Low light photography! A few simple things to know and understand when working in low light conditions.

Low light photography can be a challenging but rewarding experience. It requires a combination of technical knowledge and creative thinking to capture beautiful and unique images in dimly lit environments. In this essay, we will explore some tips and techniques for getting the best results from your camera in low light situations, and how to avoid common pitfalls that lead to blurry

images.

The first step in low light photography is to understand the limitations of your camera. Most cameras perform best in bright light, and as the light level decreases, the camera’s ability to capture sharp and detailed images also decreases. This is because the camera’s sensor needs a certain amount of light to function properly, and in low light situations, the sensor may not be able to gather enough light to produce a clear image.

To compensate for this, you will need to use a longer shutter speed, which allows more light to reach the sensor. However, using a longer shutter speed also increases the risk of camera shake, which can result in blurry images. To avoid this, you will need to use a tripod or some other form of support to keep your camera steady. Additionally, you can use the self-timer function on your camera to avoid camera shake caused by pressing the shutter button.

Another way to increase the amount of light reaching the sensor is to use a wider aperture. Aperture is the opening in the lens that controls how much light reaches the sensor. By using a wider aperture, more light can enter the camera and reach the sensor. However, this also affects the depth of field, which is the area of the image that is in focus. A wider aperture will result in a shallower depth of field, which can be useful for creating a sense of depth and separation in your images.

Another important aspect of low light photography is ISO. ISO is a measure of the camera’s sensitivity to light. The lower the ISO, the less sensitive the camera is to light and the less noise in the image. However, in low light situations, you may need to use a higher ISO to get a well-exposed image. But, as you increase the ISO, you will also increase the amount of noise in the image, which can be unsightly. So, it’s a balance between having a well-exposed image and having noise in the image.

In addition to adjusting these technical settings, you can also use creative techniques to enhance your low light images. For example, you can use a flashlight or other light source to illuminate specific areas of the image. You can also use long exposures to capture the movement of light in the scene. This can create interesting and dynamic images that are not possible in bright light.

In conclusion, low light photography can be a challenging but rewarding experience. It requires a combination of technical knowledge and creative thinking to capture beautiful and unique images in dimly lit environments. By understanding the limitations of your camera, using a tripod or other form of support, adjusting the aperture, ISO and shutter speed, and using creative techniques, you can get the best results from your camera in low light situations and avoid the common pitfalls that lead to blurry images.

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My ten tips to create beautiful lighting that flatters for that perfect selfie or as a professional photographer.

This is My Ten simple tips to create beautiful lighting that flatters for professional photos or perfect selfies

1: Use natural light whenever possible.
Natural light is often the most flattering and easiest to work with. Putting your subject in the right place at the right time of day with natural light can be the softest lighting to work with, and most effective.

All natural overcast day light

2: Experiment with different times of day.
The quality of light can change significantly depending on the time of day, so try shooting at different times to see what works best for you or your subject.

3: Use reflectors or a white card to bounce light back onto the subject.
This can help fill in shadows and add dimension to the subject. Bring out a glow to the eyes and under the chin to make an image more appealing to the eye.

4: Experiment with different light sources.
In addition to natural light, you can also use artificial light sources such as studio strobes or continuous lights. Even a simple ring light can be a creative tool or a small video light will add a pop to your pictures.

5: Pay attention to the direction of the light.
Light that is coming from the side or from behind the subject can create a more dramatic effect, sometimes a bright light from behind will result in a more silhouetted looking image.

Natural light with a reflector to reduce shadows and add a catch light to the eyes

6: Use diffusers to soften the light.
This can help reduce harsh shadows and make the light more flattering to the subject. A simple white sheet over a window will give a soft touch to any image.

7: Avoid shooting directly into the sun.
This can create harsh shadows and cause lens flare and in turn make the images soft with less contrast. Though this rule isn’t always bad. It can also be creative if used in the correct environment .

Bright side light from back lighting in mid day sun

8: Use negative fill to create shadows. By placing a dark object near the subject, you can create shadows and add depth to the image.
If you have a very light room from natural light through a window or a white bedroom this idea will be great, even a dark sheet/ blind or black card will reduce some light giving more depth to a subject.

9: Experiment with different apertures. Aperture controls the amount of light that enters the camera, as well as the depth of field.
This can be found on all manual settings in camera or on smartphones. This is perfect to add a little creative look when using a low F number ..

10: Keep an eye on the colour temperature of the light. Different light sources can cast different color temperatures, which can affect the overall mood of the image. Use a colour checker or white balance tools to help ensure accurate colour. For instance house lighting and sunlight can produce a warm tone to an image.. where a window lit by indirect light or even a snow scene will have a cooler more white look..

Please remember that these are my personal tips, we all have our own ideas. There’s nothing wrong with using a bunch of the above methods and then in your preferred editing software creating something much more refined or dramatic.

Let me know what you try and how it works out for you.

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The 85mm lens every photographer should own one!

This is the Sony 85mm f1.8 FE lens..

This is my Five reasons I love my 85mm lens it’s one of my bread and butter lenses.

1: It’s great for Portrait photography:

The 85mm focal length is ideal for portrait photography because it allows you to capture flattering, up-close shots of your subject without distorting their features. This is especially useful for capturing headshots and full-body portraits.

Portrait with the 85mm Sony lens


2: Bokeh:

The 85mm lens is known for its ability to produce beautiful, creamy bokeh in the background of your photos. This is especially useful for isolating your subject and drawing attention to them.

Bokeh balls

3: Low light performance:

Many 85mm lenses have a wide maximum aperture, which allows them to perform well in low light situations. This makes them a great choice for indoor photography or for shooting at dusk or dawn.

Wide open aperture and small fits in your hand form factor.

4: Compact size:

85mm lenses are generally smaller and more lightweight than other lenses, making them a convenient choice for photographers on the go.

5: Versatility:

While the 85mm lens is often used for portraits, it can also be used for a variety of other subjects, including landscape, street, and event photography. It’s a versatile lens that can be used in many different situations. The 85mm is always with me!

In closing:

So, in all honesty this lens is one lens I would recommend any photographer purchasing.

These days the 85mm 1.8 isn’t that expensive and if you’re a multi shooting photographer who likes shooting landscapes events or models, this lens would pay for its self ! Low cost, high quality prime lens that will get plenty of use!

To finish … if you’re a photographer or someone just starting out. And own an 85mm lens let me know in the comments if you agree that it’s worthwhile buying one..

ARE BLOG POSTS STILL WORTH DOING IF YOUR’E A PHOTOGRAPHER IN 2022?

Okay help me out here? I’ve been a photographer for many years in fact this year – I’m hitting 25 years, So most would say that I’m pretty old school.

Now, I do a number of styles of photography; landscapes, Fine art, Seascapes in the formats that I sell. Then there are the formats like Weddings, portraits, boudoir, lifestyle and locations shoots that I’m paid to do.

Over the years along with the photography I’ve tried to do it where I post on my blog and also show a little of who I am and what I do, maybe even what I could be doing for you, the client.

This has been great, But over the last few months I have seen a vast decline in interactions on blog posts and also website views have decreased. this could be that life is starting to get back to normality what with covid restrictions being lifted or less and less people are interested in reading blogs

Looking at research from the leading social media’s such as facebook, tiktok and instagram its looking like more and more people are switching over to short form video content because life is super busy and we can flick through 50 videos faster than reading a few lines of written content.

QUESTION ? HAVE YOU READ THIS FAR..

If you have answered yes well I would like to say a

big thank you ..

See I’ve never been one to get in front of a camera .. hey I’m the photographer not a good looking subject, person or object.

This post is really a question to those who actually read and maybe come across some of my images.

Do you enjoy blogs? would you want to see more interactive posts on Adrian Day Photography?

leave me a comment below i would love to interact with real people and followers

Also if you have a moment could you answer a poll for me …

okay guys thank you for reading this post and I hope to hear from you on this subject .. keep eyes out for more posts coming soon as we have some new products coming up for sale .

Free Arrow video assets yes these overlays are free completely free.

Hey guys I’m giving these simple arrow assets / overlays away these are simple and all you need to do is download these and add them as a picture then use chroma to clear the green around the edge.

Resize them to suit your video add a little transition and you will have a fantastic yet simple overlay ..

Watch the reel that goes with these overlays

Would you buy this style of art? Prints and products by Adrian day

This is only a short post! While I have a few moments

The last few weeks I’ve Been working on new product and new digital art.. The new images I’ve had printed really look amazing and more like paintings. Than photographs.

But that’s the look that I’m going for .. we all love art in some way. And though I’m first and foremost a portrait photographer I have a love for capturing the world and giving it a painted look.

Here are a couple of images that I’ve been working on let me know what you think?

Sleeping beauty
The house in the woods
The stately home
The lonesome tree

Please leave me a comment if there is any of these image you would see as a potential wall art for you..

New one minute video just gone live on YouTube

Hey guys and girls just a quick message to let you all know that there is a very short video just been posted !

Please go show a little support and follow like subscribe!

Let me know what you think of the images !

YouTube post click here to go see it !

Limited edition Christmas cards £4.99 still a few left to sell interested get in contact

The Christmas cards are selling well.. and the feed backs been amazing ! It’s great seeing so many happy customers.. wanting what I’m creating.

We have just five packs left to sell so these cards are now super limited..

If you’re still in need of Christmas cards and what something beautiful and unique.. these could be right up you’re street.

If you’re interested in buying one of these packs of cards you will get five different limited edition cards that can’t be found anywhere else..

Send us an email if you’re interested send us an email with the subject line ‘Christmas card order’ and we will get back to you as soon as possible.. or if you head over to our Instagram or facebook page you can send us a message there for a faster reply..

What people have said about these !

Christine Stokes
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I bought a set of Christmas cards from Adrian and loved them so much I ordered another set. Its nice to find limited edition ones which are of a great design but not like the generic store ones. These were of excellent quality at great value for money. I will definitely be back for more in the future.

Louise blanchot
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thank you very happy with this product its of great quality with lovely photos at a good price with superb delivery and of local landmarks

Jo Belton
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I ordered the limited edition christmas cards from Adrian Day Photography, they look beautiful and lovely words inside the cards too, i was very happy with the quality and what i got for the low price. The service i got was outstanding and very fast delivery, i definitely will be purchasing again, i highly recommend.
Thank you
again

Instagram updates! New and improved edits and posts ! Check it out !

The last months been an eye opener! Learning new tips and tricks to up my photography and editing game.

Over on my @ADRIANDAYPHOTOGRAPHY there’s been some new stunning work popping up on my grid! Really have tried to up my quality and my social media presence!

If you get a moment head on over always welcome new followers and hey you will definitely gain a new follower if you follow me !

Below is some of the images coming over the next few days and also a few that have already been posted.

Image of client and friend Amber

Client and friend Jade

Model and client Vineta

Beautiful client and friend Hazel

Stunning friend and client Alice

Let us know what you think below! we would love to hear back from our followers

So many new photos being added to our Instagram @adriandayphotography if you see this post please head over and check it out