Low-light photography

January 18, 2007 2:20am CST
I am a hobbyist in photography and currently practicing on low-light photography. I'd like to hear some of your ideas/experiences on this topic. Maybe you'd also like to share techniques and the lens and camera settings that you usually use.
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6 responses
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
27 Jan 07
If you have a Canon SLR I woudl suggest you purchase the 50mm f1.8 lens. It is less than $100.00, and produces sharp photos in low light. I use it for most of my indoor sports photos. I get very good stop action without blurring. I shoot at ISO 1600 and when I shoot outdoor at night I use a monopod or tripod.
@jynt_aa (154)
• India
26 Jan 07
well i do not have much idea about this but all you need is a high resolution camera and high mega pixels. the more your pixels are the better low-light photography can be done. you can prefer camera with ranging from 5 to 10 mega pixels. they do cost a lot but much of help in professional photography.
@volschenkh (1044)
• South Africa
18 Jan 07
Hi I am not sure what you mean by low-light photography as a technique, to me its more a condition that really makes photography difficult. For this type of conditions you will need really good fast lenses with maximum aperture down to 2.8 (or even lower) to really get sharp images!
• Philippines
19 Jan 07
Thanks, that's helpful. What I meant was we need some "techniques" to shoot photos in low-light conditions. :) So your suggestions help! Based on my experience also, we can use bulb exposure (slow shutter speed) but that we need a tripod so there will be no camera shake.
@shmeedia (1045)
• Canada
30 Jan 07
i think a tripod and bulb with a trigger for tripping your shutter at a distance is the best method, if you are using 35mm cameras. this can give terrific results, but you will have to experiment with your exposures and bracket until you achieve the desired effect. if you don't mind grain, you should also use a high iso film (like 1600ASA). if you're going for digital cameras, the coolest results i have achieved have been by using the actual 'night setting' mode. i know this doesn't exist on all cameras, but if you are lucky enough to have such a feature, try it out. you can also get some neat ghostly effects with some experimentation!
• United States
2 Feb 07
do digital cameras have reciprocity failure?
@rhinoboy (2129)
2 Feb 07
If I knew what that was I would love to answer!! I'm quite interested in what it actually is though. Could you post up a brief explanation please?
@rhinoboy (2129)
2 Feb 07
I can only agree with the comments made above. I'm just a novice snapper, but luckily my camera (Fuji Finepix A350) has the 'Night' setting as mentioned above. I don't have a full tripod, but a small flexy one which works well enough. i tried messing with the night shots a while ago, and found that the shutter speed is noticably slow. Every shot I took was really blurred when i held the camera (even leaning against a wall for stability). I found that using the delay and setting the camera on the tripod made for some excellent shots under street lighting. I must also add that there were no moving objects in these, so i don;t kow what people would come out like.
@dh0n_5 (16)
• Philippines
26 Jan 07
The key in low light photography is the TRIPOD whether you have fast lens or slow lens and you should set you lens to manual settings and then focus. Use the slow or bulb settings to let the sensor capture everything. I also suggest to use remote or cable released coz even thought you used tripod camera shake will always occurs when you push the shutter button in your camera. Hope this help good luck