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Stock images and shooting in low light by Tim Cray

Shooting commercially to sell your photographs in the form of stock images will give you ample of time and opportunities to experiment. This is one field where your experiments can pay you rich dividends in a short span of time. Challenging the basics although is not a very good idea but playing around with minor and major factors that can be modified to create special effects will help one to achieve quite a few milestones and help set up new benchmarks in the field of photography that will be followed by new and old photographers alike.

Photographing in broad daylight is something that all photographers do. There are a select few who will click when the sun sets and night grapples the subjects around. They are out there experimenting with their photography skills. A fact that very few people know is that night scenes especially in stock photography never fail to impress the audience. The images clicked at night have great ambiance something that goes missing in day time photography. Canvas Images of night scenes have a great impact on the audience and can form a great asset for a photographer who is building his stock images database.

While shooting at night is not an easy task but there are few factors that will surely act in your favor, you will be able to concentrate properly on your subject, your subject will be at peace with the surroundings. You need to keep in mind some tips so that you don’t spoil the texture and the lighting effect of the photographs that will be clicked in low light. You need to control the exposure to light so that the image does not have a too bright or blown out by allowing insufficient light from the aperture. Thus you need to control the exposure to represent an actual picture of the scene. Thus you need to control the aperture, which has an inverse relationship with the amount of light being allowed to enter. Shutter speed is another factor that needs to be controlled by the photographer. At low shutter speeds more light is allowed to enter the camera. ISO or Sensor Sensitivity is another factor that needs to be controlled.

Take control of these settings and vary them for the same scene to have a different look every time you vary the setting this will give you ample of options to choose from while deciding the final image. Although the auto mode of the camera will be able to do the trick for a novice photographer but shooting with your own settings is the best option if you are building your stock image database for future.


Shooting wide open with a fast lens is advised by photographers who have been able to create magic with their camera during night time. A lens which can go down to f/2.8 or even f/1.4 is regarded as a good option for professional photographers who really have a penchant for good photography. Using a tripod is a must wherever possible. Following these tips will ensure better stock images for you that will fetch higher prices for you in future and will be able to catapult you higher in the photography industry



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