Taking photos in low light situations can be tricky and is something that anyone new to photography often wants to avoid. It can be hard dealing with low light situations where your subject is not as lit as you want it to be. However, there are are a number of tricks and tweaks that you can use to get good images even if you are limited by lighting. Read on to know what these are.
1. Go with RAW
Switching your image settings to RAW mode allows you to capture more detail each time you take a shot. RAW photos are also able to handle extensive post-processing better, giving you more flexibility to edit out dark shadows or overblown highlights in the original photo.
2. Use a prime lens.
A prime lens is a great investment if you are using a camera with interchangeable lenses. The best thing about prime lenses is that you can choose ones with the widest apertures that make taking beautiful photos in low light so easy. If you shoot with the apertures fully open, you can take advantage of the lens’s ability to give you the best light possible so even if you are shooting in dimly lit conditions, you can still capture all the details in your subject.
3. Use the widest aperture you have.
The great thing about going wide is that you get the most amount of light you can for the most dramatic photos. Wide apertures, usually at 2, 1.8 or 1.4 mm are often enough to capture evening photos whether indoors or outdoors with just enough ambient lighting to provide contrast. In most cases, you can get great shadows, dramatic highlights, and beautiful blurry backgrounds, especially if you are using prime lenses.
These are just 3 quick tips you can use if you find yourself shooting in low light, whether it’s in the early evening or indoors with little natural or artificial light sources. These tips are especially handy if you are just starting out and do not know how to use external lighting like strobes and flash. Give them a try so you can take decent shots regardless of the amount of light you have.