Photography is directly linked to light. This plays a decisive role in the composition and aesthetics of the image, as in its final quality. Indeed, when you take photos in low light because it is lacking, it may seem difficult to get beautiful photos.
We are going to see how to best control your device to understand shooting in low light. We will cover the basic exposure and focus settings, I will also give you some tips so that you will never be disappointed when you return from an exhibition, a concert, or a birthday.
What is Low Light?
Observe your surroundings. Depending on the time, place, season, weather, natural light ( from the sun ) is never the same. When the sun is shining and the sky is clear, the amount of light is important. It is a “high light” situation. When the sun is veiled, in the morning, in the evening, the amount of light is lower. This is a “low light” situation.
The main advantage of low lights is that you can take different photos and videos, with more relief, shadow play, and nice blacks and grays. They should not be left out!
Tips To Get the Best Video in Low Light
Here, I’m going to walk you through some tips and tricks for getting great low-light photos. Before proceeding with the techniques, make sure you learn all the manual modes of your video camera for low light conditions, as it allows you to control every functional aspect of your camera.
1. Choice of Light Measurement Mode
Pay attention to the light measurement mode you use ( find out more ). During a show, for example, the subject is often very brightly lit and the rest of the scene very dark. Matrix metering tends to expose the entire image. If the subject is small and bright against a dark background, it will be overexposed. If it is small and dark on a light background it will be underexposed.
To remedy the problem, it is necessary either to correct the exposure of several environments or to engage the spot metering ( more delicate to use ) by measuring the light on the main subject.
2. The Stability Of The Case
When you shoot, the slightest movement can introduce motion blur. This is why you should use the shortest possible exposure time. If you cannot use a sufficiently short exposure time, you must remember to stabilize your case as much as possible. Do you have the option of using a tripod or a monopod? Do not deprive yourself of it! You can then use a longer exposure time. But not all circumstances allow you to use a tripod.
The grip of your case is very important: you must tighten it firmly. You can also rest your elbows against your chest to stabilize yourself more. Do not hesitate to lean against a wall or a railing. This will help you move less. When the trigger is to release, gently squeeze the shutter release button so that you do not move too much.
3. Use Light Sources Advantageously
Low light means that the lighting is dim, but not nonexistent. So, do not hesitate to integrate the available light sources as much as possible. In the image below, I chose to light the lamp located above the potter in order to illuminate the scene, even if the idea is to highlight the craftsman. Without this lamp, the amount of light was not sufficient to achieve a short exposure time and have a clear photo. Thanks to this additional light source, I was able to use a shorter exposure time.
In some cases, if the lighting conditions are really very poor, you will use the flash built into your camera. You can then have a short exposure time and get a clear photo. However, the colors will be distorted because of this artificial lighting. So try to avoid this fallback as much as possible.
4. Auto ISO setting
Auto ISO can be seen as a ‘ beginner ‘ mode until the day after shooting indoors in manual ISO, you forget to change the ISOs at the end of the session and you find yourself having to photos in bright sunlight at ISO 6.400.
Taking good photos and video in low light is possible!
By using settings that are right for your camera and your subject, you can take good-quality photos in low light. Recent cameras deliver images whose noise level is very low up to ISO 3,200 and quite manageable in post-processing up to ISO 12,800. Another good reason to dare to photograph in low light!