How To Take Digital Photos - Low Light and Indoor Photography

Indoor events have the potential to give you that shot we all want. The problem is, it’s often indoors, so lighting can be a challenge.


Indoor situations are where most people will instinctively use their flash when there’s not enough light. Sometimes, however, this may not be a wise decision. Some establishments or event holders may not allow flash photography. These situations are where the flash can be used to brighten only a tiny portion of the subject and reduce the background. This can lead to poor results and a lot of red eyes. This is not to mention the fact that there may be people who are wearing glasses or glass windows. Even the most amazing digital photos will be destroyed by flash reflections.

Photograph images in low light

Even the most novice photographer can create beautiful digital photos in low-light environments with the help of today’s digital camera. Low light situations can cause problems, so adjust your digital camera’s ISO setting. Your physical film will determine your ISO setting and what type of images you can capture. For subjects in motion, 400 ISO is the most common film speed. 800 to 1200 ISO are more commonly used. You may find that your digital camera’s ISO speed is higher than average if you are a sports enthusiast or love to photograph wildlife. Your digital camera’s sensor still has the film-sensitivity concept.

ISO: What are you looking for?

Noise is the downside to digital ISO. Noise is a term that refers to digital photos. It simply means that your final image will be grainy due to high ISO settings. There are software programs available that can remove noise from digital images and sharpen them. Keep in mind, however, that low light photography requires that you set your shutter speed slow. This creates another problem for photographers—camera shake. You should remember to take test shots before taking your final image.

Things to Consider

A tripod is a good investment since you are in low-light conditions. You may be happy that you took the slow shutter speeds. Tripods can also be used to take group shots.

Last tip. One last tip. While your digital camera may come with the necessary features to adjust for low-light situations, it is an excellent idea to let your imagination run wild and use any side lighting or ambient light that might be available to illuminate the frame. Photographs can also be taken with diffused or reflected lighting.