Questions tagged [low-light]

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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Solve unwanted white “waves” and “Pacman squares” in low-light picture - post using Google Photos

After op commented that my picture is super under-exposed, I tried post using Google Photos. But when I increased the exposure, I saw some unwanted white "waves" or rows in the photo. The edges of ...
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How do I take a photo so the moon doesn't have bright “rays”?

Any advice on how to remove moon "rays"? (Looking to learn how to take a photo without them, not remove them in post) Artistic opinion - is it too underexposed? The picture was shot at shutter speed ...
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What should I look for in a camera for Night Sky Photography?

I am a beginner and planning to buy a mirror less camera for Night Sky Photography. Here are some questions I have while considering what camera to buy. My max budget for body only is around $1000. ...
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How can a camera with a small sensor have better low-light performance than a camera with a bigger sensor?

In Potato Jet's video comparing the Canon M50 versus the Panasonic G7, you can see at 8:51 that the Canon M50 has a more noisy image in low light compared to the Panasonic G7, even though the M50 has ...
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How can I improve my indoor sports photography with Sony a6000

Apart from investing A LOT more money in to a new lens, how can I improve my indoor, low light sports photography, particularly roller derby. I currently use a Sony a6000 with an E-mount 50mm f1.8 ...
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Good DSLR camera for ice hockey pictures [duplicate]

My son just started hockey and my pictures are very dark and grainy. The lights are dim. Was looking to get another camera and lens to take better pictures. Would like to stay under $5,000. Any ...
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Why don’t low light cameras just use bigger sensors?

This might be a stupid question, but I have just been interested in low light photography and how these new cameras have clean ultra high ISO and such. Why don’t these low light cameras use bigger ...
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How to achieve this low light/long exposure scribble lights effect but the subject remains steady/focused?

The photographer said it was done by using the built in flash, that's it and he never explained the process. Does anyone know how it was done? https://imgur.com/a/Zx1Zz3z
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How can I best use two torches (aka flashlights) to take photographs of my artwork indoors?

I have two lights in my room but their light is not enough. So, I count them as ambient light. I don't have enough money to buy something expensive like studio stuff, but I have two torches similar ...
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How to take pictures of a moving speaker in a dark room with accent lights?

I’m taking pictures this Sunday at my church of the youth pastor preaching and in the youth room is a semi-lit type of room with a lot of accent colour lights. He’s going to be moving and I want to ...
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How to reduce ISO in low light with slow zoom lens?

I have a Nikon D5600, and my usual lenses are the 35mm prime lens and the Nikon 16-85 zoom. I like the zoom a lot for carrying around outside. But when we were in Spain, I was continually confronted ...
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Why I got all this little flares on this picture?

I was walking my dog at night and shot several photos, and only this one got many spherical flares on it, and I can't figure why it happened, since the photos I took immediately before and after this ...
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Are there add-on lens accessories which collect additional light, as a parabolic microphone can be used to gather more sound?

I recently imagined a useful accessory. Suppose you need an fast shutter and low ISO photo, but your APS-C camera doesn't help much, nor does your telephoto lens with very small aperture, in the ...
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Is it possible to turn the magnifying frame off in live view on a EOS 1200D?

I'm trying to take photos of stars with a tracker unit. When I switch to live view the magnifying frame is so bright I can't see the stars I'm trying to photograph. Is there any way to turn it off?
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Will upgrading from T3i to T7i be a meaningful improvement for low light photography in the jungle of Costa Rica?

I recently got into photography (a few months), I feel I am progressing quickly and have a firm grasp on camera settings, though I am working on experience. I am getting close, but not quite able yet,...
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Best settings to focus in low light and low contrast condition

I have been shooting for several years in the north of Canada and I notice that I don't get a really high percentage of keeper when using my Canon 100-400 Mk II or 70-200 F2.8 Mk II with either 5DIV ...
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Low light photography using Nikon D90

I have a Nikon D90 with an 18-105mm lens (though I am unsure of the aperture range). I get excellent results in good light levels (despite the body being somewhat outdated), but struggle in low light ...
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One camera unable to focus in low light, different camera, same brand model, has no problem

With a Canon T3i mounted in a camera/flash tower, the camera cannot focus in low ambient light with dark complected subjects. All the settings are preset as this is being used in a drivers license ...
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How to get the most out of low-level monochromatic light?

Do you have any best practices in general for shooting in low-level monochromatic light? This is easily my least favorite lighting condition. Say you're at a Halloween party, and everybody is hanging ...
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Canon wide angle lenses to capture groups in tight spaces

I recently upgraded from my ancient fellow Canon 550D to Canon 5D Mark iii and I only had 18-55mm kit lens and a 50mm 1.8 lens in my arsenal. I always struggled in low light and capture groups of ...
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Using UV or IR as a fill light

I am wanting to take some candid photos at an art workshop. I am wanting to add some fill lighting. Unfortunately I cant use anything that will be "too distracting" for the people in the workshop. ...
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Is Star trail photography possible on smartphone cameras

I own a motorola G5s+ and I was wondering if we shoot video in manual mode, is it possible to have the camera record star trails. If so, what settings would be ideal? How would you change them ...
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How to use Pentax A3000 in dim lighting?

My Pentax A3000 doesn't have shutter speed control, only ISO and a few modes, B (bulb), 60 for flash, program, and aperture. I keep it on program, but what should I do if I want to shoot in darker ...
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What is wrong with this photo? [closed]

I just got a new camera (Panasonic ZS60) and I've been running into a few problems/questions while testing. Mostly it seems like leaves have a low-resolution, watercolor-like appearance in low-light ...
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What to upgrade for faster/better focus on low light long range shots?

I recently shot some pictures for a graduation where the audience is seated like a hockey arena around 50m distance from the stage. I used a Nikon D5200 with Tamron 90mm Macro lens f/2.8 VC and am ...
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How to know you've outgrown your equipment?

I have only started shooting recently, as a hobby. I use Canon EOS M100. I use a EF to EF-M adapter to use EF 50mm f/1.2L USM. The camera seems to have trouble focusing and light metering (with auto ...
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How do I choose a lens for a “glow in the dark” indoor/lowlight event?

I was recently asked by a friend to take to pictures at a “Glow in the dark” event center meaning that it’ll consist of low light environment. I have a 320 EX III speedlite that I can use, but I would ...
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Using dedicated light-meters in moon-lit / very dark scenes

One part of Michael's answer to long exposure caught my eye. He stated that most camera light meters would find it difficult to meter dimly lit scenes such as a landscape illuminated only by the moon....
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Moving Subjects in low light

Forget static photography where you've got days, in fact weeks, to set up your one perfect shot. My question is how do you take good sharp shots of a moving subject, say a train, when the light is ...
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What's the best way to light up a subject that's far away?

I am shooting a wedding for a family friend, and one of the shots she would like is of them both standing on a balcony over a stairway. It's an old building they're getting married in, and it is a ...
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How can I salvage photos from a party in a dark room?

I'm a professional photographer. I mostly photograph cars and the outdoors. Recently I was asked to take pictures at a one year old's birthday party. These things are not ideal but I've done them ...
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Max shutter speed with flash in manual mode [duplicate]

I'm using canon 700d. I'm trying to shoot some shots water drops with flash.But When I turn on flash in Manual mode I'm restricted to max shutter speed of 1/200. Is that the way it was or did I messed ...
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Can a camera correct chromatic aberration if I add additional wide angle or macro mount?

Now I'm using Canon 50mm prime lens with my Canon 700d.I need to capture a group of 100 people indoor and in low light.There is not enough space that I can move backward to cover everyone within the ...
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Nikon D300s, Tamron 70-200 2.8 lens, Suggestions for low light settings for Gymnastics and HS soccer,

I have a Nikon D300S and have been taking pictures of my son's soccer team since they were 10. Well, this past fall I was really having a hard time with capturing decent pictures, was using a 70-300 4....
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How to find suitable manual exposure settings based on the light and subject? [duplicate]

I'm using Canon 700d with 18-55mm and 55-250mm Kit lenses. Somedays my camera manual settings suits the environment and I'm able get some great shots.(Sea shore,Road,Terrace). But sometime I'm getting ...
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Panasonic 4K Photo Mode Low-light perfromance

How is panasonic's 4k photo mode low-light performance when compared to simple jpg 4k-resolution still?
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How can I take a photo of multiple colored lights without them all becoming plain white spheres?

I would like to shoot a photo like the one below with multiple colored lights (chinese lanterns), at night. However, whatever I do, I always get the same result which is all the lanterns appearing as ...
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How can I take a picture of a Christmas tree without lens flare around the Christmas lights?

I'm trying to take a photo of the Christmas tree in the dark, so that the Christmas lights are the only source of light (or at least the only apparent source of light). I can get a nice short from a ...
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What's the best technique to take brighter photos in demanding low light conditions?

I like to take portraits in low light. My T5i doesn't have an incredible sensor for low light, but my F/1.8 lens helps get more light. Still, if the conditions are too demanding, I need to turn up the ...
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Upgrade path for indoor sports photography from 7D + Samyang 85mm f/1.4 MF lens

I regularly shoot video and photo at ice skating events with a Canon 7D + Samyang 85mm f/1.4 manual focus lens. I set the ISO at 6400 and with the aperture at 11, I have most of the ice rink in focus. ...
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What's the technique to take pictures of sea life at the aquarium, while avoiding flash?

I was at the Monterey Bay aquarium, and their exhibits are awesome. However, I found it quite challenging to take pictures with my Olympus EM-10 Mark II. I happened to rent the 60mm macro, which ...
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Nikon D800E focus problem with YN685N and yn622n-tx in low light situations

I'm using a Nikon D800E with my 24-70 f/2.8 lens. The problem happens in low-light situations using a YN-685N and YN-622N-TX. I shoot at f/5.6 and pics aren't that sharp, but when I use my SB-910 it's ...
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How do I capture artificial light sources better?

I am quite new to photography and was looking into how I can take better indoor photographs, particularly around night time. I'm currently in a hotel room for the night and decided to try and take a ...
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Vertical lines in low light

I'm new to dslr and learning how to shoot video. I'm using a Canon 6D. In low light vertical lines appear. Image sample below... My settings were 50fps, 1.8 aperture and ISO 200. Modifying the ...
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How do I remove these purple color casts in RAWs of a really dark scene?

I'm photographing a really dark scene with my iPhone 7 Plus in RAW, and exporting it to JPEG in Lightroom 5: Notice the purple cast throughout, especially in the corners. The in-camera JPEG doesn't ...
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Reason why MFT are less bright than FF cameras? [duplicate]

My understanding is that low-light performance is a function of the amount of light received on the sensor per unit area (correct if wrong). If this is the case, wouldn't an MFT system have the same ...
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take two shots, one for low frequency, one for high, and then combine

I do have to take pictures in a low light environment, where part of the assignment is to capture the naturally present light. (its a chill-lounge sauna) I could get higher ISO, and wider aperture, ...
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Tactics to avoid motion blur in low light conditions

I shoot stationary subjects that are subject to motion (like a standing person that might move vs a perfectly still landscape) with my camera hand held. Normally I try and stay at 1/200 or faster when ...
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How can I best take pictures of a choir at a school fundraising dinner?

I was asked to be the photographer at a school fundraiser dinner. I am not a professional photographer & will be using my Canon 60D with a Canon 24-105, 18-55 lenses & a sigma 10-20 lens plus ...
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Outdoor Photography in the Evening how to make my pictures turn out?

I will be taking prom pictures again this year for some high school students. Typically this happens in the evening so the lighting to me is difficult to work with. I did a shoot with some kids last ...