Obviously, you will want to have the ideal lighting condition for any photos that you shoot, right? The exposure will be perfect thanks to the lighting outdoor, the shuttering speed is quick enough to help avoid the blurriness and you won’t see any bad shadows in your photos? You want all of the above conditions for shooting photos?
Unluckily, you cannot always have the combination of the above perfect shooting options and conditions regarding the lighting aspect. Below, I’d like to list several tips for changing the settings of the camera which are very useful for inadequate lighting conditions.
- For low light photography, the camera may automatically set the shuttering speed to a lower number, so there will be a higher amount of light coming into the lens to enhance the exposure. However, this slower speed also causes more blurriness in your photos. To deal with this situation, you should use a tripod attached to the camera. If it requires you to keep the camera in your hands, leaning against a doorframe or a wall does helps to prevent the camera shake. By this way, you can hold the camera firmly.
- If you’re using a point and shoot model, several available scene modes are very useful to bring better photography results. A scene mode like “night portrait” or “night” is the most appropriate for low light photography. Even with some advanced cameras, these types of modes work well.
- In case that your camera has a viewfinder, you should use it for framing photos. You should limit using the LCD screen if the viewfinder is available. The camera shake shall also be lowered by using the camera viewfinder.
- If there is an image stabilization feature in the camera, don’t forget to turn this feature on for shooting photos under inadequate lighting conditions. This feature is very useful to deal with any slight shake from your camera.
- Shooting a moving subject can be very challenging in low light. You’re going to lower the blurriness by one of the two following ways: wait for the subject to lower its speed before you shoot the photos, or you should the subject when its distance directly from you is become shorter. It is easy to get blurrier photos with subject moving over the frame than with the one moving directly toward you.
- Pay attention to the flash range for your camera. You can easily see this range in the list of camera specifications. If the range is within 12 feet, make sure that the distance of a subject is not out of this range. You cannot obtain the huge benefit from the flash if the dimly lit subject is out of the flash range.
- If the subject is out of the flash range and you’re not going to be able to come closer together with your automatic model, you should completely turn the flash off. Without the flash, the camera will automatically compensate the light by using the current available light to produce the image. Because of the very slow shuttering speed in this case, a tripod is highly recommended.
Lastly, if you can change the ISO setting manually with your camera, you’d better set the ISO to a higher level. In this situation, not as much light is required for shooting photos. This means that the camera work more nicely in low light. However, you may have photos with more noise with the higher ISO number, especially for photos shot by a digital camera.