How To Take Better Photos In Low Light

Low lighting can often result in blurry photos. Here are a few tips for improving your photo quality when shooting somewhere that’s dark or dimly-lit.

Use flash strategically

Using a flash is an easy way to brighten up a dimly lit setting. However, flash doesn’t always produce the more flattering results. When it comes to photographs of people it can have a tendency a highlight warts and all when used close up. Of course, with the right distance and the right angle, it can produce stunning photography. You’ll find plenty of flash photography tips online. This could help you to learn techniques such as bouncing light.

Slow down the shutter speed

You can also take brighter photos at night by slowing down the shutter speed. This results in the shutter being open longer, allowing more light to enter. The downside to this is that a slower shutter speed often results in less sharper images. As a result other measures need to be taken to keep photos clear.

Stabilise your photos

Stabilising your photos when the shutter speed is lowered can make them sharper by reducing blur caused by movement. A tripod is a popular way of adding stability and is a great option for long-distance photos. You can find plenty of lightweight and collapsible tripods online that are great for travelling with. Another option could be to simply prop your camera on a solid surface such as a wall or a bench (you can even use a timer, allowing you to take a hands-free photo and prevent any shakiness from touching the camera).

Use a wider aperture

A wider aperture can also allow more light to be let into the lens. Along with a slow shutter speed and stabilisation, a wide aperture can help to make photos in dim light brighter and sharper. You can’t change the aperture on a smartphone, making this trick suitable only for camera use. To get the widest aperture you’ll want the smallest f-stop number you can find. DSLR users may be able to find lenses with f-stops that go as low as f/1.8.


Increase the ISO value

If you’re willing to play with your camera’s settings, increasing the ISO value could also be worthwhile. This controls your camera’s sensitivity to light. A high sensitivity will have the same effect as a wide aperture or a slow shutter speed, helping to create a much brighter photo. Stability is important here too, so bear this in mind.


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Published by Madara Parma

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