Correct settings on low light...???


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hi guys...i need your expertise on how to have a great sharp images in a low light condition e.g. inside my house at night using only not so bright circular flourescent lamp...? i find big difference in quality of image comparing to shooting outdoor in sunlight...BUT how come i see some uploaded pics here which was taken from their house too which are really sharp...

advise pls..
 

ExplorerZ

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hi guys...i need your expertise on how to have a great sharp images in a low light condition e.g. inside my house at night using only not so bright circular flourescent lamp...? i find big difference in quality of image comparing to shooting outdoor in sunlight...BUT how come i see some uploaded pics here which was taken from their house too which are really sharp...

advise pls..
flash? tripod? high ISO? fast lens? too many reason...
 

kelccm

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For the best low light image, mount your camera on a sturdy tripod, use the lowest iso, and take your pic either using a remote release or the timer.
 

ortega

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low light situations will mean slower shutter speed and the possibility of camera shake
so a good tripod is necessary to counter that
 

zoossh

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basic principle.

1. recreate high intensity light
- framing at a composition that gives overall bright exposure (limiting flexibility of composition)
- increase light temporarily by flash (may be harsh if direct)

2. maximise rate of light collection
- using larger aperture (limited by maximum aperture of lens, insufficient DOF for subject)

3. maximise efficiency of light collection
- using higher ISO (limited by maximum ISO of body, associated with noise)

4. compensate low light by increasing shutter duration to slowly accumulate light on sensor
- and cope with stability at prolonged shutter speed. e.g. using tripod, avoid contact vibration, avoid mirror vibration

point 1 to 3 are used without increasing shutter duration, whereas point 4 may require support equipments such as a tripod
 

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