As we all know, light is key when it comes to photography. Without adequate light, you really are on a hiding to nothing, and that once-perfect canvas print suddenly looks lacking.
This is the reason today’s guide has been put together. While light is often a prerequisite to a good photograph, the results from a lack of light can be fascinating if you put your skillset to good use.
In short, you can create a killer canvas print. Let’s now take a look at some of the best ways to achieve this and ultimately, become a master at taking photos when visibility is exceptionally low.
Slow down your shutter speed as much as possible
This is one of the best tips you can implement and fortunately, it requires little technology. The shutter speed is something that few people touch, but when night falls it’s something that you simply must be tapping into.
In short, the slower your shutter speed, the more light that can flow into the lens of your camera. Obviously, with little light available in the first place, this is a desirable result.
At the same time, you need to exercise caution with this approach. Sure, more light will be hitting your lens, but because the shutter is operating slower it means that it is more susceptible to your hand shaking. This means that you’ve either got to practice taking photos with a steady hand, or invest in a tripod.
Be wary of the flash
It might sound the obvious thing to do, but before you reach to turn the flash function on you really should look around for an alternative light source. This is always going to beat the flash function hands-down.
The problem with flash is that when there is little light available, it can add too much. The result of this is that excessive light bounces off every element and face and in case of the latter, it can result in people shutting their eyes.
The big takeaway here is to try and take photos without flash. If you can’t, by all means turn it on, but be prepared for the results.
The perils of autofocus
Let’s get one thing right; there’s a time and a place for autofocus. In some scenes, it’s one of the best inventions of the modern-day camera. After all, it’s something that takes away all of the work from you, and lets your camera decide where is the best point on a scene to focus on.
The problem in a dark scene is that there are very few points of focus, and it’s going to prove very difficult for your camera to “find” one.
As such, your job is to find an area of focus. This is where your own interpretation really steps into the picture, and you need to manually select where the focus is going to be. Without this manual interruption, you really will be on a hiding to nothing.