Foundations of Photography: Night and Low Light

April 27, 2012 by
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Digital cameras offer tremendous convenience over their film counterparts, but one of the most dramatic changes opened up by digital imaging technology is the world that exists in low light. Whether you need to shoot an event in a dark auditorium, a landscape at night, or simply want to shoot in your house after the sun goes down, you need a particular skill set, and this Lynda.com course will give it to you. This four-hour course will walk you through all the details of preparation, shooting, and post-production for any kind of low-light or night shooting that you might be interested in. Watch it now right here!

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    Steve Simon manually white balanced the scene. If you shoot a CBL lens, then apply the custom white balance, you will have a properly white balanced scene from the start:

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    In regards to the pop-up flash, I concur that the direct flash is too harsh. In some instances the scene is simply too dark, and bouncing the flash will be ideal to a dark image that you can’t recover. Here is one solution worth mentioning:

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