Low-Light Photography Tips for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras | B&H

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One of the most common challenges for photographers is capturing a good image with detail in low-light environments. Fortunately, today’s DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have a bunch of settings, lenses, and add-ons like flashes to make them more sensitive in low light.

Camera Settings

There are three settings you can adjust to help your camera get enough light for an exposure:

1. Increase the sensitivity of your camera to light (ISO setting)
2. Open the aperture to let in more light all at once
3. Keep the shutter open longer to let in more light over time

Adding Light to Your Environment

Obvious tips to improve low-light photography include turning on all the lights or temporarily removing lampshades. But a must-have piece of equipment is a 5-in-1 Reflector Disc that allows you to bounce available light at your subject as well as control the quality of light depending on which color side you use. Another very helpful add-on is a flash unit (also called speed lights or hot shoe flashes). You can buy a dedicated speed light made by your camera’s manufacturer, or you can buy compatible after-market lights. Some tips to improve your flash photography include:

1. If you are working with a camera-mounted flash, try pointing the flash at a ceiling or wall; if the ceiling or wall is white, that will add a smoothness to your subject and the whole room. Pointing the flash right at your subject because it will create hard shadows, harsh highlights, and sometimes red eye.

2. Remote flashes allow you to put your light source somewhere else in the room, thus giving you much more control over the light. Types of remote flashes include wired, infrared, and wireless radio triggers

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Comments

Tourino Jacks says:

This is "the best" low light video that I have ever seen. Straight to the point, informative, not a lot of "noise" in the presentation, just pure, uncut, greatly useful information. LOVEIT

Jerry Edwards says:

Question: I have been trying to take b/w pics in the dark without a flash.Having trouble with getting it right. I'm using a Sony a5000 and can't see anything taking the picture. A lot of them turn out blurry. Any suggestions?

John Skiggs says:

Lots of useful points – thank you 🙂

Helio Dias says:

Maybe Im not a human 🙂 because I am able to do one second hand hold , no support like walls, Just deep breath, pretty decent photo

Chitza Owabie says:

Great Video. Learnt a lot. Looking forward to many more like this.

DollarsignDzTv says:

This is probably equivalent to an expensive 2 hr. college course explained right here in less than 15 mins. for Free…. Thank you B&H Appreciate it !!!

Branden F says:

Do you have a "LOW LIGHT DSLR VIDEO SERIES?" Thank you.

Greenski says:

I have a canon t6i. whats a good lense to shoot a concert where its dark and other lights around on the stage?

League Funny says:

What shooting mode do I set to?( Nikkon ) A, S, M? Auto?

Tom D says:

Correction: It's not I.S.O., it's ISO (Iso, as one word) and it's no abbreviation, but originates from the greek word isos.

Jey Hump says:

Great information! I appreciate that the highlights are relatable to both Cannon and NIkon. Thanks!

Lionel G says:

I need a cheap camera to hook to my laptop to stream videos from the dancefloor at a night club. any suggestions? I've tried Logitech webcam but not too good in low light.

Honest Ballu bhai says:

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Dennis Niu says:

Thanks huge help

Joseph Abi Rached says:

It was a great presentation however I was looking for shooting in lowlight without a flash or speed light.. I was hoping to know some tricks about iso and aperature.. Thanks

rich Mck says:

Interesting video once again.Thank you! However, I , like many get it wrong when trying to shoot our fav bands at concerts. Which wide angle lens would you suggest for a canon 70d user, Budget wise!?!
I already have a sigma 70-200 f/28 however w/out VC ( or IS ). I have been refused access with my monopod on occasion! But it is the wide angle area of photography in low light I really want to discover… F/2.8 or even f1.8 preferably with image stabiliser due to my shaky hands. Many thanks once again.

Emilia Gallegos says:

Would the Canon DSLR be okay to use for surveillance from the backseat of a car? Any tips on how to get good pictures and videos.

Dan Bloodworth says:

Thank you very much for the low light Tutorials. they where down to earth and easy to understand . DAN .

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