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LEARN | Tips For Shooting In Low-Light

Tips and tricks for shooting in low-light environments, on your iPhone or DSLR! Hey everybody, Harrison here, back to give you a few more tips on taking great photos! Today we are going to talk about how to shoot in low light situations. Now I know we all struggle at night to get our focus right on our iPhone, but I promise there are simple ways to fix this and shoot with your camera in order to make beautiful photographs. The simplest way to fix this is when you are focusing on your screen, look for the brightest part of the image and click on that to get your focus on point. In addition to just this, I suggest downloading the app called Manual. This app allows you manually change your focus and shutter speed of your iPhone camera, to create an image you are proud of. But I must warn you- this app requires a little bit of knowledge on how a camera works to grasp the full power of making a stunning image.

Now let’s talk about DSLR cameras. Of course you have more capabilities on a DSLR, but there are a couple of things to know before pressing as many buttons as you can. If you are still starting out, I recommend shooting on AE mode, which stands for aperture priority mode. Some cameras, like Nikon, have it labeled as just A. This mode allows you to pick the f-stop of your camera. The lower the number, the more amount of light you allow in and then your camera sets the shutter speed and the ISO to get a proper exposure. But remember, the lower the f-stop, the smaller range of focus you will get. The other way to fix this problem is to raise your ISO. But again remember, when you raise your ISO the more grain you allow on your image.

So now you’re probably thinking, Harrison these are ways to fix it, but there are still problems in each step. These really aren’t problems, but more of somethings to note before you go out and shoot like this. If you know how to handle on or off camera flash, you can always use that or even a tripod. What I do to solve all of these problems is to use lenses that have lower f-stop capabilities. (You can read all about choosing the right camera in my last post, but my next post will be covering lenses!)

So that’s it! I promised you that there was a simple fix to this problem. I hope you have enjoyed this short little post about something pretty big and of course I’ll be back again next week for another great post by the guy behind the camera!

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  1. katie wrote:

    These are such good tips! I am definitely dealing with more lower light situations since there is less daylight out! Had no idea you could manually control your iPhone camera with that app! Will definitely have to give it a whirl.

    ​​xx katie // a touch of teal

    Published 1.29.16