Low light photography. Photos, In the Dark? Yes! In this article, a brief exploration of different techniques to create images in low light, and even in the dark. Similar in techniques are used in long exposures.
First, the above image is an example of painting with light, one of my favorites! To begin with, the orchids are placed on a black back drop and my little office is completely dark. I have my camera set on Bulb, at F16 (I know this is the sweet spot focus wise). On a wireless remote, I have opened the shutter and with the other hand I am busily “painting’ the flowers with an LED flashlight. I think the exposure was about a minute or so.
Smarmily, the above photo is also painting with light. Painting in this case is with a strobe. With the shutter open, the strobe is firing multiple times. As a result, patterns, texture, and color of the blooms become highlighted. Ultimately, painting with light is one of the most creative ways to take photos in the dark.
Photography in the dark
In addition to painting with light, daytime sky can be found at night! The above image, taken with a pinhole lens, reveals blue sky at night. To clarify, the above image is taken in complete darkness. Photography at night can reveal a daytime sky.
Another key point, experimentation is fun!
In this case, the above image is created by opening the shutter and moving the lens between 28mm and 300mm. Doing this yields the illusion of movement.
Additionally , catching moving objects. The above image is an attempt to capture the Neowise comet but additionally captured a plane in the night sky. The sudden end to the light streak is the shutter closing. Despite the intension of photographing the night sky, the airplane now becomes the main focus. To sum it all up, Photography in low light, or in the darkness of night is as rewarding as it is experimental.
Thanks for posting this information…going to try some of the tips!
Andrea Johnson says
I hope you have fun experimenting with light!