Em­brace the ‘flaws’

Learn to recog­nise when a lack of ab­so­lute tech­ni­cal qual­ity can in­crease at­mo­spheric im­pact

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

low-light imag­ing pushes cam­era tech­nol­ogy to its limit, so in­evitably there will be im­age noise present, colour may not be as vi­brant as in day­light and the oc­cur­rence of blur­ring through mis-fo­cus­ing or in­suf­fi­cient shut­ter speed may be el­e­vated. if these can­not be eas­ily cor­rected, try us­ing these as­pects for cre­ative im­ages. grainy mono­chrome shots have a clas­sic ap­peal, but in­crease ISO within the na­tive range to avoid band­ing or ‘hot pix­els’. fur­ther­more, me­ter from the high­lights to ren­der deep shad­ows, but crop tighter to limit empty space in the frame.

AboveIM­PER­FECT BEAUTY WITH A FO­CUS ON CON­TRAST AND COLOUR, DE­TAIL IS LESS IM­POR­TANT IN THIS IM­AGE, WHICH WAS CAP­TURED ON A SMART­PHONE CAM­ERA. THE SMALL SEN­SOR’S GRITTY REN­DER­ING LENDS A FILMIC QUAL­ITY

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