Picture this (no pun intended)…you’re in a dark moody restaurant and want to capture that perfect shot of your food or the people you’re with. But it’s too dark. Well you have two options; you can create more light yourself (Avoid this option if like me you hate that shiny face a flash produces) or you can get a camera that works with the light that is there. A camera like the Panasonic GH5S works great with low level lighting as it has a higher pixel density which results in improved light gathering capabilities. Checkout the awesome video Panasonic produced at the bottom of this post.
Not enough? You could pair a camera like this with some tinkering to the aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings to really capture that perfect low light shot. There’s plenty of guides out there on how to do this. A quick search online will provide you with a wealth of how to’s on how to change the settings of your camera to suit your shooting environment. For amature photographers this may be too advanced so I recommend using a camera with a higher pixel density with a good auto shooting function. You can even use an iPhone (to a degree). Disable your flash and focus lock on the subject by holding down on it on the screen.
Capturing images in low light can be really impactful. Take this picture for example (which was shot on iPhone). I love how bold and striking the red chillies are in this picture I took. The colour is almost jumping out of the screen against that dark background.
Bright and bold colours look and work great in low level lighting. Here’s another picture I captured showcasing a venues decor. I love how the shadows of the hats cut through the vibrant orange of the wall. By using a camera that works with the available light, you can really make the subject of your picture pop. Despite the low level of light in this image the detail of the hats really stands out.
If you have any examples of low light photography I’d love to see them. Tag me on your socials if you do!
Thanks for reading,