For Photographers: 3 Tips for Shooting in Low Light

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When Corey and Lauren told me they were having a beautiful sunset ceremony, I knew I had to sneak them away for a few portraits afterwards! But when the ceremony ended later than planned, and the sun had already set and been gone for about 15 minutes. I panicked just a bit on the inside, but went ahead and tried to make the most of the last bit of light we had left! Shooting in RAW, I lowered my shutter speed and aperture, and bumped up my ISO. I was so happy with the results, especially considering it was so dark outside!  Here’s a quick before and after editing… believe it or not, it was even a bit darker outside than it looks in the first photo! 

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Facing a low light situation like I was? Don’t panic! Following these tips will help you still get gorgeous images!

1. Shoot in RAW.  If you’re not shooting in RAW yet, please make the switch today! RAW files retain much more detail than JPEGs, making it much easier to fix those “Uh Oh” shots during editing!

2. Lower your shutter speed and aperture.  Take that shutter speed and aperture as low as they will go without risking a blurry image! A good rule of thumb is to never let your shutter speed go lower than the length of your lens. For example, if you’re shooting with a 35mm lens, your shutter speed should always be higher than 1/35.

3. Bump up that ISO!  Do this only after using steps 1-3 to avoid making your photo more grainy than it has to be!

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