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Behind the Lens by Jay Holben

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4.21Night Lighting

One of the oft-touted benefits of digital cameras is their amazing light-sensitivity. As CCD and CMOS technologies continue to improve, the low-light abilities of newer cameras (especially the larger-chip cameras) are also improving.

This doesn’t mean, however, that when shooting a night scene you don’t have to light. When it comes to image acquisition, lighting is still the art that separates the pros from the amateurs. There is an art and science involved in lighting to make things look dark, but lighting for night isn’t as complicated as many people make it out to be. With a few easy techniques in your bag, you can have the fundamentals to tackle almost any night lighting situation with ease.

Night lighting was a bit of ...

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