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Exposure settings in limited lighting conditions

Everyone knows that in order to get a good picture, you need the right lighting.

However, photographers often have to work in not the most comfortable conditions, when there is not enough light, and the flash not only does not save the situation, but even makes it worse.

How to shoot when you find yourself in poor lighting conditions and do not have the ability to use the flash, we will talk in this article.

Exposure settings in limited lighting conditionsLet’s say you decide to take a photo at a party, in a bar, or in any other poorly lit room. In this case, the priority when setting up the camera is to let as much light as possible through.

How do I take photos without a flash?

It is important to keep in mind that you can start with exposure settings of at least ISO 400.

Aperture
First of all, open the aperture as much as possible. In other words, you need to set the lowest aperture value: from 3.5 to 1.8 (less for a higher-speed lens).

How do I take photos without a flash?

Extract
It is possible that the photos will still be dark. So you should extend the shutter speed.

How do I take photos without a flash?

However, this can only be done up to a certain value, depending on the speed at which objects move in the frame, as well as the focal length of the lens.

How do I take photos without a flash?

We recommend starting at 1/125 C and extending it to 1/30. The main thing is not to forget to make sure that there are no “smears”, “stirrers”.

How do I take photos without a flash?

Always pay attention to the position in which you shoot. If your balance is disturbed, it may well be that the camera in your hands is shaking. And this entails the appearance of a “wiggle”.

ISO value
So, you have opened the aperture to the limit, set the shutter speed to the maximum possible level, but the photos are still dark.

How do I take photos without a flash?

Then you have to do something else – set an increased ISO value.

You can set it from 800 to 6400. This will depend on your camera.

How do I take photos without a flash?

This will make the device’s sensors more sensitive to light, which will help prevent underexposed frames. But, of course, if the light sensitivity is too high, your images will be “noisy”.

How do I take photos without a flash?

However, when the maximum aperture is open and the maximum shutter speed is reached, you still have to increase the ISO-there is no escape. Still, it is preferable to take at least some picture than not to use the moment.

It is always possible to reduce or even completely eliminate noise during post processing using programs:

Lightroom;
Photoshop;
Noise Ninja;
Neat Image.
By the way, there is still a backup option: translate the photo in b / W, indicating that this is the author’s idea.

Algorithms for selecting camera settings in poor light
Let’s repeat the above algorithm for different modes.

Manual (M)
Open the aperture as much as possible;
Extend the shutter speed as much as possible under these shooting conditions;
Increase the ISO to the level where you get a normally lit frame;
Take photos in RAW format (it will greatly facilitate the task of photo processing);
To suppress noise in the processing of photos.
The aperture priority mode (Av, A)
Open the aperture as much as possible;
Increase the ISO until you get a normally lit frame, free of “smudges” (shutter speed 1/60-1/200 s);
Take photos in RAW format, which will make it easier to process photos;
To suppress noise during processing.
Shutter priority mode (Tv, S)
Set the longest shutter speed possible, ensuring that there are no “smears»;
Raise the ISO to a normally lit frame;
Take photos in RAW format, which will make it easier to process photos;
To suppress the noise while processing the photo.

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