Products That Help You Capture Great Images In Poor Lighting
Poor lighting is a challenge most photographers have to deal with at some point in their careers. I have been there and it is an awful experience for both professionals and amateurs.
The image is often either noisy or blurry and the challenge encompasses even the best of cameras in the photography industry.
Well, there are a few things you can do to improve the quality of pictures you get from a poor lighting situation – even when you do not have a powerful DSLR.
Make Use Of Fast Lens
A fast lens is one with a wide aperture. The quality of the image produced is determined by the amount of light that can pass through the aperture – which means the wider the better. However, this gives your camera a narrow field depth. On the contrary, you could end up with pictures that are out of focus if you are not very careful. This may not be a useful tip for a point-and-shoot camera because the lens is fixed, but for a DSLR, faster lenses are easy to come by at minimal cost.
Reduce The Speed Of The Shutter
The shutter opens and closes to let in light. The faster the shutter the less light it will allow to pass through. Since you are already in an environment with poor light, you will need much of it to pass through and that is why you need to step down the shutter speed. When you are capturing moving objects, this is really not an option because it can cause a lot of blurring. If you are capturing a landscape, on the other hand, this will be just perfect.
Keep The Camera Steady
The perfect way to keep your camera steady is to use a tripod. A tripod may not be able to stop blurring from moving objects, but it can prevent the entire image from becoming blurry. Slower shutter speed is more efficient when you use a tripod. There are different types of tripods in the market. If you can get one with a remote release, perfect. While your camera is seated on the tripod, your hands on it can introduce a little bit of blurring. But be certain your choice tripod does not limit your perspective.
Use A Wide Aperture Setting
Rival camera manufacturers have found the need to produce cameras with a wide aperture – besides having a high megapixel count. The idea of a wide aperture is to let as much light in as possible. This becomes invaluable when you are shooting in an environment with poor light.
Bring Your Own Light
Portable LED lights are easy to come by these days and most of them are very powerful. They can light up a large hall, giving your camera the needed advantage. One such LED light I found rewarding is the LED light LYKOS Bicolor. It is compact enough to fit into your bag for easy transportation. It also has some cool smart features and controls that are easy to use.
Don’t Be Scared Of Using Your Flash
Photographers usually do not like using their flash because it creates a harsh lighting effect that makes the image washed out or blurred. But when the lighting is poor, your flash can come in handy. All you need to do is to diffuse the light using paper or scotch tape. The light becomes softer and gives you a better image.