Hello , photographers .
My name is Spiros Henny Addison .
This is where I answer your photography questions and we learned about photography together .
This week , I was going to do another lightroom video , but I decided to share with you one of the bonus videos from my guide to shooting and manual mode video .
What we're going to talk about is getting good photos in lo lights situations .
And with the holiday season coming , I'm pretty sure you're going to find yourself at a family gathering or a party where you're going to want to take photos and you're not going to have much light to work with .
So with that in mind , here's how to choose the right settings to get good photos in low light .
In this video , I'm going to show you the settings that you need to choose on your camera when you're trying to shoot in low light and you want to get a good decent shot .
And when you're doing this , we're using the I AM shooting method .
So we're going to start with the ISO and then we're going to set the aperture and then you need to set your shutter speed and in a situation like this in a bar environment or a dark environment , maybe a wedding or even in your home , you working with really low light .
And the thing you need to do is maximize your settings to let in as much light as possible .
So we're here at the water street grill and I have to say thank you to tech for allowing us to come in here and record this video .
And my friend Kelly here is going to be the model she's helping us out and my friend Kim is here .
So I want to say thank you to everybody first for helping me .
And now we're going to talk about the settings in low light .
You want to maximize the amount of light that you're going to get into the camera .
So the first thing you're going to do in a situation like this is you're going to set your ISO to a higher setting .
This is going to allow the camera to capture more light .
So I'm going to grab my camera .
I got this Penta K three here and currently my ISO is set to 100 I'm going to boost that up significantly .
I'm going to start by jumping all the way up to ISO 800 I'm using my 50 millimeter F 1.8 lens here .
And this is key because when you're shooting in low light , the bigger your aperture can be the more light you're going to get in the lens into the camera without even thinking about depth of field because it's so dark .
I'm going to set my aperture to F 1.8 the largest available aperture on the lens allowing for the most amount of light to get into the camera .
And once I've got it set to F 1.8 .
Now , what I need to do is just take a look at the shot , set it up and see what my shutter speed is going to be .
So as I point the camera at Kelly and she's got a great chocolate cake drink there and I look at this , my shutter speed is currently set to 1 , 1/100 of a second and at 1 , 1/100 of a second , I'm actually showing a negative exposure .
It's reading off the chart .
So it's greater than minus three , meaning that it's still too dark .
So I'm going to take my shutter speed and I'm going to set it until I get a zero exposure .
And when I do that it's 125th of a second .
So I'm not even to take a picture because I know at 125th it's too slow .
Camera shake is going to make the picture blurring .
I don't want a blurry picture .
What that means is I need to go back to the top to my iso and increase that iso setting .
And I'm at 125th .
If I take my ISO from 800 to 600 that's going to allow me to take my shutter speed from 1 25th of a second to 1/50 of a second .
And I know that I can safely shoot a shot at 1/50 of a second and have it be sharp .
So I'm going to do that , taking my Iso up to 1600 and I don't even have to look at it .
I'm just going to set my shutter speed to 1/50 of a second .
And when I look in here , it is perfect .
So now I'm ready to take a shot of Kelly having a nice drink at the bar and this is what the shot looks like and it actually looks fantastic and that is it in a nutshell .
That is how you set your settings to get the best low light shot that you can get .
Now , if you do all of this , if you set your iso up to the highest iso you're comfortable with if your aperture is wide open and you still can't get a fast enough shutter speed .
What's happened is you've reached the limitations of the camera that you're using .
What you can do in that situation is one of two things .
One , you can put the camera on a tripod with the camera on a tripod .
It's not strictly necessary to have a shutter speed that is fast enough for you to hand hold it because the tripod will hold the camera steady .
You're not going to have any camera shape .
Now , if you don't want to lug around a tripod or if you can't use a tripod , you're not necessarily going to take a tripod into a bar .
Then your only other option is going to be to add light to the situation .
Now , you could add it by using that little pop up flash on camera , but that flash usually sucks .
You're better off using one of those hot shoe flashes that allow you to point it at the ceiling or bounce it off a wall or something of that nature .
So that's how you take a shot in low light .
And if you have any questions about any of this stuff , how to set your settings or challenges that you experience in low light .
Let me know , just use the ask a question form below and be sure to check out the exercises below so that you can practice taking your own low light shots .
All right , I hope you enjoyed this video .
And if you have any questions about getting good holiday photos with your family and friends , let me know down in the comments .
And even though this Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the United States , I'm still going to be doing a Q and A video .
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But the most important thing you should do is get out there and take some damn photos .
I'll see you on Thursday with that promised Q and A .