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Forum: Photographic Technique 12-31-2016, 09:27 AM  
Realistic low light shots?...
Posted By alamo5000
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This to me is a matter of photographic technique. Let me analyse how I see things. Look at the above banana shot. The light is low, yes. But the light is also flat. It's evenly flat/dim across the whole frame. This is not ideal. The ideal way is to find pockets of better light that isn't too over powering that illuminate your subject. It can be light from a window, from a lamp post, from a neon sign, from anything. The brightness of such light is all about relativity. Really strong harsh light blazing away into an otherwise dark room can be useful but you need to know what it's good for. Most of the time I don't look for strong contrasts like that. I look for subtle yet noticeable contrasts to lighten and compose with. Expose for the highlights and then if needed do adjustments of the shadows in PP.

Again its about relativity of light and available light. When you start looking for it you will see that it's everywhere and eventually you will know how your camera will react and can then say 'eh, that's too bright against something too dark' or whatever. Or knowing that the brights will blow out.

Instead of trying to shoot in plain old low light, try painting with variations in the light.
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