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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What would be the right way to shoot a portrait in a very dark room with flash?

I have several flash units. Both the shoe-mount type and the "studio" type. The portrait has to be taken in a room that happens to not have windows. It is always dark in there. I can bring a light ...
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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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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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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 ...
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What are the pros and cons of constant-aperture zoom lenses, for a relative beginner?

I use a Sony NEX-5R, and I bought the Sony 18-105 F4 constant-aperture lens. I'm aware that the constant-aperture F4 gathers more light than, say a F3.5 - 5.6, and it gives you more control over the ...
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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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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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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 amplify the light from a tiny white LED through a keyhole?

I am working currently on an art project. My target: I apply around 1000 lumen of light through a key hole of a door lock. The light is supposed to go through the key hole and the outcome of the ...
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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 are larger sensors better at low light?

The top answer of What point and shoots are good in low light conditions? says that (1) a fast lens/wide aperture (2) reasonable ISO 400+ handling and (3) a large sensor when put together are critical ...
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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 do you make a shot look like it was taken at night?

Okay, so I was watching a movie recently, and there was a night scene. The whole valley could be seen in light, and there were some stars as well, and the actors could be seen, but it just looked like ...
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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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Can you recommend any resources about dance photography?

My main focus area in photography is dance; and at that mostly social dancing. This usually means: spontaneous action, no way to stage anything or prepare beyond being "in the moment and very ...
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Blown out blue/red light making photos look out of focus

I've only recently started taking photos and got into shooting concerts in a small venue that has neither a pit, nor proper lighting. All they use is some kind of simple LED array. The thing is ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 do I set the proper exposure for nighttime moon photos?

All my attempts to get a good shot of the full moon with my DSLR result in an overexposed circle on a black background. I've tried using a tripod, remote shutter release, low ISO, and long exposure, ...
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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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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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What would be a better lens, 40 or 50mm prime, for walk around? [closed]

I have a Canon EOS Rebel T5i/700D body, an EF-S 18-55 wide angle lens, a 70-300mm telephoto lens, and the kit lens that came with the body. I am still building my lens collection and am looking for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 features would cause a portrait photographer to choose a DSLR over Mirrorless?

With the new line of mirrorless cameras being announced this fall, the gap between DSLR and mirrorless cameras continue to close. There are many generic discussions comparing the two, but as a ...
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Why is my camera metering indoor scenes as darker than I expect, forcing me to use a high ISO?

I am shooting in natural light, with my subject facing a full floor-to-ceiling south facing window. You would think my meter would allow ISO between 200-400 in bright light, but I was lucky to get it ...
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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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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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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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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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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 camera settings would make shooting easy in a darkish church?

I tried to take photographs in a church that was bright enough for human eyes, but I quickly realized the camera couldn't take it. Failing to anticipate this, I didn't bring a tripod. Since I don't ...
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What settings should I use when growing out of auto modes for indoor photography?

I am very new to DSLRs. I have an entry-level Canon with the 18-55mm kit lens, and I can use auto modes. Now, I have some indoor photography I need to do for work, and thought to use this opportunity ...