The best part of Kat Sloma’s online photography course is that she invites you to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. Most recently she challenged us to take images in a different kind of light than what we normally do. I chose to go with low light images since I often shoot in day light. To make it more challenging for myself I chose to go to the basement and use only the small amount of available light coming in the windows. Here are my favorite images showing what I have learned.
My subject became the broom in the basement. (This is where you cue the music from Fantasia with Mickey Mouse playing Merlin, the brooms, and all that water… only my basement is dry.) It was really dim and I use the tripod, trying several different settings.
This little statue is a favorite of mine. I placed it on a stand, in the basement, and used a flashlight to create the light. Once again I used the tripod and took several images, and I like this one best.
Both of these photos were taken in color and converted to black and white. I have also adjusted the contrast where needed. I don’t do a lot of “post processing”, but when I do I use Picasa.
Here is what I have learned from this exercise.
- I need the tripod. Being able to shoot a clear image in low light (for me) depends on using one.
I take the ISO any higher than 200 or 400 there is too much noise in
the images. (Think graininess in paper printed images.) My best shots
were with an ISO of 100.
setting the camera in aperture priority mode works well most of the
time I think manual mode may work even better. Sometimes in aperture
priority mode my images did not look at all like low light images… and
what is the point of that? If the light is low I want my images to look
like it at least somewhat.
in low light can be difficult even in auto focus depending on how low
the light really is. At times I was able to use manual focus to ensure a
good crisp image.
came away from this feeling much more confident about low light
photography, whether it be night time or any situation calling for
longer exposure time.