Taking Photos at Dusk
It's almost always better to use natural lighting when taking photos in low lighting, flash doesn't promote good framing nor give you the theme that you are looking for. This being the case, it is important to consider a few aspects when taking on the challenge of shooting at dusk:
- Having the right peripherals is important
The camera is the foundation, you will need allow you to use a high ISO without damaging the quality of the image, and you’re going to need a lens with a wide aperture to let in as much light as possible. This is a "no brainer" I mean you really will need the ability to take the photos , you can even possibly rent the equipment if you don't have it on hand.
- Hey! Don't move!
Not you, the camera, and better yet the subject of your photo session, if at all possible. Seriosly you will need to have a decent tripod to keep the camera still so it can perform its function, allow enough light to enter it to get the desired images. If you don't have a tripod you must firmly plant your legs down and keep your elbows against your belly while holding the camera and hey...don't breathe, well maybe a bit, just be aware of your ability to destroy a shot simply by moving the camera with your own breathing (if you aren't using a tripod that is)
- ISO Hey I say So!
Should have been a comedian, well maybe not, all puns aside you need to push your ISO to the limit without getting the image too pixelated in the process. The higher the ISO, the more light enters and the better the image. You will need to adjust it to find what works best with your camera.
Shutter speed is everything be very aware of how it effects your current light, if the sun is setting it will have to be adjusted often, be aware of the light and the shutter speed as it is the life line of your ability to get some good images.
- If You Must Flash