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 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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Sony A7 II vs A7R image stabilization

I am having trouble deciding which of the above cameras is right for my budget. It basically comes down to the question of how close the A7R with a stabilized lens comes to the A7II in terms of low ...
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Night Auto Race photography

I will be going to Road Atlanta in late Sept. early Oct for the 10 Hour Petit Le Mans. The race will begin during daylight hours and run into the night. I have never shot at night, or minimal ...
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How can I improve my DSLR's autofocus in lowlight scenarios?

I am struggling to take sharp, in-focus photos in low light conditions with my Nikon D5300. The issue appears to be because of the camera's autofocus failing to identify the correct focus point. This ...
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How do I take indoor photographs in dark lit rooms?

I'm very new to film photography but I love shooting pictures of my friends indoors at night, so that the light sort of 'illuminates' them as the subject whilst the background remains relatively dark. ...
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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 ...
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How to achieve bright lighting without noise at night?

In the picture below we can see that the lighting is perfect with least possible noise. What could be the possible settings used to capture this photo or what are the necessary post processing steps ...
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What are the settings to get a perfect picture in cloudy weather (low light)?

Using a GoPro Hero 4 Silver's default settings I took a picture in cloudy weather (low light). Here is the result I got which is very very bad! What settings do I need to get a good result in cloudy ...
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How to set correct exposure in low light condition

Does anyone know how to set correct exposure in low light? I saw lot of recommendations in internet (open aperture,...), but i still can't get the correct exposure for some specific situations. For ...
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How can I take pictures of active children with a DSLR in low light? [duplicate]

I am not an expert. I am shooting images of children mostly in indoor conditions when the lighting is not perfect and keep getting the message subject is too dark. Also the pictures come as very dark. ...
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Higher ISO or negative EV to capture action during wild life shooting at low light?

Early morning light..low contrast scene..hand held 7D-II with 300 IS II f4 lens. A big dark cat is climbing down a tree super fast. I had increased EV by 1/3 and had to jump up ISO to 5000 to get a ...
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Fast-focusing point and shoot camera?

I mainly take pictures of my grandkids playing, some scenery and birds. I am looking for an autofocus type camera that has a good zoom, one that will shoot quickly in low light situations. I miss a ...
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How can I know how long a long exposure needs to be without relying on the light meter? [duplicate]

The built in light meter for my Canon EOS Rebel T5 doesn't seem very good. It'll tell me that 30 seconds will overexpose my photo every time. I want to be able to do 1-8 minute exposures and have a ...
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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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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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Is it possible to improve the quality of images I grab at 90fps?

I am using "Raspicam" (https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/hardware/camera.md) for a robotics project, where I need to get as many images as possible in 1 seconds. Camera works perfectly fine ...
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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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Nikon D5200 - Dark band occurring on right half of liveview and in videos

OK, here's my story. One day, I noticed that the liveview of my D5200 started to exhibit a darker band/ stripe when exposing in low-light environment. Literally the right half of the screen appears ...
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What causes darker areas on a still from a video stream when moving light source has passed through the image just before it has been taken?

When taking stills from a IP CCTV camera (Axis P1357-E) in low light (night) conditions of a moving vehicle, I am getting circular dark patches where the vehicle headlights have lit up the road. As ...
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Why do lightbulbs look too bright in my photos?

Lightbulbs used to appear fine in my photos- you can still see the outline of the bulbs and the brightness of the bulbs is just fine. Now, they appear too bright as if they exploded. What seems to be ...
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How do I warm the background color but keep natural color in the subject?

I'm just learning photography and I found this picture http://www.michaelkormos.com/blog/a-lovely-afternoon-family-photography-nyc-family-photographer The background was warm with yellow soft tones ...
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Convert leica-m to c mount? Ideal lens for low light photography?

We are using a scientific camera which has c mount. We are dealing with very low light conditions so we are going to need to use a fast lens with large aperture. The Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 seems ...
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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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Dark image under shade and sunlight

I am beginner and trying to learn photography. I am having a hard time clicking pictures outside. Some time they come out really well when I am in full sun and light is falling on my subject but in ...
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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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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 ...
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What exposure was used for successful pictures of the “blood moon”?

The moon in total eclipse is very dark, I discovered. My crop-sensor camera and f/5.6 lens was not up to it. I saw some "cherry red" photos in feeds, but without technical details. I used 1/125 ...
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How do lower-end Canon EOS models from 2007/2008 compare? [closed]

Hope someone can help me. I currently have a Fujifilm FinePix S2950 and I'm looking to switch to a DSLR rather than a bridge, the current camera has a slow focus especially in low light. I think I'...
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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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Will an always-on ring light provide a less annoying option than flash for portraits during events?

Last weekend was my uncle's wedding, it was an outdoor event with great scenery for photography during the day. But when it became dark out lighting was of course more difficult. I do not have a ton ...
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Higher ISO Camera V.S Brighter Lighting [duplicate]

Whenever I take photos in bad lighting I always wonder if I should use a higher ISO camera or instead use brighter lighting. Please no opinions- just comparisons!
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Technique to manually set aperture and focus for a low light scene during normally lit time of day?

I have a scenario that requires manually setting the aperture and focus on a lens attached to a machine vision camera on an outdoor scene (mirrorless camera with global shutter). I need to manually ...
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What are the proper settings for taking low light action pictures using Nikon D5100?

I have a Nikon D5100 and need to know how to use it properly to take pictures in low light (dance recital). I can't use a flash. I've tried but don't seem to get clear pictures. They come out very ...
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How to create still life silhouettes with candle lights?

I have Nikon D3100, the 50mm prime lens, and the 60mm macro. I only have candle lights and tube lights (on walls) as light sources in my house. I wish to create silhouettes of still life objects with ...
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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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Why won't my Sony a350 take a picture in low light situations?

I'm trying to take a photo with my Sony a350 but it won't take pictures in low light situations. I have fiddled around with the shutter speed and the aperture but it still won't take the picture! (...
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How can I best take low-light action shots with a Canon PowerShot SX520 HS?

I have a Canon PowerShot SX520 HS. I'd like to photograph a dance performance that will take place on a stage with stage lighting and/or spotlights. This will be a low-light action photography ...
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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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Graininess and lack of detail [duplicate]

Hello fellow lens loving junkies! I have been struggling to get very sharp, non-grainy images. I have a Canon Rebel Eos T3i. Even images at 100 ISO are not as sharp as I would like. Not sure if it is ...
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Which lens do I need for a christening? [closed]

Which lens do I need when photographing a christening? Inside a church. I have a Nikon D3200.
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How can I best use a (high end) point and shoot camera to take great photos in bars and clubs?

I own a DSLR, but consider myself a total amateur in the technical terms of being a photographer. Although I do believe I have quite creative composition skills. I have recently purchased a Canon G7 X,...
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How to improve the low-light image quality of my Canon 350d?

I have a Canon 350d. How do I improve the quality of images in low light? I feel like urgrading the body — but will it really help? I have a Canon 18-55 kit lens, 75-300, and a 50mm 1.8. lens. I have ...
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What causes this weird angled glowing blur around lights on my low light shots?

I've been trying to figure out why this is happening for a few weeks. When I take pictures, usually during evening times when the sun starts to set and the street lights come on, I see this weird ...
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Low-light photography: How much light reflects off a surface

I'm looking at light levels for photography and I'm trying to figure out how much light hits my sensor. There are plenty of tables online which give light levels, but that's only directly relevant if ...
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Is video a good alternative to low available light photography?

I took a slow zoom and my mirrorless to a birthday party at a local kids' gym not knowing the light situation. It was dimly lit, and needless to say, the slow zoom + high shutter speed to freeze ...
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How do I improve the quality of lowlight back-lit bottle photographs with a point and shoot camera?

I'm a complete novice at photography, but I want to learn to take pictures of "bottle lights". I have included an image which I took with my Samsung ST60, but as you can see, it looks terrible and ...
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Is it possible for increased ISO to improve focusing in low light?

A member of a digital photo forum, to which I subscribe, stated that when she was photographing some badgers at night, the auto focus wouldn't work due to the lack of light. She then said she upped ...
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What do “dark current” and “sensitivity” mean for a camera module?

I am looking at a camera module to be used for a project which deals in shooting frames in dark areas and night conditions. This is a camera used from a circuit board. I have the following light ...
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Canon Powershot SX20IS User error

I was completely surprised once regarding a question from a customer while working in a photographic store. The lady was under the impression that there is a fault with her Canon SX20 bridge camera ...
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How to brighten stars in Photoshop?

I have a few methods for brightening stars in Lightroom and Photoshop but most of these increase noise or worse make vignetting a lot more pronounced which is already difficult to deal with in night ...