How do I set up for low-light events?
Many sports and activities push digital photography to the limits simply because they take place in low light. While a blurred approach works well on occasion, such artistic images have a limited use.
A blurred shot of an Olympic gymnast may look good in a gallery, but is less useful for the back pages of newspaper.
To avoid this problem with indoor and night-time events – such as gigs where flash is prohibited – professional photographers use lenses with the widest apertures they can get hold of (find out when to use a small vs wide aperture).
A telephoto lens with an f/2.8 aperture option will let in four times more light than one with a widest aperture of f/5.6.
But the first and most important thing to do in such situations is to ramp up the ISO. Don’t be afraid to use your high ISO settings (find out when you should increase ISO) if it allows you to get the shutter speed necessary for a sharp shot of the musician, dancer or sportsman.
Yes, these settings will create a noisier image, but a bit of grain is a small sacrifice in order to avoid getting a shot that fails because it’s slightly blurred all over (find out how to reduce noise at high ISO settings).
PAGE 1: How do I choose the right shutter speed?
PAGE 2: How slow should I go for motion blur?
PAGE 3: Do I need the motordrive?
PAGE 4: When should I switch to manual focus?
PAGE 5: Why should I keep both eyes open when using the viewfinder?
PAGE 6: How slow should I go at night?
PAGE 7: How do I set up for low-light events?
PAGE 8: What shutter speed do I use for zoom bursts?
PAGE 9: When should I switch on the flash?
PAGE 10: When should I use second curtain sync?
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