Considering the Light - Low Light

Over the next few weeks, I want to share about considering the light. Of course as photographers, we always consider the light. I personally like to shoot with natural light. However, one of my weaknesses is shooting in low light. The other day I was trying to get a picture of one of our dogs relaxing on the sofa. Our living room is facing the north side, so not much natural light comes in. I took several attempts on photographing my little 'girl' sleeping, but I kept coming up short. I could have deleted the last photo I took as well as the others, but I thought to keep it to share it with you.

Low light is tricky to handle. You have to slow down your shutter speed and increase the ISO for the lens to let enough light in to capture the scene. My settings for the shot below were: ISO 4,000, Shutter Speed @ 1/80 of a second, and my aperture was maxed out at 1.8 on my 28mm lens.

Here is the RAW image:


I processed the image in Lightroom in color and in B&W. After I did the initial adjustments in LR, I still took it into Photoshop to clean it up a little. Although LR has a cloning tool, I am better with cloning out items in Photoshop.



What could I have done differently to get a better shot in low light? Many things! I could have slowed down my shutter speed even more, because the dog was sleeping. I could have rested the camera on the table in front of me to slow down the shutter speed and still get a clear picture. I could have opened up the blinds to let in more light. But I didn't. I know now better for the next time :).

I love learning to deal with different light situations and a great resource for it is Erin Hensley's "Finding the Light". If you currently are not subscribing to Erin's FB page, I highly encourage you to do so. She is one of the master's finding and reading the light.

“You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great." - Zig Ziglar

Thank you for stopping by today. Next Sunday I will write about flat light. Flat light is frowned upon, but it has its place in photography. Until next time...keep smiling.

Iris (TGTG)