Low light photographs .. ideas please

Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by weltweit, Nov 16, 2018.

  1. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

    Here's a couple of similar ones. The seaside diner one is my favourite though :cool:


  2. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Yes, indoor scenes could well work thank you for the idea!! :)
  3. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Nice shot BristolEcho!
    I will probably go out tonight with my camera and see what I get.

    It is nothing official, just a group of us from my camera club that meet monthly and try out different camera techniques, this sessions topic being low light.
    Mr.Bishie and BristolEcho like this.
  4. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Hi neonwilderness, love this one, very atmospheric! :)
    neonwilderness likes this.
  5. Mr.Bishie

    Mr.Bishie Pickled Egg

    I’m the same as neonwilderness - hand held street shots, so long exp & tripods are out. A good photographer friend of mine gave me the sound advice of “embrace the noise”, so up the ISO goes! My 6D really is a cracker in low light too.
  6. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    My D800 is great at high ISO .. I am really impressed with it, especially compared to my last cam where 1600 was the max. In fact someone (D810) was saying recently that, with the wildlife photos they do, they routinely use 3200 in any light to get their shutter speeds up.
  7. dessiato

    dessiato I have earned the right to sing the blues

    Edward Hopper did some good paintings that might give you some inspiration. There's another, the name of which I've forgotten, of a cinema usherette leaning against a wall.
    2e432ec8-274b-11e2-9da2-88d9353874c5-300x200.jpg edward-hopper-automat_a-l-8667361-8880730.jpg Nighthawks.jpg
  8. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words

    I hate to use a flash and especially when you don't want to disturb the subjects. So handheld, indoors, no flash, no viewfinder.
    neonwilderness and weltweit like this.
  9. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words


    Can be very hit or miss though.
  10. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Hi Chilli.s great shot, looks like Johnathan Ross in the wardens uniform! :)
    Chilli.s likes this.
  11. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    A few thoughts about night street photography:

    * I use daylight WB in mixed lighting if I'm shooting colour - the combination of street lights, shop fronts and illuminated billboards doesn't have an actual WB and it's best to keep the mix IME. Maybe some slight tweaks afterwards.

    * It's quite easy to blow highlights on digital when there are artificial light sources, particularly at high ISOs. This isn't such an issue if it's just the lights, but if it's highlights on someone's face, that looks rubbish. Some mirrorlesses make it easy to check this while you're shooting, but generally shooting at -1 EV has turned out to work okay for me a lot of the time when I know I'm after subjects who are lit.

    * Further to that, in general you need to pay more attention to lighting and the sort of shot you want from a scene - are you after silhouettes or is the subject mostly in the shadows? What you see is not necessarily what you will get. Plus, unless you're deliberately going for an artificial look, IMO you should keep the scene looking like it _has_ been taken at night when doing post. Keep the contrast at a reasonable level, don't HDR it, don't pull up shadows or adjust curves so that it could have been taken in daylight.
    weltweit likes this.
  12. Sweet FA

    Sweet FA ✪ Three rounds Lord, in my .44 ✪

  13. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Just went out for a play:
  14. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    I haven't experimented much with white balance if I am honest. I used to shoot jpeg so it was perhaps more important then but I generally liked my Fuji's AWB setting. Now I am shooting raw so theoretically have the ability to change WB at will after shooting, but so far I haven't felt the need. However I now have a calibrated monitor so I might feel more confident than I used to playing with colours.

    Yes, I think there is no doubt that mirrorless are the future. I tend to shoot manual and spot a lot in low light, it just seems quicker to get to an exposure. I do use EC in PAS modes though also.

    I do find colour tricky when there is artificial light or mixed lighting and often end up making a black and white from a seriously muddled image. But I do like blacks in low light images, while I sometimes move mid tones I have never yet tried HDR :)
  15. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    This is one of my favourite low light photographs, it is Montserrat (serrated mountain) near Barcelona taken from about 20 miles away and is heavily cropped.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice