Low Light Photography

Low Light Photography

The heavenly lights appearing in the night are the actual candles a photographer wish to have on his birthday. One of the complication an amateur photographer face is to master the low light photography technique. Today I will help you with some of the tips you need to keep in mind before having cupcakes under street lights- you got it right, clicking cupcakes at night.

Hitting the shutter button at night have some strict rules as compared to mid-day at beach, so what are they? Let’s deal with them and conquer low light photography issues

  1. Aperture:

Aperture is the same hole from where the light passes through your lens, so more the aperture more is the light entering and better is the image. So how to deal with aperture? And what should be the lens you must use for better aperture?

Our standard DSLR kit comes with a maximum aperture of f/3.5. Which is not enough for low light conditions, what we can do is buy a better lens of say aperture f/1.8. Which is easily available in canon series (Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 ii) which is known as fast lens as it allows higher shutter speed. What differentiates between apertures of lower value is it allows more amount of light to pass through lens, in case f/1.8. Light enters 4 times more compared to standard conditions. One of the thing you need to take care about aperture in events taking place in halls or rooms is make sure that your aperture is not too narrow you will end up in defocusing half the picture.


  1. Shutter speed:

Shutter speed is one of the important parameter to take care of while shooting in low light conditions, I would suggest you to use a tripod to take care of such situations. The problem with shutter speed is- higher is shutter speed, lesser is the light entering through the lens. So the better option is reduce the shutter speed so that huge amount of light enters. Another problem relating to this will be shaking of camera as the shutter decreases, it can be sorted out by using a tripod with remote clicking gear.

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  1. ISO:

Just making changes in aperture and shutter speed won’t get you the right image you were looking for. Another important parameter is ISO, as the clicking finger rule goes by – higher the ISO more amount of light enters. So what I usually do is raise ISO value by 1600 and don’t exceed 3200. This is because higher ISO doesn’t give the colour and contrast we expect from the image. If you need more light you can use an external flash and trigger it with remote or using a good quality of torch may help you in solving in some light conditions. The best way to reduce ISO is while editing photographs, you can use some of the software’s like NOISE NINJA or NEAT IMAGE for cleaning u mess done.


Tips for low light photography:


  • In quite dark rooms if we need some good environment at the back the photo should be a little underexposed.
  • If you actually need some great photographs, you need to worry a lot about ISO settings.
  • Tripod is a good call for low light conditions.
  • Playing with exposure and matching it with the environment conditions will help you get better photographs.