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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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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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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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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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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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What causes these green dots in my image?

I just received a 35mm f/1.8 DX lens for my Nikon D50 for Christmas, and took some shots where the lights on the tree were the main source of illumination. Almost all of them exhibit very prominent ...
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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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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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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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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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What are the techniques for photography inside an aquarium?

What are some of things I need to keep in mind when shooting inside an aquarium? By aquarium, I mean the kind into which people walk in. I have had the following problems while shooting in such ...
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How to set AF in night [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does one focus for landscape photos in very dark conditions? Recently I went on a night forest safari trip with my Canon 1100D. I had put the camera in manual mode ...
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How do I take great formal Christmas party event photos?

It's that time of year again, just over 7 weeks to Christmas. My workplace has asked me to do formal photos at our Christmas party this year e.g. when people (200) arrive and some of the tables when ...
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How to choose an easy-to-use camera that performs good in low-light?

I need a camera that deals with low light situations, various people using the camera and some who move it. I need a camera that has the ability to forgive many nonprofessional photographing ...
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Has low-light ISO performance really improved over the past 3-4 years?

I have a Canon 40D and I always shoot RAW. I am overall pleased with the 40D except for its low-light performance. Anything at or above ISO 800 is unusable for my taste. Just to solve this problem I ...
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How to choose a f/1.4 lens for a DSLR?

I would like to shoot wide open with an f/1.4 lens. I have an Olympus e-510 with two kit lenses and I have been using them for three years. I have no prejudice (negative or positive) to any DSLR ...
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What's the best way to shoot aerial dancers in low light conditions?

Could anyone give me some advice on taking photo's of 3 aerial dancers, nine meters high in a dark room with spot lights? I have a 70-200mm f/2.8 and an 18-105mm lenses. I only own one flash (A Sigma ...
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Nikon Coolpix P510 - Recommended low-light settings?

My wife was recently given a Nikon Coolpix P510 as a birthday present from her parents, primarily so we can take a - I believe the technical term is "****load" - of pictures of our new baby girl ...
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How to make the faces clear and bright in dim light photography?

I have a Fujifilm Finepix S2980 with which I do a lot of experiments. One thing which really bothers me is taking pictures in dim light. I wish to take decent quality pictures in dim light without ...
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Can you tell how effective a camera's high ISO images are from the specs?

My current camera, a Canon 50D has OK image quality at 1600 ISO and its not really very usable above that. I know that all the manufacturers publish an ISO range for their bodies. But just because ...
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How do I stitch two star trails photos taken by different cameras?

Last night I took some star trails photos. I set the shutter speed to 30", put the camera in burst mode and used my remote shutter release (with shutter button lock) to hold down the shutter button. I ...
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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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What caused dark areas around bright light in this cityscape shot?

I know a little about cameras since doing two courses, and so I set my camera on manual setting most of the time to take shots. I took the following shot in New York of Manhattan at night. Because of ...
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Better settings for Indoor Photography

I have a indoor photography to be done.. A social work. And I am very new for DSLR. I have Canon 600D with 18-55 mm IS II kit lens. I can use auto modes. But thought to use this opportunity as a ...
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Why can't my camera autofocus in low light with a small aperture?

My question is not about "how to focus in the low light" or "how to focus a camera". The question is why the camera is unable to auto-focus in low light with high f numbers? In these conditions, I ...
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how to improve body scape shots?

This is the best of a series of shots taken of an athlete model. The image does no justice to the model because it lacks the peaks and valleys the model worked hard to get. there was a clear 6pack on ...
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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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Nikon D3100's performance in low light

I am looking to purchase a Nikon D3100 as I'm very much a novice and wish to wield a camera that has manual focus and performs well in low light, which leads me to my question: Does the Nikon D3100 ...
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What can I do to freeze motion in imperfect conditions?

I want to shoot a photo that freezes the motion in action. I have the aperture wide open, shutter speed is as long as I can have it and still freeze the motion, the light I cannot control (e.g., ...
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How to shot frescoes in a dark environment?

I have an assignment to shot some frescoes in a low-light church. The church is rather small and it has scaffolds (bars) inside which are rather close to the paintings. So, most probably I need to ...
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Why are my city night pics more blurred than I expect, and what can I do about it?

I have a Canon 550D using a 10-20mm Sigma lens, with tripod. I have taken some photos of my city at night, and while the shots are ok... upon zooming in just a little you can see many lights are ...
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Photography in Darkness

I have a Nikon d3100. I recently shot a 16th birthday party. It's my 4the or 5th party and I've noticed the young people like it very dark. So much so, looking through the lens is like having your ...
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How do I properly determine which camera is better in low light?

This question is motivated by the fact that I'm trying to decide between the the Canon 5D Mark III and the Nikon D800. I really would prefer the one that will perform better in low light. As far as I ...
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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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What's a relatively low priced camera that performs well in low light condition? [closed]

I'm looking to buy a new (digital?) camera for regular photo-taking. I'm not an enthusiast and know next to nothing about photography. I would like the camera to be relatively low priced (for example, ...
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Tips for capturing fast-moving rally cars in low light?

I will be attending a rally driving event but the weather forecast is for rain and cloud. How can I ensure I stand a good chance of getting some good action shots under these conditions? I have a ...
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What is the lowest level of luminous flux a camera can detect?

In the past, I've asked about taking photos of luciferase. Now I'm curious how weak of a light source I can detect. From How many photons per second is one Lumen? on Physics Stack Exchange, I can ...
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How to minimise the noise when shooting primarily under candle lights?

The following shots are with a small white light throwing "emergency light" on a height of one and a half forearms. I used 3 candles on left side and 1 candle on the right. Used 3 candles on right ...
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Would a Panasonic G3 be able to handle low-light conditions on a South African safari?

I'm going on safari in South Africa and wondering if a micro 4/3 camera will be able to handle the low light conditions (since safaris are at dawn and dusk). Specifically, I'm looking at the ...
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Ways in order to achieve dramatic lighting styles?

My question is more specific to the situation I am going to be shooting [with the subject being a person laying down in a hospital bed] The photo will be taken from the ceiling above the bed and ...
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How do I get crisp indoor or low light images from my point and shoot?

I have a digital camera Canon PowerShot. I notice when I try to take any pictures other than a non-zoom, outdoor picture in good lighting the picture comes out blurry and grainy. I have tried a ...
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How can I improve my exposure in low-light situations?

I am new to photography and have been struggling with low light scenarios. I have a Nikon D3100 and an SB-900 flash. Regardless of my ISO, aperture, or shutter speed settings, when I am ...
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How can I accurately focus manually on an APS-C DSLR?

My favorite portrait lens is the Nikon 50mm 1.4G. I love the light and what it is capable of. My problem with it is that on my D90 the AF is sometimes horribly slow, and in many cases (mainly low ...
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Is overall light gathering of a lens only dependant on aperture?

My impression is that the aperture value of a lens determines its light gathering ability, but I'm not sure I understand how it works... When considering light gathering in telescopes, it is ...
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What does “pop & drag” mean in low light photography?

I came cross this term "Pop & Drag" being used in low light setting. What does that mean? Is it the same as term as "dragging the shutter"? Can anyone please show some examples of "Pop & ...
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How can I focus in very low light with my Canon 60D?

I'm using a Canon 60D and would like to focus in low light. I know Canons — in fact, all cameras — can struggle here with auto focus, but I'm talking about light so low that I wouldn't be able to see ...
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Are there any tricks to make a pop-up flash suck less in low light?

I'm taking a lot of low-light indoor shots of moving subjects. I hate a the default flip-up flashes of most moderns DSLRs (in my case, a Canon 60D), but this is typically a point and shoot situation ...
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Which of these lenses should I get for low light conditions?

I'm on a $500 budget and I'm thinking of getting one of these two lenses for low light conditions (e.g. small venue concerts): Sigma 28mm f/1.8 EX DG DF Macro Canon-ef 50mm f/1.4 USM I think I ...
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Slower VR lens vs faster non VR, which one is better for hand held in low light?

I have a Nikkor 18-105mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, and a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D. The latter is obviously a faster lens and as such better in low light, but (assuming the zoom lens is set to 50mm), which one ...
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Is a 50mm f/1.8 or 50mm f/1.4 a good lens for portraits in low light?

I only have one lens right now. It's the Canon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens. I think this lens is great when the lighting conditions are right but in low light I usually have to resort to flash. ...
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Which prime lens to get after the 18-55mm & 55-250mm?

I started out with the 18-55mm IS kit lens on my Canon EOS 550D over a year ago, and added the 55-250mm IS a couple of months back to augment my telephoto reach (based on the recommendations in one of ...