Don’t believe the adverts – there isn’t a camera out there that’s truly comfortable with poor lighting. But the bright sparks at PCA Towers have some tips to help you take smart snaps in the gloomiest of conditions. Follow our tips to start using your flash correctly and taking some great shots.

1. To get the best from the light that’s available you should consider whether the flash will be a help or a hindrance. The lightning symbol on your camera indicates the flash. In most cases, you can change the flash setup by repeatedly pressing the flash button to cycle through various options.

Step 1

Step 1

2. To capture action in low light using a flash, anticipate where the action will take place and pre-focus by pressing the shot button halfway. This will speed up the camera’s reaction to the shot and reduce shutter lag. Also remember to keep your subject within your flash’s range (usually about 5m).

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Step 2

3. Another option is to turn off your flash and increase the exposure. Your camera will compensate by keeping your shutter open for longer, allowing more light into the sensor. This takes a bit of trial and error and will also increase the amount of blurring, but the more faithful reproduction you’ll get will be worth the trouble.

Step 3 - Shutter too fast; perfect; shutter too slow

Step 3 - Shutter too fast; perfect; shutter too slow

4. Blur is unavoidable if you choose not to use the flash in low-light situations. However, there are different types of blurring. Motion blur (the movement of your subject) can sometimes improve a shot. Camera shake, on the other hand, will ruin it. Make sure your camera is on a very stable surface.

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See also:

How to control your camera's focus in low light