By now you will know that to achieve a photograph you need light, without light there is no photo. We will repeat it in the blog as many times as necessary and without losing the smile. That is the first, very first lesson. Of course, the circumstances that one desires at the time of pressing the firing button do not always exist. On many occasions we find that we have little light, or worse, no light. Well, the latter is very difficult, because as you are not in a dark room there is always a little ambient light. What do we do then? Withdraw in the attempt? Well, if it’s a session that you can postpone, maybe it’s better to postpone, but if it’s an unrepeatable moment, a place you’re not going to return to or an event that you can not change, of course you’re not going to throw in the towel, The only thing you are going to throw away is photos and not exactly the wastebasket. In today’s article I’m going to give you some tricks to squeeze out the little light you have and get illuminated images. You stay? I warn you that this is a challenge that you will meet many times (although I put my hand to what has already happened).
1. Let the light
I will start with the most obvious. Yes, I know, it’s too obvious, but do not believe it, you have to remember it many times because, sometimes, with the rush, the nerves of the moment, the concentration in the creative composition, the tiredness, the obfuscation of each one, blah, blah, blah … we forget the essentials. Open doors, windows, curtains, raise blinds, turn on lights … Look for light.
2. Bring the subject or object closer to the light source
I say almost the same as in the previous point, obviously but necessarily repeatable (ad nauseam if necessary). If you can get your motif closer to a light source, a window, a street lamp, a lamp or some candles. Any light, however small, will help you. If your prota is not displaceable, you can try to bring the light source closer (if there is one available that can be moved).
That it serves as an introduction to the most novice or reminder to minds more scatterbrained and forgetful, but these first two steps can not be skipped. From here, we continue talking about other terms
3. Punctual measurement
It uses the point measurement mode, because in low light conditions it is more complicated to make precise measurements. In this way you measure just what you want to be well exposed and without having to worry about the rest.
4. Carry out a correct measurement and exposure
This is the same when you have light and when not, except that in low light conditions it becomes more important. If you are not sure how to do it, here is a detailed guide.
5. Increase the ISO value
In many articles we have advised you to adjust the ISO value to the minimum to avoid noise. Today, however, I’ll tell you to upload it as much as your camera allows (and the noise is not too annoying). Since a picture with noise is preferable to lose a great moment. In some photographs, noise can be a creative element, in others, you will have to raise the value to a point where it does not spoil the image. Depending on what type of image you want to take or what moment you want to capture, you will have to weigh it.
6. Luminous goals
This is one of the tricks that will work best for you. Use the brightest objective you have or can achieve, that is, one that has a large aperture (number “f” as small as possible), such as the one Mario calls The King of the Objectives, 50 mm f 1 / Four. If you have low light and also use a lens that barely allows the entry of light, you can do little without resorting to artificial light. A great opening will undoubtedly be a great ally.
7. Slow shutter speeds
In addition to using a wide aperture, you can shoot at slow speeds, so the diaphragm will remain open longer, thus entering more light. What happens in this case? That you will need a tripod for slower speeds or at least a support point for intermediate speeds. And if you are photographing people, you can hardly stay still so as to use a speed of less than 1/25, if you do not want a moved photo make sure this speed. Although there is also the possibility that the people in the image are not protagonists and can appear on the move with an interesting creative effect, remember that here the artist is you
8. Use of flash bounced or blurred
If with the above options is not enough or you can not use some of them, probably you will have no choice but to pull the flash. And here the trick is not to tell you to use it, but to avoid using the flash that is built into the camera and to bounce or blur the handheld flash.