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Is low light a genre or a challange?


JackAllTog Plus
5 4.0k 58 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2011 6:10PM
Opportunities for low light photography are good in the winter, but is this just an extra challange in taking a good photo or is it really an area or genre in its own right.

Low light shots are harder, should we just wait for summer?

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strawman Plus
11 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2011 6:17PM
I read somewhere that when we are challenged and find something difficult to do it can also be the thing to get creative juices running. So me I like seeing pictures where the clouds have taken on a magical look because the shutter speed is low and the wind is blowing them. The limitations make you think about it differently. How do you frame that sky? Are blurred people walking past a distraction or part of the image? If yes how do you compose to use it?

Sod summer Wink

One thing I want to try is catching the northern lights in somewhere like Iceland. And those photo's in Advanced Photographer on this topic intrigue me.
whipspeed Plus
10 4.1k 22 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2011 6:19PM
Don't wait for summer, get out there! Got the first bike races of the season this weekend, so bring on the challenge Smile
Paul Morgan Plus
13 16.2k 6 England
3 Mar 2011 6:24PM

Quote:Low light shots are harder, should we just wait for summer?


Up the iso or film, no excuses get out there Smile
User_Removed 11 17.9k 8 Norway
3 Mar 2011 7:46PM
(Wot Paul said)
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
3 Mar 2011 8:43PM
(Wot Paul and Mike said)
Coleslaw Plus
9 13.4k 28 Wales
3 Mar 2011 8:53PM

Quote:Is low light a genre or a challange?

Does it matter though?
Whatever it is, just go out and do it if you are interested.
ade_mcfade Plus
10 15.1k 216 England
3 Mar 2011 8:59PM

Quote:Low light shots are harder


are they?

no one told me Sad

and I find it dead easy
4 Mar 2011 2:09AM
that would depend on what you're shooting in low light though... wouldn't it?
Agree with Ade.

I can't see how night shots would be harder than day shots.

Anyway, looking at you're p/f you seem to be doing alright with night shots.

Keep it up.
4 Mar 2011 10:21AM
I remember the old sayings " when there is will, there is a way" so just go away and try for the best.
Low-light styleeeee - it's getting trendy!
Big Stoppers seem to be flavour of the month at the moment
Night photography for lazy people Wink
digicammad Plus
11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2011 10:52AM
I tried photographing my Granddaughters gymnastic display in a hall about as bright as candlelight and that was impossible, even at iso6400!
digicammad Plus
11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2011 10:53AM
Actually it was possible, but the girls were just blurs. Smile
ade_mcfade Plus
10 15.1k 216 England
4 Mar 2011 2:02PM

Quote:That would depend on what you're shooting in low light though... wouldn't it?


well yeah

I did make the assumption that he was on about "night photography" where the whole raison-d'-etre is to have long shutters and the creative possibilities of that.

Shooting at dusk can be a pain without flash - your AF starts searching etc. and your sitters have to stay still .

but "night photography" is just as easy as landscape - only difference is the shutter speeds and stuff moving in the shot

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