Advice on low-light photography (s30f14? no OSS)

Started Apr 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP smallLebowski Contributing Member • Posts: 996
Re: Advice on low-light photography (s30f14? no OSS)

Faketastic wrote:

Mel Snyder wrote:

With all due respect I think you are overthinking this. Campfires bright enough to see your friends are plenty bright enough to shoot with the kit lens. People just sitting around a fire are not point guards taking jump shots. ISO 400-800, f4-5.6, 1/4 second should give you fine results. Just start there, and adjust.  You don't need a tripod - God gave us knees and hands for that.

Too many people on the forum think you need to run out and buy expensive new lenses to get some shot. There's almost always a way to get great shots with whatever you own. Take a look at the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson or W. Eugene Smith - how DID they get those low-no light level scenes without some whiz-bang f1.4 Sigma and OSS, often at ISO 80?

Many of our best photographers were also tech-junkies. Bresson shot with a Leica and a fast 50mm most of the time. And he didn't shoot campfires much.

Ahh, now we are starting to see the truth behind the great myth. I can only say that I'm not a Bresson (maybe one day) and I don't have a Leica (wish I had have).

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