Shooting Videos in Low Light Conditions

By: Doris R Power

If you are a passionate movie maker with the inspiration for unusual frames, you would have heard that poor lighting is the worst thing that can happen to you. But like it or not, life is unpredictable and you can find yourself standing in the darkness and having no idea about how to shoot a video, or simply curious about trying something new, like shooting in the dark. Nevertheless, it can result in under-saturated, poor and ugly shots. More sophisticated and expensive cameras possess good lighting options, but regular digital cameras have a very little reason to boast. In fact, even the most advanced cameras canít cope with really serious lighting problems, let alone the total absence of light. But if you are being lucky and there are some chances to capture the precious frames, it is definitely worth trying! Check some useful tips for shooting videos in poor lighting conditions below.

Using alternative sources of lighting is probably the best thing to do if you are experiencing the lack of natural one. Use whatever your fantasy gives you a hint about: find as many lamps as you can in the place, put them around the place, open the blinds and windows. Candles may work, too; all in all, use your fantasy. Itís easy to fix the lights when you are at home and have some tools to handle, but outdoor shooting isnít that easy; anyways, you can cheat and use carsí floodlights, moonlight and street lights to improve your shots. If your session takes place in the downtown on Friday night there would be no problems though, but if you are somewhere in the woods, you can only rely on the moonlight and flashlights. Shooting quality videos takes brains, so your creativity and keenness of wit can mean the difference between success and failure.

Well, the above-mentioned tips are the very basics of video art. Doubtlessly, there is some manual work involved, but your toolís possibilities matter much more. As for the opportunities of your camera, you can think about wide angle shooting when experience the lack of lighting. Wide angle lens allows more light and thus help you to keep the image brighter. And donít forget diffusion lens while making the list of your cameraís must-haves. You can find tons of manuals and guides on specific camera options and tools online if you want to know more about them.

Do you know the difference between a good camera man and a pro? Right you are, a pro knows his tool through and through. Of course, it is very important to know some ninja tricks, but sometimes your tool itself possesses good functions to help you out. Just imagine: you can switch your built-in lights on and add some lighting without any headache. Donít overegg the pudding though because it is fraught with consequences such as the loss of sound and other issues. Remember that a good video is not only a good image but also a good sound that could be lost if you misuse the camera.

Shooting videos in poor lighting conditions comes with some challenges involved. Thus, you always have to decide whether you should add some light and sacrifice the quality or leave it dark but clean. Nonetheless, these are some do-nots that you should avoid regardless of the situation. For example, your cameraís zoom option can play a dirty trick when used in low light. The more you zoom in the bigger is the loss of light. Using tripod is highly recommended because you donít want to have shaky and blurred frames. Besides, some camera options can add some points to lighting by sacrificing other characteristics such as dimension, volume, etc.

Being a professional in any field requires training, learning and looking for the new ways and decisions, and videography is not an exception. Live and learn, try to discover new tricks and cheats, donít be afraid to be a pioneer and opt for unusual and creative decisions. Failed to cope with poor lighting? Donít worry, you can always say your prayer to Sweet Laser Mother of Photoshop or whatever software you use for editing. This is the last option left, but still, it can help. Good audio and video software allows you to fix some minor issues and polish the video. Nevertheless, donít rely on them too much while shooting the low light. Most of them wonít help you if the video is too grainy and dark. All in all, poor lighting conditions can be easily overcome, and nothing can stop you from capturing the best shots.

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