Low Light Photography

Under low light conditions (eg. at the edges of the day, indoors or under heavy shade) it's often best to shoot with a wide Aperture (eg. f4). This will provide a faster shutter speed than would otherwise be the case. As a result you have more chance of being able to freeze action, reduce camera movement and the need for a tripod or flash. A wider aperture may also concentrate the viewer's attention on the subject by de-emphasising their surroundings.

For more contemplative work (eg. Landscape, Environmental Portraiture, etc) the use of narrower apertures (eg. f11) to increase Depth Of Field and display more detail throughout the scene may be appropriate. Of course narrower Apertures allow less light to reach the film and the resulting slower Shutter Speeds may require the use of a tripod to prevent camera movement.

It's important to note that the quality of light produced under low light conditions can provide a beautiful soft, wrap-around type of illumination. It's often the most flattering light under which to make photographs.

Glenn Guy