However sometimes you want tack sharp pictures, but f/16 or 1/4000th, 1/8000th of a second shutter speeds aren’t available with the light you’ve been given.
So how would you get tack sharp images in low light? Get a new fast prime lens. Duh. End of Blog. Simple as that. Done. I quit. [See lens and over confidence below]
Okay, okay, There are actually a couple ways to get sharp images using very handy techniques. First one is setting your camera at single point focus and using back button focusing. Using the single point focus on your subject and then framing will quicken your shot only works and stays in focus if you use back button focus. In addition to getting that one great shot; you don’t have to focus every time you want to take a new shot. This is a huge improvement on getting the shots you need without your camera trying to refocus on something else and losing sharpness and maybe the shot.
Too low of light? Here is my trick. I shoot with, what i like to call, the “one stop” rule. Take the three basics of the exposure (ISO, shutter speed, and aperture) and capture the most light each just one stop from the extreme to start. For example, If you are shooting with a 35mm f/1.4 lens with a cropped censor camera with a max ISO of 6400. Your settings would be set at 1/60th, f/2, and 3200 respectively. This is just the start position. If you’re underexposed, too bad, no sharp images. If you’re exposed well, hold the camera tightly and watch for camera shake. If you’re over exposed, which is the best scenario, bump down the ISO because you will be fighting clarity with noise over motion blur or a shallow depth of field. Once you get to 800 ISO, you can speed up your shutter speed or aperture if absolutely needed because of a moving or large subject.
I hope these couple of tips helped you out with shooting in low light and still getting usable images. If you have any questions please leave a comment! If you have any ideas for my next post please also leave a comment! Keep Capturing!