Low Light Photography: A First Attempt

February 25, 2018 2 min read

Low Light Photography: A First Attempt

February 25, 2018 2 min read

I got my hair done a few weeks ago, and had it dyed a little darker.

So, naturally, I wanted to try and take a self portrait to celebrate.

Is it just me or does dying your hair darker make purple lipstick just feel so much more appealing?

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I got the camera out around 4pm which, in February, means there wasn’t much light left. I started off taking photos facing the window front on as I thought that was best to get the most light, but wasn’t keen on the shots I was getting.

Remembering a tip I’d seen on Lauren Aston’s Instagram (@laurenastondesigns), I thought I’d try taking them from the side instead.

A new challenge – it was too dark for the camera to focus on me, and so I had to turn on my lamp to let it focus, set off the self timer and then turn the lamp off before it took the photo!

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The result was some pictures I like a lot more. I know they’re super dark but with my newly darker hair and gothy lips I was kinda feeling it.

I have a lot to learn still about adjusting my settings to take better low light pictures. I thought I’d be able to lift them in editing but couldn’t do much without really losing a lot of quality. The absolute pro that is Kaye Ford from Fordtography shares some great tips around this on Twitter with her hashtag #KayesPortraitTips, and mentions about adjusting the camera’s ISO and F stop.

All in good time!

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