How to shoot moving objects in low light environments

Sometimes I always feel as if surrounded by a curse, canvas prints au as with other like shooting your parents, I also want to use the camera to record the growth of children the moment, however, different from others is the challenge I face to much more difficult. My eldest daughter is a gymnast, and for photographers at the institute Museum this bad light conditions shooting fast moving scenes nightmare; more unfortunate is my second daughter, do not let the heart of the province she always liked to participate in various theater performances, which means I’m going to be worse than under stadium lighting conditions to capture her acting and dance. So, I had to spend a lot of time to try to shoot moving objects in low light environments. After the accumulation of years of research and experience, I finally summed up a few tips to solve this problem, so I hope to share them out to help those with similar problems I faced.
How to shoot moving objects in low light environments
1, use the manual mode

Before you start shooting, cheap canvas prints australia online remember to ensure the accuracy of the fuselage set. Let’s start with the shooting mode start with, no matter which shooting mode you usually accustomed to use in low-light sports photography in this area, you need a way to get you have more room for adjustment of the shooting mode. Manual mode (M file) can give you more control of body weight. So use this mode to shoot is a good choice. If you file for use with M where there is a lot of discomfort, or the vagaries of light shooting scene, and that the use of an aperture priority mode (A profile) is also possible.

By using M files, you can determine their own exposure, square photo canvas prints and some values ??May be not be used in automatic mode, and we will certainly be needed at some point.

2, using fast lens

Next, we will be faced with the problem of selecting the camera. Here we remember to use so-called fast lens that large aperture telephoto zoom lens. Low light conditions mean that you will need to shoot full aperture to allow more light into the lens. On the other hand, we took our goals usually relatively far away, this time we need to go to a telephoto lens. I personally prefer to use 70-200mm f / 2.8 lenses.

You may tend to get extra focal length by using a tele converter, if you are not familiar with the extender, you might ignore it in your lens focal length by 1.4 times to twice as much, it would also be appropriate reducing a file or even two steps of the amount of light, but in low light conditions these rays can be quite valuable. Suppose you had to aperture f / 4 to shoot after use tele converter your aperture becomes f / 8, so doing you might as well post-amplification by the body to crop the image benefits.

3, a larger aperture to shoot

Now is now time to start preparing shooting. The first step is to determine the exposure to find a suitable aperture in low-light conditions to select the aperture size really does not need much tangled, although the maximum aperture, and let us embrace more entertaining it. But do drawback is that we will be very shallow depth of field, so when shooting subjects Fortunately we do not need to care about it, not to mention sharp focus, both appropriate image Who does not love it?

4, try to increase the shutter speed

Then we are required to set the shutter speed up. The trick here is the best you can use faster shutter speeds, even when your subject is not how to move, but we still need to consider the safety shutter lens focal length range, based on the interaction between the two rules, safety shutter and lens focal length inversely proportional. So, if we use the 100mm lens to shoot, then the body of the shutter speed to be set at least at 1/100 seconds.

And when your subject starts moving, the situation will be slightly different, and this time we can no longer just be satisfied to ensure the safety shutter, but use a higher shutter speed in order to avoid unnecessary body Fuzzy. Do not try to be smart at this point, even if we use the LCD and did not find the body blurred look back, but when you go back home to the full-size picture in the computer open, the image sharpness may still make you disappointed.

5, due to the use of high ISO

Before the completion of the exposure setting, we need to determine the ISO. Because we have determined a good aperture and shutter, ISO helps us do not change the premise of the above two, to get the right exposure. Do not always use high ISO to feel jittery, I often set to 1600 or 3200 this value, and sometimes I would even enable the ISO 6400, ISO to know that I will never use to under normal circumstances.

6, before the formal take a test exposure

Before the official start shooting, make sure to test your exposure. In order to prevent the process of filming our hands accidentally change the original exposure settings, such a check is necessary. In those places where the changing light, we will need to check the exposure time to time to assure that we will not regret leaving the exposure of an error in the shooting.

7, zoom

Let us now concentrate on the camera part of it. When the composition, the first principle is to highlight the main body, to narrow the distance between you and the subject of the zoom way, do not leave too much so that the screen background, we need to get the viewer to focus on the main screen.

8, wait for orgasm

You might like to perform a non-stop fire to start the stage, I know there are a lot of photographers shoot a good photo this way, but for me personally, I prefer to predict in advance the high point of good performances, then carefully prepare for this moment to arrive. Usually after orgasm, I will use the camera’s high-speed burst mode, fast shooting a group of photos, and then whenever I come across an interesting scene, I will get a few more. Try to predict the performance of ‘Rush Hour’ will help get better results.

9, do not ignore the performance of intermittent periods

It sounds strange, but the gap between the performance will often be a good time to lift the camera. I refer to the interval or intermittently contains two meanings, the first layer refers to an action to stop the time, such as gymnast in the finished set of difficult moves, will end with a final POSE, this situation suitable for dancing and singing and other scenes. At a time when record this POSE would be a reliable shooting theme, another benefit is that when taking this picture of our subject is relatively static, so we do not fear blurred photos.

The second refers to the intermittent really like midfield, intensities and a time between sporting events like the rest of the Board, if it is sports competitions, then this time there will be some warm up activities, I think these will be good shooting theme. In addition, at this time we can often get more freedom. Try to change the shooting position without fear of interference to others.

10, pay attention to the accuracy of focus

Because the maximum aperture is used to shoot, so we will also confront the problem of shallow depth of field. This means that the focus must not be lost. If there is a problem out of focus will be irreparable. So we need to concentrate on what position do? We assume that the main character is shot, then there is no doubt that the focus should fall on the people’s eyes, if eyes are not on the same plane, as the focus of contemporary choice would be a good choice.

We can just try to give more confidence to the AF, which allows us shooting more comfortable. Most cameras are fitted with a single-shot AF and Continuous AF modes, there are many photographers prefer to use continuous autofocus to shoot moving objects, because the focus is automatically adjusted according to the position of moving objects. I personally actually more accustomed to using the first model, but do not tangle, choose your favorite lake.

To help with focus, we need to make another decision is whether to use the ‘back button focus’. Under normal circumstances, in our half-press the camera shutter, the camera will automatically focus on the work. Nonetheless, we can also set the camera after pressing the button on the back of the machine, and then complete focus. I personally prefer the second approach, because this camera does not automatically adjust the focus. It can in fact be two ways, but the machine back button Focus can give you more control.

11, do not care to become ‘orangutan’

Yes, I just want you to become a ‘gorilla. ‘ I mean there are some photographers like to issue a ‘to woo’ sound through the LCD from time to time look back at photos, it sounds really like a gorilla is on your side. Of course, the problem is not so should not make a sound, I want to emphasize that we should cultivate the habit of regularly look back at the pictures, especially when shooting in low light photography dynamic subject matter, such an approach is even more important. After all, there are too many places may be wrong, such as exposure error, out of focus, shutter speed is inappropriate and so on, we need to guarantee the accuracy of your shooting. Do not wait until people are home, they find that they do not get a few photos are available.

12, do not forget to make some late noise reduction

Everyone has their set of post-production workflow, so I would not make too many recommendations in late. However, there are several points still need to emphasize, particularly in dynamic shooting these adjustments is particularly important for low light. The first thing we need to do some noise reduction, because we are used when shooting high ISO, so even for a high sense of moral body, the noise is still difficult to completely avoid.

We might try to use Lightroom noise reduction function, the noise reduction tab Brightness slider to the right impetus, if you are accustomed to using PS for post does not matter, Adobe Camera Raw which also has a similar feature, I found almost adjusted to 10-15 range on it.

After this, we need in order to further reduce the background noise. Due to the use of larger aperture shooting, photographs are often blurred background, thus increasing the noise caused by the loss of detail in the background is actually harmless. In Lightroom, use the adjustment brush in places where you need to apply noise reduction, you can achieve the purpose of reducing noise; and PS users can achieve the same function in the ACR, or we can create a noise reduction layer and then use masks to make partial adjustment.

Note: We need to add two adjustment brushes to noise reduction. Once adjusted for the subject, and another one for the background image adjustment.

13, moderate to sharpen the image

After noise reduction, we need to sharpen the image appropriate to adjust the manner analogous to the noise reduction processing. You can do some minor sharpening, do not over-sharpening, because the image becomes clearer at the same time, noise increases. After completion of the global sharpening, we then subject to a separate sharpening. In Lightroom, adjust the brush stage again, but this time it is under the responsibility of two sliders to change the clarity and sharpness. the PS is also the same, create a layer with a sharpening effect, and then apply a layer mask, and then brush painted a need to sharpen the body portion, such localized sharpening can help us highlight the subject.

To sum up:

Motion pictures taken under low-light, which is both for our photographic equipment or shooting techniques for both a stern test. We need to have a large aperture lens, a sharp sense of quality and excellent low-light focusing speed and quick camera. Appropriate use of text Some tips before shooting setting the camera to ensure accurate exposure and focus technology training hard. Finally, I want to say is: Nine percent perspiration plus one percent luck, success is one hundred percent.

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