Stabilizing Dim Light Photography Issues

Posted on September 26, 2008. Filed under: Net Spy | Tags: , , , |

Dim light photo contests are among my favorite types. Perhaps you haven’t noticed how beautiful a scene will turn out if you will use low light photography. But of course practicing dim light techniques for photo contests is a bit more difficult. There are several minor issues and also larger ones which make dim light photo competitions very tricky and challenging. In this post I will discuss tips on how to capture good photography in dim light. Generally, sharpness and accuracy of exposure are always a concern when lights are low. Let’s investigate and find out suggestions to improve our chances of winning photo competitions by utilizing dim light.

Light Sensitivity

A photgrapher’s most trusted tool when it comes to dim light picture contests as well as to other types of photography contest is the tripod. In most situations tripods are a great tool, however we may not always have them available to us, and at times traveling with one is not easy. If bringing or having a tripod is not an option there are other ways to compensate with dim light. The easiest way to do this is to adjust your camera’s sensitivity to light. Basically, the higher the ISO setting on your digital camera (ex. 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, etc.) or the ISO rating on your film, the faster it will respond.


Filters

Increasing the camera’s sensitivity will make it vulnerable to digital noise. While the camera does become more sensitive to light, and is able to capture lower amounts of light to “paint” the scene correctly, the high ISO also causes “digital noise”which looks like grains of sand sprinkled over the image. In picture contests, photographers make use of digital filters to reduce the sand effect of digital noise.

Image Stabilization

If you are planning to focus on low light photography contests, consider upgrading to a digital SLR, if you are using a Point-and-Shoot, and are familiar with effects of digital noise. In some cases, the grain effect due to digital noise can also be used as an artistic approach, however, this technique should be used wisely. If you come with a large budget try getting digital cameras with an “Image Stabilization” which allows for sharper images captured at lower ISO settings without a tripod, or another stabilizing device.

To see how John Warton, senior photo editor at Photo Laureates reviews photographs and meet, go to www.thephotochallenge.com

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