As a photographer there might arise many shooting events that require you to display your low light photography skills in an environment that offers dim light which is the hardest time to capture photos. Some photographers are dependent on lenses with unique aperture readings or highly expensive cameras while those who can’t afford expensive devices use various tricks and techniques to achieve maximum results.
1- Auto-Focus Beam:
A standard SLR has its own benefits over a digital SLR or bridge camera specifically in dim light conditions. However, an average photographer utilizes a bridge camera which is primarily utilized by most. The auto focus has progressed vastly over the years in the field of photography and the infrared focus will be readily offered by most midrange devices. The beam is largely utilized by enthusiasts for capturing music concerts and dance shooting events where the subject is constantly moving.
Most digital cameras have default settings for low light photography in them. With high ISO speed you’ll be able to capture images in the darkest of environment but you will eventually have to pay for the image quality. Taking a shot with very high ISO readings will result in image noise and grain so the better practice is to finding out a perfect ISO reading which contains minimum of noise and grain.
The first and foremost important thing to take with you to shooting events containing dim light is the tripod. The utilization of tripod instantly removes all fears of camera shake and blur that are most likely to occur in these shooting events. This not only helps on generating brilliant results blur reduction wise but also allows you a bit of more room to use lower ISO in capturing more professional and clear night images.
4- Utilization of Flash:
The common notion while discussing the aspects of low light photography and its settings is that increasing the light offered by your flash would produce better results however it is to be noted that it’s a double edged sword. When you’re facing the stage settings, it all depends on the lightning provided and equipped on the stage by the organizers. Also keep in mind that if it is advised to use a high ISO don’t switch on the flash while doing it as this will definitely over expose the subject of your picture. It is a better practice to go with the low camera speed coupled with a slow sync flash. These effects might not suffice in family shooting events but would prove be tremendous covering a rock concert.
5- Practice is the Key:
The venue will most likely have flickering lights and the subject will be constantly on the move. These changes require unique photographic skills which can only be developed through proper practice. Learning photography skills and getting to know your limits and overcome them can be learned through various photography workshops with your specific camera.