Tutorial: Capturing Dimly Lit Scenes Without a Flash, Using High ISO Settings

When Flash Just Won’t Do

In dimly lit situations, a flash unit is often used to light up a scene.  But in some venues, flash photography is strongly discouraged or forbidden. Worse, some venues are too large for the flash unit to work effectively (remember, light falls off with the square of the distance).

High ISO shot of a high school band concert

High ISO shot of a high school band concert.
Nikon D5000 and Nikon 18-55mm kit lens, 1/60 sec @ f/4.5, iso 3200, no flash.

What are we photographers supposed to do? Read on for some tips…

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