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Hi there! I recently got in to low-light and night-time photography. I do art photos mostly, and I've enjoyed the subtle colors and textures of low-light photography. I have been taking some pictures in a dimly lit warehouse, for example. I may post a couple sometime.
For me, my favourite lens to use for this is my Canon EF 50mm. I love the fact that it goes all the way open to f/1.6!
What are your favourite lenses in low-light conditions? In particular, I'm wondering if anyone uses Tokina products. . . . How high do you usually set your ISO?
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I usually do squidoo-all low light photography
I like to take images in low light - which extends from the sun being close to horizon well into the night - and opposite in the morning. Moonlight gives some interesting opportunities too - as well a s street lighting:
Indoors photos come into this very broad category too. And because it is so broad - it is real hard to say what hardware is best to use. I would think that fast lens is a must with indoor portrait and in the dusk/dawn. In the night though the camera must be put on a tripod and optical quality of the lens becomes second to the sensor ability to capture the clean picture, with good colours/sharpness and minimal noise. Anyway , I am not shy experimenting in low light with every camera I have, from film oldies through compacts and superzooms (see above) to DSLRs. More often than not the images I get are not exhibition quality level, but i like them anyway - they look great on my PC/TV and in small print.
Quote: Hi there! How high do you usually set your ISO?
For night-time hand-held street photography, I get perfect results with ISO 6400.
For light-painting, etc., using a tripod, ISO is not important, other than to allow out-of-normal shutter speeds if required.
I rarely shoot anything other than low light as I'm a theatre photographer. As such, my go-to lenses are 70 - 200 f2.8 and 28 - 70 f2.8, attached to a brace of D3s'. As for ISO, I go as high as is necessary, given the lighting conditions coupled with the need for handholding and shutter speed being fast enough to cope with rapid movement. Some days that can be as low as 2,500, other days I need all of the 12,800.
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