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Low Light Photography, how to make the most of light

£25 (Members price £20)
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Duration & Dates

1.5 Hours

New dates coming soon

Location & Guide

On line via zoom

Guide for the course David Southard


1.5 hour 'live' video call

Explanation of key problems generated by shooting in low light

Balancing shutter speed, aperture, and ISO demands

How to successfully use slow shutter speeds

Good tripod and accessory use

Focusing in low light

Adding artificial light

Small group size for individual attention

Call recording available



Members price £20


Group Size

8 people

Not included

Camera equipment




One of the absolute foundations of conventional photography is the cameras need for ‘light’. Therefore, as the light levels fall away, creating successful pictures becomes much harder, requiring us to have some knowledge and skills to manage this more complicated scenario.


Our 1.5-hour, live video tutorial, will cover this topic in detail, enabling delegates to gain understanding and techniques to shoot great images in even the most dimly lit situations.


We will begin by outlining why light is just so important and the consequences for photography if illumination falls away. This will lead on to an explanation of how we create pictures, using a balanced combination of shutter speeds, apertures, and ISO sensitivity.


The tutorial will cover all of these key settings in terms of how they can help in the process of making images in poor light. We will then look at techniques for helping us manage the use of slow shutter speeds, wide apertures and high ISO settings. Particular time will be taken on the option of very long exposure times, covering the use of tripods and accessories.

Finally, we will look at focusing the camera in relative darkness and how light levels can be increased artificially, with continuous and flash illumination.


The format of a live call means that unlike listening to a recording, your tutor can tailor the conversation for everyone, make sure everyone is understanding and provide an opportunity for delegates to ask any specific questions as we move through the sessions content.


This course is principally aimed at either D-SLR or interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras, but would also be applicable for compact, bridge and compact system cameras that have the relevant features low light photography control requires. If you have any doubt about the suitability of your camera, just get in touch and we can let you know!

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Sign on to Zoom and meet your tutor 

Key Topics:

  • Why light is so important in photography

  • The basic pressures of low light

  • Considering demands on shutter speeds, apertures, and ISO sensitivity

  • Successful use of slow speeds and support accessories

  • Ensuring good focus in poor light

  • Adding artificial light




Summary and close


Who should attend

Whilst this course has no content unsuitable for young people, it is primarily aimed at adult learning

Anyone wanting to master basic techniques for photographing in low light.

Learning outcomes

This short session covers the basic problems and solutions when shooting pictures in low light situations. 

  • Understanding basic low light problems

  • How to balance demands on shutters speeds, apertures, and ISO

  • Successful use of slow shutter speeds

  • Using tripods and support accessories

  • Controlling focus in low light

  • How to add simple, artificial light into images


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