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Forum: Photographic Technique 12-31-2016, 12:09 PM  
Realistic low light shots?...
Posted By MadMathMind
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If you're going for that movie/realistic look, remember that the cinematography in a film is a major undertaking and the light is specifically created to look good on film/digital/whatever they shoot on. They don't just turn down the lights and shoot it. Your eye sees things differently from a camera because your brain handles the reconstruction--it makes things look like you think they should be. A camera is more objective and sees things for how they are; our eyes don't do that because they require a biased source to interpret them.

The other thing is that our eyes and brain ignore things not in focus much better than a camera does. The camera can't ignore anything. This means your pupils dilate or constrict depending on what you're looking at; if the background will be too bright because of that, it doesn't matter. The camera can't do that and if you're shooting in shadows, for instance, with a backlight subject, you need flash. But your eyes don't--they can see a perfectly lit subject in the foreground and a background that's not blown out. That's your brain doing the editing work in real time.

The key is in editing. Expose it properly and bright and then go into the digital darkroom to make it look how you want. You can always darken things. That's easy. But fixing lack of light never comes out right.
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