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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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 does one focus for landscape photos in very dark conditions?

Tonight I tried my best to take some night landscapes in the darkest of dark conditions. Hoping for an epic composition of the Milky Way and a landmark. Of course, none of my glass could auto focus ...
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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 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 do I tell which point-and-shoot cameras take good low light photos?

I have a Canon Powershot A710 and I previously had a previous Powershot A-series model. I love them due to the high amount of control they offer. Sadly, they both suck in low light conditions, their ...
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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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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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What are some tips for shooting in low light?

I own a Canon 450D with just the standard kit lens that comes with it (I don't plan buying a new lens for a while) and one thing I tend to struggle with is shooting in lower light conditions, indoors ...
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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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How do I focus in low light for long exposures?

I've been trying to take some long exposure shots at night with my Canon 450D. The problem I'm having is that I can't seem to get a shot in focus. The low light conditions prevent AF from working at ...
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Nightclubs photography, setup to capture the real mood and atmosphere?

I was hired to photograph at a nightclub on Friday. I've never done this before, and I do not have any specification for the moment. I'd like to be able to capture the atmosphere at the right moment, ...
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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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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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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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How to take photos of children in difficult lighting?

I recently went to a one-year-old's birthday party. The event took place inside; there was some light coming through the windows from outside and there was also light from the lightbulbs in the room, ...
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Do I need a full-frame camera for low-light photography?

I primarily shoot low-light photos, and I upgraded from a point-and-shoot to the Sony NEX-5R (which has an APS-C sensor) a few months back. However, I find that the low-light performance of the NEX-...
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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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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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Is it practical to shoot portraits by only candlelight?

Is it practical to shoot portraits in candle lights, only, provided there is no flash around? If yes, then for portrait shots, where and how should one place the candles? Are there any specific ...
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Reducing noise in very high ISO photos

On the weekend I attended a wedding and took my camera along. I was not the official photographer -- just a guest. My camera is a Canon 5D Mark III, and I was using an EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens. At ...
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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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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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How can I focus quickly outdoors in the dark?

I was with my family at a seaside, late and in darkness. My nephew and niece were playing in the water and running around, and I wanted to take picture of them, but my autofocusing system was taking ...
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What could be causing focus problems in low light?

I am not a professional photographer but shoot outdoor and indoor pictures, weddings, and portraits as a hobby. I use a Nikon D750 with a 70-200mm 2.8 VR lens and a 35mm 1.8 ED lens. I have been ...
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Can 30 1-second exposures be combined to a form the equivalent of a single 30s exposure?

I need to take 30 1s exposure shots in raw at night. The image becomes ALMOST black... Is it possible to take this tiny amount of light/information and sum them all toghether and get as a result a ...
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Tips for shooting in an aquarium?

What would be your advises when taking shoot in an aquarium? What are your preferred lenses? How do you deal with the low light? What about the aquarium glass which bring some deformation? The fact ...
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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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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 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 ...
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What can I expect in upgrading from built in flash to using a speedlight?

In pursuit of my low light photography passion I an considering purchasing a speed light. because I am so new to photography I am unsure of what the results will be using a speed light flash instead ...
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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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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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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 best bang for your buck to improve low light portrait shots: Lens, Flash or Body?

I want to get better action shots in low light indoor conditions. I've got a Canon T1i (APS-C size) with 3.5-5.6 18-55mm lens, and am thinking about a flash upgrade, a lens upgrade, and/or body ...
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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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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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How can I avoid this blur during taking indoor party pictures?

I tried taking some photos during an office event and noticed that they are all blurred. Can someone suggest what can I do avoid/reduce this ? A sample Picture is given below: **Larger version at ...
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How much does the Camera Model/Age matter when purchasing?

I've spent several hours researching camera options that would allow me to take great still pictures and reasonable quality videos. Based on my research, I've determined that a mirrorless camera ...
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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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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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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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How do I prevent and/or remove hot pixels in my shots?

I am getting some noise in my shots on the black. I wondered if this can be something i can prevent or do I need to clean the image sensor? I am using a Canon T3i/600d/Kiss X5. The shot was done at ...
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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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Is it normal for autofocus to produce blurry photos under low light?

I use a Sony NEX-5R. I find that the autofocus often fails during low light, as in produces out of focus photos. Sometimes it's clearly out of focus, and I can see that on the LCD, in which case I ...
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Should I use a 24-105 or a 70-200 lens for photographing a high school marching band?

Ok, I am an amateur photographer and I will start being the marching band photographer for my high school. I will get a Canon 7d soon, but I'm told it has poor low-light capabilities, which is a ...
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How to photograph low light indoor sport?

I am using a Canon 70d with 18-55mm lens to capture fast moving action (volleyball) indoors. Lack of light was a problem, so I tried different settings but the pictures still are a bit dark. I am not ...
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What kinds of images can I produce the least noise in when shooting in low light? [duplicate]

What sort of images produce least noise?
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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 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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How to Force my Nikon D5000 to take a photo in low light?

Every so often I try to take a picture in low light, usually indoors and find that my camera attempts to focus, grumbles a bit and then refuses to take the shot. This is annoying, not least because I ...