What Is the Best Shutter Speed & Aperture to Take a Photo at Low Light?

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Taking a photo in low light conditions always requires you to change up a few things from how you would take a photo in well-lit areas. Learn about the best aperture and shutter speed for shooting in low light conditions with help from a director of photography in this free video clip.

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Hi I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. And today I'd like to talk to you about the best aperture and shutter speed to choose while shooting in very low light situations. Now when you are shooting in low light situations you are literally going to be at the mercy of the light itself. What I can suggest to you is opening up the aperture on your lens as far as it will possibly go. Get that aperture as wide as it possibly can. What this is going to do is allow as most light as possible to pass through that lens onto your film plane which is a very good thing. Now your shutter speed is going to be kind of tricky. You are going to want your shutter speed somewhere maybe at the 30 range or the 50 range. What that's going to actually do is going to allow more light to get into the camera. But what that is basically doing is it's actually leaving that shutter open a bit longer to capture that, to capture the light going in. And now what that's going to do is say you have a picture of a person. And say they are not sitting too still, this is going to end up coming out all blurry. So you are going to have to be very mindful of choosing your shutter speed. I's suggest if you don't have a tripod to go no lower then a 50. But if you do have a tripod feel free to make your shutter speed around a 30. And that will actually give you a very good aperture and shutter speed setting for a low light situation. I'm Dan Reinecke, take your best shot.


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