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Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light

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Overview

Describes the tools, creative options, and special considerations involved in shooting with a DSLR camera at night or in low-light conditions, such as sunset or candlelight.

Join photographer and teacher Ben Long as he describes the tools, creative options, and special considerations involved in shooting with a DSLR camera at night or in low-light conditions, such as sunset or candlelight. The course addresses exposure decisions such as choice of aperture and shutter speed and how they impact depth of field and the camera's ability to freeze motion.

Ben also shows how to obtain accurate color balance in tungsten and fluorescent lighting situations, and how to postprocess the images in Photoshop to remove noise caused by higher ISO settings. He also demonstrates accessories that can greatly expand your low-light photography options.

Syllabus

Introduction
  • Welcome
1. Setting the Stage
  • What can you shoot in low light?
  • What you need for this course
2. Exposure Considerations
  • Working with exposure parameters in low light
  • Working with image sensors in low light
  • Working with shutter speed in low light
  • Considering motion blur
  • Working with ISO in low light
  • Assessing your camera's high ISO capability
  • Working with in-camera noise reduction
  • Working with aperture in low light
  • Understanding dynamic range
  • Working with color temperature and white balance
  • Exposing to the right
3. Scenario: A Dinner Party
  • Introduction
  • Talking with Steve Simon about low-light photography
  • Shooting by candlelight
  • Choosing a mode
  • Exploring the role of lens stabilization
  • White balance considerations
  • Flash considerations
  • Problem solving
  • Understanding aesthetics and composition
4. Scenario: A Performance
  • Introduction
  • Preparing for the shoot
  • Act I: adjusting to the light
  • Intermission: reviewing the strategy
  • Act II: moving to the back of the house
  • After the show: lessons learned
  • Reviewing the performance images
5. Scenario: In a City
  • Shooting in the shade
  • Street shooting
  • Shooting flash portraits at night
  • Controlling flash color temperature
  • Adjusting exposure to preserve the mood
  • Dynamic range considerations
6. Scenario: Landscapes
  • Shooting lingering sunsets
  • Exploring focusing strategies
  • Composing and focusing at night
  • Shooting the stars
  • Practicing low-light landscape shooting
  • Focusing on the horizon in low light
7. Special Effects
  • Light painting: behind the camera
  • Light painting: in front of the camera
  • Manipulating long shutter speeds
8. Post-Processing Considerations
  • Correcting white balance
  • Correcting white balance with a gray card
  • Correcting white balance of JPEG images
  • Blending exposures with different white balances
  • Brightening shadows
  • Reducing noise
  • Sharpening
  • Correcting depth-of-field issues
  • Correcting night skies
Conclusion
  • Goodbye

Taught by

Ben Long

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