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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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Low-light photography: How much light reflects off a surface

I'm looking at light levels for photography and I'm trying to figure out how much light hits my sensor. There are plenty of tables online which give light levels, but that's only directly relevant if ...
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How do I improve the quality of lowlight back-lit bottle photographs with a point and shoot camera?

I'm a complete novice at photography, but I want to learn to take pictures of "bottle lights". I have included an image which I took with my Samsung ST60, but as you can see, it looks terrible and ...
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What causes darker areas on a photo when moving light source has passed through the image just before it has been taken?

When taking stills from a IP CCTV camera (Axis P1357-E) in low light (night) conditions of a moving vehicle, I am getting circular dark patches where the vehicle headlights have lit up the road. As ...
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Is it possible for increased ISO to improve focusing in low light?

A member of a digital photo forum, to which I subscribe, stated that when she was photographing some badgers at night, the auto focus wouldn't work due to the lack of light. She then said she upped ...
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What do “dark current” and “sensitivity” mean for a camera module?

I am looking at a camera module to be used for a project which deals in shooting frames in dark areas and night conditions. This is a camera used from a circuit board. I have the following light ...
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Canon Powershot SX20IS User error

I was completely surprised once regarding a question from a customer while working in a photographic store. The lady was under the impression that there is a fault with her Canon SX20 bridge camera ...
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How to brighten stars in Photoshop?

I have a few methods for brightening stars in Lightroom and Photoshop but most of these increase noise or worse make vignetting a lot more pronounced which is already difficult to deal with in night ...
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Confused between 2 “pro” point & shoot cameras [closed]

I want to buy a pro point and shoot camera, but I can't decide between the Nikon Coolpix p340($285) and the Sony rx100($385). I love night photography and also nature scenery photography during the ...
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What camera settings would make shooting easy in a darkish church?

I tried to take photographs in a church that was bright enough for human eyes, but I quickly realized the camera couldn't take it. Failing to anticipate this, I didn't bring a tripod. Since I don't ...
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Can I reproduce a photo taken with a larger sensor by converting camera settings to their equivalents?

I was going through Flickr looking at photos taken with a Canon SL1 and came across a cityscape photo taken at night with a very dark sky. The photo is beautiful. Using the kit lens, the settings ...
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How to set correct exposure in low light condition

Does anyone know how to set correct exposure in low light? I saw lot of recommendations in internet (open aperture,...), but i still can't get the correct exposure for some specific situations. For ...
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Can I enable pixel binning on Canon PowerShot G1X?

On my camera, a Canon PowerShot G1X, I can select picture sizes from S to L. Now I wondered, if I select a smaller picture size, that would theoretically lead to more sensor surface per pixel, ...
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Why does AF assist light only work with center focus?

Last night I had some problems with the AF assist light of my D80 that made me miss some pictures. I thought it would be defective, although I was able to use it the previous time. Looking for the ...
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How can I improve portraits when shooting in low light without flash?

I see a lot of questions about low light, and one of them which stood out to me was How can I improve my exposure in low-light situations? All my flash pictures tend to turn out great, but my shots ...
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How can I avoid the “Low Light!” warning with Samsung S1050 compact camera in Night mode?

I am wanting to take photos in dark conditions using the Night scene mode. For example, a carved Halloween pumpkin in the dark with a candle in it. However, I get the "Low Light!" warning message ...
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Any way to bring more detail back in the face in this picture of a man in dim stage lighting?

Between the quality of lighting and the fog machine, pretty much all of my pictures from this show came out like this. I do have the raw. Flash wasn't allowed. Anything that can be done to avoid this ...
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How can I better take indoor photographs with wide aperture and low light?

Recently I photographed an event for a friend as a favour using my Canon 750D, my 18-55mm stock and the 50mm f/1.8. The event was indoors, followed briefly by outdoors and then back indoors in a ...
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Difference between long exposure in a dim room Vs. short exposure in a well-lit room (using a tripod, ISO 100)

I'm trying to photograph a painting without using any lighting equipment, just the natural light in the room on a cloudy day (i.e, little or no direct sunlight). I am shooting straight on with a ...
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In what kinds of images would high noise be most manageable?

In what sort of photographs does the noise least detract from the image? (The noise is that resulting from use of high ISO settings.)
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Why has my camera stopped taking pictures in low light?

I have had a Canon T1i for about 4 years now and I've noticed that it won't take pictures in low light even when I'm in manual mode. I've taken some pictures using time exposure in "bulb" and even ...
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What are the pros and cons of constant-aperture zoom lenses, for a relative beginner?

I use a Sony NEX-5R, and I bought the Sony 18-105 F4 constant-aperture lens. I'm aware that the constant-aperture F4 gathers more light than, say a F3.5 - 5.6, and it gives you more control over the ...
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Is it a good idea to adapt a canon FD 50mm F1.8 on a MFT camera (lumix G5) for night sky shots?

I think it will allow around 10 seconds exposure without star trails, but needed to get inputs form anyone who had used this setup before. I couldn't find any sample photos online. From the chart here ...
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Night Auto Race photography

I will be going to Road Atlanta in late Sept. early Oct for the 10 Hour Petit Le Mans. The race will begin during daylight hours and run into the night. I have never shot at night, or minimal ...
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Which mirrorless have the best live view for night photography?

Which mirrorless camera are best suited for focusing (manual is OK) and framing in low-light? I have an Olympus e-pm2, and I can't see anything on the LV when its really dark, and have to resort to ...
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Low light photography with lens limitation

I was trying to take some pictures of the city night sky light with my Nikon D90 with its kit lens. Below are the settings I tried while taking pictures: F-Stop: 22 Mode: Manual I also tested with ...
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Can 30 1-second exposures be combined to a form the equivalent of a single 30s exposure?

I need to take 30 1s exposure shots in raw at night. The image becomes ALMOST black... Is it possible to take this tiny amount of light/information and sum them all toghether and get as a result a ...
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Nikkor lens for landscape photography day / night [closed]

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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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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Nikon D3100 Won't Take Photo — says light is too low

I've had my Nikon D3100 camera for about 3 years. I recently accidentally reset my shooting options. Since I've done that, I'm having a hard time getting the camera to focus and take photos in lower ...
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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 ...