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Photography in low light with Canon T3i

So, I am a dummy. A really big dummy. I mentioned that I recently bought a DSLR, yeah? I took a few pictures and assumed myself to be a photography god. I was sadly mistaken. For my cousin’s birthday, who will have a wedding late May, I thought I could take some awesome pictures for her to use later.  NOPE. Did not understand how to use a DSLR in low light. My cousin’s Nokia did a much better job than me. However, I do not have access to those pictures at this time. You people will have to settle with just mine and imagine how beautiful her pictures turned out.

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This is what I took with my crappy photography skills that night. Did not even focus the picture. Yay me. I guess the first few that I took were so incredibly unsee-able, that I deleted them. These two have flash (I felt so guilty for flashing; curse you dim-lighted Cheesecake Factory next to Disneyland). I have discovered how to take brighter pictures without using flash on my T3i. I got pictures that looked like this after today’s experiment.

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It looks like there is a light on, right? Nope. I turned off the lamps. The only lights that are on, are from those little light bulbs near the wall and the hallway. How did I do this? Good Question. How to make the picture not so red? I do not know…. yet. But, here are my settings to get low-light pictures:

On the AV Setting of the dial, Aperature priority, fiddle with the settings.

* set the F-stop to 3.5 or the lowest option possible to allow the lens to capture more light.

* set the ISO to 3200. (source: jmeyer) Maybe 1600 or 800 if you are not as shaky as I am. By changing the ISO, especially in this mode where you cannot change the shutter speed, the time it takes to take a picture (shutter speed lol) is much faster in comparison to 1600 or 800 ISO. If you have a tripod and still subjects, by all means use a smaller ISO for better results. Mine have some noise, but not enough to make me cry like the blurry pictures I took.

* To avoid darkness in photos, change the picture style settings to custom with low contrast. (source: F&J) I mean, you don’t have to, but it does help.

Well, that is all. If I figure out anything else, I will share my experience!


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