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Assignment 24Low-Light Photography

Contributed by Kay Kenny Photography Instructor, New York University Copyright © 2014 Kay Kenny

“Wherever there is light, one can photograph.”

—Alfred Stieglitz

Purpose: To Create Successful Images under Low-Light and Night Conditions.

All assignments require a sturdy camera support such as a tripod, and camera set to manual modes; an electronic cable or remote release is recommended.

Urban Low-Light Photography

  • Place your camera where streetlights and car headlights will not cause flare—the camera lens should be at least twenty feet from any light sources.
  • Use a long shutter speed of thirty seconds or more to capture moving traffic trails. Experiment with f/stops by bracketing but maintain an ISO setting ...

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