One of the biggest issues people have is with low light photography.

There are so many options and settings that you can use, that it kinda gets a little confusing.

That is why I have found this great infographic (below) that summarizes all of the tips you need to take a great low light shot.

Below I have also extracted the most important information and presented it for your pleasure!

Low Light Tips

Here are the tips you really need to concentrate on:

External Flash

Sometimes you just have to rely on another light source when you are dealing with low light.

Great for people or objects, and always best to add a diffuser so the light is not so harsh

Consider a DSLR

Although you can do low light photography with other small cameras, a DSLR has the features to help

It offers the following useful features:

  • High ISO settings
  • Burst Shooting
  • Manual settings
  • RAW for lossless post-processing


One of the keys to great low light photography is the choice of lens.

Look for lenses with a large aperture, preferably below f/2.8.

Built in image stabilization is also extremely handy.

Remote Shutter Release

Because camera shake is such an issue with low light photography (owing to long exposure times) it is a great idea to get a remote shutter release.


Another great way to reduce shake is to mount your camera on a stable tripod. Obviously any tripod is better than handheld, but the better the quality, the less the shake.

Tips for Shooting

Here are some tips for setting up your camera for low light shooting:

  • Aperture Priority Mode
  • High ISO setting
  • Large Aperture (small f stop number)
  • Long exposure times
  • Off camera flash for objects/people
  • Exposure compensation to get best results

The infographic below has even more tips and details.

Here’s to awesome low light photography!

low light photography tips

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