6 tips to take better photographs in poor light

Normal is boring – true in life, but even more so in photography. If you have a studio where models pose for you, you can shoot with any type of light you need. However, if you have to take photos in poor light conditions, you’ll need a few tricks.

The standard way is to use a flash, but a flash is distracting and you may not want to use such a harsh glaring light at all times. Here are some tips on how to get good pictures without using a flash:

1.    Use a high quality camera: This may sound like a “duh!” suggestion, but many cameras that take good pictures in good light tend to produce grainy images when the light is poor.

2.    Use a tripod: You may have to wait for the right time—for instance, you may want to wait for the exact moment that the sun is setting to shoot a picture. You may find it hard to hold a camera for a long duration, so a tripod will usually improve your shoot.

Tamron SP AF 90mm F-2.8 Di 1-1 Macro for Nikon Digital SLR Lens.1

The Tamron SP AF 90mm featured here is designed for Nikon Digital SLRs. It comes with an f/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro Lens, which is ideal for dim light photography

3.    Use a fast lens: What works for Western gunslingers works for you too. While most consumer zoom lenses are rated at f/3.5 for maximum aperture, you can get better results by using an f/2.8 lens. The smaller this number, the longer the exposure time—and this gives you more depth of field.

4.    Mind your ISO: No, not the certification. ISO here refers to the sensor sensitivity and increasing this makes the sensor collect light faster. As a rule of thumb, if you double ISO, you double shutter speed.

5.    Use a shutter release cable: This goes well with tripods because it prevents shaky images. It can also help you keep the shutter open for longer—just take some time to release the cable. Be warned that keeping the shutter open for too long may increase noise.

6.    Remember Bruce and the spider: Shooting in poor light—especially during a sunset—is tough because you can’t always replicate available conditions—one day it is cloudy and another day is sunny, so your mileage will vary. Keep at it and you will master this dark (pun intended) art!

Try out these tips and keep us posted on how things pan out. We will keep giving you more tips in the future, so keep clicking on often and we will help you to keep your camera clicking!