph. In other words, a high ISO setting should be selected when shooting in low light without flash.

Bottom line, low light photography is about more than just high-ISO ability. One of the things that you can do with low light photography is to capture motion in lights like cars - a beautiful image will result should you achieve this. Low light photography requires a lot of skill with the camera and a truly creative mind. Interested in reading about what more you can do with photography? Check out:PhotographsOnline

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