Working with Low Lighting

Man smoking in barn

Subjects in low lighting situations can be tricky, but can also produce some beautiful results. Sunsets and dusky, cloudy skies can create great backdrops. But without a flash, you will either need to use a tripod to avoid blur or try to shoot for silhouettes.

When shooting silhouettes, it’s important to make sure that the area in back of your subject it light so that your subject’s outline or profile stands out, instead of blending in.

Make sure your shutter speed is high enough that there is no blurring (unless you want it). You may also choose to intentionally use a shutter speed that is higher than your light meter recommends in order to make your picture darker, thus achieving a more defined silhouette.

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