Use A Tripod
Most of the time, apart from taking self-portraits, we very rarely use a tripod to take our photographs, even in low light conditions because we like to be able to move up, down, left and right very quickly and easily, we relay more on using the right hand technique combined with right settings on our DSLR.
That said, depending on your preference or what it is you are photographing, you might prefer having the stability of a tripod and it will help a lot if you can’t get good focus due to low light.
Hand Held Techniques
Using good hand held techniques is very important not just for low light days but all the time, so that you don’t miss out on those split second moments because the focus wasn’t sharp enough – or your hand wobbled!
Learn how to control the movement in your body, arms and hands, so you can be as still as possible. A good idea is to try some yoga out, to get a good sense of control and balance!
Use a Wide Aperture and Some ISO
To get as much light in the photographs as possible the first setting on your camera that you will need to change is the aperture, adjust your aperture to be as wide as your lens will go, To do this, simply decrease your lens aperture to the lowest number on the camera.
If this still doesn’t give you enough light, Increase your camera ISO until the light looks good.
However too much ISO will course your photographs to have more noise/grain in them, ideally you you want to keep your ISO on 100, to get the best quality so don’t use too much ISO if you don’t have to.
Try Using a Faster Lens
Some lenses vary in their ability for low light depending on how fast the lens operates.
For example, one of our absolute favourite all-round lens is the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM. h
However, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM captures more frames per second vs the 85mm f/1.2L even though it has a narrower aperture.
Another great lens that we use which has a fast shutter speed is the Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM Lens, the quality you get you from this lens is amazing and it’s not at all heavy and it’s surprisingly cheap considering the quality of the lens and the photographs that it produces.
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