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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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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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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'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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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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What is the best camera for concert photography? [closed]

I am interested in camera recommendations with a fast shutter and which are able to focus well in low light. The camera will be used for indoor concert photography where no flash is allowed.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to use the safety shift custom function with a flash on a Canon 5D Mark II?

I do a lot of available light photography with f/1.2 and f/1.4 lenses. I use the "safety shift" mode (C.Fn I-6), which works great in combination with shutter priority mode (Tv). For example, I can ...
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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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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 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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What factors to consider in choosing between large sensor and good zoom?

I’m looking for information on what factors to consider in deciding between a camera with a large sensor and low light sensitivity (for example, the Canon S95) and a camera with a good zoom (for ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Is an artificial external source of light required even with a low-noise high ISO range?

Is an artificial external source of light required even if you have a camera with a high range of effectively noiseless ISO? Are there some special cases which "need" external lights, at all costs?
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Do you have tips on what kit and techniques would give for photographing concerts and small gigs?

I want to photograph some local gigs to build up a portfolio. Has anyone any tips on what kit, and techniques would give the best results? The gigs would be mostly rock bands. Here's my kit: Nikon ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Camera advice for getting into photography

I want to get into photography; I have been playing with the manual settings on my Canon point and shoot for a few months for various scene types and low light. A year ago I purchased a Nikon D90, ...
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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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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 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 ...