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Lighting

Although I insisted earlier that you use only existing lighting, this doesn't mean that you should ignore lighting altogether or aren't allowed to play with it. Light is the paint of photography. You need it very much. If a scene is fully lit, you'll probably be happy with it. But what if it's not?

Dark scenes

Dimly lit scenes pose a few challenges. To get enough light into the camera in the dark location, the camera (in automatic-exposure mode) will open up as much as it can, letting more light through the aperture behind the lens. If you can't collect enough light this way, the only other option is to expose the frame for a longer time by slowing down the shutter speed. This is easy to do manually—but you may want to skip it unless you're already comfortable switching your camera from automatic to manual control.


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