Taking pictures in a low light condition is one of the many problems that a photographer usually can encounter. Low light conditions can usually be found at places like your home or any place where you can barely see any light. Naturally, photographers react to this condition through the use of flash and tripods. But the problem is, you don’t carry your tripod that much, yeah? Also, if you use flash when taking a photo, you will more likely get a washed out photo. How do you solve this? Below are some low light photography tips.
Use slower shutter speeds. Using slower shutter speed will result to better lighted photos. This is because the slower the shutter speed the more light is allowed in. The downside of this strategy is that even a small move will make your images blurry. That is why it is very important to keep your hand stable and your camera as still as you can when you are in a lower shutter speed and are not using flash.
Get closer to any light source available in the scene. You can get more light for your camera to use when you stand closer to a light source. You can stand next to large windows especially if it is clear (no curtains or blinds as these hinder the light from coming in).
Keep it still. Stabilization is an important part in photographing low light condition. The best way to deal with this is to support your right hand in carrying the camera by using your left hand. The elbows should be pulled closer to your body as this can help in keeping your camera stable. you can also take a shot while sitting down on the ground. Position your any of your knee on the ground and use the other one to support by resting your arm on it. Once you feel stable, gently push the shutter button and slightly release. See if the photo is sharp. Continue practicing shooting at lower shutter speeds and lessen camera shake. You can also use a tripod or you can even try to set your camera’s timer or you can utilize a shutter release cable. If your camera has a built-in stabilization feature, you can set it on. This can usually be found on the camera’s body or the camera lens.
Increase your ISO. Set your ISO to a higher number and do a test shot. The only problem of this technique is that it can produce too much noise. That is why you should check and see if you can tolerate the noise it produces. You can remove the noise during the post-processing. You can start your ISO at 800 and then go up from there. As you increase the ISO, more light will be permitted to reach the camera’s sensor.
Consider adjusting your aperture. The aperture will tell you how much light the sensor allows in. Smaller f-stop number (wide aperture) will help you capture low light images without making use of a flash.
Don’t forget to set your camera on manual settings so that you can take the picture anytime you want at your own decision and creativity.