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Tips for successful indoor photography in low-light conditions

The 09/04/2020 at 09:40

Photographing indoors is a demanding practice, but a few tips will help you get properly exposed photos.

In low light and automatic mode, your camera tends to fire the flash, which is not very flattering and sometimes prohibited (museums, monuments). Pictures are often blurred because the speed is too low: how to cope with these constraints?

 

 

Raise the ISOs to increase the light sensitivity of your sensor and select the most suitable white balance. To avoid getting too high ISOs, open your camera's aperture by selecting a wide aperture (F1.8, F1.4). The larger the aperture, the more light will be emitted. Your subject will be sharp but the depth of field will be reduced.

If you have one, use a wide-angle lens with a larger aperture. A bright lens such as a 50mm F1.8, offered by several brands, will give great shots.

In "speed priority" mode, your camera will calculate the exposure itself. Increase the exposure time so that your sensor receives the maximum amount of light. However, don't select a shutter speed that is too slow, without a stabilizer or tripod, or you may get a blurry shot.

Indoors, windows can produce reflections, so by using a polarizing filter and avoiding over-zooming, your photos will be more successful.

 

 

If you are at a concert, alternating lights can be a challenge: switch to manual mode and use the burst mode to have more responsiveness.

 

 

Make the best use of ambient light and avoid backlighting by placing your subject facing the light sources. If necessary, use a remote flash with the wall, this will give a more natural look.

 

 

 

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