Week 10 – Learning Activity – Shooting in Low-Light Conditions

1. Wait until it’s almost dark outside. Take your camera and go and sit in a busy tourist area. Choose a building or statue to photograph. Place your camera on a tripod and set the shutter speed to 30 seconds or more. (If you don’t have a tripod, something stable, like a chair, will also work.)

Take a look at your photograph. Do you see a lot of people in it or just the building/statue?

There was several people walking in both of these photos but on the left I can’t see any of them and just a bit of the shadow on the photo on the right side.

30s, f/16, ISO 64 in both photos.
Nikon Z6, mirrorless camera.  50mm lens.

2. Wait until it’s dark. Go and stand on a bridge over a busy street (or look from the window of a high-rise building). Place your camera on a tripod and set your shutter speed to 30 seconds or more. Inspect your photograph. What do you see?
I can see only stripes of lights from the cars.

Nikon Z6, mirrorless camera.  50mm lens.

  1. 30s, f/13, ISO 640
  2. 30s. f/16, ISO 2000
  3. 30s, f/16, ISO 400

 

3. Ask a friend to help you with this activity. Choose a dark room in your house and switch off the lights. Place your camera on a tripod and set your shutter speed to 30 seconds or more. Ask your friend to “draw” a picture in the air using a flashlight. Take a look at your photograph. What do you see? This fun activity is called light painting. Try an easy pattern first, but also a more complicated one.

This was fun and it hooked us. How fun is to draw with the light 😉

30s, f/13, ISO 1600. Nikon Z6, mirrorless camera.  50mm lens.

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