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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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Should I buy this Nikon 50mm f/1.8?

I've got an opportunity to buy a Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D prime lens for £75. Has anyone used this lens who could give an opinion? The reason I'm looking into buying it is that in an earlier ...
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Why can't I take pictures in the dark in the automatic mode with a Canon Rebel?

I can't seem to take a picture with a Canon T3i Rebel in the dark. I want to take a picture at night with very little light around the subject, but the camera won't allow it in automatic mode. What ...
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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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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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Where is Canon 1100D autofocussing in low light low contrast conditions?

It's obviously my fault for living in the UK and expecting to want to enjoy my bird photography in grey January afternoons, but, I would appreciate some opinions on the following. I took 150 shots ...
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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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How does one focus for landscape photos in very dark conditions?

Tonight I tried my best to take some night landscapes in the darkest of dark conditions. Hoping for an epic composition of the Milky Way and a landmark. Of course, none of my glass could auto focus ...
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How To Take Better Macro Shots with Nikon 1?

I recently bought myself a Nikon 1 during a roadshow. When the sales rep demoed the functionality of the camera to me which includes taking macro shots, the pictures were crisp and bright. Convinced ...
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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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Why aren't my night shots sharp even when I shot at ISO 100 on a tripod?

I recently purchased a tripod because I really want to do some night photography. I have tried practicing with street lamps, moon shots etc with my Canon 550D and 70-200 f/4L and most of them are shot ...
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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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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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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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What settings should I be using to photograph fireworks?

As it's heading into firework season (with Thanksgiving, Guy Fawkes, and New Years), I've never been particularly successful at photographing fireworks. In previous years I think I've always had too ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I achieve fireworks pictures such as the hirobamboo method?

How do I achieve the abstract effect for fireworks that is sometimes referred to as the hirobamboo method? Specifically what types of lenses would work best for this, do I start in focus or out, ...
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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 should my plan be for photographing in a nightclub setting?

I'm going to be photographing in a club setting. Imagine a foggy atmosphere, with a lighting nightmare: everything from strobe lights to colored spotlights and everything in between, both bright and ...
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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 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 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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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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What settings should I use for taking a picture of snow in low light?

There was just a huge snowstorm in town and I want to go out and take some shots of the fresh snow on the tree branches. It's nighttime now and the only light is from the streetlights and a little ...
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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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Optimal DSLR settings for an Indoor car show?

I am quite sure a bunch of folks from this forum are going to be shooting in the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, so here goes! I understand that optimal settings vary depending on the circumstancial lighting ...
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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 ...
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Is there a good quality pocket camera with wide aperture? [closed]

I'm looking for a pocket camera which performs well in low light conditions. I need a wide aperture such as f/2.4 or wider and I don't need to have zoom. What would you recommend?
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Why can't I take a photo in dark with auto focus, manual mode?

I'm dorking around with a Nikon D80 and I am a total beginner. I am trying to shoot some light trails but the darn thing doesn't even take a picture. I am in manual mode with the bulb setting. For ...
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Are there any consumer digital cameras with grayscale sensors?

Are there any consumer grade (i.e. not ridiculously expensive scientific equipment) digital cameras that use "grayscale" sensors instead of the prolific RGGB bayer filter? I figure that you'd get an ...
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Autofocus performance of different brands at night

Are there huge differences in the ability to focus in low light between different brands and models? I have a Pentax Kx with a Sigma 30mm 1.4. My problem is, that the camera's autofocus does not work ...
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How does fading light affect color vision?

It's well known that the cones in retina are unable to distinguish colors in dark, leaving us only the monochrome softer vision provided by rods. And personal experience tells this "switch" to ...
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Low light pixel aggregation

If a lower resolution end image was acceptable, wouldn't it be possible to halve the width and halve the height of a low-light image and take the sum of the light in each block of 2x2 pixels when ...
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Is it practical to shoot portraits by only candlelight?

Is it practical to shoot portraits in candle lights, only, provided there is no flash around? If yes, then for portrait shots, where and how should one place the candles? Are there any specific ...