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Conditions where the ambient (existing) light is of a low level (dark). Photographers often use additional lighting equipment or long exposures in low light conditions.

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Nikkor lens for landscape photography day / night [on hold]

I'm currently using a Nikon D5200 with a 18-55mm lens and am wanting to get myself a new lens. I'm looking for a really sharp lens that "was built" to shoot landscapes in both good and bad light. ...
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Iso in Dark Rooms ? [duplicate]

I have been taking photos for a while now. But just don't understand the ISO much, What happens to the photos in dark room with a low ISO Compared to high ISO? THANK YOU
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Reducing ambient color while preserving sharpness with a flash in concert photos

I have been shooting (small) live concerts with poor env. lightning for some years now with the help of F/1.4 & 2.8 lenses, mostly using a 160th shutter speed to make sure that the fast movements ...
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Exposure compensation or ISO sensitivity? [duplicate]

If ambient light isn't enough and I don't have a tripod with me for long exposure, which one should I prefer to increase the brightness of my photo? I know high ISO comes with noise. Is there any ...
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What can I do to improve exposure on my Canon 30D? [duplicate]

All my pictures taken indoors show very low-light. I guess it should be giving more brightness when I chose f/5.6 aperture, 1/25 sec, ISO 200. And I doubt I might be doing something wrong or if its ...
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Mirrorless Camera for Landscape, Low Light and Long Exposure [closed]

I have been researching a lot for finding an easy-to-carry, lightweight camera for landscape which also works in low-light conditions, long exposures and night photography. Please note, I am a ...
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Why is my camera metering indoor scenes as darker than I expect it would?

I am shooting in natural light, with my subject facing a full floor-to-ceiling south facing window. You would think my meter would allow ISO between 200-400 in bright light, but I was lucky to get it ...
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Camera displaying “subject is too dark” message when live view turned off

Last night I was shooting indoor(and dim light) with D3200 and 18-55mm kit lens on. It was set to 18mm, f/3.5 and ISO at 6400, I was able to get pretty nice shots when the live view was on but as soon ...
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Will using a CTO gel help make my flash less distracting in a cafe?

I sometimes encounter a situation where using a flash would greatly enhance the pictures because of the low ambient light, but I don't use the flash as it is mighty distracting in a low-light cafe/bar ...
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What's the best bang for your buck to improve low light portrait shots: Lens, Flash or Body?

I want to get better action shots in low light indoor conditions. I've got a Canon T1i (APS-C size) with 3.5-5.6 18-55mm lens, and am thinking about a flash upgrade, a lens upgrade, and/or body ...
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Do mirrorless cameras focus less or more accurately than SLRs under low light?

How do the following compare in terms of autofocus accuracy for night photography: Mirrorless cameras like the Sony NEX-5R, in hybrid autofocus mode. The NEX-5R, in contrast-only autofocus mode. A ...
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Is there anything in medium format systems which can beat pro-level 35mm digital with fast lenses in low light?

When someone wants to compliment a 35mm sensor, he can say that it's [almost] as good as medium format. Medium format appears to be the gold standard where image quality is concerned. But. I'm ...
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Is there a way to avoid focus searching? [duplicate]

While using my camera in a relatively low light scenario I noticed some shots I missed because my camera was struggling to focus. I use a Nikon D7100 and noticed that the AF assist light only came on ...
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What would be the right way to shoot a portrait in a very dark room with flash?

I have several flash units. Both the shoe-mount type and the "studio" type. The portrait has to be taken in a room that happens to not have windows. It is always dark in there. I can bring a light ...
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How to compare two different cameras in regard to a low light performance?

I am making a research to buy my first full-frame camera and I have 2 options, one Canon and other Nikon. Talking about the comparison in-between the d800 and the 5d mark III for example, the low ...
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What kind of lens do I need for low-light portraits for an Nikon D5100 camera?

I just bought a Nikon D5100 kit with 18-55mm lens. I am now looking for a good portrait lens that should be good in low light conditions. I was thinking about buying Nikkor 1.8d 50mm or Nikkor 1.8G ...
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Is A mode a good idea when trying to take low-light photos of people?

I 'm wondering if my reasoning about a specific shooting scenario is correct. Suppose you are in a setting where: there is plenty of light from a human perspective but clearly less light than ...
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What does AF -0.5 EV sensitivity mean? Or -3EV in Canon 6D's case? [duplicate]

I know that it stands for Exposure Value, so my 6D focuses in 2.5EV worse light than a 600D. But it's relative to... what? What makes it meaningful? What's the "base unit" for AF sensitivity?
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Can I get better results from my Panasonic Lumix DMC SZ1 in low light?

I made a very quick decision buying this camera. I was amazed due to its 10x zoom and its amazing image stabilizer. And of course, by its low price. But after getting it delivered and using it in ...
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Is it normal for autofocus to produce blurry photos under low light?

I use a Sony NEX-5R. I find that the autofocus often fails during low light, as in produces out of focus photos. Sometimes it's clearly out of focus, and I can see that on the LCD, in which case I ...
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Canon 60D flash problem in low light

I have bought Canon 60D two days ago . My problem is... I have to press forced flash button before capturing first photo in low light . But the thing I dont understand is .. From flash setting if ...
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Low light photography: which avenue of gear improvement? [closed]

When you see something to be desired in your photo, it can be as much your technique as the limitation in your gear. But I'm pretty confident that I've hit the limitation of my gear for low available ...
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Do I need a full-frame camera for low-light photography?

I primarily shoot low-light photos, and I upgraded from a point-and-shoot to the Sony NEX-5R (which has an APS-C sensor) a few months back. However, I find that the low-light performance of the ...
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Canon EF135mm f/2L vs 70-200mm f/2.8L IS for Indoor shooting

I'm doing an indoor shoot of a large event with lots of people (which I was informed the lighting is "dark-ish" -- think large party) and I'd like to get candids without getting too close. I'm split ...
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Lack of sharpness / focus in low light

I recently was playing around with my camera (Canon 60D) in a low light situation trying to focus on some subjects across the room. I noticed once getting home and getting the images onto the computer ...
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How to adjust the flashlight properly when to take a headshot?

I want to do indoor head-shot in a low light situation. What is the right way to adjust the flashlight pointing angle to receive the best out of it. PS : I use Nikon D3200 with 35mm f/1.8g lens and ...
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How to take a moving object(far distance) in outdoor low light situation?

It's always been tricky to me how to take a far distance picture(moving) in a low light situation. I don't think flashlight would help in this case since it can't reach to the moving object. For ...
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How do I take baby shower pictures in a low light situation?

I was invited to my friend baby shower last week to take some pictures for them. Most of the picture came out dark and noise. Of course I used my SB-600 flashlight but it wouldn't help that much. Is ...
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What are the best camera settings for taking pictures in a limo?

I am helping out taking pictures for a wedding today and I need to take pictures inside the limo. I have a Canon Rebel Xs and I do a lot of outdoor shooting with natural sunlight but I don't have much ...
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what is the best compact system camera for taking low light shots in nightclubs? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a compact system camera ( maybe mirrorless it's more correct as a definition, i mean a camera where you can change lenses but it's not a full DSLR ) which i would mainly use to shoot ...
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How can I take low-light action shots?

My sister takes photographs for our weekly Ultimate league. We start around 6 pm (this is currently summer), and play till 8ish. But nearing the end, the light is low - bright enough to play in, but ...
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Upgrading EOS 350D or changing to full frame for low-light improvement?

My question is as follows: In 2006 I bought a Canon EOS350D with a Tamron 18-200, which was a great choice for shooting pictures on vacations, not having to carry around much, etc. Now, this seems ...
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How can I capture vivid color and detail in relatively dark, indoor cafe?

The photo below was taken with a point-and-shoot camera of a cafe area I designed. I plan to return and take a better photo with my Nikon D7000. Thanks to the skylight, the lighting in the foreground ...
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What are the proper settings for taking low light action pictures using Nikon D5100?

I have a Nikon D5100 and need to know how to use it properly to take pictures in low light (dance recital). I can't use a flash. I've tried but don't seem to get clear pictures. They come out very ...
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Is there any reasons a slim compact camera can't have a fast lens?

While there are compact cameras with fast lenses (like Lumix DMC-LX7, F1.4) they seem to be rather thick. The lumix is quite thick, at 46mm, largely due to the lens protrusion. Is it possible to make ...
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What color of light is best for retaining night vision while night shooting?

It takes about 30 minutes for eyes to become completely adjusted to night vision. If a flashlight is needed to illuminate controls while making camera adjustments, what is the best way to protect night ...
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photo using no flash

I've been put into a situation where I have been asked to photograph a party in a hall where there is virtually no light. I want the photos to have a very dark backgound but the person stands out how ...
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Why isn't the gain on phase-detect autofocus sensors increased in low light?

Modern phase-detect sensors can focus in pretty low light. However, the limit for low light focusing tends to be reached much before the camera can no longer capture images using a high imaging sensor ...
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Why are these lights all different colours and how can I correct them?

I occasionally take panoramic city photos and I've noticed that certain sections of the cities have a lot of different coloured lights. What causes these different lights? Some of these appear to be ...
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When is it realistic to take a non-flash picture of someone outside after sunset?

This is a question from a non-photographer. I'm writing a scene for a stage play. In my scene, there's a celebrity in crisis in a park after sunset and a photographer who'd dearly like to get a ...
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Reducing noise in very high ISO photos

On the weekend I attended a wedding and took my camera along. I was not the official photographer -- just a guest. My camera is a Canon 5D Mark III, and I was using an EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens. At ...
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How to shoot circus acts with a point-and-shoot?

I have a point and shoot and need to know what are the best settings to shoot circus acts. I tried to shoot everything in AUTO or SCN mode on the OLYMPUS SPZ 800, but the results are not clean. Here ...
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What is the upgrade path for Nikon D300 with better low light sensitivity?

While I shoot Canon, my brother shoots a D300. We were talking about indoor sports photography. I don't know the Nikon lines, but I know that his D300 is a 2007 vintage, and sensors get better all the ...
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Why is a low base (minimum) ISO desirable in stills cameras?

Why is low base ISO so desirable in stills cameras, when the opposite seems to be true for digital motion picture cameras, for instance Arri Alexa, Sony F65 and F55, Canon C300, C500? As an amateur ...
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How to take a photo of a animal behind a glass and in a very dark room with a bit of orange light?

The situation is as follows: There is a very dark room. Inside the very dark room, there are some orange lights on the ceiling Inside the very dark room, there are many glass windows. Behind the ...
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Lights for Illuminating Large areas?

I'm frequently underground in caves and recently while going on a trip to Thailand I experienced some of the most massive caverns I've ever had the opportunity to photograph. Unfortunately, I was ill ...
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Understanding what “low-light” situations means to photographers

I am getting into low light photography and recently bought a nikon D600 and 50mm 1.4 lens. Results in ample light are superb. Sharp and crisp. I am interested in understanding the term "low-light" ...
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Why doesn't my camera capture a dark picture when it looks dark to the human eye?

I tried searching for this, but found nothing on this topic: is there a way to set the camera to get images in around the brightness a human eye sees? For example, in bright daylight, I would set it ...
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How do I take pictures of a baby in a very, very dark room?

I have a customer who has a very, very dark room that she wants to take portraits in. I'm photographing a 2 month old baby. What type of lighting should I use?
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Will a short focal length cut it for indoor event photography? (Context: It's Crowded, Dark, Has Mixed Lighting, and Requires Walking Around.)

Short version: What primes are good walk-around lenses for an indoor, dark, crowded environment where you'll be taking pictures of individuals or small groups ad-hoc, walking around and stopping in ...