How to Capture Good Images at Low Lightning Conditions Without Using Flash

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One of the most important aspects of photography is the lightning conditions. Since the creation of cameras, lightning systems like strobe lightning, flashes, monolights etc. became popular in the market. Flashes are the most useful solution for low light photography but using flashes has both advantages and disadvantages too. Using flash will interfere in the appearance of the image i.e. the color detail, contrast and other factors may get influenced by it and hence the image appear slightly different from the real subject. Additionally there comes situation where you can’t use these external lightning sources in such conditions it becomes hard to capture quality shots. So here are the ways by which you can create some high quality images even in the low lightning situations.

The very first thing that you need to do in such a condition is compromising. If the low lightning conditions do not affect your images much, then you should probably be happy with what you shoot.


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Stick to higher ISO: as defined earlier ISO refers to how sensitive your camera is to light. So while shooting in low lightning conditions you must try to shoot at higher ISO rate. However, images captured at high ISO usually result in noisy images but you can sharpen your images by using third party tools after shooting. One advantage that comes with higher ISO range is that while shooting in low lights image blur are common but if you shoot at high ISO the cameras shutter speed automatically increases and hence it reduces image blur.

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Shoot at low f points (wide aperture): the aperture controls the amount entering into the camera body. Hence, while shooting at very wide aperture more light enters the camera body and hence the quality of the image is enhanced.

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And also try to shoot raw if possible.

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