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A celebration of low-light photography

March 31, 2011

For the month of March, we've been learning together about how new technology is changing how cameras work in low light. Now it's your turn to put it all together.

Last week I invited you, Dear Reader, to submit photos that you've shot in low light as the grand finale of our month-long focus on low-light photography. Dozens of responses later, I am happy to report that low light photography is on the rise. Without any forther ado, let's take a look at some of the best images we got.


Steve Saxe kicks off the festivities with this handheld shot made at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, with a Nikon D90 and a Tokina 12-24mm f/4 Pro DX lens set at 12mm. Exposure, 1/80 sec at f/4.5, ISO 200.

To get this dusk shot of bride and groom Ida and Andres with New York City and Central Park in the background, Robert Lifted his Nikon D700 with Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S over his head, and shot away. Exposure: 1/30 sec at f/4, ISO 1600.

Sander Feinberg's moody handheld photo of world renowned belly dancer Sharon Kihara under virtually no light was made with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens set at 1/50 and f/2.8 at ISO 2500. Visit Sander's web site:


Kim Hale focused on the hands and converted the photo to black and white—as did many other entrants—in this low-light study of a snoozing child. She used her Nikon D90 with Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens; exposure, 1/60 sec at f/2.5, ISO 720, handheld.


Jeff Bullman turned night into day in this shot of a  tulip poplar via a 30-second exposure with his tripod-mounted camera. His sole light source? The moon! Exposure: 30 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800. Canon EOS 50D with Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 II EX DG lens set at 70mm; mounted on Manfrotto 055XPROB with a Vanguard sbh-250 ballhead.


James H. Elliott photographed the Skyline High School Jazz Band at the dimly-lit Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland, CA with a Nikon D700 and Nikon 180mm f/2.8D lens at 1/25 sec at f/3.2 at ISO 1600.


How about you? Are you inspired now to shoot in low light? What are you waiting for? Go out and shoot!


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