How to take pictures with available light

Well there is something true about the following story. There is a men who searches for many hours down a street light his keys. The unlit street side he avoids even the chance to find his keys over the dark road would be bigger. Of course he looks under the light of the lamp (beaucse the light is still better there).

In fact this is common for many photographers; we are looking for some source of light and think how we can use the light to produce a good picture.


Some tips:

  1. Follow the light – The guy who searched his keys down the street-light, were he a photographer he would be on the right way. Find the light and you will find your photo.
  2. Recognize the source of light – Contrasts are an enemy. Try to train your eyes to recognize the place where the illumination is balanced.
  3. Lenses with big aperture – The low depth of field and the low illumination level of a scene makes it harder to get a sharpen picture. If you are going to use a lens with f/2.8 or less you will reach better results and the quality and depth of field will be improved.
  4. Prime lens – Think about to work with a prime lens like 24mm f/2.8 or 50mm f/1.8. These lenses are well for bad illumination situations also these lenses are handier. You will not get so many problems with reflections or aperture spots.
  5. High photosensitivity – The most cameras today produce great picture at an ISO-value of 3200. The noise will be stronger with a higher ISO-value. You won’t let the noise annoy you.
  6. Waiting till your motive moves into the light – You have to be quick if your motive looks or turn into the light. Think about musicians they always look up – into the light.
  7. Keep calm – A shivery hand is the worst. Try to find a position to relax your hand and take a moment to breath and keep calm. Learn to find a good position and press the release soft – not jerky.
  8. Wait for no movement – Watch out that you motive isn’t moving anymore. You will see there are moments which are almost free of movements. Learn to forecast these moments and be ready to press the release.
  9. Continuous shootings – also called “the tripod of the poor men”. If you take continuous shoots one of three will be sharpen enough to use it.
  10. Lack of definition – Lack of definition is just another word for movement and moves can be fantastic for pictures.
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