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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How to get coloured background lights and foreground person in creative portrait shootings exposed equally?

Let's say I am shooting indoors in a small room. I have some lights in the background, like an LED strip, without much possibility of changing them around. Now I want to photograph a person in front ...
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40D or 1100D for low-light shooting (night landscapes)?

I've had a 40D from new, and have recently gained an 1100D. While the 1100D is entry-level, it's also 4 years newer (both are old of course). I'm planning to head out to try for some night shots ...
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How come my DSLR takes worse low-light photos than my phone, both in RAW w/ comparable settings?

I'm shooting in RAW, manual, on both my DLSR (Nikon D90) and my smartphone (iPhone Xs, Moment Pro camera app) and I've noticed significantly poorer low-light performance on my DSLR, with additional ...
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lighting schema and technique anyone?

can someone explain to me the way to get this lighting effect please?)
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How do I get better low-light pics with my superzoom compact camera?

I have a Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ95 (ZS80) camera on firmware v1.1. For indoor low light shooting (without a flash) the pics are bad, poor focus, poor colour (jpg 5184x2920 pixels). The outdoor pics are ...
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Terminology - photos with lights on, lights off

Is there some standard, reasonably well-known terminology for distinguishing "photo taken with (artificial) lights on" vs. "photo taken with lights off"? I want to call them "...
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Low light photography issues with Nikon D5600

When shooting in the night,to capture building lighting, I tried: (1) Shutter Speed: 40-80 (2) F-Stop: 5.6 - 6.3 (18-35 mm kit lens) (3) ISO: 500 (4) Exposure Compensation: +1.0 - +2.0 (5) Manual Mode ...
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Outdoor lighting setup for shooting interviews, with changing and mostly low light (sunset through evening)

I'm shooting interviews with WW2 veterans living in Israel, to preserve those incredible stories. Due to COVID, I'm unable to continue shooting those interviews indoors, to avoid potentially infecting ...
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maximal detail in extreme low light: longer lens or shorter and faster lens?

I have found a spot where I can take photos of owls. The problem is that they are always showing up very late so it gets quite dark. I have a Nikon D500 which goes up to ISO 51200 and last night I ...
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Does light hardness affect color saturation?

I've read in couple of sources that level of hardness of light affects color saturation somehow - harder the light more saturated colors are. Is this actually true or not?
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Does lower resolution result in better signal-to-noise ratio, given the same sensor size?

With the release of the Canon EOS R5/R6, there have been many saying that they prefer the 20MP R6 camera over the 45MP R5 camera, due to its lower price but also because of "better low-light ...
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Edit a dark picture

If you take a picture in a room with all the lights off, would you be able to edit the picture later to see it like you would with lights on??
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How can I compute low light performance for different formats?

How can I compare low light performance for different formats? Are there some standard equations to do this? For example, let's say I want to compare these three camera-lens combinations: Nikon ...
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What is my upgrade path from a D3400 for better low light performance, that will also increase my keeper rate?

I'm basically a Rockwell-esque 'Dad With a Camera' and take lots of pics of my family, with aspirations to get into formal portraiture. I've already took my first steps into corporate headshots, and ...
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Remote flashlight device for focusing in an off-camera flash scenario

I was shooting in a fairly dark room with two Yongnuo YN560 IV off camera in softboxes and a Yongnuo YN560-TX II on the camera to trigger them. I was not able to focus without having someone hold a ...
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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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Should I go with a Canon EOS M100 as my first camera after only using a mobile?

I was using an Asus Zenfone 3 and the manual mode was pretty good. After using it for two years I want to try a Canon EOS M100. But will it be a good option? I chose it because it seems to be easily ...
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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 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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