How to shoot photos in low light…a difficult subject, made easy….!

Ask to see any photographer’s work and more than likely, he/she will show you excellent, pin-sharp results, beautiful contrast and colours.

Very, very rarely, you may see some shots taken by a guy who has gone against the grain as they say, and the risks be damned, trying his luck with shots in very low light, maybe even pitch black if you’re really lucky.

There’s no doubt about it, shooting in low light is a very tricky subject. One guy told me it’s easier to push an elephant into your house through the front door, than trying to take photos in the dark!

That may be so, but in my mind, nothing is impossible…it CAN be done…I can prove it, as I’ve done it myself.

We’ll deal with a digital camera first, seeing as so many people now use digital….with film, the game is much, much simpler….use a high ISO film, use the lowest aperture on your camera, set to the lowest shutter speed you can get away with, ie around 1/24s or less if you have a tripod.

Without further ado, here then are the rules you need to follow:

1 select a high ISO setting

2 select aperture priority..this puts you in charge of the controls

3 select the largest aperture possible, ie f2, f1.8, f3.5 etc

4 select the slowest possible shutter speed (see above)

5 if using flash, point it upwards and away from the subject

That in essence is basically it….the rest is trial and error…do not be afraid to fail…as long as you learn from your mistakes.

Some of the most dramatic shots are to be had in low light situations, so go right ahead and make a name for yourselves!


all shots courtesy


About filmcamera999

ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
This entry was posted in Classic film cameras and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

7 Responses to How to shoot photos in low light…a difficult subject, made easy….!

  1. That’s great advice!!!!! Have a wonderful Thursday!

    • ah, well….if Aqua Marina wishes it, then so be it…:)

    • what is the situation like in mainland greece now, marina? any better than a few months before ro are we still in the doldrums?

      • As they say my friend, hope dies last! [it’s a Greek saying, anyway]. In short, we’re on a roller coaster. One day we’re saved and next we’re on the brink of catastrophy. Perfect way to keep people in fear, head down and obedient. That’s what I hear anyway because, I steer clear of any news boxes etc. πŸ˜‰

      • hmm….i hear you!
        i know….thats what the people in higher places want the general public to be…obedient and sub-servient, no matter if they cant earn enough to feed themselves even…makes me sick….on the one hand, there are people earning bonuses…just bonuses, of over $2 million a year..on top of their salaries of $200 000 and more….then you have the likes of you and i…well, i dont know about you, marina….i certainly need my money…its just not fair….but then..whats the solution…as for news..yes, exactly what i do…i havent seen the tv news for a long time now…its so depressing anyway…

Comments are closed.