If you’ve ever taken photos in dark environments, you know exactly how hard it is to get a usable shot. The reason is that, with the loss of light, noise creeps into photos very quickly. There’s no need to fret though, because I’m going to share some essential tips and tricks to help you take better low light photos.
While it’s better to own a camera that is made for low light shooting, not everyone has the luxury to dish out a couple of thousand dollars for it. So until you have a camera that can push ISO values way up without allowing too much distracting noise to ruin your images, you need to understand the camera you do have.
Find the Sweet Spot
Cameras usually have a sweet spot where the ISO values bring in enough light into your photos without too much noise. You need to experiment with your camera and find that value, and then you need to always try to stay under that value while shooting. Try to compensate the lack of light with a faster lens and some lighting techniques.
Shoot Wide Open and RAW
Shooting wide open with a lens that has a maximum aperture value of around f/1.8 will provide you with enough light to keep your ISO somewhere between 800 and 1600. However, this will give you a shallow depth of field, so be aware of that. It’s also really helpful if you shoot in RAW, because you can sometimes do miracles in RAW editors by pulling out every ounce of image quality your camera sensor can capture.
So, just to recap:
- Understand the limitations of your camera.
- Find the maximum ISO value your camera can handle before producing noise-laden photos.
- Use a fast lens.
- Shoot in RAW.