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Digital Portrait Photography

Use Night Photography Techniques in Low-Lit Areas

SUMMARY: Taking digital photos in low-lit situations? Here are some tips to try, including shutter speed lengthening and increasing ISO.

Do you need to take digital portraits in low-lit areas such a church, ballroom, group meeting, or other location where it is not feasible or recommended to use flash? You can use many of the same night photography tips and techniques just as if you were taking outdoor photos at dusk.

* Increase your camera's ISO if you can do so without adding too much noise.

* Increase your digital camera's exposure time.

* Bring a tripod if your situation allows it, or practice beforehand holding your digital camera very steady so you can take a longer exposure photograph.

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