Shooting In Low Light without a Flash

Shooting In Low Light without a Flash

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I wanted to share a quick tip on how you can still get a good photo when you are shooting in low light without a flash. Flashes are great and are capable of producing great images but there are reasons why you may choose not to use one. Flashes can be disturbing to others if you are in a public place, on-camera flashes can often be too powerful and cast too harsh a light, and speed flashes do have a bit of learning curve that may deter people from using them.In any case, it is still possible to take good photos in low light without the use of a flash.

Here is a trick I use, turn your ISO up to a higher than normal setting and then set your camera to monochrome mode (black and white). Turing your ISO up will make your camera’s censor more sensitive to light and will allow it to take photos  in lower light situations. There is a tradeoff though, the higher ISO means that there will be more noise in your photograph. Digital cameras are always improving how much noise appears in higher ISO but its safe to say that an ISO higher than 1600 on most camera is where you will start to see some noise. In order to hide this I turn my camera to black and white mode. This masks the noise in the photo a little and makes it less noticeable. If you do any post -processing with your images you can even add grain to your images. This will hide the noise even more and give your images the appearance of film photos. Below are a couple snapshots I took this past weekend at a holiday party of my parents and in-laws. They were shot at an ISO of 3200.