7 photography tips for when you're shooting in low light

Getting the lighting right in your photographs is one of the most important parts of photography. One part of lighting that is essential is taking photographs in low light. Below are 7 photography tips for when you're shooting in low light.
Using low light in photography is important, based on what types of photos you are taking and where. Low light photography usually takes place at dusk, when lighting is naturally lower. Here are some tips on how to create great photos with low light.
1. Shutter speed
You want the shutter speed to be slow since more light comes in the faster the shutter speed is. If you are going to hold the camera while shooting, use a shutter speed 1/60 or faster. If you are shooting at slower speeds, use a tripod to avoid camera shake.
2. Aperture
Since light is already low, you want as much of it in your shot as possible. Make the aperture as large as possible to let as much light in as you can. The small the number, like f/5.6, the more light is allowed to come into your shot.
3. ISO
Use a high ISO number to let the little light that is outside into your photo. This can cause the photo to come out grainy, but you can always fix this after the shoot. Try to shoot in RAW, since you can always change the picture around in this format.
4. Lighting options
There are a variety of lighting tricks to use when taking photos in low light. If you want to try using flash, bounce the light off a wall or other object to avoid making the subject too bright. Using a diffuser on your lens will also soften the light when using flash.
5. Tripod
Keep a tripod around and use it when you can. If you are holding the camera while shooting in low light, try to stay as still as possible, since camera shake is very likely due to the low light. To prevent camera shake, use the tripod to get the best quality photos without the blur from the camera unintentionally shaking.
6. Lens
You can use a variety of lenses to get great shots with low light, as long as you know what you are doing. Use a lens with an aperture less than f/2.8. Try to find a lens with vibration reduction or image stabilization, since these can help you avoid getting blurry photos.
7. No tripod
If you choose to take photos in low light without a tripod, do so carefully. Relax your body when holding the camera, otherwise, the picture will come out shaky. Use a large, sturdy object to brace yourself and the camera on, such as the ground or a wall. Leave your finger on the shutter button after you push it.
By putting all these into practice you will be able to take beautiful low light photographs in no time.

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