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Take Better Photos in Low Light [Infographic]

Low light photography can be frustrating; ditch the blurry, grain, and out of focus shots and start snapping great pics with the tips in this photography infographic.

Photography blog Snapsport shares a great infographic covering the basics of low-light photography including equipment, camera settings, and other considerations. For the full resolution version hit up the link below.

Take Photos in Low Light [Snapsport]

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  • Published 04/5/11

Comments (5)

  1. ADWheeler Photography

    Gently pres the shutter button and leave your FIGURE on it?!?

  2. W Morledge

    I have been shooting 90% low light (night) with no flash for 8 years.

    First of all – good article – thanks.

    1. Minimize micro-shake. I have found using a 3 second delay (or 10 sec, or whatever) will cause less shake than a cable release or finger-fire. This not always possible due to spontaneity, but do this every time you possibly can. This is based on pixel-level comparisons of thousands of photographs.

    2. Recommend take several photos of the same item with same exposure (whenever possible), and THEN several photos with slightly different exposures. As it is digital who cares? The more the better – use the old photographer’s creed – ‘If you get one good photo out of every dozen, you’re lucky’.

    2A) Delete those you don’t want later at the computer (DON’T decide which are good photos and which are bad photos using the camera’s tiny playback screen. USE the computer. )

    3. If shooting auto exposure, get fix of exposure on lighter, then darker, areas first (with the half-depress of the shutter button) before framing the several shots of that scene.

    4. If processing in PhotoShop or PhotoPaint, use masks to ‘montage’ to create best exposed final picture from the several you have taken – you will be surprised and delighted with unique flashless, low light photos.

  3. Ammar

    Very useful article and very nice comment from Morledge. Thanks for both.

  4. Carol

    Great article and great tips from readers, too. I’m printing this out for future reference. Thanks!

  5. RGill

    The article is really binding which is backed up strongly by it’s presentation which is really eye catching.

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